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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Posted: 08/6/2018
Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois Extension

Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development

The Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, Minority Youth Engagement and Partnership Development will lead partnership development and culturally relevant program strategies to provide positive youth development experiences for under-served and under-represented youth in Illinois. This position serves as a regular, full-time, 12-month academic professional with primary responsibility for providing leadership to the 4-H Youth Development Program delivered through University of Illinois Extension staff and offices throughout the state. This position will integrate 4-H program leadership, partnership, scholarship, and public engagement into its everyday practice. Working in collaboration with Extension faculty, staff and partners, this position will lead and consult on applied research, collaboration with diverse stakeholders, program design for youth, and training efforts aimed at enhancing the capacities of adults working with youth.

One full-time position is available.

Location: State 4-H Office, Champaign, IL

Additional positions may become available in other locations.

This is a security-sensitive position. Comprehensive background checks, including but not limited to a criminal conviction information check, a CANTS (Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System) check, and a review of the Registered Sex Offender List will be conducted.

Specific responsibilities of the Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development are as follows:

· Involve diverse stakeholders and youth in the design and implementation of culturally relevant 4-H programs offered through a wide variety of access systems, including community clubs, special interest clubs, school enrichment programs, after school programs, camps, community workshops, and on-line websites.

· Develop partnerships with faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and community-based organizations to identify current gaps, needs and opportunities in providing culturally relevant, positive youth development experiences for underserved communities, including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, new immigrants, and refugees.

· Serve as Illinois liaison for state and national committees related to work with underserved and diverse (race, ethnicity, language) youth audiences.

· Identify, design, and teach professional development experiences for Extension staff, volunteers, and other partners related to research-informed best practices in working with racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse audiences of youth.

· Help support bilingual staff in their work with other staff to implement target programs at the county level. Includes assistance with staff recruitment and certification of language abilities.

· Provide programmatic supervision of programs targeting under-represented and under-served audiences, such as Juntos and Navigating Differences.

· Seek grants and donors that will support research and culturally-relevant program development for underserved youth.

· Develop and implement formative and summative evaluation strategies to inform Illinois 4-H youth programs.

· Collaborate with other 4-H staff and volunteers to create and support 4-H teen leadership opportunities as an important mechanism for youth engagement.

· Identify and support opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary work with other teams within University of Illinois Extension.

· Work as part of a State 4-H Office team to support statewide events such as State Fair and connect to other aspects of the state 4-H Youth Development plan of work as needed.

· Comply with all Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity policies and guidelines in all aspects of Extension work; assist Unit staff with data collection for Affirmative Action, Gender, and Targeted reports as needed.

· Occasional local, regional and statewide travel; personal transportation required.

· Additional related responsibilities to enhance and further the mission of University of Illinois Extension.

· To perform the functions of this position, the employee will be required to perform work both within an office and outside in the communities that are served, and must have the capability to travel from one location to the other in a timely fashion. Employee is responsible for securing personal transportation. A valid driver’s license is preferred. Some work will be required during evenings and/or weekends. When working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors to include, but not limited to, hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven ground. In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subjected to various mental and physical demands as well to include, but not limited to, independently traveling to and performing work at different locations, lifting and moving items that may occasionally weigh up to forty (40) pounds and frequently weigh up to twenty (20) pounds, and twisting, pushing and pulling movements. More detailed information regarding the functions of this position (including the physical, mental and environmental requirements of the position) may be obtained from Human Resources for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) by contacting  


The Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development is administratively responsible to the Assistant Dean and Director, 4-H Youth Development, and is a member of the State 4-H Office staff.


· Master’s degree with significant coursework in a discipline or program related to youth development, education or a related field. Candidates with a Master’s degree in progress may be considered for interviews, but degree must be completed by hire date. Experience designing culturally relevant programs for underserved youth audiences including racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities. Evidence of cross cultural competency. Bilingualism - a demonstrated fluency in English and at least one other language. Knowledge of experiential learning and positive youth development. Experience building and working within cross-institution partnerships. Evidence of strong oral and in written communication skills. Evidence of strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.


· Ph.D. in a discipline or program related to youth development, education or a related field. Proficiency in Spanish language preferred. Subject matter knowledge to support youth-focused programs in one of the 4-H target areas, including health, performing and expressive arts, leadership, horticulture or the environment. Experience working with youth in out-of-school / after-school settings. Experience providing professional development and training for adults. Experience with program evaluation. Demonstrated ability to write, manage and fulfill grant and special project requirements. Experience with translation of documents and related federal regulations for accessibility of LEP audiences. Flexibility, resiliency, and the ability to operate with minimal guidance.


The position is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance.


To apply, go to Log in to your account and upload a cover letter and resume, as well as the names and contact information of three professional references. Resume dates must be in month/year format and employment history, at a minimum, should include all work dating back to the completion of your undergraduate degree. Positions that were less than full-time/100% must be noted as being part-time. Transcripts may be requested at a later date. To receive full consideration, all requested application materials must be submitted via the online system by the close date of August 20, 2018.

For further information please contact Alvarez Dixon at For technical assistance with the online application process call 217-333-6747 or email

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit