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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Posted: 12/21/2017
Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, Evaluation & Staff Development, State 4H Office (A1700772)

EXTENSION SPECIALIST, 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT – A1700792

University of Illinois Extension

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

The Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, Evaluation and Staff Development will focus on evaluation and staff development in support of organizational capacity to provide programs for 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. The State 4-H Office provides leadership to the 4-H Youth Development Program delivered through University of Illinois Extension staff and offices throughout the state. This position integrates 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, evaluation design, staff training, and resource development aimed at enhancing the capacities of adults working with youth.

One full-time position is available.

Location: Extension 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 (Evaluation and Staff Development) are as follows:

· Work with the Director of 4-H and Extension Specialists to design evaluation instruments and processes that will measure the impact of 4-H across diverse delivery modes, including clubs, programs, camps and events.

· Oversee the implementation and use of reporting systems for 4-H and submit required reports as needed.

· Serve as a liaison with University of Illinois Extension Director of Program Planning and Assessment and the Extension Data Team to coordinate efforts toward documentation and organization of collective impact data.

· Work closely with communications offices (4-H, Extension, ACES, UIUC, NIFA, National 4-H Council) to provide data used in creating impact and public value statements and reports.

· Utilize formative evaluation data and research to identify, design and facilitate staff development opportunities for 4-H staff, volunteers and teen leaders. Focus areas may include but not limited to: positive youth development, program planning, and program evaluation.

· Plan and help facilitate face-to-face meetings of the 4-H Youth Team in collaboration with the 4-H Youth Team chair. Identify and coordinate external speakers and resources as needed.

· Serve as Illinois liaison for state and national committees related to work around evaluation and staff development. Includes leadership for IL role in collecting 4-H Common Measures.

· Provide leadership and direction in building staff capacity to enter accurate and consistent programmatic data in Extension tools, such as 4-H Online and PEARS.

· Assist 4-H staff in the development and/or update of logic models and evaluation tools for programs.

· Support the development of 4-H grant proposals, including providing evaluation plans and related budgets for services.

· 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.

· 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.

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

· 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 hr@aces.illinois.edu.

ADMINISTRATIVE RELATIONS:

The individual in this position reports to the University of Illinois Extension Assistant Dean and Director, 4-H Youth Development, and is a member of the State 4-H Office staff.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Required: Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science or other discipline that incorporates evaluation methodologies. Candidates with a Master’s degree in progress may be considered for interviews, but degree must be completed by hire date.

Demonstrated work experience in evaluation of educational programs.

Knowledge of current qualitative and quantitative techniques for collecting and reporting data.

Team development skills, ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, and sensitivity to limited resource audiences

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

PhD from an accredited institution of higher education in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science or other discipline that incorporates evaluation methodologies.

Knowledge of positive youth development

Subject matter knowledge to support youth-focused programs in one or more of the 4-H target areas, including health, performing and expressive arts, leadership, horticulture or the environment.

Additional Information

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.

  1. PROCEDURE: To apply, go to http://go.illinois.edu/A1700792. 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 January 18, 2018.

For further information please contact Patricia McGlaughlin at patm@illinois.edu. For technical assistance with the online application process call 217-333-6747 or email jobs@illinois.edu.

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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu