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Iowa State University
Extension and Outreach
Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Monroe, Ringgold, Union, and Wayne Counties
Posted: 03/31/2017
Field Specialist I/II - 4-H Youth Development - Field Team South
Salary: Negotiable


Field Specialist I/II – 4-H Youth Development – Field Team South

Employing Department:
4-H Youth Development

Appointment Conditions:
Term, 12 Months, Full Time, Term Ending Date 06/30/2018 with possibility of renewal.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Department of 4-H Youth Development with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is seeking qualified candidates for a position of Field Specialist – 4-H Youth Development within the Field Team South.

The 4-H Youth Development Field Specialist will provide leadership and develop the capacity of youth, volunteers, and professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate a series of progressive educational programs and learning experiences that work toward achieving the outcomes of effective leadership, productive citizenship, outstanding communication, and successful learning. These outcomes are reached through the Iowa 4-H program priorities of healthy living, STEM, citizenship and leadership, and communication and the arts.

Responsibilities include:
- Strategic Plan Support, 4-H Program Priority Support, Program Leadership and Program Evaluation
- Volunteer Growth and Support
- Staff Support and Training

This position will be filled at the Field Specialist I or II level. In addition to Field Specialist I duties, a Field Specialist II will create and deliver comprehensive and complex programming; conduct needs assessment activities; identify and implement innovative ways to meet clients’ needs; take an active role in the development of interdisciplinary programming; and provide leadership/supervision and subject-matter expertise at the local, area and state level.

The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals and groups. The candidate will also have the ability to establish partnerships with community leaders. Cooperates with and informs Regional Directors, County Extension Councils, County Extension Staff, Field Specialists, and State Program Leader of their projects and has a positive working relationship with staff and clients in assigned geographic and subject matter areas. Strong organizational skills are also a necessity as this position will be expected to work on multiple projects.

Required Education and Experience:
Field Specialist I: Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of related experience.
Field Specialist II: Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 3 years of related experience.

Preferred Education and Experience:
Master’s degree in Youth/Child Development, Education, Public Administration, Community Development, Public Service and Administration, Sociology, Psychology or related field. Additional years of experience. Experience with youth outreach. Experience with diverse audiences. Experience with developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative positive youth development programming. Experience with networking and fund development. Experience with staff and volunteer supervision. Experience with volunteer development. Multi-lingual language skills.

Additional Information:
This position is part of the Field Team South and will serve Southern Iowa in Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Monroe, Ringgold, Union, and Wayne Counties with a base office location to be negotiable within the counties served. This position requires the ability to travel in order to carry out the duties of this position, and candidates must have access to reliable transportation.

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position, please click on “Apply to this job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following: 1) Letter of Application/Cover Letter, 2) Resume/Curriculum Vitae, and 3) Contact Information for Three References.  If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Guaranteed Consideration Date:
April 30, 2017

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, email