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South Dakota State University Extension is offering a dynamic career opportunity as a 4-H Youth Program Advisor in Miner County. We are looking for a creative professional to join our South Dakota 4-H team in this important role. The selected individual will strengthen related 4-H projects and build relationships which enhance the mission area. This is a 12-month, benefit-eligible, 100% time position. This position is supervised by the State 4-H Program Director.
SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Serve as the advisor to the 4-H program in Miner County (Howard, SD) managing local 4-H operational elements identified as priorities in accordance with all policies and procedures administered by the SDSU Extension 4-H program. This position will also develop and deliver educational programs in the programming priority areas of leadership, science, agriculture, and health and wellness along with other topics identified through informal and formal needs assessments; establish working relationships and coalitions with other youth-serving groups to ensure maximum opportunities for youth; provide leadership for volunteer management, including identification, orientation, training and recognition, for both youth and adults, to ensure the capacity to offer programming is maintained and grown over time; maintain an effective and efficient communication network with the County Commissioners, other 4-H Youth Program Advisors, Extension Field Specialists, volunteers, partnering organizations, stakeholders, and the public; and support the land-grant University, SDSU Extension mission and vision, and 4-H philosophy, policies, and procedures. Position does require some evening and weekend work and travel. Occasional overnight stays for statewide SDSU Extension 4-H events are required.
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education, or Child, Youth, or Human Development by start date. A Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Sciences, or other related field accepted if applicant demonstrates coursework, professional and/or volunteer experiences in which the applicant planned, taught, and/or evaluated educational programs for youth audiences prior to beginning employment; must be able to use a personal computer for basic word processing and e-mail; ability to communicate well verbally and in writing is essential; must possess a valid driver’s license and personal auto or be able to obtain both within thirty days of beginning employment.
Demonstrated experience in planning, teaching, and evaluating educational programs for youth audiences; demonstrated ability to manage local 4-H operational elements including event management, budget, and committee coordination; demonstrated ability to lead volunteer groups and committees and to work with other youth-serving groups/coalitions to maximize opportunities for youth; ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with diverse audiences; and a demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
SALARY: The salary is commensurate with education and experience.
South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.
SDSU is a land grant institution and the state's largest institution of higher education. SDSU Extension has a network of professionals in Specialist, Field Specialist, and 4-H/Youth Program Advisor positions throughout the state in regional Extension Centers and multiple county offices. This position will serve the community of Howard as well as other communities within Miner County.
Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 17, 2021.
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; resume; unofficial transcript; and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.
Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.
South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.
It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.
For questions on the position, contact Rachel Chamblin at (605) 688-4167 or Rachel.Chamblin@sdstate.edu.
South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.