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University of Minnesota
Extension Center for Youth Development
Brainerd, Grand Rapids, or Cloquet
Posted: 09/29/2021
Extension Educator – Youth Development, NE Region

Title: Extension Educator, Youth Development

Location: Northeast Minnesota, with office base options in Extension’s Brainerd, Grand Rapids, or Cloquet Regional Office

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021; initial application review


University of Minnesota is part of the national network of land-grant institutions with a mission to address critical public issues through teaching, research and outreach. Extension delivers on the University's land-grant mission, working with Minnesotans to address important issues, creating a better world for future generations. Find further information at

The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development works in partnership with communities to build engaged young people who are able to learn and lead in a global society. Using youth development methods and principles that are based on experiential learning and well-proven to result in positive youth development, we foster sustainability and resiliency by building community-wide knowledge, capacity and networks that support the healthy development of youth.

Role Responsibilities of Extension Educator, Youth Development

Regionally based Extension Educators operate primarily from one of Extension’s Regional Offices, with frequent travel throughout the region expected. They work closely with the Extension Educators 4-H Youth Development who are located in counties and tribal communities across the state. Extension Educators, Youth Development provide educational leadership to the full range of youth development programs in a multi-county region. Extension Educators report to an Extension Program Leader who reports to the Associate Dean of Youth Development and State 4-H Program Director.

Each regional educator works with specific functions based on their skills, abilities, and talents. This position will work with a team of four other regionally based educators, to provide leadership to Extension’s youth development program across a fifteen county region in North East Minnesota, working closely with nineteen county based educators. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provide focused leadership in the area of Volunteer Systems, ensuring components central to a successful volunteer system (staff and organizational readiness, volunteer education and engagement, sustainability, review and analysis of systems for improvement) are developed and effectively operationalized within the region.
  • Serve on the state volunteer systems team charged with the design, development, implementation and evaluation of program resources and tools to support effective volunteer systems at all levels of the organization.


As an educational leader for the full-range of Youth Development programs, the person in this position has the following responsibilities:

Champion the mission of the Youth Development programs and guide educational processes so that Minnesota 4-H is a program of choice for youth, families and community partners by:

  • Working with the 4-H regional team to set vision, direction, and priorities assuring this remains the focus of the work and results in positive outcomes for youth.
  • Establishing and guiding effective organizational structures/systems.
  • Providing statewide leadership to specific programs that benefit and involve youth from across Minnesota.
  • Serving as the authorizing agent for the use of the 4-H name & emblem.

Apply research based educational methods, strategies, techniques, and approaches to facilitate learning by:

  • Designing, utilizing and adapting curriculum to meet the needs of youth and adults.
  • Practicing a learner-centered teaching approach that invites curiosity and builds life skills.
  • Applying educational methods and strategies that facilitate youth and adult learning in non-formal settings.
  • Building youth and adult programs that provide effective learning environments.

Build and nurture relationships which strengthen and advance the Youth Development program by:

  • Working with the regional team to develop and maintain positive communication with county, state and federal decision makers.
  • Interacting with youth development professionals in the community to assess youth program needs and work collaboratively to address them.
  • Building relationships with partners who can help advance 4-H and adult learning program goals.
  • Communicating impacts and outcomes to stakeholders.

Lead and manage staff to advance the Youth Development mission by:

  • Assessing the staffing needed for quality 4-H and adult learning program implementation and developing strategies to assure effective program delivery.
  • Hiring, orientating, training, coaching and supervising staff.
  • Guiding performance management and evaluation for staff.
  • Assessing and developing a plan to address the training and development needs of program staff.
  • Supporting and encouraging the professional development for program staff.
  • Ensuring that Human Resource policies and guidelines are consistently implemented.

Develop and lead effective and sustainable volunteer systems and partnerships to support the 4-H program delivery by:

  • Assessing program needs for volunteer and partnership development and management within the region.
  • Managing the process for screening, orientation, training and evaluation of volunteers.
  • Engaging 4-H Federations/Councils in assessing local program needs and developing volunteer systems and partnerships to address priorities.
  • Identifying, developing and nurturing partnerships through which 4-H opportunities may be delivered.

Protect the integrity of the 4-H name and emblem and ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability by:

  • Providing financial guidance and oversight of the Minnesota 4-H Program.
  • Guiding the budget development and accountability process for the 4-H program.
  • Incorporating best practices into the financial management systems for the protection of paid staff and volunteers and the integrity of the Extension Center for Youth Development program.
  • Securing and managing financial resources that support the Extension Center for Youth Development program.
  • Ensuring that public dollars are invested and used wisely.

Steward the public nature of 4- H youth development programs to attract and engage diverse audiences and build inclusive programs by:

  • Assessing the demographics of the community, to ensure accessibility to all youth.
  • Developing strategies for reaching new, diverse, and historically underserved youth.
  • Partnering with community organizations that work with underserved audiences.
  • Ensuring that all youth have equal access to the Extension Center for Youth Development programs without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status and sexual orientation.

Apply your expertise in order to advance your career, impact the community, and grow the Extension Center for Youth Development program by:

  • Pursuing scholarship through developing and sharing materials/methods, and the integration and application of knowledge.
  • Being current with research in the field and developing yourself as a professional.
  • Providing service to the fields of youth development and education.
  • Providing service to professional associations and Extension.



A completed Master’s degree at time of appointment is required. A strong preference for formal education with a significant course work in a discipline or program related to working with youth and program development and implementation. Examples include: youth development leadership, public administration, education, psychology, sociology and social work. Course work in child and adolescent development, educational program design, experiential learning and pedagogy is preferred.


At least two years of post-degree professional experience in youth development field required. Examples include: Cooperative Extension; elementary, secondary, or post-secondary education; national or community based youth organizations or foundations. Professional experience must include responsibility for educational program development, design, delivery and evaluation.

Preference for additional experience related to one or more of the following: direct youth work; program administration; volunteer support and management; program coordination and event planning; risk management; research and evaluation of youth programs and staff support and supervision. Preference for experience working with diverse audiences.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

The person in this position must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Understanding of the theory and application of youth development philosophy, research and best practice.
  • Skill in conducting and utilizing scholarly research in the area of expertise.
  • Skill in the application of research to program design, delivery, and evaluation.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to lead, engage, and support productive work teams.
  • Ability to work effectively with new, diverse and underserved audiences.
  • Skill in securing and managing financial and human resources.
  • Commitment to the ongoing pursuit of professional development.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to apply creative and effective problem-solving skills.
  • Skills in the application of technology for communication, information finding, program delivery and reporting.
  • Ability to handle the demands of a constantly changing work environment and workload.

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid driver's license and own means of transportation with required liability insurance.
  • Personal cell phone that can be used, as needed, for work purposes and published publicly in the directory.
  • Must have reliable internet if/when working outside of assigned office location.
  • Must be able to travel within the designated communities and provide in-person programming.


This position requires traveling to perform these work responsibilities. The individual in this position will use a personal vehicle for traveling with reimbursements provided according to the University travel and reimbursements policies.


  1. The Extension Educator (University job code 9623, Assistant Extension Professor) position is an annual University academic professional appointment.
  2. The appointment is reviewed for renewal annually, with continuation dependent on performance, results, availability of funds, and program needs.
  3. Promotion is available and is contingent on accomplishments as an Extension Educator.
  4. University of Minnesota benefits are available,
  5. Salary commensurate with education and experience.


Please apply at: Job Opening ID: 343719

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position.

Please attach the following required application materials:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume/CV

Three professional references, and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required for those invited to interview.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section. See full instructions,

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about this position, contact:

Nancy Hegland, Extension Program Leader, Youth Development,

For questions about applying online, contact:

Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources,


Initial application screening will take place after the deadline of November 1, 2021.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.