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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
ABOUT EXTENSION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
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 www.extension.umn.edu.
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:
RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
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:
Apply research based educational methods, strategies, techniques, and approaches to facilitate learning by:
Build and nurture relationships which strengthen and advance the Youth Development program by:
Lead and manage staff to advance the Youth Development mission by:
Develop and lead effective and sustainable volunteer systems and partnerships to support the 4-H program delivery by:
Protect the integrity of the 4-H name and emblem and ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability by:
Steward the public nature of 4- H youth development programs to attract and engage diverse audiences and build inclusive programs by:
Apply your expertise in order to advance your career, impact the community, and grow the Extension Center for Youth Development program by:
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:
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.
Please apply at: https://extension.umn.edu/about-extension/careers 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:
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, https://humanresources.umn.edu/find-job/using-job-app-system.
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For questions about this position, contact:
Nancy Hegland, Extension Program Leader, Youth Development, email@example.com.
For questions about applying online, contact:
Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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