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Oregon State University
Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program
Central Point
Posted: 09/21/2023
4-H Outreach Program Coordinator

Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for a 4-H Youth Development Outreach Program Coordinator position based at the Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center (SOREC) in Central Point, OR.  This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position based at the Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center (SOREC) in Central Point.  The anticipated starting salary will be $57,400 – $63,400, commensurate with skills, education, and experience.

About Jackson County

The Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center (SOREC) is 200 miles south of the main campus in Corvallis, Oregon. SOREC is situated on the outskirts of Medford, Oregon. Medford has a metropolitan area population of 225,000 and easy access to travel due to the local airport and proximity to I-5. SOREC is located in the Rouge Valley and is known for agriculture production and outdoor recreation in the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountain ranges. For information on Jackson County, visit the Oregon Explorer: https://oregonexplorer.info/.

This Coordinator will work as a member of a local, regional, and statewide team of the 4-H Youth Development program. Decisions regarding this position are in consultation with the supervision team which includes the Program Leader and the Regional Director.

Program Mission

4-H provides young people with intentional, high quality learning experiences that promote positive interactions with adults and peers, sustained and active participation across time, and opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the world around them. This mission is accomplished through the work of volunteers, youth, community members and professionals who organize and conduct learning experiences in club, group, community, and family settings. Programs are implemented in a manner that is consistent with the best practices in the field to youth development and respectful of local norms and culture.

Oregon Extension programs reach close to 100,000 young people annually through out-of-school, after-school, in-school and camping programming. 4-H faculty teach, develop materials, and provide administrative oversight to a broad array of programs. This position oversees all 4-H programming and supervises volunteers with expertise in project areas (e.g., health, outdoor adventures, livestock, shooting sports, soccer, leadership, civic engagement, and robotics). Some 4-H experiences involve travel and overnight accommodations. 4-H faculty are required to assure compliance with Federal and State regulations related to youth protection, fund-raising, taxation, and the nonprofit status of 4-H and affiliated organizations.

Purpose of Position

This 4-H Program Coordinator is responsible for the management of a diverse portfolio of educational programming that meets the needs of youth in Jackson County. All 4-H faculty are expected to use best practices in positive youth development to ensure that educational programs are of high quality and produce their intended outcomes. Programs are implemented in a manner that measures impact, fosters program improvement, builds volunteer capacity and participation, and strengthens community connections.

The 4-H Program Coordinator will work extensively with volunteers, in supervisory (program management) and collaborative roles. The individual in this position must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, youth, other educational and youth developmental programs, volunteers, families, community partners, associations, camp administrators, elected and appointed board members and county employees. The faculty member must be attentive to detail, able to teach adults and youth, and adept at promoting and marketing to adult and youth audiences.

In addition to responsibilities within Jackson County, this faculty member is expected to contribute to regional and state educational team efforts related to the incumbent’s expertise and interests, such as county and state fairs, summer camps, annual conferences and other activities as assigned.

About the Division

The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State University’s mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our website: https://engagement.oregonstate.edu/.

OSU Extension’s research, programs, partnerships and volunteer opportunities are focused on:

  • Healthy communities and economies
  • Resilient and productive forests and natural ecosystems
  • Sustainable agriculture, food systems, and gardening
  • Thriving youth, individuals and families


Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, this individual will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.

OSU Division of Extension and Engagement’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Unit


OSU Moving Forward Together


Position Duties

The 4-H Program Coordinator embeds the commitment of the university to a collaborative and inclusive community in all interactions and duties performed while fostering a welcoming and respectful workplace culture. This individual creates opportunities for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and these activities will be included in the annual plan of work, impact statements, and summary of accomplishments/achievements.

60% – Program Management

20% – Program Teaching/Implementation

10% – Supervision/Leadwork

5% – Organizational Accountability

5% – Service and Other


Minimum/Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in youth development, volunteer development, education, agriculture, animal science, family sciences, leadership, management, communications, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing volunteer-led programs.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering education programs (in formal or non-formal settings).
  • General knowledge of computers, including proficiency in word processing and other data management programs.
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion, and ability to successfully engage with diverse populations in a culturally responsible manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and facilitate meetings and large-scale events with adults and youth.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with youth 5-19 years of age (Kindergarten through 12th grade).
  • Ability to lead groups and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, resolve conflicts and delegate details associated with youth program management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member with other professionals.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive community relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.


This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

  • Experience facilitating County Fair events such as livestock shows, contests, events, and exhibits.
  • Experience using multiple forms of electronic communication; up to and including electronic instruction and electronic educational platforms.
  • Evidence of successful team management while occupying a supervisory role.
  • Experience developing and implementing curriculum and hands-on educational programming for youth.
  • Experience adapting to the changing technological environment.
  • Experience securing external funding support for educational programs.
  • Experience successfully engaging advisory groups or committees.
  • Familiar with the 4-H program and/or positive youth development principles.
  • Ability to engage Spanish-speaking audiences through the utilization of bi-literate and/or bicultural skills.

Why OSU?

Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


• Top 1.4% university in the world
• More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
• 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
• 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
• 7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
• 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
• 35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
• 217k+ alumni worldwide
• For more interesting facts about OSU visit: https://oregonstate.edu/about


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
• Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
• Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
• Retirement savings paid by the university.
• A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
• Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
• Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

To review posting and apply, go to: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/143742. Apply to posting # P07321UF. Closes: 10/15/23. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled