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Title: Program Leader, Youth Development, Central Region
Classification: Education Program Manager 2 (9342M2), Academic Professional and Admin
Program Area: Extension Center for Youth Development
Office Location: St. Paul Campus
Initial Deadline: May 30, 2022
ABOUT THIS POSITION
The Program Leader provides leadership to regional youth development work. This position is located in central Minnesota. This role supervises a team of regional Extension educators in program, systems and operational work, manages regional staffing, and oversees financial systems. This position identifies a strategic direction for youth development programming, seeks resources and partnerships to grow programs, and ensures local programs thrive.
The Program Leader serves as the liaison between Regional Directors and the community, responsible for building and nurturing strong partnerships. This position plays a key role in working with program staff to effectively communicate the impacts and public value of youth development programs.
This is a full-time position that reports to the Extension Center for Youth Development Associate Dean and serves on the Youth Development Leadership Team. This position will have an office on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. Travel is required.
Program and Administrative Leadership (40%)
● Provide regional program leadership ensuring high program quality and measurably increase the number of new diverse and underserved youth and volunteers and partners reached in regions and retain both new and current audiences.
● Lead regional programs, operations and systems to ensure effective delivery of 4-H Youth Development programs and youth worker training. Ensure regional functions are well-coordinated and effectively support local programming efforts.
● Use the program development process to address program priorities and partner with the program evaluation unit to position and implement the Center's evaluation plan and reporting processes.
● Advance the Center’s diversity, equity, inclusion and access agenda by promoting practices that diversify the workforce, reinforce a healthy workplace culture, and promote intercultural competence.
● Build partnerships that grow programs and leverage resources. Steward partnership agreement processes.
● Ensure program offerings are high quality, inclusive, accessible and relevant to new, diverse, underserved and current audiences by employing program assessment methods and corresponding action plans.
● Steward program, human and financial resources and ensure all regional staff are following policies and procedures.
● Ensure effective regional volunteer systems are developed and managed.
● Consult with Extension educators to resolve volunteer performance concerns and issues.
● Consult with Extension educators to resolve youth and parent/guardian code of conduct issues.
● Collaborate with Extension educators and regional directors to cultivate and strengthen local partnerships and resolve issues that impede progress.
● Serve on the Youth Development Leadership Team to inform the Center’s strategic direction and steward the Center’s mission and vision. Lead Center-wide work groups as charged.
● Supervise regional Youth Development Extension educators. Ensure effective performance management by implementing annual performance review and plan of work processes and guiding educators in academic promotion processes. Lead the hiring process for Extension educator positions.
● Build and manage effective regional staffing plans.
● Collaborate with the Youth Development hiring manager during the 4-H Extension educator hiring cycles to select local finalists, coordinate with supervisors regarding strengths and limitations, and conduct exit interviews with departing employees.
● Guide staff to expand and deepen their expertise through staff and professional development opportunities.
● Maintain high performing teams to advance organizational priorities, maintain productivity, enhance performance, and increase job satisfaction
Resource Management and Development (10%)
● Secure grants and other resources to develop and expand innovative programs.
● Collaborate with Extension’s resource development team to generate revenue and expand our donor base to strengthen and grow programming
● Cultivate community, business, and corporate partnerships to garner and leverage resources that expand programming efforts
● Develop and monitor budgets.
Internal and External Relations (15%)
● Collaborate with Regional Directors, Director of Field Operations, County Extension Committees, and staff to effectively improve programs and operations, and enhance stakeholder relations.
● Build collaborative partnerships with Extension, University, agencies, business, corporations and other groups to strengthen and expand programming.
● Collaborate with Extension and Youth Development communication units to communicate the Center’s public value and program impact to stakeholder groups in regions.
● Master’s degree plus four years or a BA/BS and 6 years of experience in a field applicable to youth development, e.g., youth development, human development, adult development, community development
● At least 2 years of demonstrated effective supervisory experience
● Demonstrated ability in leading teams through program development and implementation processes
● Demonstrated ability to strengthen and grow programs in partnership with individuals, organizations, and communities representing new, diverse, and underserved audiences
● Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access
● Demonstrated expertise in written communication
● Demonstrated success in resource development including grant development, and budget management
● Mastery with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Google tools
● Must have reliable internet if/when working outside of assigned office location.
● Travel (in-state and national) may be necessary to perform the responsibilities of this position. This person may be expected to use a personal vehicle and have appropriate insurance. Mileage and sustenance reimbursement provided according to University policies.
● Reliable cell phone to be used and number published publicly.
● Ability to work on a computer for prolonged periods of time.
● This position is not eligible for employment visa sponsorship
● Ability to meet the University of Minnesota COVID policy requirement on the first day of employment.
● Demonstrated experience in leading programs with multiple stakeholder groups
● Demonstrated success in developing community, agency, business and corporate partnerships to grow programs
● Demonstrated experience in using data-driven approaches in leading program design, development, implementation, and reporting
● Skills/abilities in the use of technology for communication, locating information and planning
● Bilingual; fluent in a second or multiple languages including American sign language
APPOINTMENT AND BENEFITS
ABOUT EXTENSION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. Our mission is to make a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. Extension strives to attract and retain high-quality, passionate employees, and weave diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of Extension’s programming and employee engagement https://extension.umn.edu/.
As one of four centers, the Extension Center for Youth Development has a long history of positive youth development education. Within the Center, the 4-H Youth Development program is the largest non-formal youth program in the state. In addition to delivering the 4-H program, the Center conducts research on positive youth development; provides training, education and tools for youth workers and leaders; and provides financial support for youth development programs through the University of Minnesota Foundation.
The Minnesota 4-H Youth Development program serves as a laboratory in which we practice, teach, and study positive youth development. We share this knowledge and continue to generate new knowledge that ultimately builds the field of youth development. We also improve practice by delivering high quality youth programs, training adult youth workers, preparing volunteers to work with youth, and producing scholarships through research and evaluation.
Please note: This position is not eligible for employment visa sponsorship.
Apply at: https://extension.umn.edu/about-extension/careers Job Opening ID: 347920
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