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University of Missouri-Columbia
Extension and Engagement
Posted: 06/07/2023
Youth Program Associate and County Office Support

Hiring Department

University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement

4-H Center for Youth Development – Putnam County

Job Description

MU TITLE:  Educational Program Associate I

LOCATION:  Putnam County – Unionville, Missouri

The University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement’s distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities, and economies by producing relevant, reliable, and responsive educational strategies throughout Missouri. Our dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs that address the needs of Missourians including educational attainment; environmental concerns; community, economic, business and workforce development; global food systems; and health systems. For more information about MU Extension and Engagement, please visit https://extension.missouri.edu.

Youth and Family Extension programs promote optimal well-being of individuals, families, and communities, with special recognition for the needs of underserved populations.  4-H Youth Development Extension includes the 4-H Center for Youth Development providing leadership and expertise with developing communities of young people across Missouri who are learning citizenship, leadership, and life skills.

As a part of the University of Missouri Extension Atchison County Office, the person in this position will provide general clerical and administrative support for the faculty and staff of the office 15 hours per week. This person will also assist in the planning, management, and support of 4-H Youth Development programs in Atchison County, under the guidance and supervision of the 4-H Youth Development Specialist for another 20 hours per week.


Primary Duties Youth Program Associate 


Advocate for positive youth development in the community and MU Extension.

Participate in planning, marketing, implementing, and evaluating of 4-H youth development programs. Assist in the implementation of a total volunteer management system.

Assist in teaching youth development and selected subject matter. Assist in the management of financial and in-kind resources.

Coordinate and/or conduct educational events, contests, and programs.

Report accomplishments and impacts to appropriate sources including supervisor, funders, and stakeholders. Assist with record keeping and report preparation of 4-H Youth Development Programs.

Participate in training and development opportunities including child abuse and neglect policies, CPR, technology, and other skills appropriate for the position.


Secondary Duties Office Support Assistant 

Schedule appointments, answer, and route calls, respond to emails, manage office calendar for faculty/ staff and maintain equipment and supplies.

Coordinate office communication and events, arrange travel, schedule programs, order meals.

Type correspondence for distribution to program partners, vendors, constituents, and participants.

Participate in relevant trainings, meetings and in-service education opportunities provided by the University and other organizations.

Provide administrative support to the 4-H Youth Development program and staff by keeping records and coordinating communication with participants, partners and other faculty and staff.

Provide administrative support by keeping records, maintaining correspondence, coordinating events, preparing reports, presentations, and other communications.

Conduct all activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act and local, state and region affirmative action plans.

As with all positions, involvement with other duties and responsibilities may be expected to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.



Administrative supervision is received from the Field Specialist in 4-H Youth Development headquartered in Putnam County.



  • Exhibit a high personal standard of excellence, be an effective team player, and demonstrate inclusivity, civility and respect for all.
  • Engage stakeholders and learners; maintain positive interpersonal relationships, and exhibit effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Operate with minimal guidance, and be a self-directed learner who is flexible and adaptable to changing environments.
  • Ensure all youth and adults in the county have an equal opportunity to participate in extension programs which offer a safe environment.



The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou and MU, is the Flagship University of the four-campus University of Missouri system.  It is the state’s land-grant university and one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States.  MU’s broad undergraduate programs and its’ graduate, professional and research programs attract annual enrollment of more than 30,000 students.  MU is centrally located in Columbia, MO, which is consistently ranked as one of America’s most livable cities.  MU Extension and Engagement programs are located on all four campuses and in 114 counties and St. Louis city.



Salary Range: $14.00 – $16.00 hourly

Grade: GGS-005

University Title: Educational Program Associate I

Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.


Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (35 hours per week)

Ability to travel and work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, is required to fulfill assigned responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications

An associate degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and some experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Relevant work experience in the applicable program area.

Preferred Qualifications

A minimum of six hours in one or more of the domains of the 4-H Professional Research and Knowledge (PRK) taxonomy for youth development. Domains are youth and adult development, learning strategies and education, organizational systems and resource management, community partnerships and volunteerism.

Experience in-group work that involved direct care and interaction with children, such as YMCA, day care, schools, recreational facilities etc. may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the stated education.

Ability and willingness to learn and implement hands-on learning that has an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Ability to travel and work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, is required to fulfill assigned responsibilities.

Ability to effectively use social media and information technology including a variety of Windows based computer software programs.

Should be organized, accurate, and dependable with a positive attitude and willingness to work as part of a team. Experience working with youth and volunteers is a definite plus. Need to have strong communication skills and ability to partner with youth, volunteers, and community members/organizations to provide a quality program. Experience or interest in hands-on programming is beneficial. Marketing, promotion, and evaluation abilities are valuable. Creativity, problem solving and the ability to think on your feet are all advantageous to this position. Self-motivated, willing to take initiative and ability to work with minimum supervision. Ability to understand, synthesize and communicate relevant information to diverse audiences.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

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Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-7976.

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