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University of Missouri-Columbia
Extension and Engagement
Posted: 01/19/2023
Youth Program Associate - Greene County

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University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement 4-H Center for Youth Development – Greene County  

Job Description

MU TITLE: Educational Program Associate I LOCATION: Greene County – Springfield, 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://extension2.missouri.edu/ The University of Missouri Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development provides leadership and expertise with developing communities of young people across Missouri who are learning citizenship, leadership, and life skills. 4-H is publicly supported by county, state, and federal partners, as well as private resources to enrich the learning experiences of both youth and adults.  For more information about 4-H, visit http://4h.missouri.edu This position will assist in the planning, management and support of 4-H Youth Development programs in assigned geographic area, under the guidance and supervision of the 4-H Youth Development Specialist. ESSENTIAL DUTIES 
  • Advocate for positive youth development in the community and MU Extension.
  • Participate in planning, marketing, implementing and evaluating of 4-H youth development programs in coordination with the Greene County Juvenile Office.
  • Assist in the implementation of a total volunteer management system.
  • Assist in teaching youth development and selected subject matter. Lead group classes, and provide 4-H education courses at the Greene County Juvenile Office that may earn credits through the Springfield Public School System.
  • Assist in the management of financial and in-kind resources.
  • Coordinate and/or conduct educational events, contests, camps, and programs utilizing a positive youth development approach.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that all the youth and adults in the county have an equal opportunity to participate in extension programs.
  • Participate in training and professional development opportunities for continued in knowledge, skills and abilities as it is related to the 4-H Youth Development program
  • 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 in order to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.
  LEADERSHIP RECEIVED AND EXERCISED  Administrative supervision is received from 4-H Field Specialist.  No supervision is exercised. CORE ATTRIBUTES FOR MU EXTENSION STAFF
  • 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.
UNIVERSITY INFORMATION  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. Ability to travel and work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, is required to fulfill assigned responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

A minimum of six hours in one or more of the domains of the 4-H Professional, Research, Knowledge and Competency Taxonomy (PRKC) 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 to travel and work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, is required to fulfill assigned responsibilities. Individual must be self-motivated, be willing to take initiative and have the ability to work with minimum supervision. ASSOCIATES WILL BE EVALUATED ON
  • A yearly Plan of Work based on locally identified needs
  • Ability and willingness to learn and implement hands-on learning that has an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • Ability to effectively use social media and information technology including a variety of Windows based computer software programs.
  • Ability to remain organized, accurate, and dependable with a positive attitude and willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Demonstration of strong communication skills when identifying and working with partners, youth, volunteers and community members/organizations to provide a quality program.
  • Marketing, promotion and evaluation of programs offered.
  • Use of creativity, problem solving and the ability to think on your feet.
  • Ability to understand, synthesize and communicate relevant information to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to recruit, develop and train youth and adults as volunteer leaders to assist with the implementation of the 4-H program.

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 Diversity Commitment The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence. Equal Employment Opportunity 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 573-884-2577. To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.


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