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University of Missouri-Columbia
Extension and Engagement
Kansas City
Posted: 07/06/2023
Youth Program Associate III - Platte County

Hiring Department

University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement

4-H Center for Youth Development – Platte County, MO

Job Description

MU TITLE: Educational Program Associate III

LOCATION: Platte County – Kansas City, 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/

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/Educator.


  • Lead the coordination and planning, management, marketing, implementing and evaluation of program efforts while advocating for positive youth development through MU Extension and Platte County.  Assist in the management of the financial and in-kind resources.
  • Work as a member of the leadership team to reach, plan, and deliver quality youth development programming for youth that is diverse in nature.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of programs/projects engaging school-age youth and families in culturally relevant programming according to plan (grant design) and with guidance and supervision of the 4-H State Director and local Youth Development Specialist.  Inclusive of SNAC program efforts within.
  • Coordinate materials, information, events to implementing the project to integrate program efforts with high-context 4-H experiences.
  • Work with faculty and staff to develop partnerships with parents, schools, community members, and corporate organizations. Work as a team member with community partners and other 4-H staff and volunteers on a variety of research focused, outcome based, educational output, fun, hands-on learning experiences. Inclusive of SNAC program.
  • Assist in the recruitment, engagement and support of volunteers and coaches. Assist in the implementation of a total volunteer management system.
  • Work with standardized programs and procedures to achieve goals and objectives of all local and grant  efforts, Missouri 4-H and overall extension while meeting deadlines
  • 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.


Administrative supervision is received from the assigned Field Specialist in 4-H Youth Development.  This position is not responsible for supervision.



  • 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 commensurate with education and experience.

Salary: $17.00 – $19.00/hour

Grade: GGS-007

University Title: Educational Program Associate III

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 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
  • 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.

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.

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 573-882-7976.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.

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