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University of Missouri-Columbia
Extension and Engagement
Posted: 06/27/2023
Youth Program Associate (part-time) - Macon County

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University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement

4-H Center for Youth Development – Macon County

Job Description

MU TITLE:  Educational Program Associate I

LOCATION:  Macon County – Macon, 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.


  • Advocate for positive youth development in the community and MU Extension.
  • Promote and market expanding 4-H programs, including reaching new audiences with school partnerships and events open to the public.
  • Assist with coordination and planning, management, marketing, implementing and evaluation of researched based curriculum that has an emphasis on Leadership and Civic Engagement, as well as other career exploration topics
  • Assist in coordination and planning, management, marketing, implementing and evaluation of STEM programming involving partner organizations.
  • Ability and willingness to learn and implement hands-on learning that has an emphasis on Leadership and Civic Engagement; College and Career Exploration; and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
  • 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, 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.


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 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. (20 hours per week)

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.


  • 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 not eligible for University benefits.  Individuals in non benefit eligible positions may choose to participate in the Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (403b).  For information about this plan, 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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