State Volunteer Development Specialist - Washington State University in Spokane Washington

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Washington State University

Spokane, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

State Volunteer Development Specialist, Washington State University (WSU). The incumbent will hold the official title of Extension Regional Specialist with a rank of assistant or associate professor equivalent in a full-time, 12-month appointment. This is a non-tenure track faculty position that is eligible for promotion in rank in accordance with WSU policies. This position will significantly increase WSU Extension’s capacity to develop, deliver and assess high quality programs. The successful candidate must be able to travel, when necessary, to provide support to county and campus faculty and staff; participate in collaborative work with committees and other organizations; and attend national meetings and conferences. This position involves an irregular work schedule including night/weekend meetings and trainings. This position will be located at the WSU Spokane urban campus in Spokane, Washington.

Required Qualifications

• Earned Master’s degree at the time of application;
• Demonstrated experience in volunteerism and volunteer development;
• Demonstrated ability in acquiring extramural funding to support programs;
• Strong team leadership skills and/or the ability to work well in teams.

Preferred Qualifications

• Earned PhD degree;
• Ability to communicate ideas effectively verbally, in writing, and through the use of educational technology;
• Demonstrated excellence in leading continuing education and training for professionals;
• Knowledge in disseminating results, innovative approaches and methods in scholarly outlets;
• Demonstrated skills in working with diverse individuals and groups;
• Demonstrated skills in organization and management;
• Demonstrated skills in evaluation and assessment of program impacts.

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

The WSU Extension Youth and Family Program Unit is a departmental unit of WSU Extension within the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) of Washington State University. The Youth and Family Unit is seeking a motivated individual to support our Extension educators in volunteer development. This position will provide leadership in the management of volunteers working to support WSU Extension programs. The Volunteer Development Specialist will maintain active, ongoing engagement with faculty, staff, and administrators to lead and support volunteer development, organization and management.

The incumbent will design and deliver professional development opportunities in volunteer development and other areas as needed for Extension faculty and staff. Key outcomes will include the development of guidance that provides standardization of best volunteer development and management principles resulting in improved training, monitoring, and impact assessment; reduced risk associated with volunteer activities; and an enhanced volunteer experience.

The incumbent will be a member of WSU Extension’s Youth and Family Program Unit and will be accountable to the Program Unit Director.

• Provide leadership for WSU Extension’s internal efforts to build individual, team, state, and organization-wide volunteer management capacity through employee development, to include technical assistance, training, mentoring, and resource development;
• Provide leadership and strategic planning for faculty and staff to enhance volunteer development opportunities in WSU Extension programs, including 4-H Youth Development, Master Gardeners, Beach Watchers, Food Safety/Master Food Preservers, and other WSU volunteer-based programs;
• Establish and maintain relationships with statewide Extension faculty and staff, other specialists, and campus faculty, to provide support to all Extension program areas on the principles and best practices for creating and managing volunteer-oriented programs;
• Work collaboratively, as well as independently, to acquire both financial and human resources through grants, contracts, fee-for-service and gifts to support program development and delivery;
• Undertake scholarly activities that contribute to the discipline, including publishing volunteer development results, novel approaches, and methods in peer-reviewed outlets;
• Advise WSU Extension’s leadership in best practices for performance improvement, organizational learning, and decision-making;
• Design and deliver professional development opportunities (in their area of expertise) for WSU Extension faculty and staff;
• Build and maintain trust-based relationships in support of cooperative and respectful work environments.
• Work collaboratively with the Extension evaluation specialist to determine evaluation metrics for volunteer programs and to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive evaluation system to measure program outcomes and impacts;
• Actively engage stakeholder input and utilize effective needs assessment processes to determine program goals and emphasis;
• Deliver non-formal teaching materials, seminars, workshops, and demonstrations to targeted audiences. Create, develop and implement innovative teaching methods and strategies, including the use of new distance learning technology, e-learning training modules and certification documents, and volunteer databases;
• Collaborate with other regional/national volunteer specialists and contacts regionally and nationally, including but not limited to, volunteer conferences, forums, training opportunities and recognitions in Youth and Families and Agriculture and Natural Resources;
• Serve as the primary contact with WSU related to background checks for all Extension volunteers. Assess criminal and driving records in consultation with Human Resources staff to make decisions about restrictions/exclusions of potential volunteers;
• Provide leadership on issues related to legal issues, volunteerism, conflict resolution, etc.;
• Design and implement culturally appropriate outreach materials for volunteer management systems, including those for recruitment and retention.

-Evening and weekend work is required.
• Ability to travel year-round using own reliable transportation (mileage reimbursed) is required. The successful candidate must possess a valid driver’s license. While using a private vehicle for official business, current automobile liability insurance must be obtained (meeting the requirements described in RCW 46.30.020, and RCW 46.09.090).
• Extension faculty members are hired into the organization, not into a specific geographical location. It is possible that future circumstances may require relocation.
• Understand and carry out the principles and specific requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Affirmative Action Plan, and all pertinent rules and regulations.
• Employees may undergo background screening as a condition of employment.

Salary is commensurate with the candidate’s academic and professional qualifications and available funding. State of Washington benefits and enrollment in TIAA-CREF are included. For more information on benefits at WSU, go to:

This position will be located at the WSU Spokane urban campus in Spokane, Washington. Campus programs focus on health sciences, education, and social and policy sciences. With a population of 211,000, Spokane is the financial and major trade center for the region. The name of the city was taken from a Native American word meaning “children of the sun,” and Spokane receives an average of 260 days of sunshine a year. The idyllic climate and location, mountains, lakes, rivers and parks, make the city a mecca for outdoor recreation. Golf, mountain climbing, hiking, biking, boating and fishing abound. The historic downtown is a major shopping area and has numerous restaurants and cultural opportunities. The indoor and outdoor possibilities are limitless.

THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, HUMAN, AND NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES: The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University includes a diverse yet interrelated range of disciplines within fifteen academic departments and five research and extension centers distributed across the state. CAHNRS serves at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; safeguards the sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and encourages stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the “World Class. Face to Face” motto of Washington State University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the University’s land-grant mission by creating and delivering progressive extension programs that translate research results into solutions for problems encountered by rural, urban, and suburban Washington State residents.
To learn more about CAHNRS, visit:

Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 28,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.
To learn more about WSU visit:

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Type of Faculty:Non-Tenure Track
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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