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The WSU Youth and Family Extension Program Unit is a departmental unit of WSU Extension within the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) of Washington State University. The Youth and Family Unit is seeking a dynamic, inspired, and highly qualified professional to conduct innovative programs that lead to peer-reviewed Extension scholarship for advancement in rank and tenure, and to share in the leadership (staff, volunteers, youth, partners, community) and vision of 4-H Youth Development that includes planning, delivering, evaluating, and setting the educational tone and direction of a growing program in Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties.
An earned Master’s Degree with academic training in social sciences, human development, youth development, guidance and counseling, leadership development, volunteerism, education, or closely related field, at the time of hire.
Two years of experience working effectively with both adults and youth (developing, delivering, and managing programs for youth).
Documented experience in volunteer management (i.e., recruitment, placement, education, recognition, conflict resolution, and retention).
Demonstrated ability in conducting applied research involving positive youth development or volunteerism.
Entrepreneurial skills in extra-mural fund development including securing and managing.
Ph.D. in social sciences, human development, youth development, guidance and counseling, leadership development, volunteerism, education, or other related discipline.
Proven experience with, and understanding of, 4-H delivery methods, including an understanding of youth and adult learning theory and experiential education.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using oral, written, and listening skills.
Demonstrated ability to use current computer technology and distance-bridging technologies to expand learning opportunities. Competency in using electronic outreach methods and equipment for extension and daily work activities.
Demonstrated ability and flexibility in exercising both leadership and team membership roles.
Demonstrated ability to conduct informal and formal program need/opportunity assessments.
Language skills in non-English languages used in the counties (e.g., Spanish, Russian, etc.).
Capacity and willingness to engage diverse constituents in education programs.
Demonstrated cultural competency skills.
• Provide leadership in planning, developing, and implementing flexible programs that demonstrate enhanced leadership skills, positive self-esteem, effective communication skills, sound decision-making ability, and other life skills in program participants.
• Build innovative programs that lead to peer-reviewed extension scholarship for advancement in rank and tenure.
• Acquire both financial and human resources through grants, contracts, fee-for- service, and gifts to support the development and delivery of regional programs and other special emphasis programming.
• Develop, implement, and maintain an in-depth regional evaluation system to measure the outcomes and impacts of the 4-H Youth Development Program.
• Provide program leadership for the management and support to the adult volunteer systems, including recruiting, screening, training, supervising, guiding and advising, experiential learning, evaluating, and public recognition of volunteer leaders.
• Develop knowledge of issues and factors affecting youth development; build working knowledge of current best practices in youth, family, and adult education; evaluate the needs of the target community; and develop curriculum and outreach programs to meet those needs regionally.
• Ensure that program outreach effectively includes diverse and underserved communities.
• Collaborate with other Extension faculty and staff on program initiatives that affect youth, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed), Master Gardeners, childhood obesity, Strengthening Families, ANR, CED, and other programs.
• Identify opportunities for 4-H school enrichment, short term projects, focused youth education, and community-based organizations. Particular emphasis will be on expanding participation of youth from the urban and rural residential areas, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) projects. Expand 4-H Military (Navy) programs throughout the service area.
• Develop and/or utilize appropriate methods, such as social media, computer-based decision tools, mainstream media, news releases, written materials, and other resources to promote and advertise the 4-H program.
• Maintain ongoing communication and alignment with the State 4-H program as well as keeping abreast of, and participating in, initiatives promoted by the State 4-H Office.
• Co-supervise and support program coordinators.
LINE OF RESPONSIBILITY:
This WSU Faculty member is responsible to the WSU Youth and Family Program Unit Director, with programmatic accountability to the 4-H Youth Development Program Director. This position works collaboratively with the County Directors of Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap Counties. This position works as a member of a multi-disciplinary team of Extension educators and support staff in other county Extension offices, the state 4-H office, as well as department based Extension Specialists and Researchers.
• All new Extension employees working with youth must be screened. Employment as a 4-H youth educator is contingent upon a successful Washington State Patrol and national background check.
• Ability to travel year-round using own reliable transportation (mileage reimbursed) is required. Evening and weekend work in communities is required. While using a private vehicle for official business, the successful candidate must obtain current automobile liability insurance (meeting the requirements described in RCW 46.30.020, and RCW 46.09.090) and possess a valid driver’s license.
• 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.
The primary office for the position is located in Bremerton, Kitsap County, however, the position will require regularly working with the three county extension offices in the following locations:
Kitsap County Extension, Kitsap County, 345 Sixth Street, Ste. 550, Bremerton, WA 98337-1874
Clallam County Extension, Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. 4th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362-3015
Jefferson County Extension, Jefferson County, Cupola House, 380 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368-5626
The Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas have some of the best views of scenery and wildlife anywhere in the United States. From hiking up snowcapped peaks, to spending the day basking in the sun along a Pacific Coast beach, there are a wide variety of activities for residents to enjoy. Just a short journey by the famous Washington State ferry, the Tacoma Narrows or Hood Canal bridges, and main highways, these three counties offer many magical and historic waterfront towns and communities to explore. Surrounded by hundreds of miles of shoreline and dozens of marinas, you’ll find sophisticated dining, award-winning wineries, shops filled with local art, and bakeries to tempt your taste buds. Tourism and outdoor recreation draw many people to this beautiful three county, West Sound region.
THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, HUMAN, AND NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES:
The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes sixteen academic units, four research and extension centers distributed across the state, thirteen subject matter centers, and one tribal and thirty-nine county extension offices. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve 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; enhances the sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the signature “World Class. Face to Face.” motto of Washington State University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the University’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.
To learn more about CAHNRS, visit: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY:
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 10 academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on 4 campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 20,000 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: http://www.wsu.edu.
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.
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