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This position provides oversight and leadership, including volunteer management, for Extension work in the 4-H Youth Development Program of Kitsap County, which currently serves over 700 youth members enrolled in over 70 active clubs led by hundreds of volunteers. This position is responsible for community outreach efforts and efforts serving youth outside of the 4-H club system. This oversight includes the development and implementation of programs and activities within the policies and procedure of WSU Extension, and specifically, 4-H programming under the direction of the 4-H Regional Specialist and the State 4-H Program Leader.
A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant extension program discipline and two (2) years of related program experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Three (3) years of related program experience which includes supervisory-level experience.
Experience in mediation services.
Demonstrated ability to use a computer.
Experience and ability to work as a team member with staff and volunteers.
Knowledge of, and/or experience with, 4-H youth development programs.
Strong demonstrated written skills requiring limited editing and supervision in preparing reports, evaluations, press releases, synthesis of a broad range of materials, and effective written conveyance of program information to the public and program participants.
Experience developing curriculum.
Strong demonstrated verbal communication and listening skills: public speaking, effective conveyance of program information to the public, program participants, and decision-makers.
Experience working/collaborating with multiple public agencies, NGOs, and individuals in partnerships.
Ability to work and think both independently and to work as a team member. Knowledge of, and/or experience with, program assessment and evaluation. Familiarity with social media.
Youth Development Programming (30%)
Assess the youth development needs of the community then develop, organize, and facilitate the overall implementation and evaluation of the 4-H Youth Development program on behalf of Washington State University and Kitsap County Extension. Develop or adapt, promote, and facilitate 4-H Youth Development educational programs, curricula, activities, and presentations for the 4-H Program in Kitsap County, with some emphases in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Manage and oversee educational materials related to conducting 4-H programming in Kitsap County, including curriculum and essential resources, following prescribed WSU 4-H Policies and Procedures.
Enhance and strengthen outreach to under-served audiences, with particular focus on the region’s military families, tribal members, as well as ethnic and racial minorities. Supervise and assist with youth programs and competitions. Ensure safety of participants at 4-H events and activities and encourage volunteers in effective risk management practices.
Volunteer Management (25%)
In cooperation with the 4-H Regional Specialist, responsible for the management of Kitsap County 4-H volunteers ensuring all volunteers receive consistent screening and orientation to the 4-H program, effective placement and regular evaluation, opportunities for continuing educational skill development and ongoing recognition and support to ensure high quality youth development programming for targeted youth audiences in the community. Provide programmatic support to 4-H volunteers through education, observation, and mentoring.
Plan, develop, deliver, and evaluate volunteer education.
Recruit, track, and evaluate 4-H youth participants.
Work with diverse individuals, groups, and situations.
Handle complaints and grievances in a timely and consistent manner in cooperation with appropriate faculty, staff, and volunteers included at various stages as needed.
Annually update county procedures and volunteer training to be compliant with the most recent WSU and 4-H policies.
Oversee the 4-H enrollment process to ensure that WSU Policies and Procedures are followed.
Assist volunteers in completing reports and enrollments in a timely manner and in compliance with the University, County, State and Federal requirements.
Collaboration and Outreach (20%)
Establish, maintain, and enhance positive working relationships and utilize effective communication skills with the County 4-H Leaders’ Council, Extension personnel, WSU faculty and staff, Kitsap County government officials and decision makers, the region’s tribal governments, military personnel and organizations, collaborators, community partners, regional youth development organizations, Extension volunteers, youth participants, and parents.
Develop professional relationships with 4-H youth development colleagues and affiliations at the regional and state level to enhance opportunities and resources at the county level and to meet local project objectives. Coordinate networking opportunities.
Originate communications pieces (e.g., displays, newsletters, presentations), including social media, to promote participation and opportunities for 4-H youth and volunteers.
Educate potential community partners about the importance of 4-H Youth Development.
Resource Development (10%)
Support the financial growth of the program by seeking/acquiring outside funding or partnerships, as appropriate, to enhance efforts and opportunities for 4-H youth and volunteers and broaden the 4-H audience and positive impact on the community. Become familiar with local, state, and national resources.
Administration, Reports, and Recordkeeping (10%)
Oversee 4-H enrollment processes to ensure that WSU Policies and Procedures are followed.
Originate and submit reports, evaluations, position related paperwork, and other requested materials in a timely manner in compliance with County, Funding Agency, University, and State/Federal requirements.
Collect, synthesize, and analyze data for the program.
Evaluate and document activities and impacts.
Answer walk-in and telephone information requests from clientele related to 4-H policies and mission mandates, and serve as a link to Extension resources.
Other Duties (5%)
Participate in 4-H Professional Development activities including monthly Washington 4-H monthly meet ups.
Receive orientation to Washington State University Extension program procedures and policies.
Maintain professional competencies in subject matter, educational methods, and societal conditions related to 4-H youth development.
Perform related duties as required.
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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