Volunteer Development Specialist
Washington State University - Washington

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Washington State University ( WSU ) Extension is seeking a motivated individual to support our Extension educators in volunteer development. This position will significantly increase WSU Extension’s capacity to develop, deliver and assess high quality programs.
The incumbent will hold the official title of Extension Specialist with an initial rank of E-2 or E-3 (assistant or associate professor equivalent) in a full-time, 12-month appointment. This is non-tenure track faculty position that is eligible for promotion in rank in accordance with WSU policies. The incumbent will become a member of Extension’s Family and Youth Program Unit and will be accountable to that Unit’s Director and the Associate Dean and Director of WSU Extension.
Expectations for the position:
- Provide leadership for WSU Extension’s internal efforts to build individual, team, and organization-wide volunteer management capacity through employee development, to include technical assistance, training, mentoring, and resource development;
- Seek extramural funding consistent with the purpose of the position, including individual initiatives and contributions to team efforts;
- 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;
- Build and maintain trust-based relationships in support of cooperative and respectful work environments.
- Develop professional development opportunities (in their area of expertise) for WSU Extension educators.
Salary is commensurate with the academic and professional qualifications, including history of program management and successful extramural fund development. State of Washington benefits and enrollment in TIAA - CREF are included. For more information on benefits at WSU , go to: http://www.hrs.wsu.edu/benefits.
This position will be located at the WSU regional campus in Spokane, Washington. The successful candidate must be able to travel, when necessary, to provide support to county and campus faculty, 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.
Position Description
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 educators. Key outcomes of the volunteer development program include:
- Improved volunteer training, monitoring and tracking to maximize the effectiveness of volunteer-based programs;
- Reduce risk associated with activities executed by, or with participation of, volunteers;
- Enhance the experience of volunteers by creating rewarding opportunities to participate in safe and constructive volunteer-based programming and activities.
1. Provide leadership and strategic planning to enhance volunteer development opportunities in WSU Extension programs;
2. Deliver non-formal teaching materials, seminars, workshops, and demonstrations to targeted audiences;
3. 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;
4. Manage e-Learning volunteer training modules and certification documents including maintaining volunteer databases;
5. Collaborate with other regional/national volunteer specialists and contacts on regional and national issues including the 4-H Western Region Volunteer Leaders Forum, Salute to Excellence awards, Monsanto grants, e-Learning, National Extension Conference on Volunteerism, and other efforts as appropriate;
6. Serve as 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;
7. Provide leadership on issues related to legal issues, volunteerism, conflict resolution, etc.;
8. Provide support as part of the State staff for statewide volunteer learning activities;
9. Lead the Volunteer Development team.

Additional Information
ATTN : WSU updated our employment website on January 23, 2014.

This is an uninterrupted recruitment. Applicants who applied to this position prior to January 23, 2014, need NOT reapply. Contact hrs@wsu.edu if you have questions regarding your application.

Required Qualifications
Master’s degree.
Experience in volunteerism and volunteer development.
Experience in acquiring extramural funding to support programs.
Team leadership skills and/or the ability to work well in teams.

Preferred Qualifications
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.
Experience in disseminating results, innovative approaches and methods in scholarly outlets.
Demonstrated skill in working with diverse individuals and groups.
Demonstrated skills in organization and management.

Hiring Unit

Monthly Salary

Posting Detail Information

Type of Recruitment
Open Recruitment

Posting Open Date

Screening Begin Date

Posting Close Date

Open Until Filled (overrides close field)

Special Instructions to Applicants
Apply by visiting: www.wsujobs.com. Be prepared to submit a Curriculum Vitae or Resume as well as a cover letter describing how your work experience and training meet the duties, responsibilities and each of the required and preferred qualifications, as applicable (maximum of two pages) for this position; names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
For more information on the WSU Extension Tenure and Promotion process, go to: http://ext.wsu.edu/admin/ PDF /cfaculty.pdf
For further information about this position, contact Lisa Clyde, eeo.coordinator@wsu.edu, 509-335-2822.

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