Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University invites applications for the position of Director, Northern 4-H Educational Center, Front Royal, Virginia. The Center Director must have enthusiasm for youth educational programs that benefit from an exceptional outdoor environment. This is a non-tenure track, professional faculty position at the rank of Lecturer. The Center Director is responsible to, and supervised by the Associate Director, 4-H Youth Development. The Associate Director, 4-H Youth Development works cooperatively with the Center Board of Directors in supervising and evaluating the Director. The Director of the Northern 4-H Educational Center works closely with the Centerâ??s Board of Directors and the Extension faculty in the 4-H centerâ??s service area. The Northern 4-H Educational Center conducts extensive educational and recreational programs throughout the year with both youth and adult audiences. The center is an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited camp. Programs include 4-H residential camping programs, adventure camps for teens, educational field trips for schools, community and civic events, and team-building activities for all age groups. In concert with the leadership of the Board of Directors and the State 4-H Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the directorâ??s duties will include operational management, policy development, resource development, fiscal management, strategic planning and other duties as necessary. Responsibilities include: Oversee day-to-day operations of the Center, including administration, programming, food service/dining, maintenance, building and grounds, and housekeeping. Draft and assemble policies and procedures as needed for the 4-H Centerâ??s operations. Oversee the establishment of positions; the development of job descriptions identifying work duties; recruitment, selection and hiring of staff; performance assessment procedures; and other personnel actions involved in the management of human resources for the Center. Provide leadership to the development of the Centerâ??s budget and monitor the expenditure of funds; establish priorities to assure that staff members conduct business in accordance with set policies and procedures and that established priorities are met. Secure resources and develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to market the Center to private and public users. Provide leadership for public relations, fund-raising, and the creation of long-term systems that will sustain the Center. Develop a strategic plan for the 4-H Center in cooperation with the Board of Directors and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Compile fiscal, marketing and maintenance reports for the Center. Work with the Board of Directors to identify and develop new Board members. Work cooperatively with the Program Director to communicate the Centerâ??s purpose and vision to staff and stakeholders. Work cooperatively with the Program Director to ensure that high quality educational programming is provided to users in the following priority: (a) 4-H Youth; (b) other youth; and (c) adults. Work cooperatively with the Program Director to ensure that the Center meets or exceeds the American Camp Association standards on an annual basis and that the Center is successfully re-accredited every 3 years.
Master's Degree required, or a combination of a bachelorâ??s degree in youth or adult education, hospitality management, business management, recreation management, or related discipline and extensive experience. Candidates should have demonstrated experience in hospitality management, education, business management, resource development, personnel management, public relations, and marketing. Ability to communicate effectively is essential. The ability to utilize business computer applications, email and internet applications for communications and information are necessary. The Director must be able to provide his or her own transportation on a regular basis.
Experience with Extension/4-H experience or other youth serving organization is preferred.