4-H Youth Development Program Associate
University of Missouri - Kansas City - Kansas City, MO

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This position is located in Blue Springs, MO and will serve the Hickman Mills Missouri School District. For questions regarding the position contact Crystal Lutgen at 816.252.5051.

Summary of Position:
Plan, coordinate and deliver quality youth development programming to elementary school youth during before and after school hours and summers. Work as a team member with site coordinator, other 4-H staff and volunteers to provide a variety of outcome based, fun, hands-on learning experiences targeted to youth in grades K-5. Hands-on learning will have a heavy emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming. Develop partnerships with parents, school and community members.

Detailed Description of Duties:
Advocate for positive youth development practices in the school and community.

Participate in planning, marketing, implementing and evaluating 4-H youth development programs.

Assist in the implementation of the total volunteer management system.

Assist in teaching youth development and selected subject matter.

Assist in the management of financial and in-kind resources.

Coordinate and/or conduct educational events, contests and programs.

Report accomplishments and impacts to appropriate sources including supervisor, site coordinator, site council, funders and stakeholders.

Assist in record keeping, data entry, performance tracking and evaluation activities including the distribution and collection of pre-and post-survey and other data collection instruments.

Build relationships with parents, recruit adult and youth participants, and provide resource and referrals to address the needs of families.

Participate in training and development opportunities including child abuse and neglect policies, CPR and First Aid, technology, youth development practices and other skills appropriate for the position.

Adhere to and conduct programming in accordance with Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Rehabilitation Act and state and regional affirmative action plans.

Ability to travel and work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends is required to fulfill assigned responsibilities.


$11.80 - $13.30 Hourly

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Minimum Qualifications

60 semester hours of course work from an accredited college or university with a minimum of six hours in one or more of the domains of the 4-H Professional Research and Knowledge (PRK) taxonomy for youth development. Domains are youth and adult development, learning strategies and education, organizational systems and resource management, community partnerships and volunteerism. Experience in group work that involved direct care and interaction with children, such as YMCA, day care, schools recreational facilities etc. may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the stated education.

Preferred Qualifications

Ability and willingness to learn and implement hands-on learning that has a heavy emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Experience in computers and science is desirable. Experience working with middle school age youth a definite plus.

Candidate should be organized, accurate, and dependable with positive attitude and willingness to work as part of a team.

Need to have strong communication skills and ability to partner with parents and other community members to provide a quality program.

Candidate should have experience or interest in hands-on programming in leadership, health, and science.

Application Materials

Cover Letter, Application, Resume

Application Deadline

November 30, 2012

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call Human Resource Services at 573-882-7976. TTY users, please call through Relay Missouri, 1-800-RELAY (735-2966) or en EspaƱol at 1-800-520-7309.

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