4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator (100%) - Sheboygan County
University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension - Sheboygan, WI

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Application Due Date: March 26, 2013

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION VISION : To be a thriving, well-known and sought-out educational resource that reflects the rich diversity of the state .

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PURPOSE: We teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging them in transforming lives and communities.

WORKING TITLE: Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator (100%)

OFFICIAL TITLE: Associate Lecturer

GEOGRAPHIC AREA SERVED: Primarily SheboyganCounty and occasionally extending beyond county boundaries for specific commitments and team programming

OFFICE LOCATION: Sheboygan County UW-Extension Office, UW-Sheboygan Campus, 5 University Drive, Sheboygan, WI 53081


This position is a fixed-term academic staff appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension's division of Cooperative Extension. Fixed-term academic staff appointments are made on an annual basis, with renewal possible.


As an academic staff member of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, employed with Sheboygan County, the 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator works in partnership with the Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Development Educator to create and support an integrated, vibrant 4-H Youth Development program that meets the unique and changing needs of a diverse youth and adult volunteer audience in Sheboygan County. The 4-H Youth Development Educator and the Program Coordinator assure that programs are based on identified local needs, with a focus on providing access to educational programs for youth with cultural, economic and geographic barriers, through direct programming and in partnership with other organizations.

The primary focus of the Program Coordinator position is to provide primary day to day guidance and counsel for the 4-H Community Club Program, especially in the areas of youth and adult volunteer development; leadership development; communications and marketing; and support for county-wide 4-H project and program committees.


- Plan, implement and evaluate culturally relevant, community-based educational programs directed at community needs; involve potential audiences in program planning

- Regularly teach and deliver 4-H Youth Development educational programs through a variety of methods

- Provide primary guidance, counsel and oversight for the 4-H Community Club Program and to other program-related groups including support of existing and new 4-H Community Clubs (enrollment coordination, IRS certification of 4-H groups, volunteer orientation & youth protection facilitation, project support etc.)

- Work cooperatively with the 4-H Youth Development Educator to promote and develop new 4-H clubs, afterschool 4-H clubs and summer youth programs throughout the county and in areas presently underserved by the 4-H program

- Coordinate and provide leadership to annual summer camps; teach camp counselor training sessions, advise youth counselors, and recruit and train adult volunteers to implement the camping programs.

- Identify, recruit and develop the volunteer leadership necessary to carry out the position's plan of work

- Regularly prepare educational and promotional materials using appropriate technology

- Reach and engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and do not discriminate to ensure full access to programs, facilities and educational services

- Develop and maintain relationships with programmatic and funding partners in ways that effectively communicate Extension's value

- Develop and follow a professional development plan to ensure proficiency in priority content, current research and relevant competencies; participate in youth development training opportunities

- Be responsive to evolving position, program, office and organizational needs; perform additional duties as requested

- Contribute leadership, as needed, to ensure effective Extension office operations

- Build, strengthen and sustain trust-based relationships to promote cooperative and respectful work environments

- Develop and use an appropriate system for reporting and evaluating programs to the Sheboygan CountyPlanning, Resources, Agriculture and Extension Committee, the University of Wisconsin-Extension and to clients, colleagues and other Extension collaborators as needed


- Make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions

- Assume weekly travel throughout the county and occasional travel within the district and state

- Work evenings on a regular basis and occasionally on weekends, as needed to meet local needs


The 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator aligns the work of this position with Cooperative Extension's purpose, vision and values in ways that contribute to supportive workplaces. Cooperative Extension's values of community, discovery, inclusiveness, relationships, and respect guide the 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator in achieving the position's primary outcomes.

The 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator is expected to contribute to Cooperative Extension's scholarly environment as appropriate for the position. Standards of scholarship excellence are expected to be met throughout the 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator's Extension career.

The 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator actively participates in the shared governance and policy development of the institution, personally or through representatives, to ensure representation in matters affecting academic staff.

The 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator meets the position's reporting accountabilities and performance expectations in collaboration with the East-Metro Regional Director (hiring authority), 4-H Youth Development State Program Office, Sheboygan County Department Head, and the Sheboygan CountyPlanning, Resources, Agriculture and Extension Committee.


- Bachelor's degree with current content expertise in a field that relates to the responsibilities of this position such as youth development, human behavior, education, extension education or related behavioral science fields

- Experience in youth related education

- Demonstrated skill in planning, implementing or teaching educational programs

- Knowledge and skills to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity


- Demonstrated success in youth-focused and community-based, non-formal educational programs

- Successful experience developing volunteers and managing volunteer-delivered programs

- Knowledge of adult learning principles

- Effective communication and presentation skills using a variety of methods and technologies

- Effective group facilitation skills

- Successful volunteer or paid experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences

- Experience developing effective partnerships or coalitions with community partners and local governments

- Demonstrated skills in building and maintaining professional work environments

- Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills in a team setting; ability to effectively manage conflicts.

- Ability to promote Cooperative Extension and its programs through mass media and public relations skills

- Knowledge of Cooperative Extension's legacy as part of the U.S. system of land-grant institutions, dedicated to service in the public good


Individuals who demonstrate increasing capacity in the following organizational competencies, as indicated by the examples listed below, are likely to experience higher levels of success within their Cooperative Extension positions:


Inspires respect and trust; Practices strategic, shared and ethical decision making; Clarifies expectations and accepts feedback; Shows personal responsibility and follow through on commitments; Adapts well to change or unexpected events in the work environment; Finds solutions; Is willing and motivated to learn.


Works in ways that support mutually beneficial partnerships, including being tactfully and diplomatically responsive to others and maintaining confidentiality; Understands group and team dynamics; Gives appropriate recognition to others; Chooses appropriate Extension roles in conflict situations; Manages interactions successfully through an awareness of one's emotions and those of others.


Recognizes, understands and appreciates the culturally different ways in which others express themselves; Treats others with dignity, respect and consideration; Demonstrates active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity through programming and outreach efforts.


Listens and seeks clarification; Adapts and varies communication to fit cultural contexts and circumstances; Demonstrates effective communication technology skills and presentation skills; Writes clearly and informatively; Possesses skills to strengthen others' understanding of Extension's value.


This position description is not intended to be comprehensive in nature given the changes in primary duties/essential job functions and position expectations that can occur over time in response to emerging and assessed community, program and organizational needs. Changes to this position description are subject to the approval of the Cooperative Extension Human Resource Office and those to whom the position is accountable.


State of Wisconsin benefits ( http://www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/newemp/orientwrs.pdf) , including retirement, vacation, sick leave, health insurance, and other insurances.


As an affirmative action employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunity in programs and employment; and is strongly committed to maintaining a climate supportive of respect for differences and equality of opportunity. UW-Extension does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam veteran or any other military service, arrest record or non-program related conviction record. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Materials will be made available in alternative format upon request. Please call 711 if you are hearing or speech impaired and need assistance. Direct inquiries concerning equal opportunity to: UW-Extension Office of Inclusion; Room 501; 432 N. Lake Street; Madison, WI 53706.

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