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Associate Director for the Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program

The WSU Extension Youth and Families Program Unit is seeking a motivated and experienced individual to serve as the Associate Director for the Washington State 4­H Youth Development Program.  The successful individual will provide dynamic and visionary leadership in delivering high quality, research-based, positive youth development educational programs.  The Associate Director is responsible for fostering strong and collaborative working relationships with governmental personnel, WSU administrators, the Youth and Family Program Unit Director, and faculty, staff, volunteers and youth with the common goal of preparing youth to reach their full potential.  While providing statewide leadership and coordination for the planning, development, implementation, management, delivery, reporting, and evaluation of the program, the Associate Director must be able to work irregular hours and travel, when necessary, to support county and campus faculty and staff; participate in collaborative work on committees and with partner organizations; and attend, present and represent WSU at national meetings and conferences.  Administrative duties include the supervision of faculty; acquiring funds for the program; preparing and managing budgets; ensuring compliance with policies, procedures, and terms and conditions of program grants and contracts; and reporting outcomes of the program.



  • Earned Master’s degree in social sciences, human development, youth development, guidance and counseling, leadership development, volunteerism, education, or an appropriate field of study at the time of application.
  • Six years of related experience to the mission of Extension and/or positive youth development.
  • Experience in leadership; conflict resolution; group facilitation; and the development, delivery, and evaluation of youth development programs.
  • Experience in budgeting, financial planning, personnel management, strategic planning and critical decision-making.


  1. D. in social sciences, human development, youth development, guidance and counseling, leadership development, volunteerism, education, or closely related discipline.
  2. Demonstrated record of achievement in scholarship that disseminates innovative approaches and methods in measurable program impacts.
  3. Demonstrated record of extramural fund development, including the ability to write successful grant proposals; and recognize, understand, develop, and facilitate opportunities that broker resources for program needs.
  4. Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas effectively through written, verbal, and technology communication skills when relating to a variety of audiences, such as elected officials, staff, volunteers, media, and agency administrators/representatives.
  5. Demonstrated success working with youth and/or families from varying socioeconomic and ethnic groups, and a commitment to expanding and fostering diversity in program reach for positive youth development.
  6. Experience leading and motivating geographically dispersed, successful interdisciplinary and/or multi-agency teams in the development, delivery, and management of positive youth development programs.
  7. Knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Land Grant University system; Extension philosophy and mission; 4-H youth development issues, delivery methods, adult learning theory, experiential education, and the latest applicable research; as well as a vision of future Extension needs and the ability to communicate on these matters.


Screening of applications will begin May 5, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply visit:

 Submit the Following:

  1. Cover letter describing your vision for leading the WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, and how your experience meets the responsibilities and qualifications for the position;
  2. Curriculum Vitae;
  3. Scanned copy of college transcripts; and
  4. Three professional letters of recommendation that address your qualifications relative to this position.

For Questions About the Position Contact:

Janet Schmidt, 509.397.6290,

For information on WSU Extension 4-H, visit:

For more information on the WSU Tenure and Promotion process, go to:

WSU Extension Coordinator for San Juan County Youth Development Program

Summary of Duties
This 100%, temporary, 12-month position provides oversight and leadership, including volunteer management, for Extension work in the 4-H Youth Development Program of San Juan County (Friday Harbor, WA.), which currently serves over 125 youth members enrolled in over 15 active clubs led by over 60 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 procedures of WSU Extension, and specifically, 4-H programming under the direction of the 4-H Regional Specialist and the State 4-H Program Leader.

Youth Development Programming, 25%

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 San Juan County Extension.

Develop or adapt, promote, and facilitate 4-H Youth Development educational programs, curricula, activities, and presentations for the 4-H Program in San Juan County, with some emphases in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), including robotics.

Manage and oversee educational materials related to conducting 4-H Youth Development programming in San Juan 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.

In coordination with the 4-H Regional Specialist, supervise, train, and support volunteers in the development, implementation, and evaluation of youth programs and competitions.

Ensure safety and effective risk management practices are followed by volunteers at 4-H events and activities through proper training and support.

Volunteer Management, 25%

In cooperation with the 4-H Regional Specialist, responsible for the management of San Juan 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 audiences.

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 and maintain positive working relationships with relevant local, state, and federal agencies; San Juan county government officials and decision makers; outside partners and collaborators; regional youth development organizations; 4-H volunteers, participants, and families as well as WSU and County extension faculty and staff.

Coordinate with San Juan County Fair Board and staff to ensure effective communication and planning around the use of facilities and participation in the County Fair.

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 for 4-H youth and volunteers located on different islands.

Independently originate communications pieces (e.g., displays, newsletters, presentation, social media sites) to promote participation and opportunities for 4-H youth and volunteers.

Administration and Resource Development, 20%

Provide information for clientele related to 4-H policies and mission mandates, and serve as a link to Extension resources by using appropriate research-based information from WSU or other land- grant institutions.

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.

Perform other activities and duties including, but not limited to annual planning and required reporting and attending relevant events and meetings.

Collect, synthesize, and analyze data for the program.

Evaluate and document activities and report impacts to WSU, County Government, and stakeholders.

Other Duties, 10%

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.




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.

Additional Requirements:

Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook; demonstrated work experience using these programs.

While using a private vehicle for official business, the successful candidate must have current automobile liability insurance (meeting the requirements described in RCW 46.30.020 and RCW 46.29.090) and possess a valid driver’s license.

Must successfully pass the WSU 4-H Youth Development/Child Protection screening process.


Experience recruiting and managing volunteers.

Knowledge of, and/or experience with, 4-H youth development programs.

Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team setting.

Three (3) years of related program experience which includes supervisory-level experience.

Experience in mediation services.

Ability to act with professional discretion when resolving programmatic conflicts.

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.

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.

Knowledge of, and/or experience with, program assessment and evaluation.

Experience developing curriculum.

Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced and creative environment emphasizing youth and adult development.

Demonstrated ability to relate to and collaborate with a wide range of people from varied social and economic levels, ages, races, ethnic backgrounds as well as in rural, suburban, and urban settings.

Demonstrated ability to use database software.

Extended teaching experience in informal or formal (i.e., school) settings.

First Aid and CPR certified.

Language and cultural competency in Spanish.

Familiarity with social media.



This position has been re-posted to close 04/17/17.  For full description of position and to apply, visit EEO/AA/ADA.

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