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

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants must submit the following to be considered: 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. +(Recommendation letter requests will be automatically sent to references upon submission of application)+ For further information on this position, contact: Janet Schmidt, Search Committee Chair, 509.397.6290, schmidtj@wsu.edu For information on WSU Extension and 4-H, visit: http://extension.wsu.edu/ and http://extension.wsu.edu/4h/ For more information on the WSU Tenure and Promotion process, go to: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/fs/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2015/06/Tenure-and-Promotion-Criteria-for-Ext-Prog-Unit-Faculty-Revision-FINAL.pdf

Position Details

Position Information

Employee Type Faculty
Title
Working Title Associate Director for the Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program
Position Number 124955
College/Area WSU Extension
Hiring Unit Youth and Families Program Unit
Department Link

Youth and Families Program Unit

Work Location Spokane
Zip Code 99210-1495
Summary of Duties

The Associate Director for the Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program is a full-time, 12-month, non-tenured, promotion-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor.

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 4­-H 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.

Additional Information

RESPONSIBILITIES
-Serve as the institution’s director and liaison on matters related to WSU Extension 4­-H Youth Development Program and collaborate with the Youth and Family Program Unit Director on supervision and evaluation of faculty.

-Provide innovative, visionary leadership and strategic planning to set the educational tone and direction in the development, funding, marketing, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of research-based youth development programs and outreach activities that align with USDA, university, state, and county priorities.

-Review, access, and interpret published research; local, state and national data; and program needs and to develop a plan-­of­ work commensurate with institutional resources.

-Build and maintain cooperative, respectful, trusted working relationships with statewide Extension faculty and staff in an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality and the ability to work in a multi-cultural setting.

-Participate actively in collaborative, strategic interdisciplinary partnerships with various campuses, colleges, schools, and departments within WSU; other educational institutions; federal, state, and county government and agencies; private foundations; associations and organizations on a multi-state and national level to advance program priorities.

-Work cooperatively with other state 4-H program leaders and national leadership at USDA ­NIFA.

-Mentor faculty to provide research and outcome-based programming designed to improve the quality of life of youth, meaningful evaluation, and in-depth reporting that leads to peer-reviewed scholarly activities that contribute to county, state and national priorities.

-Review scholarly activities of faculty that include refereed journal articles, Extension publications, and creative products and media as appropriate to an individual’s faculty appointment.

-Lead and support diversity and social justice initiatives; monitor program activities to ensure program outreach effectively includes diverse and under served communities; and provide leadership for civil rights compliance.

-Oversee flexible programs that demonstrate enhanced leadership skills, positive self-esteem, effective communication skills, sound decision-making, and other life skills in program participants through traditional clubs, after school enrichment, short term projects, focused youth education, community-based organizations; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), citizenship, and healthy living programs.

-Make budget recommendations to the Youth and Families Program Unit Director, provide leadership for fiscal and budget management, and monitor accounts to avoid over-spending.

-Maintain and build upon a working relationship with the Washington State 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees to provide fundraising guidance that supports and expands programs and are aligned with programmatic needs.

-Maintain ongoing communication through written and oral reports, electronic methods, meetings, conferences, forums, and training opportunities.

LINE OF RESPONSIBILITY
-The Associate Director for the Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program reports to the WSU Extension Youth and Families Program Unit Director.

JOB EXPECTATIONS
-All Extension employees working with youth must be screened. Employment is contingent upon a successful Washington State Patrol and national background check.

-Ability to travel year-round using own reliable transportation (mileage reimbursed) is required. Evening and weekend work is required. The successful candidate must possess a valid driver’s license. Current automobile liability insurance (meeting the requirements described in RCW 46.30.020, and RCW 46.09.090) while using a private vehicle for official business is required.

-Extension faculty members are hired into the organization, not into a specific geographical location. It is possible that future circumstances may require relocation.

-Understand and carry out the principles and specific requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Affirmative Action Plan, and all pertinent rules and regulations.

View the Benefits overview for information regarding competitive benefits available.

Anticipated Start Date 07/01/2017
Tenure Track No
Full-Time/Part-Time Full Time
Appointment Status Permanent
Position Term in Months 12
Monthly Salary Salary is commensurate with available funding and the candidate’s academic and professional qualifications.
Required Qualifications

-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.

Preferred Qualifications

-Ph.D. in social sciences, human development, youth development, guidance and counseling, leadership development, volunteerism, education, or closely related discipline.

-Demonstrated record of achievement in scholarship that disseminates innovative approaches and methods in measurable program impacts.

-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.

-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.

-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.

-Experience leading and motivating geographically dispersed, successful interdisciplinary and/or multi-agency teams in the development, delivery, and management of positive youth development programs.

-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.

Background Check Yes

Posting Detail Information

Type of Recruitment Open Recruitment
Posting Open Date 03/07/2017
Screening Begin Date 05/05/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled (overrides close field) Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must submit the following to be considered:
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. (Recommendation letter requests will be automatically sent to references upon submission of application)

For further information on this position, contact: Janet Schmidt, Search Committee Chair, 509.397.6290, schmidtj@wsu.edu

For information on WSU Extension and 4-H, visit: http://extension.wsu.edu/ and http://extension.wsu.edu/4h/

For more information on the WSU Tenure and Promotion process, go to: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/fs/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2015/06/Tenure-and-Promotion-Criteria-for-Ext-Prog-Unit-Faculty-Revision-FINAL.pdf

EEO Statement

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

Posting Number 20152228F

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have, or can you obtain by time of hire, a valid Driver's License?
    • Yes – Issued by the State of Washington
    • Yes – Issued by the State of Idaho
    • Yes – Issued by another State
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • WSU Website
    • Personal Contact/Referral
    • Career Fair
    • Professional Journal/Association
    • Newspaper
    • Radio
    • Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Indeed.com
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • State of Washington WorkSource
    • Workplace Diversity
    • US.jobs
    • Facebook
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    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Other
  4. Reference Contact Info
Optional Documents