Extension 4H Advisor (Davison & Hanson Counties)

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Extension 4H Advisor (Davison & Hanson Counties)
Posting Number NFE00009P
Department SDSU-4-H Programs
Physical Location of Position (City) Mitchell
Posting Text

This position will provide timely 4-H Youth Development research-based information, resources, education, leadership, and support to meet the needs of youth while building relationships to enhance and carry out the mission of SDSU Extension. This full time 4-H Advisor position will serve Davison and Hanson Counties (Mitchell, SD and Alexandria, SD) assisting with the management of the local 4-H operational elements identified as priorities by community members and SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development in accordance with all policies and procedures administered by the state 4-H program. Develop and deliver educational programs in the programming priority areas of leadership, science, health and wellness and Ag-Vocacy along with other topics identified through informal and formal needs assessments. Establish working relationships and coalitions with other youth serving groups, including schools and out of school programs, to ensure maximum opportunities for youth. Provide leadership for volunteer management, including identification, orientation, training and recognition, for both youth and adults, to ensure the capacity to offer programming is maintained and grown over time. Maintain an effective and efficient communications network with the County Commissions of Davison and Hanson Counties, other 4-H Youth Program Advisors, Extension Field Specialists, volunteers, partnering organizations, stakeholders, and the public. Assist in the management of the operating budget for the Extension 4-H offices and communicate regularly with the County Commissions in relation to the budget and the agreement between SDSU Extension and the county. Position does require some evening and weekend work. Occasional overnight travel to statewide SDSU Extension 4-H events is required. Support the land-grant University, SDSU Extension mission and vision, 4-H philosophy, policies and procedures.

Bachelor’s degree in Child/Youth/Human Development, Education, or other related field if combined with documented relevant youth development or education coursework prior to beginning employment. A Bachelor’s Degree in Science and or Agriculture or other related field is accepted if it includes coursework related to youth development, or candidate has extensive relevant career experience working with youth in a professional or volunteer capacity prior to beginning employment. December 2017 and May 2018 graduates will be considered. Must be able to use a personal computer for word processing, internet based programs for 4-H management, social media, and e-mail. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must possess a valid driver’s license and personal auto, or be able to obtain both within thirty days of beginning employment. Willingness to travel within the state of South Dakota.

Demonstrated experiences in planning, teaching, and evaluating educational programs for youth audiences; demonstrated experiences in event management, budget, and committee coordination; demonstrated experience with youth development programs that include or are similar to the 4-H program; demonstrated ability to lead people including volunteer groups and committees and to work with other youth serving groups / coalitions to maximize opportunities for youth; the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences; and a demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specially address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; resume; unofficial transcript; and reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of u underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

Posting Date 10/12/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 11/14/2017
Advertised Salary Commensurate with education and experience
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Work Hours
Typical Hours Worked Per Week
Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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This position requires Travel, Overnight stays, Valid Drivers License
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education. SDSU Extension has a network of 4-H professionals that include campus based staff, field specialists, and 4-H Youth Program Advisors located throughout the state on the campus of SDSU, eight Regional Extension Centers and in multiple county based offices. This position is located in Alexandria, SD and Mitchell, SD.

Affirmative Action Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status, or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Diversity Statement
Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact Kathie Weight at (605) 688-4147 or Kathleen.Weight@sdstate.edu.

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts
  4. Reference List
Optional Documents