4H/Youth Program Advisor (Hand, Hyde, and Potter Counties)

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title 4H/Youth Program Advisor (Hand, Hyde, and Potter Counties)
Posting Number NFE00036P
Department SDSU-4-H Programs
Physical Location of Position (City) Miller
Posting Text

Would you like to make a difference in a young person’s life? Are you interested in being part of a system that helps parents and communities build leadership and character in their youth? If so, SDSU Extension is looking for YOU!

Serve as the advisor to the 4-H program in Hand, Hyde, and Potter Counties (Miller, Highmore, and Gettysburg, SD) managing local 4-H operational elements identified as priorities in accordance with all policies and procedures administered by the SDSU Extension 4-H program. Develop and deliver educational programs in the programming priority areas of leadership, science, agriculture, and health and relationships along with other topics identified through informal and formal needs assessments. Establish working relationships and coalitions with other youth-serving groups 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 communication network with the County Commissions, other 4-H Youth Program Advisors, Extension Field Specialists, volunteers, partnering organizations, stakeholders, and the public. Position does require some evening and weekend work and travel. Occasional overnight stays for statewide SDSU Extension 4-H events are required. Support the land-grant University, SDSU Extension mission and vision, 4-H philosophy, policies and procedures.

Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education, or Child, Youth, or Human Development. A Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Sciences, or other related fields accepted if applicant demonstrates coursework, professional and/or volunteer experiences in which the applicant planned, taught, and/or evaluated educational programs for youth audiences prior to beginning employment. December 2017 and May 2018 college graduates will be considered. Must be able to use a personal computer for basic word processing and e-mail. Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing is essential. Must possess a valid driver’s license and personal auto, or be able to obtain both within thirty days of beginning employment.

Demonstrated experiences in planning, teaching, and evaluating educational programs for youth audiences; demonstrated ability to manage local 4-H operational elements including event management, budget, and committee coordination; demonstrated ability to lead volunteer groups and committees and to work with other youth serving groups/coalitions to maximize opportunities for youth; and the ability to communicate and collaborate 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 specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; resume; reference page with the contact information for three professional references; and an unofficial transcript. 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 underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are 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 11/07/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 12/11/2017
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications.
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 professionals in specialist, field specialist, and 4-H/Youth Program Advisor positions throughout the state in regional Extension centers and multiple county offices. This position will serve the communities of Miller, Highmore, and Gettysburg as well as other communities within Hand, Hyde, and Potter Counties.

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 persons 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.

Supplemental Questions

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  1. Where did you hear about this position?
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Documents Needed to Apply

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