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4-H Youth Program Advisor (Lincoln County)

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title 4-H Youth Program Advisor (Lincoln County)
Posting Number NFE00069P
Department SDSU-4-H Programs
Physical Location of Position (City) Canton
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!

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 Lincoln County (Canton, 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 Commission of Lincoln County, 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 Lincoln County Extension 4-H office and communicate regularly with the County Commission 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, and 4-H philosophy, policies and procedures. SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

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. 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.

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This 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, CV or resume, and a 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.

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.

As of January 1, 2018, South Dakota State University will be a tobacco free environment.

Posting Date 12/20/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 01/26/2018
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 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 Canton, 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, veterans, persons with disabilities, and minorities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR 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

We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact Kathie Weight at (605) 688-4147 or

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. Reference List
  3. Cover Letter
Optional Documents