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Iowa State University 4-H Leadership and Civic Engagement Program Specialist II in Ames, Iowa

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Position Title:4-H Leadership and Civic Engagement Program Specialist II

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience

Special Required QualificationsDrivers License

Preferred Qualifications:Experience working with youth

Experience with educational programming

Experience with managing or leading teams

Experience with planning events

Job Description:

The 4-H Youth Development department with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is seeking qualified candidates for a 4-H Youth Program Specialist who will provide leadership and coordination to all aspects of the events, programs, and resources in the 4-H Leadership and Civic Engagement priority area. This position will be hired as a Program Specialist II.

This individual will oversee all aspects of assigned programs and events including budgeting, risk management, implementation, partnership development. This individual will collaborate across department teams on program and event logistics, data and evaluation, and marketing.

This position will be responsible for statewide outreach programs and events which include but are not limited to the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, State 4-H Youth Council, State 4-H Recognition Day, and international exchange programs. The successful candidate will also serve as the staff advisor to the collegiate 4-H club and coordinate the Iowa delegations to National 4-H Conference and National 4-H Congress.

This position provides leadership to the maintenance, curation, development, and implementation of 4-H programs and resources in the priority area of leadership and civic engagement. This individual will provide leadership to a committee of named the Leadership and Civic Engagement Priority Area Team. This position will lead this committee in prioritizing relevant, scaffolded, research-based learning experiences for members and participants. They will lead this committee in providing a consistent 4-H educational experience in this priority area for 4-H participants statewide through the maintenance of our programs and resources. They will lead this committee in providing young people the opportunity to explore related educational and career opportunities, and opportunities to showcase their learning. They will lead this committee in collaborating with internal teams to evaluate and report on outcomes and impacts from programming efforts in this curricular area in alignment with department procedures.

The successful candidate will have exceptional organizational and communication skills, with an ability to work well with a variety of internal and external audiences. The demonstrated ability to plan events and manage and prioritize complex projects and multiple deadlines. They will be able to take initiative on leading projects. Proven leadership and teamwork skills in addition to a demonstrated ability to mobilize and direct programs are required. A creative, enthusiastic self-starter with the ability to adapt quickly to changing needs of the organization will also be needed to be successful in this position.

This is a regular with term appointment(fixed term) position with the opportunity for renewal.

An essential function for this position is the ability to lift 25 lbs with or without reasonable accommodations.

This position will require occasional travel.Level Guidelines• Intermediate-level position with solid professional and/or technical skills working under general supervision to achieve goals• Applies broad, working knowledge of the principles of the field to moderately complex, difficult, and varied problems and issues• Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action and resolve problems• Responds to a broad range of inquiries and requests• May provide training and/or direction to lower-level staff• May lead projects of moderate scope and complexity• Provides guidance to students

Vision:  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will advance land-grant values by engaging all Iowans in solving today’s problems and preparing for a thriving future.

Mission: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach builds a strong Iowa by engaging all Iowans in research, education, and extension experiences to address current and emerging real-life challenges.

Diversity Statement: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach celebrates all identities, cultures, and backgrounds and actively works to foster a climate that is grounded in respect, value, and belonging.  In our communities, diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the experiences of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach participants and partners. In our organization, diversity, equity, and inclusion support constructive workplace and educational environments, and promote excellence throughout the organization.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach aims to provide research- and evidence-based educational opportunities to cultivate the growth of Iowa’s agriculture, families, youth, and communities; is dedicated to serving all Iowans; and will continue to take intentional and thoughtful steps to achieve this goal.  

Job Details: As our vision and mission both state, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is here to serve all Iowans. Accordingly, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach values experience working with and in diverse communities. We acknowledge the full range of diversity including race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, disability, socioeconomic status, rural, urban, perspectives, education, experiences, etc. When we encompass a wide range of Iowans in our workforce, we better understand and serve the richness and breadth that is Iowa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is an equal opportunity employer and in accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Appointment Type:Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:October 30, 2023

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:PS807

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.Why Choose ISU?Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:• Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans• Generous vacation, holiday and sick time and leave plans• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa)• Life insurance and long-term disability• Flexible Spending Accounts• Various voluntary benefits and discounts• Employee Assistance Program• Wellbeing program• This job may also be eligible for flexible work schedules and flexible workplace options that may include flexible working hours and a hybrid working environment.

Original Posting Date: September 20, 2022

Posting Close Date:October 3, 2022

Job Requisition Number:R9770