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Program Assistant - Kanawha County Extension Office

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Charleston, West Virginia
Administrative Assistants


West Virginia University Extension Service (WVUES) is seeking applications for a Program Assistant for the Kanawha County Extension office. This position is headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia. Under general supervision of the 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, this position implements educational programs within Kanawha County Schools and the community as determined through needs assessment tools for the program area of 4-H Youth Development (4HYD). Occasional night and weekend work may be required. The incumbent must work 4-H camp during the summer which includes overnight stays.

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:

Program Planning/Implementation

  • In conjunction with county Extension Agent and Kanawha County School (KCS) teachers and administrators, plans, and implements youth development programs, including 4-H clubs, based on youth ages and stages and related to 4-H mission mandates of citizenship, STEM, healthy living, global education, and youth agriculture in Kanawha County Schools.
  • Provide direct instruction to youth and adults, including KCS faculty and staff.
  • Facilitate ongoing evaluation of school enrichment, community, and club programs to identify successes and areas for improvement and report on findings to local stakeholders.
  • In conjunction with county Extension Agent, determine program needs based on county and community needs assessment, observation, and discussion with community leaders, youth, and 4-H volunteers.
  • Facilitate educational programs to promote the development of life skills and educational achievement.
  • Using various techniques such as community presentations and personal contacts, recruit or locate potential adult leaders for the 4-H youth development program.
  • Follow up with recruitment and/or orientation and scheduling of recruited leaders.
  • Recruit new club members and/or organize new clubs as appropriate based on demographic data and information.
  • Communicates and works collaboratively with KCS, 4-H clubs, 4-H Leaders' Association, etc., to recruit and promote after school, out of school, weekend, and summer activities for youth.
  • As instructed by Extension Agent, plans, attends, and/or conducts scheduled meetings monthly such as in-school and afterschool 4-H clubs, 4-H Leaders Association and 4-H teen leaders.
  • Assists with planning projects and events which may include Achievement Banquet, Officer Training School, camps, 4-H Leader Events, educational activities at fairs and festivals, county poster contest, Outdoor Classroom, etc. Includes tasks such as recruiting volunteers, judges, participants, leaders and organizing details.
  • Works within risk management guidelines as relevant to Kanawha Co.
  • Attends and stays overnight at older/younger camps as program support as directed by Extension Agent.
  • Monitors project/program expenditures to comply with "Best Practices for Money Management".
  • Manage and conduct appropriate volunteer processes such as: recruitment, recognition, and retention system.


  • In conjunction with the Extension Agent, distributes age-appropriate materials designed to enhance effectiveness of KCS teachers, 4-H leaders, and community members in conducting high-quality programs.
  • Collaborates with Extension Agent to assess training of teen and adult leaders.
  • Coordinate and present leader-training programs.
  • Provide assistance with expanding, conducting and implementing the 4-H program to reach diverse audiences.

Technology Support

  • Maintain and update databases for youth and volunteers using ZSuite (4-H) and county email lists.
  • Enters, completes and coordinates submission of reports as required by county, state, federal and granting agencies in collaboration with supervising Extension Agent.
  • Maintain 4-H records by maintaining Excel spreadsheets for budgeting, camp planning, event planning, and maintenance of 4-H Leaders' Association information.
  • Implement and manage volunteer processes such as recruitment, vetting, recognition, and retention. Assist with maintaining accurate records of all volunteers in the county.
  • Assists and supports the agent in creating needs assessments and forms in Qualtrics.

Other Responsibilities

  • Participate in all mandatory training sessions relevant to job responsibilities (i.e. Title IX and Protect Children online training modules, camping in-service, Energy Express literacy training, etc.).
  • Participate in professional development sessions as related to the family and youth responsibilities of the position.
  • Stay apprised of community organizations and their services to families and youth in Kanawha County.

Pay Grade: 15

  • Associate degree in youth development, education, health, science, humanities or a related field required.
  • Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • One (1) year experience in the following areas:
    • Working with youth in educational settings.
    • Progressively responsible and related experience in planning and conducting age appropriate youth educational programs.
    • Communicating (written, oral, and formal/informal) with a variety of audiences.
    • Working with community organizations/volunteers.
  • Knowledge of best practices in positive youth development.
  • Knowledge of creating, implementing, and analyzing research data and applying findings to programming.
  • Knowledge of general office methods, practices, and protocols.
  • Strong communication skills as needed (written/oral/telephone/in person) to perform duties in a professional, businesslike manner.
  • Organizational skills to plan and organize tasks and set priorities for responsibilities.
  • Problem solving skills in dealing with a variety of interests and personalities.
  • Public speaking skills to present 4-H programs, teach topics, etc.
  • Interpersonal skills to interact with youth, parents, volunteers, external partners, etc.
  • Excellent technology skills for computer word processing, data entry, and spreadsheet management required.
  • Budget management skills.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to type with speed and accuracy.
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends required including residential camping.
  • Ability to market and promote Extension programs to local constituents.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to independently travel to conduct training programs throughout Kanawha County and occasionally other counties.
  • Ability to learn software for data tracking, such as ZSuite.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment; computer, copier, postage meter, etc.
  • Ability to operate computer utilizing various word processing software packages and program such as Windows, Access, Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously, reprioritizing them as necessary to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to be assertive and proactive while being a self-starter.
  • Ability to read and write in English with strong emphasis on knowledge of correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to learn policy and procedures of WVU, WVU Extension Service, and the 4-H Youth Program.
  • Ability to work independently under direction from supervisor in a structured environment, exercising judgment, tact and diplomacy in all interactions.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and deal tactfully with both internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to maintain proper attendance and punctuality standards.
  • Ability to understand persons from various cultures and backgrounds.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer services to diverse clientele.


  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • Valid Driver's License issued in the United States for independent travel. Overnight travel may be required at program sites, conferences, professional development sessions, etc.
  • Ability to pass a required criminal background check.

About WVU

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Job Posting: Sep 1, 2021

Posting Classification: Classified

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes
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