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Associate Extension Specialist, Volunteer Engagement

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Volunteer Programs and Service Learning

Job Description

The Volunteer Engagement Associate Specialist will provide leadership in building system capacity within Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) to effectively engage and support volunteers. The Associate Specialist will conduct, facilitate, and disseminate research related to emerging and contemporary issues affecting volunteerism and volunteer management. Collaborating with specialists and agents, the Associate Specialist will develop and implement strategies to attract, develop, and retain an appropriately diverse group of volunteers who will be demographically reflective of the communities they serve. By developing effective partnerships with subject matter specialists, the Associate Specialist will increase the number and variety of volunteer opportunities within VCE thus expanding the reach and visibility of VCE programs.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in Extension Education, Volunteer Administration, Community Development, Leadership, or closely related field. Degrees in other fields will be considered for candidates with professional Extension experience.
  • Experience in designing and implementing community-based Extension or non-formal educational programs through the engagement of volunteers.
  • Interest in and demonstrated skills in effective program evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with volunteers and diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to design, promote, implement, and evaluate youth and adult development programs based on experiential learning principles.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A commitment to working with diverse clientele and colleagues and to the Virginia Tech Principles of Community.
  • Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends with occasional overnight travel.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Resource development experience in support of programming efforts
  • Demonstrated experience developing effective on-line educational programs and marketing materials, including the use of social media
  • Administrative/supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated skills in team leadership and problem-solving.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

September 23, 2021

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination.

Must have a driver's license check

Must have an acceptable and safe driving record

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Jeremy Johnsonat jejohns1@vt.eduduring regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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