4-H Program Coordinator - Wirt County Extension Service
West Virginia University (WVU) is seeking applications for a full-time 4-H Program Coordinator with WVU Extension Service (WVUES).
About the Opportunity
This position will serve Wirt County's 4-H Program and will provide some occasional programmatic support to the WVUES 4-H program in Wood County. This position will collaborate with other Extension Service staff in the region in delivering various aspects of the county Extension program.
Travel in-county, regionally, and statewide will be required to attend professional development activities. Occasional overnight stays will be required.
We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:
37.5-hour work week
13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
24 annual leave (vacation) days per year
18 sick days per year
(for when you're ill, for when you need time to care for sick family, for your own, or your family's, regularly scheduled medical appointments. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as well as others considered to be members of your household living under the same roof)
WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits (this position is a benefits-eligible non-classified staff position)
401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ's.
What you'll do:
- Recruit, train and perform vetting for 4-H programs in adherence with the WVUES Youth Protection Policies.
- Conduct formal and informal educational programs and teach in the 4-H and youth development program unit.
- Provide programming to reach youth utilizing curriculum and other 4-H educational programs.
- Provide leadership to the county-wide 4-H program, both youth and volunteers, to include fairs, festivals and 4-H camping. Will supervise and manage all 4-H volunteers in Wirt County. Will also serve as the director of Wirt County 4-H camps.
- Travel independently within the communities of Wirt County to meet the needs of youth including occasional transportation of youth to both local and state events.
- Work collaboratively with the 4-H Youth Development Administration, specialists, and their supervisor to adhere to the objectives of Wirt County 4-H the West Virginia 4-H program.
- Participate in the WVU Extension Service 4-H webinars, training and reporting activities under supervision of the Wood County 4-HYD Extension Agent and the 4-H Unit Director.
- Maintain all required documentation and financial records as requested.
- Develop coordinated events with ongoing educational objectives to include life skills and positive youth development principals for youth in Wirt County. These events, such as residential 4-H camping will require overnight stays.
- Work collaboratively with WVU Extension faculty and staff, and other youth serving agencies to plan, present and review the program for sustainability and resource development.
- Work collaboratively with WVU Extension faculty and staff in neighboring counties to provide opportunities and information to the citizens of Wirt County in the WVUES areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources as well as Family and Community Development.
- Stay abreast of the WVUES 4-H youth engagement policies and procedures through participation on calls, training opportunities, and latest resources and literature regarding positive youth development.
- Collaborate with the Wirt County Schools and the Wirt County 4-H leaders to ensure engagement and school and out of school time enrichment opportunities for all age eligible youth.
- Support Wood County 4-H on a limited basis in various programs and activities.
- Bachelor's degree in education, youth development, agriculture education or Extension education is preferred.
- If the conferred degree is not in the specified academic fields, applicants may qualify with any degree plus 3 years of relevant work experience in the required fields. Demonstrated leadership and management skill through collaborations and partnerships with agencies and organizations is essential.
- Candidates with a bachelor's degree in progress may be considered, but the degree must be conferred by the candidate's date of hire.
- Three (3) years of experience with providing support and leadership for in-school and out of school education programs and child development programs.
- Relevant work experience in education, youth development, agriculture education or Extension education.
- Experience working with volunteers is desirable.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate, interact, and collaborate with colleagues, families, and youth.
- Ability to pass a criminal background check.
- Strong knowledge of youth development programs.
- Strong communication skills, both orally and in writing.
- Excellent interpersonal skills to form positive working relationships staff, faculty, community organizations, and program users.
- Ability to work with diverse audiences.
- Ability to apply analytical and critical thinking skills to achieve the program's long-range strategic goals.
- Ability to travel as needed, which may include occasional overnight stays.
- Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. May also include conferences, professional development, county events, and summer residential 4-H camping with overnight stays required.
- Ability to lift and carry materials up to 30 lbs. needed to conduct training and perform the duties of the position.
- Valid driver's license for independent travel
- Must have reliable transportation
- Ability to pass the WVU Driver's Safety Training exam
- Ability to pass WVUES Background and youth protection screening
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.
Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU's academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches, and experiences.
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 15, 2022
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes