County Youth Coordinator

Town/City
Tripoli, Iowa
Base County
Bremer
Counties Served
Bremer
Objective

The County Youth Coordinator provides assistance to Iowa State University Extension & Outreach (ISUEO) in Bremer County and to the Bremer County Extension Council for organization and delivery of 4-H positive youth development programming. Program delivery modes include clubs, camps, school, events, and after-school programming in conjunction with office responsibilities, volunteer management, building partnerships, and managing resources. The position requires knowledge and adherence of ISU Extension and Outreach and Iowa 4-H policies and guidelines.

Responsibilities

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT/MAINTENANCE:

  • Develop the annual Bremer County 4-H Action Plan and deliver programs for K-12 youth audiences to include in-school and afterschool programs, day camps, overnight trips, workshops, etc.
  • Develop and initiate county recruitment and retention strategy for youth audiences according to county and state goals
  • Support local program scheduling and delivery
  • Implement educational programs designed by professional staff
  • Provide leadership for ensuring 4-H materials are ordered, organized, and distributed
  • Assist with computerized youth enrollment program. Maintain appropriate records and prepare reports
  • Evaluate programs and assist in compiling data/preparing year-end reports
  • Organize and deliver county and multi-county/regional 4-H events and activities with volunteers and other staff
  • Assist in registration, recruitment and/or correspondence for regional and state events and opportunities such as regional camps, National 4-H Conference, State Conference, State Council selection, Animal Science Roundup, and State Awards selection
  • Coordinate volunteer and project trainings for county
  • Provide leadership in planning, implementation, and delegating of 4-H/FFA responsibilities at the Bremer County Fair
  •  Utilize assistance of summer staff as needed
  •  Fiscal responsibility in managing programs/events within county youth development budget. Serve as lead contact for county/local fundraising efforts
  •  Work with county youth development team and Extension Council to complete youth program needs assessment

VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT:

  • Develop a local recruitment and retention strategy to recruit diverse pool of volunteers to support county program
  • Assure volunteer compliance with state 4-H policies including screening, orientating, training, recognizing and evaluating volunteers for various roles and activities
  • Provide leadership for the Bremer County Youth Advisory Committee, 4-H Youth County Council, Bremer County Extension District Council, Fair Board (per MOU with fair board), and all aspects of the county 4-H program

COMMUNICATIONS & EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Coordinate and maintain regular correspondence with 4-H members, volunteers, committees, Extension support staff, and the public. This will include news releases, newsletter, emails, and postings to social media outlets, etc.
  • Prepare monthly youth/CYC work report for Extension Council (Present Youth Program report to Extension Council)
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other Extension and community groups, agencies, and organizations
  • Gather promotional information for development of program fliers and posters for programs, activities, events, and recruitment, in coordination with office staff
  • Showcase ISU Extension & Outreach and 4-H as a credible source of information and resource utilizing research-based curriculum

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT:

  • Utilize Youth Advisory Committee and to secure public/private program and financial support

EMPLOYEE EXPECTATIONS:

  • Maintain confidentiality on all Extension business
    • information about customers is not shared either orally or in writing to staff or public not directly involved
    • information about staff or office relationships is not shared either orally or in writing to staff or public not directly involved
  • Understand and accept mission, vision and philosophy of Extension Service and 4-H programs
  • Create and maintain positive working relationship with county, regional, and state Extension staff
  • Communicate weekly and monthly work schedule with supervisor (and Extension staff as appropriate)
  • Work with ISU Extension Youth Program Specialist to identify and attend mandatory training sessions.  Monitor daily work for adherence to policies/procedures and promptly correct deficiencies
  • Cross-train to know the basics of county-paid staff’s support work
  • Other duties as determined in conjunction with the Extension Council
  • Ethics:  Treat people with respect and courtesy; keep commitment, inspire the trust of others; work with integrity and ethics and uphold organizational values

Qualifications
  • Related experience to the position
  • Experience equivalent to one year of full-time employment
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Employment contingent on successful background screening

 

Preferred Qualifications
  • Post-secondary degree
  • Knowledge and experience in 4-H
  • Experience with K-12 grade youth and volunteer management
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software, and social media outlets

 

Additional Information

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSA’S):

  • Excellent organizational skills with capabilities to prioritize and multi-task workload
  • Ability to communicate effectively through speaking, writing, and use of media
  • Demonstrated interest in youth and volunteer leadership
  • Ability to work with in a team environment
  • Ability to delegate tasks and ability to coordinate volunteer efforts
  • Conflict management skills
  • Self-starter with ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Dependability and time management skills
  • Enthusiastic, flexible, and open-minded
  • Ability to interact with the public in a friendly, courteous, and tactful manner
  • Ability to complete scheduled tasks on time
  • Problem solving skills: identify and resolve problems in timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully, develop alternative solutions, and work well in group problem solving situations.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

  • Position accountabilities are typically performed indoors in an office setting, in large public meeting spaces, livestock facilities, and natural outdoor settings with adults and youth of all ages

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS:

  • Ability to lift 30 pounds individually and other physical activities as necessary; including but not limited to bending, stooping, kneeling and climbing

The physical and mental demands of this position are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential position accountabilities.

TO APPLY: Email Resume, Cover letter, and three references to bshultz1@iastate.edu by April 29th, 2024

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For the full non-discrimination statement or accommodation inquiries, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/diversity/ext.

Job Type
Full Time
Hours
40 Hours per week; some weekends/evenings/travel required
Wages (type)
Hourly
Wages (status)
non-exempt
Wages
$17.50-$21 based on experience
Benefits

Medical and Dental Benefits

Application Deadline

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For the full non-discrimination statement or accommodation inquiries, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/diversity/ext.