Nature and Requirements of the position: This position provides assistance to Jones County and to the County Extension Council to expand the reach of 4-H youth opportunities through the organization/delivery of community programming (school enrichment, afterschool opportunities and other 4-H programming). This position will expand the reach of research-based education by providing assistance or coordination of adult education in collaboration with ISU Extension and Outreach specialists and county staff.
- Full-time hourly position (40 hours) – rate based on experience and education. Schedule may fluctuate as needed to prepare and provide after-school and enrichment opportunities. Night and weekend work availability is a must. Work attendance during the week of the Great Jones County Fair is required.
- Assist and provide support for Jones County Youth programs as needed or assigned.
- Work collaboratively with Jones County staff to provide office coverage and essential office functions for excellent customer service.
- Serve as a face of the Jones County Ag Extension District to develop partnerships and community connections in collaboration with county staff and the regional director.
- Follow Extension Council and ISU Extension and Outreach administrative guidelines.
- Requires training with potential of initial and subsequent travel.
- Benefits include a portion of health insurance, PTO, IPERS, EAP. Travel while conducting work is reimbursed at the IRS approved rate.
- Reports to Regional Director.
Youth Program Development / Maintenance (40%)
- Identify potential youth audiences per county guidelines, with an initial concentration in K-3rd grade to then expand to K-12 grade.
- Deliver/manage community-based programming with director supervisor and 4-H staff. Community programing includes school enrichment, out-of-school programming, day camps, and other opportunities utilizing research-based education and curriculum. Organize and conduct educational activities in Citizenship and Leadership, Healthy Living, STEAM, as well as Arts and Communication (day camps, summer camps, etc)
- Encourage development of life skills among program participants.
- Manage financial budgets for individual programs.
- Network with related county organizations and ISU Extension and Outreach offices.
- Assist with media marketing efforts as needed.
- Evaluate programs and compile data as needed.
Resource Development and Relationships (20%)
- Contribute as an integral and productive team member of the Jones County office.
- Represent ISU Extension and Outreach in a professional manner.
- Builds community collaborations and serves as a face of ISU Extension and Outreach locally in partnership with the Jones County team.
- Inform supervisor of county projects and project outcomes regularly.
- Support and initiate strategies to develop volunteer networks as needed.
- Manages local data collection in line with program area requirements.
- Manages project budgets within the program area.
- Maintain a positive working relationship with staff and clients.
- Continually develop and enhance relevant skills and understand current professional standards.
- Other duties as assigned.
Program Development / Coordination (40%)
- Works collaboratively with the county staff and council programming committee to identify and respond to community needs through ISU Extension and Outreach (or other land grant university) research-based education.
- Develops an annual plan of work to expand the reach to new audiences in Jones County and the region – with an initial emphasis in Jones County.
- Plans and coordinates educational programming in a specific program area in collaboration with program specialists, regional directors, and councils utilizing a research-based program curriculum. I.e. Ag and Natural Resources, Human Sciences, Community and Economic Development.
- Minimum 2-year post-secondary degree and 2 years experience. Knowledge and experience working with youth are a must.
- Is a strong team player with a demonstrated interest in youth and volunteer leadership.
- Capable of delegating tasks and coordinating volunteer efforts.
- Strong leadership skills. Conflict Management skills.
- Excellent organizational communication (written and verbal) and networking skills.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Computer, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
- Team player and people-oriented.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends.
- Teaching or facilitation experience in the field related to the program area if direct instruction is a required job responsibility.
- Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
- Employment contingent upon successful screening in Child Protection Safety Program (Criminal Background Check).
- Experience working with K-12th grade youth preferred. 4-H experience is valuable.
- Demonstrated record of establishing new programs and audiences.
- Successful contract and grant writing experience.
- Experience working cooperatively with boards and diverse groups
Job Classification: Full-time hourly. Hours over 40 are paid at 1.5 times the hourly rate.
Terms of employment:
- Continued employment contingent upon successful completion of initial 4-month probationary period.
- $17-22 per hour based on education and experience
To be considered for the position, submit an employment application with a cover letter and resume.
Send to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 800 North Maple Street, Monticello, IA
Application documents are appreciated in PDF format, however, can be accepted in .DOC format.