Youth and Community Outreach Coordinator

Base County
Counties Served

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).
Preferred Qualifications
  • 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
Additional Information

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: or or 800 North Maple Street, Monticello, IA


Application documents are appreciated in PDF format, however, can be accepted in .DOC format.

Job Type
Full Time
Wages (type)
Application Deadline
This position will remain open until filled

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