County Youth Coordinator (Regional lead for youth outreach; recruitment, retention, and communication; OR livestock)

Town/City
Keosauqua
Base County
Van Buren
Counties Served
Van Buren
Objective

The County Youth Coordinator (CYC) will focus on Positive Youth Development while working with youth, volunteers, regional and state Extension and 4-H staff, and other professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate a progressive series of educational programs and experiences that work toward multiple life skill outcomes (productive citizens, outstanding communicators, effective leaders, and successful learners). The County Youth Coordinator will empower youth to reach their full potential through Youth Adult Partnerships and research-based experiences.

The Van Buren County Youth Coordinator will work regionally with the Youth Program Specialist and CYCs in Jefferson, Davis, and Wapello Counties. They will be the point person for all communication with volunteers and youth in Van Buren County. They will lead efforts throughout the four-county region in one of the following areas: 1) youth outreach, 2) recruitment, retention, and communication, 3) livestock. Applicants are asked to include their preferred focus area and related experience in their cover letter.   

Responsibilities
  • Support the delivery modes of 4-H clubs, Clover Kids, school enrichment, after-school, day camps, county fair, and others as assigned locally and regionally.
  • Implement research-based and approved educational programs.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to advance the Iowa 4-H mission and vision.
  • Plan and organize youth components for the Van Buren County Fair.
  • Work collaboratively with the Recruitment, Retention, and Communication Lead to develop and implement a year-round recruitment and retention strategy to bring diverse youth from entry-point activities into long-term involvement in 4-H.
  • Work collaboratively with the Recruitment, Retention, and Communication Lead to develop a year-round recruitment and retention strategy for diverse community and corporate volunteers.
  • Assure compliance with risk management policies, including required training and background checks of volunteers.
  • Establish and maintain 4-H governance committees. 
  • Promote 4-H state and county programs, events, and activities, working with local partners and media.
  • Communicate effectively and build relationships with the County Extension Council, youth, families, volunteers, colleagues, and community partners.
  • Represent Iowa State University, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Iowa 4-H professionally and positively.
  • Collect, analyze, and share county data to ensure program effectiveness. 
  • Administer evaluations and share impacts with County Extension Council, Youth Program Specialist, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Adhere to state and federal guidelines and policies and ensure that volunteers and community partners do the same.
  • Work with the regional director and youth program specialist on an annual program budget. Keep adequate records to ensure resources are expended responsibly.
  • Lead regional efforts related to one of the four focus areas: 1) youth outreach, 2) recruitment, retention, and communication, 3) livestock, 4) member support and education. The leads will be responsible for the following.
    • Youth Outreach Lead:
      • Lead efforts regionally to develop a year-round program plan.
      • Lead efforts to organize and implement school enrichment, after-school, and summer programs regionally.
      • Train teachers, county staff, and partners on implementing programs.
      • Work with teachers and district staff to select programs that align with Iowa Core Standards and complement the existing curriculum.
    • Member Support and Education Lead:
      • Manage the 4HOnline database and serve as the regional expert to county staff in answering 4HOnline questions.
      • Organize regional non-livestock project-based workshops.
      • Organize regional record book workshops.
      • Organize regional career readiness field-based experiences.
      • Work with the regional CYC team to keep record book forms up-to-date and available to members.
    • Livestock Lead:
      • Organize regional livestock workshops.
      • Oversee FairEntry set-up and serve as the regional expert to county staff in answering FairEntry questions.
      • Oversee the livestock rule-management process.
      • Work with the Recruitment, Retention, and Communication Lead to communicate livestock-related updates and information to 4-H families and volunteers.
      • Organize and prepare for livestock weigh-ins.

Qualifications

  • Experience working with youth and volunteers 
  • Experience with Positive Youth Development
  • Team player 
  • Self-motivated with ability to work with minimal supervision 
  • Problem-solving skills 
  • Cultural competence 
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Publisher 
  • Organizational skills 
  • Project management skills 
  • Conflict management and resolution skills 
  • Dependability 
  • Collaboration and networking skills 
Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate's or Bachelor’s degree 
  • Experience organizing events and activities 
Additional Information

This is a 32-hour week position working at the Van Buren County Extension Office. Some evenings and weekends are required. Programming will often take place out of the office; therefore, a valid driver's license and reliable transportation are required. Mileage will be reimbursed at the current IRS rate. This position requires routine office demands, with occasional lifting of moderate weights, including carrying program materials, stacking chairs, moving tables, etc.

Employment is contingent on a successful background screening.

To apply, please send the following to jbathje@iastate.edu by and include "Van Buren County CYC" in the subject line. 

  • Van Buren County Job Application
  • Cover letter that includes your preferred focus area and related experience. Available options include:
    1. youth outreach
    2. recruitment, retention, and communication
    3. livestock
  • Resume
  • A list of three professional references 

Apply by July 1, 2024 for full consideration. 

Questions? Please contact Cindy Hall, Regional Director, 641-751-6753

Job Type
Full Time
Hours
32 hours per week with some nights and weekends.
Wages (type)
Hourly
Wages (status)
non-exempt
Wages
Hourly rate is dependent on education and experience.
Benefits
  • IPERS
  • Vacation
  • Holiday pay
  • Sick leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
Application Deadline
This position will remain open until filled

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.