County Youth Coordinator Position Available in Polk County

ISU Extension and Outreach – Polk County Associate Educator 2017

County Youth Coordinator | Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Polk County

Position Description

Iowa 4-H and the County Youth Coordinators will focus on Positive Youth Development. Staff will work with volunteers and professionals to plan, implement and evaluate a progressive series of educational programs for youth and experiences that work toward multiple life skill outcomes (Productive Citizens, Outstanding Communications, Effective Leaders, and Successful Learners). This position should develop volunteers to empower urban and rural youth to reach their full potential through Youth-Adult Partnerships and research-based experiences.


  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to advance the Iowa 4-H mission and vision

  • Develop and implement a year-round county recruitment and retention strategy for diverse community and corporate volunteers

  • Develop and implement a year-round county recruitment and retention strategy to bring diverse youth from entry-point activities into long-term involvement in 4-H

  • 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, other extension staff 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.

  • Implement programs in accordance with state and federal guidelines and policies, and

    share with volunteers and community partners

  • Administer evaluations and share impacts with County Extension Council and partners

  • Work with County Extension Council to ensure adequate financial resources are secured

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Team player

  • Self-motivated with ability to work with minimal supervision

  • Problem solving skills

  • Cultural competence

  • Volunteer management skills

  • Computer skills including Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel

  • Organizational skills

  • Project management skills

  • Conflict management and resolution skills

  • Dependability

  • Collaboration and networking skills

  • Ability to lift and move 40pounds

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in family consumer sciences, youth development, education, agriculture, communications, or related area
  • Two or more years of experience in one or more areas of the position
  • Experience with volunteer development

  • Experience with Positive Youth Development

  • Experience working with youth and volunteers in an urban setting

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual; fluent in a second language

  • Experience organizing events and activities


This is a full-time position, located in the Polk County Extension Office. Programming will take place within and outside of the office; therefore, travel will be required to reach youth and families. V alid driver's license and access to reliable transportation is required of a successful candidate. Ability to pass a criminal background screening test.

Work Hours

Full-time. Work week is Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break daily. Based on a 40-hour work week, hours may involve days, evenings, weekends, and occasional overnights. Hours will vary according to the event. Professional development is expected.


$18.50/hour, negotiable depending on experience and qualifications. Non-exempt, hourly. Classified as Associate Educator position.


Health, life and dental insurance, paid time off and holidays, FICA, IPERS AFLAC supplemental insurance (Optional and at the employee's expense)

Supplemental Questions

  1. Describe your experience with 4-H or other youth development programs.

  2. This position requires experience in volunteer management. Describe your relevant experience.

  3. Describe your experience working with diverse audiences.

  4. Developing partnerships with public and community organizations is a requirement for this position. Describe your relevant experience.

Application Documents

1. Cover Letter
2. Resume
3. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Polk County Employment

4. Supplemental Question Answers

To be considered for the position, submit all four of the above documents to PDF format is preferred.

Applications will be accepted through September 18, 2017 until 5:00 p.m. Polk County Extension is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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