North Dakota State University
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$30,000 - $49,999
The Extension Agent will work collaboratively with a team of Extension and research professionals and volunteers to provide innovative leadership for the Cass County Extension 4-H youth development program. The primary duty is to teach educational programs in social, human and behavioral sciences and evaluate educational programs with a measurable impact on enhancing the life skills of youth, adults and volunteers. Supervision is provided by the Extension District Director serving Cass County.
This is a full-time position planning and delivering educational programs in Cass County and, when appropriate, programming cooperatively in neighboring counties. This position is based in the Cass County office of NDSU Extension, which is located in Fargo, ND.
This position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
• Teach, deliver and evaluate programs in social, human and behavioral sciences and 4-H youth development to adult and youth audiences. Successful Extension programs will require you to:
- Conduct needs assessment and issues identification that result in programs based on the needs of county citizens.
- Interpret and integrate pertinent research information into educational programs.
- Develop expertise in a subject matter competency area, and to plan, implement and deliver educational programs on a county and/or communities-of-interest basis.
- Evaluate and market the impact of the educational programs delivered.
- Cultivate a strong relationship with and use multiple media outlets and resources.
- Develop, conduct and evaluate 4-H youth development experiences using the club and camping delivery methods in partnership with community organizations.
• Provide community and leadership development education related to the 4-H youth development program.
• Participate in professional development experiences offered by NDSU Extension and other entities, as appropriate.
Collaborate and Facilitate
• Cooperate and collaborate with local, county and state agencies, organizations and businesses to enhance 4-H youth development and programming opportunities, and utilize stakeholder input to formulate program plans to address issues that affect people throughout their life span.
• Collaborate with NDSU professionals to develop interdisciplinary programs, some of which will be delivered on a community of interest or program team basis.
• Develop and implement volunteer recruitment and provide training and management systems. This would include working with the 4-H council and other groups.
• Assure compliance with equal opportunity policies.
• Some weekend and evening work is required.
• Travel within the county and district is required. Occasional travel outside the district is required. Overnight trips will also be required on occasion in the district and state for meetings, 4-H/youth development activities and professional development.
• Perform other duties as assigned in support of Extension programming.
• Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.
Behavioral expectations include:
• Work ethically, with integrity, and respect confidentiality.
• Contribute to a healthy environment of cooperative, supportive and positive working relationships with co-workers and clientele.
• Resolve differences constructively by using tact and courtesy.
• Use effective time management and prioritization skills with multiple demands on time and resources.
• Be prepared and prompt in attendance for work and meetings and be fully engaged.
• Exhibit a positive attitude, image and personal motivation. Be a professional at all times.
• Be an active learner to keep relevant with new teaching strategies, advances in the professional field, technology, news and with related research.
• Be an effective relationship-builder with community members (including county leaders, organizations), NDSU Extension employees, peers and supervisor.
• Be self-directed with little supervision in the work environment.
• Commitment to professional development.
Please describe how you meet each of the minimum qualifications and any/all of the preferred qualifications in the cover letter. Please upload transcripts for all degrees. Complete contact information for three persons familiar with your professional training and/or work experience is required. These must be three different people than those listed on your application. Please upload this as “Other Documents 1.” Screening for this position will begin November 28, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.
North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable
1. Bachelor’s degree related to education, communication, youth development or related discipline appropriate to the position required by date of hire.
2. Extension experience in 4-H youth development or applicable professional experience.
3. Demonstrated ability to plan and communicate (i.e. presentation skills, strong writing and social media usage)
4. Interpersonal and relationship-building skills
5. Access to a personal vehicle
6. Valid driver’s license
7. Effective oral and written communication skills
1. Master’s degree
2. Volunteer recruitment and management experience
3. Teaching experience in a formal or informal setting
4. Experience with youth, families and community organizations
5. Experience working with various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
6. Ability to design, promote, implement and evaluate educational programs
7. Leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career and/or community activities
8. Experience with problem solving, conflict management and/or relationship building
9. Public relations experience with mass media (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers).