Brief Description: Lewis County is in the central part of the state located southwest of Fairmont and about 88 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was formed in 1816 from Harrison County. The county is named after Colonel Charles Lewis (1733-1774) who, serving under his older brother General Andrew Lewis, was killed at the Battle of Point Pleasant.
This position will be primarily responsible for conducting WVU Extension Service programming in the area of 4-H and youth development and will be affiliated with the WVU Extension Program Unit for 4-H Youth Development. The successful candidate will also work with family and health promotion programs and will facilitate other Extension programs based on identified needs in Lewis County. The selected candidate will be involved in developing programs to enable children, youths and families to build on their strengths, manage their resources, and that will build skills to expand their capabilities for the future. They will work closely with the other Extension faculty member in the county to coordinate integration of county Extension programming for stakeholders and to assist that Agent in the area of youth agriculture.
- Work as a member of a local, regional and statewide team to plan, implement and teach 4-H youth development and volunteer development and management programs;
- Teach in-school and afterschool enrichment programs for youth.
- Provide educational leadership and support for the 4-H mission mandate programs (citizenship, STEM & healthy living) as well as special interest programs such as shooting sports, ATV safety and youth agriculture programs;
- Actively engage in Extension work teams to provide youth development expertise for program delivery;
- Evaluate select 4-H and youth development programs to measure outcomes and impacts to participants and our communities;
- In collaboration with the supervisor, serve as a part of the 4-H team to provide leadership and support to engage stakeholders through various 4-H youth advisory councils and committees;
- Foster effective communications and develop strong partnerships with Extension faculty/staff, county departments, and local schools and youth organizations;
- Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences;
- As a member of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support locally for adult and youth volunteer based programs including volunteer training, recruitment, selection, orientation, vetting and education;
- Stay in compliance with all University vetting processes, policies and best management practices;
- Conduct teaching and public service programs in identified priority areas; Submit productivity and additional work related initiatives through proper reporting systems such as Digital Measures, 4-H Online and internal e-mail or survey methods;
- Enhance youth programs through involvement of youths and volunteers in a variety of educational experiences, including 4-H clubs, special-interest groups, camps, youth agriculture programs, and literacy programs such as Energy Express;
- Manage county 4-H youth agriculture and natural resources programs - including youth livestock programs. Teaching could be conducted locally as well in partnership with faculty and staff on a regional or statewide basis;
- Develop leadership capacity among community volunteers to support Extension programs;
- Support Families and Community Development Unit programming such as Dining with Diabetes, Food Preservation, and Community Development activities in Lewis County;
- Develop effective collaborative programs with Extension faculty in neighboring counties to provide a broad array of integrated, multicounty programs;
- Serve as an advisor to groups such as the county 4-H Leaders Association, 4-H teen leaders, county 4-H All Stars, county 4-H Foundation and Community Education Outreach Service (CEOS);
- Build community support through a diverse and effective network of agencies, businesses, and civic groups to sustain relevant and high-impact Extension programs;
- Assume role of County Program Coordinator (if needed) to work collaboratively with the County Commission and Board of Education in the areas of budgeting, office management, county staffing and other related areas;
- Recruit, manage, train and follow all vetting processes for volunteers supporting Extension programming;
- Serve as a resource for WVU with regards to recruitment, enrollment, and general WVU information for potential students;
- Develop financial and in-kind resources to support priority program initiative
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required. A Master's degree is preferred. At least one degree in a specific field relevant to youth including education, agriculture and extension education, youth development, child development or other related fields with major course work, professional development and experience appropriate to the needs of this position.
- If the required Bachelor's degree is not in the specified academic field, applicants may qualify with any bachelor's plus three years of professional or volunteer experience with 4-H or other comparable youth development organizations.
Valid Driver's license
- Ability to pass a criminal background check
- Ability to meet travel demands of position (overnight stays), such as 4-H youth camps, conferences, professional development session/trainings
- Willingness to work flexible work hours including some nights and weekend
- Ability to lift and carry materials needed to conduct trainings and perform duties of the position.
- Must be able to pass the Children on Campus and Title IX training.
- Research and write regular topical articles for newspapers, newsletters, and websites in collaboration with WVU Extension Service Communications.
Documented evidence of success in providing leadership for community-based youth and adult programs. (1 year)
Documented experience in volunteer management, supervision, resource development, and team leadership is required. (1 year)
Candidate must possess skills in group facilitation, team-building, and conflict resolution as well as proficiency in oral and written communication and computer skills. (1 year)
Preference will be given to those with experience in 4-H and the 4-H camping program.
- This is a 12-month, full-time, faculty non-tenure track position with the West Virginia University Extension Service.
- The successful candidate will be evaluated for providing a significant contribution in teaching and service.
- Appointment is subject to the approval of the Lewis County Extension Service Committee.
If you meet the stated requirements and would like to be considered for the position, ALL of the following information must be submitted: (Cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, references, and transcripts conferring your degree(s) using https://jobs.wvu.edu
- A cover letter indicating the position that you are applying for and outlining experience and qualifications.
- Resume or curriculum vitae of academic training and professional experience of all academic work using the suggested format that could include the following information:
- Date(s) of employment
- Supervisor(s) names
- Contact information
- A list of three references (including address, e-mail, and phone and fax numbers) who can reflect on your professional strengths.
- Unofficial Transcripts conferring your degree(s). Required degree must be conferred by Spring, 2017 semester.
- Closing Date: April 28, 2017