Brief Description: Wirt County is in the west-central part of the state center about 20 miles southeast of Parkersburg (in Wood County which borders Wirt to the northwest) and it also borders Ritchie to the northeast, Calhoun to the southeast, Roane to the south, and Jackson county to the east. It was formed in 1848 from parts of Jackson and Wood counties. The county is named after William Wirt (1772-1834), a Virginia author, lawyer, and U.S. Attorney General for presidents James Monroe and J. Q. Adams. He augmented the influence of the Attorney Generalship by initiating the practice of preserving his official opinions to facilitate their use as legal precedents. He was also the prosecutor in the Aaron Burr treason trial, and, late in life, legal defense for the Cherokee Nation.
Major Responsibilities: 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 facilitate other Extension programs based on identified needs in Wirt County which could include family and community development programs and agriculture and natural resources. 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.
- Evaluate local needs and determine appropriate subject matter and teaching methods relevant to Wirt County communities;
- Integrate research-based knowledge into the development and implementation of Extension programs;
- Support statewide youth and family development program and delivery initiatives, such as positive youth development, nutrition, residential camping, STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) topics, reaching underserved audiences, health promotion, family strengthening, community leadership development, and literacy;
- Evaluate local needs and create up-to-date teaching strategies, and subject matter relevant to Wirt County communities related to positive youth development and family strengthening;
- Integrate evidence and/or research-based knowledge from the land grant university system into the development and implementation of Extension programs
- Enhance youth programs through involvement of youth and volunteers in a variety of educational experiences, such as 4-H clubs, special interest groups, camps, youth agriculture programs and events, and literacy programs such as Energy Express;
- Support or lead county educational or public service programs that are part of several statewide priority initiatives, such as reaching underserved audiences, post-secondary academic success and/or health promotion;
- Recruit, train, and develop a management program for a diverse audience of volunteers;
- Work cooperatively with other Wirt County Extension faculty and staff to meet local needs, including work in the areas of youth agriculture programming;
- Conduct scholarly teaching and service programs and evaluate them in terms of measurable impacts and outcomes to be reported annually as part of the WVU annual review process and to in reports that inform key stakeholders;
- Serve on a multicounty program team and support a selected statewide program initiative of the 4-H Youth Development Program Unit such as civic engagement, science, engineering, technology and math (STEM), healthy lifestyles, camping, literacy, post-secondary educational success or volunteer management;
- Provide leadership for the planning and development of residential county 4-H camping programs; serve as camp director when the camps are in session;
- Ensure that best practices in youth protection, financial management, and risk management, are in place and operating effectively within all aspects of the 4-H program;
- Appropriately use tools for creating an annual plan of work and also for impact and evaluation data collection for reporting and accountability purposes;
- Develop leadership capacity among community teen and adult volunteers to support Extension programs;
- Develop effective collaborative programs with Extension faculty in neighboring counties to provide a broad array of integrated, multicounty programs;
- Serve as an adviser to the Wirt County 4-H Leaders Association and to 4-H teen leaders;
- Serve as an advisor to and coordinator of the Wirt County Community Education Outreach Service (CEOS) members and groups
- ;Build community support through a diverse and effective network of agencies, businesses, and civic groups to sustain relevant and high-impact Extension program efforts; andDevelop financial and in-kind resources to support priority program initiatives;
- Other duties as assigned, such as working with diverse audiences (adults, youth), and developing new programs that reach underserved audiences.
Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management
- Serve as a resource for WVU with regards to recruitment, enrollment, and general WV information.
The position requires travel and occasional overnight stays out of county as well as evening and weekend activity time and round the clock, full time presence in a residential camp setting when Wirt County 4-H Camps are in session. Working with volunteers is a crucial part of the job and requires knowledge of recruiting, training, and managing a diverse audience of volunteers.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required. Master's degree preferred. At least one degree in a specific degree field relevant to families and youth including education, health, family and consumer sciences, youth and child development, communications studies, social work, agricultural education, leadership studies, or human development required.
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.
- Documented evidence of success in providing leadership for community-based youth and adult programs is required.
- Documented evidence of ability to assess needs and evaluate programs
- Documented experience in volunteer management, supervision, resource development, and team leadership.
- Candidate must possess skills in group facilitation, team-building, and conflict resolution.
- Preference will be given to those with experience in 4-H and the 4-H camping program.
- The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, as well as proficiency in oral and written communication, teaching ability, and computer skills.
- 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 weekends
- 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.
- This is a 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track faculty position with the West Virginia University Extension Service.
- The successful candidate will be evaluated for providing a significant contribution in teaching and service with a reasonable contribution in professional development with WVU Extension Service.
- Appointment is subject to the approval of the Wirt 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 Master's degree) using https://jobs.wvu.edu
- Submit 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.
- Transcripts conferring your Bachelor's degree. Required degree must be conferred by Spring, 2017 semester.
- Position Closing Date: May 26, 2017