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Extension Program Specialist I or II - Leadership and Civic Engagement Specialist

Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Extension Program Specialist I - 7350
Pay Grade 31
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 70265P
Working Title Extension Program Specialist I or II - Leadership and Civic Engagement Specialist
Advertised Employing Department 4-H Youth Development
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Term
Proposed Start Date As soon as possible.
Proposed End Date or Length of Term 06/30/2018
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of 4-H Youth Development with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is seeking qualified candidates for an Extension Program Specialist I/II – Leadership and Civic Engagement Specialist.

The Extension Program Specialist will provide support to the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Leadership and Civic Engagement priority topic area, guiding development, implementation, evaluation and capacity building related to quality K-12 youth citizenship and leadership programming. The position will include the following responsibilities:

- Lead the Leadership and Civic Engagement Program Priority Area team. This includes identification of program priorities, educational product development, professional development, and evaluation of outcomes from programming efforts. The successful individual will work with a team of individuals to ensure quality, relevant citizenship and leadership educational products are accessible to youth.
- Lead the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, an annual event planned by the State 4-H Youth Council in partnership with 4-H staff and volunteers. This position advises the 4-H youth, staff and volunteers who work to carry out the conference to ensure educational objectives are achieved.
- Lead the State 4-H Youth Council, an elected body of youth who serve as ambassadors to the Iowa 4-H Program. Organize and lead the quarterly youth retreats as well as collaborate with 4-H staff and volunteers who help to carry out the educational objectives of the State 4-H Council.
- Lead the Global Citizenship program area. Provide direct programming at the Culturally-based Youth Leadership Accelerators and other events to increase understanding of global citizenship, create cultural awareness and expose youth to global civic engagement.

This position will be filled at either the Extension Program Specialist I or II level based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. In addition to the duties above, an Extension Program Specialist II will be expected to create and deliver more comprehensive and complex educational products for K-12 youth; identify and implement innovative ways to meet employee and clients’ needs; take an active leadership role in the development of interdisciplinary partnerships and resource development; and provide leadership/supervision and subject-matter expertise.

The successful candidate will have strong cultural competency, communication, time management, and event coordination skills. The successful candidate must also possess an understanding of best practices related to non-formal education, experiential learning and Positive Youth Development. Outstanding organizational skills, ability to vision and strong attention to detail are also necessary in order to be effective in this role. The duties of this position require willingness to work evenings and weekends.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of related experience; OR a combination of education and related experience totaling 5 years.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

The requirements above are for the Extension Program Specialist I.

Extension Program Specialist II: Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and related experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Youth/Child Development, Education or related field; Additional years of experience;
Experience with youth outreach;
Experience with working with diverse audiences;
Experience with developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative positive youth development programming;
Experience with volunteer development;
Multi-lingual language skills.

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information
Department Contact Name Kaela Black
Department Contact Phone 515-294-3283
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply to this job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary
Guaranteed Consideration Date 07/02/2017
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please briefly describe your experience with youth outreach.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Please describe your experience working with diverse audiences.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please briefly describe your experience with developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative positive youth development programming.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please briefly describe your experience with volunteer development.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Do you possess multi-lingual language skills? If so, in what language(s) and at what fluency level(s)?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  7. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents