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Field Specialist I or II - 4-H Youth Development - Field Team East

Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Field Specialist I - 7150
Pay Grade 32
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 70382P
Working Title Field Specialist I or II - 4-H Youth Development - Field Team East
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 a position of Field Specialist – 4-H Youth Development within the Field Team East.

The 4-H Youth Development Field Specialist will provide leadership and develop the capacity of youth, volunteers, and professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate a series of progressive educational programs and learning experiences that work toward achieving the outcomes of effective leadership, productive citizenship, outstanding communication, and successful learning. These outcomes are reached through the Iowa 4-H program priorities of healthy living, STEM, citizenship and leadership, and communication and the arts.

Responsibilities include:
- Strategic Plan Support, 4-H Program Priority Support, Program Leadership and Program Evaluation
- Volunteer Growth and Support
- Staff Support and Training

This position will be filled at the Field Specialist I or II level. In addition to Field Specialist I duties, a Field Specialist II will create and deliver comprehensive and complex programming; conduct needs assessment activities; identify and implement innovative ways to meet clients’ needs; take an active role in the development of interdisciplinary programming; and provide leadership/supervision and subject-matter expertise at the local, area and state level.

The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals and groups. The candidate will also have the ability to establish partnerships with community leaders. Cooperates with and informs Regional Directors, County Extension Councils, County Extension Staff, Field Specialists, and State Program Leader of their projects and has a positive working relationship with staff and clients in assigned geographic and subject matter areas. Strong organizational skills are also a necessity as this position will be expected to work on multiple projects.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

The requirements above are for the Field Specialist I.

Field Specialist II: Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 3 years of related experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

Master’s degree in Youth/Child Development, Education, Public Administration, Community Development, Public Service and Administration, Sociology, Psychology or related field;

Additional years of experience;

Experience with youth outreach;

Experience with diverse audiences;

Experience with developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative positive youth development programming;

Experience with networking and fund development;

Experience with staff and volunteer supervision;

Experience with volunteer development;

Multi-lingual language skills.

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information

This position has been reissued. Applications received by September 4, 2017 are guaranteed consideration; however, applications may be submitted until the position is filled.

This position is part of the Field Team East and will serve Eastern Iowa in Muscatine and Scott Counties with a base office location to be negotiable within the counties served.

This position requires the ability to travel in order to carry out the duties of this position, and candidates must have access to reliable transportation.

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 for 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 09/04/2017
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)

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Vallid U.S. Drivers License

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a valid U.S. driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Please briefly describe your experience with youth outreach.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please briefly describe your experience with recruiting and serving youth, families, and volunteers from diverse backgrounds.

    (Open Ended Question)

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

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please briefly describe your experience with networking and fund development.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please briefly describe your experience with staff and volunteer supervision.

    (Open Ended Question)

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

    (Open Ended Question)

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

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Please briefly describe your experience in documenting impact of programming as it relates to youth development and program expansion.

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * 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
  11. 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