Full Job Description
Working Title 4H Youth Program Advisor (Bon Homme and Charles Mix Counties)
Posting Number NFE00959P
Department SDSU-4-H Programs
Physical Location of Position (City) Lake Andes
South Dakota State University Extension is offering a dynamic career opportunity as a
4-H Youth Program Advisor in Charles Mix and Bon Homme Counties. We are looking for a creative professional to join our South Dakota 4-H team in this important role. The selected individual will strengthen related 4-H projects and build relationships which enhance the mission area. This is a 12- month, 100% time, benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the State 4-H Program Director.
Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.
SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
Serve as the advisor to the 4-H program in Bon Homme County (Tyndall, SD) and Charles Mix County (Lake Andes, SD) managing local 4-H operational elements identified as priorities in accordance with all policies and procedures administered by the SDSU Extension 4-H program. This position will also develop and deliver educational programs in the programming priority areas of leadership, science, agriculture, and health and wellness along with other topics identified through informal and formal needs assessments; establish working relationships and coalitions with other youth-serving groups to ensure maximum opportunities for youth; provide leadership for volunteer management, including identification, orientation, training and recognition, for both youth and adults, to ensure the capacity to offer programming is maintained and grown over time; maintain an effective and efficient communication network with the County Commissioners in each county, other 4-H Youth Program Advisors, Extension Field Specialists, volunteers, partnering organizations, stakeholders, and the public; and support the land-grant University, SDSU Extension mission and vision, and 4-H philosophy, policies, and procedures. Position does require some evening and weekend work and travel. Occasional overnight stays for statewide SDSU Extension 4-H events are required.
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education, or Child, Youth, or Human Development by start date. A Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Sciences, or other related field accepted if applicant demonstrates coursework, professional and/or volunteer experiences in which the applicant planned, taught, and/or evaluated educational programs for youth audiences prior to beginning employment; must be able to use a personal computer for basic word processing and e-mail; ability to communicate well verbally and in writing is essential; must possess a valid driver’s license and personal auto or be able to obtain both within thirty days of beginning employment.
Demonstrated experience in planning, teaching, and evaluating educational programs for youth audiences; demonstrated ability to manage local 4-H operational elements including event management, budget, and committee coordination; demonstrated ability to lead volunteer groups and committees and to work with other youth-serving groups/coalitions to maximize opportunities for youth; ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with diverse audiences; and a demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.
This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; resume; unofficial transcript; and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.
Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.
South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.
It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.
Posting Date 10/13/2020
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 11/13/2020
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications.
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Typical Hours Worked Per Week
Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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This position requires Travel, Overnight stays, Valid Drivers License
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations
Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.
SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.
SDSU Extension has a network of professionals in Specialist, Field Specialist, and 4-H/Youth Program Advisor positions throughout the state in regional Extension Centers and multiple county offices. This position will serve the communities of Tyndall, Lake Andes, as well as other communities within Bon Homme and Charles Mix counties.
As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.
SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.
Affirmative Action Statement
South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.
We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.
For questions on the position, contact Kathie Weight at (605) 688-4167 or Kathleen.email@example.com.