Job Summary

Official Job Title :
State 4-H Program Leader and Assistant Director
University or Organization :
Oklahoma State Cooperative Extension Services
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Application Deadline :
Oct 11, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
State 4-H Program Leader and Assistant Director
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Location :
Stillwater, OK
Area, Department or Unit :
4-H Youth Development Programs
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Start Date:
Jan 01, 2020
Oklahoma State University (OSU) seeks a visionary leader for its renowned 4-H Youth Development Program. The State 4-H Program Leader and Assistant Director for the 4-H Youth Development Program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) is administratively responsible to the Associate Vice President, OCES. This is a 12 month, non tenure-track Extension Specialist position or tenure track Associate/Full Professor dependent upon experience and educational qualifications; academic rank will be determined by prior academic experience and professional rank.Responsibilities:Leadership Provide innovative leadership and direction for the development, implementation and evaluation of a high quality statewide 4-H Youth Development program, in cooperation with other state land-grant institutions. Develop effective teams of 4-H youth, volunteers and local, district and state professionals. Work collaboratively with other members of the management team on OCES-wide planning, problem-solving and policy making, plus special initiatives. Share leadership in OCES commitment for diversity in programming and staffing. Provide vision to grow enrollment and increase program access in all areas of the state and for all youth. Develop a strong volunteer system to provide the support needed for positive youth development programs. Support an environment conducive to the development of youth through the active practice of youth-adult partnerships Adopt and use progressive technologies and communication methods. Represent OSU as State 4-H Program Leader internally and externally at local, district, state, regional and national levels.Administration Recruit, hire, guide, coordinate and evaluate assigned responsibilities for state specialists and staff with youth development responsibilities. Assist in recruiting, hiring and evaluating local, and area/district staff with 4-H education responsibilities. Facilitate an effective 4-H staffing model within available resources. Engage clientele, local educators, external stakeholders and other land-grant universities in developing and implementing innovative and effective programs through planning, evaluation, impact assessment and reporting processes. Direct and assist in the development and implementation of educational materials and effective in-service educational materials based on identified needs. Exercise general administrative, personnel and fiscal management. Guide OCES employees on policy, fiscal and legal issues impacting 4-H, including but not limited to equity, access, risk management, youth protection and tax issues and policies related to the 4-H name and emblem. Encourage development of grants and contracts to leverage program resources. In collaboration with OCES program and personnel development staff, lead the orientation, mentoring and continued professional development with respect to youth programming for staff at all levels. Work closely with department heads, state specialists, district 4-H youth development program specialists and local educators to identify critical issues and programming needs. Work cooperatively with the Executive Director and Board of Directors for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation to support Oklahoma 4-H andserve as an ex officio Board member. Foster partnerships with government entities as well as schools, community groups, local organizations.This position also manages other duties as assigned.
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Employment ConditionsThe position is to be filled by January 1, 2020 or as soon thereafter as a suitable candidate is available. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time their appointment is scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Willingness to travel and work nights and weekends is required.General InformationOklahoma State Universitys 4-H Youth Development Program involves young people who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. The program reaches 150,000 youth and has approximately 15,000 members, 3,200 adult volunteers and 230 OCES educators and specialists using various delivery methods including but not limited to school clubs, community clubs, school-enrichment programs, issues programming, outdoor activities and other special programs.Information about OSUs Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is available at: about the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is at: about OSUs 4-H program is at:
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Minimum education level :
An earned M.S. degree is required (doctorate preferred) from an accredited university in youth development, leadership or a subject matter/discipline field that qualifies for academic appointment in one of the departments within the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR) or College of Human Sciences.
Years of experience :
A minimum of seven years of experience demonstrating research-based knowledge of positive youth development and scholarly work involving curriculum development, program implementation and evaluation.
Travel Requirements:
In state and out of state travel is required. Travel budget will be provided.
Other Requirements:
*Demonstrated effectiveness in verbal and written communication, interpersonal communications, team leadership, financial management, personnel supervision, problem-solving, procurement of extramural funding and program management. *Demonstrated commitment to the land grant mission. *Leadership and administrative experience at a regional or state level is required; leadership and administrative experience within Extension is preferred. Preferred: Ph.D. / Ed.D. Experience working collaboratively with youth-serving organizations is highly desirable. Demonstrated leadership and administrative ability within Cooperative Extension at the state and county level.


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Contact :
Clint Rusk
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Nomination and Application ProcedureSubmit applications electronically to and search for requisition 7282.For full consideration, materials must be received by October 11, 2019.Applicants will submit: Letter of application that describes qualifications, previous professional responsibilities, achievements, administrative philosophy and leadership style and describe how these apply to the position sought. Professional resume Name, email address and phone number for five references the committee may contact for additional information. References should be familiar with the qualities that make the applicant well-suited for this position. References will not be contacted prior to authorization by the candidate. Formal review of applications will begin immediately after the deadline posted for full consideration.Questions may be addressed to Dr. Clint Rusk, Search Committee Chair and OSU Animal and Food Sciences Department Head, or 405-744-6062.