Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

Range of $65,000 to $75,000 annually, DOE/DOQ

Position Description

The 4-H Specialist for Curriculum and Communication will provide innovative leadership and direction for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating experientially based curriculum for outreach and priority programs, as identified on the national and state level across multiple platforms. These curriculum and program resources will be adaptable for use in traditional 4-H clubs, schools, home school programs, community partnership programs – such as those in out-of-school time, and with other youth serving organizations.

General Statement
We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, foster and maintain effective interpersonal relationships, exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of students and the mission of Montana State University.

  • Duties and Responsibilities
    Provide leadership for identifying, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating experientially based curriculum and programs suitable for use in a variety of settings and organizations.
    Provide leadership and direction for 4-H project literature including identification, development, training, implementation, evaluation, and revisions to existing materials. Conduct cost analyses of projects and manage overall curriculum budget.
    Coordinate with MSU Extension publications to order, revise, produce new and current 4-H curriculum, verify ADA accessibility, and produce the Clover project selection guide.
    Collaborate with 4-H Center faculty and staff, Extension departmental specialists, contracted people, and other resources to identify emphasis and direction for Montana 4-H curriculum development and design.
    Deliver youth development programming support in the areas of youth health and wellness.
    Serve as the Montana 4-H Center representative in after-school programming.
    Work collaboratively with the National 4-H Headquarters and 4-H Council, other Extension services and other research-based organizations to develop, revise and implement 4-H resources and curriculum for use in outreach efforts to meet the needs of today’s youth.
    Conduct workshops, present research-based information and publish scholarly work.
    Participate as part of 4-H Center team to deliver statewide programs and activities.
    Manage Montana 4-H website, provide timely information to MSU Extension County offices and organize and develop educational tools and resources available as digital content.
    Maintain all Montana 4-H social media sites twice per week with updates and new material while utilizing National 4-H marketing pieces for state and county use. Distribute relevant information across multiple platforms.
    Produce statewide communications associated with Montana 4-H news and activities.
    Develop partnerships/relationships with other organizations.

Required Qualifications

Earned master’s degree. Degrees in education, youth development, psychology, sociology, communications, community development or a closely related field preferred. An academic record of scholarly accomplishments that will merit appointment as a faculty member in an MSU department. Experience in curriculum development, youth development, educational design, non-formal education, or a closely related field. Demonstrated ability to facilitate group planning and interaction. Experience in team building, problem solving, and innovation. Demonstrated excellence in program design and development, implementation, assessment.

Preferred Qualifications

An earned doctoral degree from an accredited university. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, innovative teaching strategies and methods, and use of technology. Demonstrated success in grantsmanship and grant writing.

Other Requirements

The Successful Candidate Will Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with constituencies at the university, county, state and national levels; Have a familiarity with multi-cultural and a variety of socioeconomic audiences; Demonstrate an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity; Have an understanding of the land grant university mission; and Foster an appreciation for economically and ethnically diverse rural and urban populations. Possess an understanding of the youth program development domain of the 4-H Professional Research and Knowledge Base and Related Competencies.

Travel Requirements

Frequent travel throughout the state

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Todd Kesner

Contact Email


Contact Phone


Application Instructions

Apply online at msuextension.org, click on "careers"

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled

About Montana State University Extension

Extension work at MSU is defined as, the creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.