Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits


Position Description

The focus of this position is to provide overall executive and strategic leadership for the 4-H Youth Development program. The successful candidate will provide leadership by working successfully with volunteers and clientele to identify and meet the needs of youth and adults in Lewis and Clark County. Other foci may include collaborations with peers in youth development or other Extension disciplines.

General Statement
This position is located in Helena, MT
Located in mid-western Montana, Lewis and Clark County is home to the Capital City of Montana and has a population of about 67,000. The majority of the populace lives in or near Helena, with the smaller communities of Augusta and Lincoln in the northern end of the county. Carroll College and the Helena College of the University of Montana offer local opportunities for advanced education. The leading source of employment is the State of Montana. In addition, Fort Harrison serves the military community with local Guard and Reserve units, and a Veteran’s Hospital. Surrounded by National Forest, Hauser Dam, Canyon Ferry Dam, and Lake Helena, Lewis & Clark County offers a multitude of opportunities for avid outdoor activities such as skiing, boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and much more. Helena’s location lends itself to easy travel access to Butte, Great Falls, Bozeman, and Missoula and is only 150 miles from Glacier National Park. Lewis & Clark County offers the opportunity to participate in both urban and rural programming, with a unique blend of traditional agricultural land and outdoor recreational havens. Helena itself is a unique blend of historical properties from its Gold Rush days of instant fortunes to the many recent community additions and ongoing development. In addition to this position, the Extension Office is staffed with Agricultural Field Faculty, 4-H Youth Development Field Faculty, part-time grant funded 4-H Military Program Coordinator, SNAP-Ed coordinator, and an Administrative Assistant and is located on the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds.

The focus of this position is to provide overall executive and strategic leadership for the 4-H Youth Development program. The successful candidate will provide leadership by working successfully with volunteers and clientele to identify and meet the needs of youth and adults in Lewis and Clark County. Other foci may include collaborations with peers in youth development or other Extension disciplines.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse groups, possess effective interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, and the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide leadership, executive oversight, and educational experiences for Lewis and Clark County 4-H Youth Development Program volunteers.
Provide leadership for volunteer recruitment, development, and support.
Provide leadership to enhance educational experiences for youth in the development of life and leadership skills.
Assess clientele and stakeholder needs for the purpose of developing programing to address identified needs.
Provide expanded educational opportunities for members and volunteers in traditional and non-traditional audiences.
Engage constituencies via direct interactions, collaborations, and partnerships with professional associations, committees, stakeholders, local governments, partner agencies, producer groups, etc.
Engage Extension specialists and peer field faculty to increase Extension’s success in affecting positive community impacts.
Deliver educational resources through Extension teaching, developing curriculum(a) or educational materials, and one-on-one and small group consultations.
Serve on Extension committees, state, regional, national, and other activities that support Extension, local communities, and MSU departments and colleges.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with relevant work experience in Public Administration, not-for-profit management, 4-H Youth Development or related fields. Demonstrated ability to recruit, train, and provide professional development to volunteers. Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership to Extension programming relating to volunteers and youth. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and varied tasks and to accept and delegate responsibilities. Effective written communication skills. Experience helping diverse groups and individuals accomplish common goals. Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the use of information technologies for dissemination of educational information, educational programming, and management.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills Master’s degree. Demonstrated ability to work with volunteers to implement effective programs. Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups. Demonstrated ability to help groups find constructive solutions to controversial or contentious issues. Grant writing experience.

Other Requirements

The Successful Candidate Will The successful candidate will possess excellent human relation skills; a high level of professionalism; the ability to work effectively with other staff members; evidence of good judgment; flexibility and innovativeness to respond to the changing needs of people in Lewis and Clark County; and will be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will also have a familiarity with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity. Position Special Requirements/Additional Information This position, if filled at the Master’s degree level, will be tenure-track. A successful candidate without a Master’s degree will be required to complete their Master’s degree, in a program area relevant to their Extension position, within six (6) years of their start date. Failure to do so may result in termination. Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points), or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed), and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license. This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Physical Demands Position requires frequent night and weekend work, extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, and occasional travel throughout the state of Montana. Position also requires using a variety of teaching methods and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Travel Requirements

Frequent travel through the county, occasional travel throughout the state

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Dan Lucas

Contact Email


Contact Phone

(406) 274-8969

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.