Position Summary

Remote Position


Position Description

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.

Custer County is located in southeastern Montana and is dissected by the Yellowstone River. The Extension Office is located in the county seat, Miles City (Population 8,487), which is located at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Tongue Rivers. Custer County has a population of 11,729 with the bulk of the population located in Miles City and along the Yellowstone River corridor. The Custer County 4-H program has 205 youth members, 48 adult volunteer leaders in 8 community clubs. In addition there is an active teen council. Custer County serves as a hub for southeastern Montana activities, and as a result numerous regional Extension activities are conducted in Miles City. Miles City is a trade and banking center for southeastern Montana featuring a thriving livestock market and many other businesses that cater to the agricultural and retail needs of southeastern Montana residents. Recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing, and boating. Miles City is also home to modern medical facilities including a modern hospital, clinics, and other services.

Duties and Responsibilities
Develop, plan, implement, instruct, facilitate, and evaluate educational programs for 4-H Youth Development as determined by local community engagement.
Collaborate with fellow MSU Extension Custer County faculty to develop, plan, implement, instruct, facilitate, and evaluate 4-H Youth Development programs.
Collaborate with other faculty in Custer County and other nearby MSU Extension offices.
Strengthen the impact and scope of the 4-H Youth Development programs in Custer County.
Collaborate with other faculty in Custer County to develop and deliver educational programs in the area of Community and Economic Development.
Provide program leadership by collaborating with Extension field faculty and specialists to deliver needed programs in Custer County and the surrounding area.
Provide leadership to stakeholder groups in determining priority needs.
Conduct continual needs assessments in the county and region.
Cooperate with MSU Extension staff to develop a team approach to the planning, development and implementation of overall MSU Extension programming in Custer County, which will benefit the effectiveness of the Custer County office.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and relevant work experience in youth development, education, public administration or related fields. Demonstrated ability to recruit, train, and provide professional development to volunteers. Demonstrated ability to lead groups; assess needs; and plan, implement, facilitate, teach, and evaluate educational programs for youth and adult audiences. Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership for Extension programming for youth, adults, and volunteers. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals, groups, and community organizations representing a wide variety of youth and adult audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree At least one degree or relevant work experience in youth development, education, public administration or related fields. Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups and help them find constructive solutions to locally identified issues. Extension Experience or demonstrated understanding of the Extension education model.

Other Requirements

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 innovation to respond to changing needs of people inCuster 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. Dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

Travel Requirements

Frequent travel throughout the county; occasional travel throughout the state.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Larry Brence

Contact Email


Contact Phone


Application Instructions

Apply online at montana.edu/extension, click on "careers."

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled.

About Montana State University Extension

Brief Position Overview

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.