Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits


Position Description

The focus of this position is to provide leadership for the Family and Consumer Science program and coordinate with other Lake County MSU Extension faculty to provide 4-H Youth Development Program leadership.  All field faculty in the MSU Lake County Extension office collaborate as a team to provide a coordinated educational effort.

This position is located in Ronan
County Profile: Located in northwestern Montana, Lake County encompasses much of the Mission Valley and has a population of about 30,934.  Polson, on the south shore of Flathead Lake is the county seat with a population of 4,918.  The MSU Extension office is located in Ronan, population 2,174, at the Lake County Fairgrounds.  Nearly two-thirds of the county lies within the Flathead Reservation that was established by the Hellgate Treaty of 1855 and is home to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation.  Agriculture is the strongest economic contributor for the county, and tourism is important as well.  Flathead Lake is on the north end of the county and is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River in the United States.  U.S. Highway 93 runs the length of the County and is one of the primary access routes to Glacier National Park.

This position will provide leadership for Family and Consumer Science and 4-H Youth Development Extension programs for MSU Extension and Lake County.  The successful candidate will work to enhance Family and Consumer Science programming to address locally identified need and generate positive community impacts.  Additionally, this position will work with a group of dedicated and energized 4-H members, parents, and adult volunteers.  Both programs will bring professional satisfaction to a person who thrives on helping individuals and groups become more successful.

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

Develop, plan, implement, facilitate, and evaluate educational programs in Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development.
Build and maintain cooperative working relationships within the community and with the appropriate county boards, agencies, and organizations.
Recruit, train, supervise and recognize youth and adult volunteer leaders.
Cooperate and collaborate with area Extension agents and extension specialists to conduct effective, integrated educational programming.
Work with the Lake County Fair Board and fellow Lake County MSUE faculty to support the Lake County Fair.
Utilize all available media sources and advancing technologies to communicate with MSU Extension personnel and to disseminate information to clientele.
Position requires considerable in- and out-of-county travel.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, Youth Development or related field Success in providing innovative and effective leadership to educational programming relating to youth development and/or family and consumer sciences. Experience accepting and delegating responsibilities. Experience managing multiple and varied tasks. Experience working effectively with individuals and groups. Experience working as a self-starter and working with little or no supervision.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills Master’s Degree Experience recruiting, training, and providing leadership for volunteers. Substantial relevant work experience with Youth Development and Family and Consumer sciences Demonstrated experiencing guiding volunteer led organizations to grow through collaborative processes. Demonstrated experience with consensus building, group facilitation, and conflict resolution.

Other Requirements

The successful candidate will possess a high degree of professionalism, excellent human relations skills, effective oral communication abilities; evidence of good judgement; flexibility and innovativeness to respond to changing clientele needs. The successful candidate will also have a familiarity with multi-cultural and different socio-economic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and diversity/pluralism.

Travel Requirements

Frequent travel throughout 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.