Position Summary

Descriptive Title

4-H Youth Development Assistant Professor of Practice

Salary and Other Benefits

Salary is commensurate with education, training and experience.

Remote Position


Position Description

The Oregon State University (OSU) Extension 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for a 4-H Youth Development Assistant Professor of Practice position. This position is based at the OSU Extension Service Office in Washington County. This faculty member will work as a member of local, regional, and statewide team of the 4-H Youth Development program. This fixed-term faculty position is renewed annually, with decisions regarding performance and reappointment made in consultation with the supervision team that includes the Extension 4-H Program Leader and the Regional Director. The Academic Home of this position is to be determined within one year of hire date.

Program Mission
4-H provides young people with intentional, high quality learning experiences that promote positive interactions with adults and peers, sustained and active participation across time, and opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the world around them. This mission is accomplished through the work of volunteers, youth, community members and professionals who organize and conduct learning experiences in club, group, community, school, after-school, and family settings. Programs are delivered in a manner that is consistent with the best practices in the field of youth development and respectful of local norms and culture.

Purpose of Position
The Washington County 4-H team collaborate to meet the programming needs of the diverse community they serve. This faculty member is responsible for the development and management of a diverse range of programming that meets the needs of youth, volunteers, community members and partners. 4-H faculty are expected to use evidence-based research in youth development education and volunteer management aligned with the mission of 4-H programming and produce intended outcomes.

The individual in this position must have excellent interpersonal, communication, conflict management, and financial management skills and the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, youth, volunteers, families, community partners, associations, Future Farmers of America (FFA), county fair management and the county fair board. Programs are implemented in a manner that measures impact, fosters program improvement, builds volunteer capacity and participation, and strengthens community connections. The faculty member will seek ways to increase the effectiveness of the overall OSU Extension Service Washington County program, collaborative work across disciplines, organizations, and programs areas is expected.

Oregon State University Extension and 4-H Youth Development Programs reach close to 100,000 young people annually through club-based, in-school, and out-of-school, programming. 4-H faculty teach, develop teaching materials deliver programs and provide administrative oversight to a broad array of programs that involve minors, adults, and volunteers, including STEM, animal science and horticulture, agriculture, environmental education, etc. Please see our website for additional information.

4-H faculty design programs that meet the local needs and include a wide array of programming options: leadership, STEM, home economics, animal/equine science, agriculture, and school enrichment, all of which reach a diverse audience, including rural, urban, and underserved populations. 4-H faculty are also required to assure compliance with Federal and State regulations related to youth protection, fund-raising, taxation, and the nonprofit status of 4-H and affiliated organizations.

The 4-H faculty member is expected to develop appropriate specialized expertise to support local, regional or statewide 4-H programming. The specializations will be determined through needs assessments and in consultation with the 4-H Program Leader and the Regional Director and will be complementary to those of other Extension faculty locally, regionally or statewide.

Wireless access will be necessary for active and effective communication with staff, volunteers, and program partners as it is critical to the success of this position.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, this individual will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.

Please visit the following webpages for more information on our commitment to inclusive excellence:

OSU Extension Service https://extension.oregonstate.edu/about/diversity-equity-inclusion

OSU Moving Forward Together https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/president/moving-forward-together

To review posting and apply, please visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/109526. Posting #P04946UF. Closing date: 12/13/2021. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree required with at least one degree in youth development, human development, education, or a field related to the assignment of this position. Degree to be completed by application date.

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