Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.

Position Description

Description of Unit:

University of Maryland is a land-grant institution with a three-part mission of teaching, research, and outreach. The campus is located in College Park, Maryland. University of Maryland Extension (UME) reaches all parts of Maryland with an office in every county and Baltimore City. Maryland 4-H is the youth development program of the land grant system.

The Maryland 4-H Youth Development Program provides a supportive setting for youth to reach their fullest potential. Children learn beneficial cognitive and life skills through community-focused, research-based, experiential educational programs. High quality science, civic engagement, and healthy living programs are delivered through clubs, afterschool and school programs, camps, fairs and other community partners. Youth development professionals and volunteers support youth thriving through nurturing sparks, promoting high quality experiences, and cultivating positive relationships within communities.

To learn more about the 4-H Youth Development Program, visit https://extension.umd.edu/programs/4-h-youth-development

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Maryland 4-H Coordinator will provide coordination and programmatic support for Maryland 4-H Civic Engagement and Social Justice Initiatives. 4‑H civic engagement programs empower young people to be well-informed and actively engaged in their communities and the world. 4-H social justice programs foster critical consciousness among young people while encouraging them to act toward achieving a sociopolitical vision. This will include culturally relevant approaches to community engagement, civic education, service learning, advocacy and personal development programming.

This position will work alongside faculty and under the direction of the Program Leader to promote, deliver and evaluate experientially based curriculum for outreach and priority programs as identified on the national and state level. These curriculum and program resources will be adaptable for use in community-based 4-H clubs, schools, afterschool programs and community partnership programs such as those in out-of-school time and with other youth serving organizations. The individual in this position will work as a member of the Maryland State 4-H Youth Development Team to support the delivery of educational efforts across the state.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsible programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities.

This position reports to the University of Maryland Extension Assistant Director and State 4-H Program Leader.

Responsibilities:

  • Support 4-H Educators across the state through the coordination of 4-H Civic Engagement and Social Justice Initiatives.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate outcomes of culturally relevant programs.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and volunteers.
  • Actively contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion and respect (DEIR) strategic efforts in alignment with UME, University and National 4-H priorities.
  • Coordinate and/or support statewide civic engagement and social justice programs such as the Maryland 4-H Social Justice Issue Forum, the Maryland 4-H A.C.T.S. (Annapolis | Civics | Thriving |Service) program and the Diamond Clover Civic Engagement project.
  • Expand statewide partnerships that lead to increased diversity among volunteers and community stakeholders.
  • Provide evidence of teamwork accomplishments in annual reports.
  • Help develop funding proposals and in-kind donations as appropriate to supplement and enhance programming efforts.
  • Actively engage with the National 4-H Access, Equity and Belonging Committee and related efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

- Bachelor’s degree in youth development, education, community development, social or political sciences preferred. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for the degree. Minimum of 3 years of experience working in youth development, civic engagement, social justice, or related field. - Demonstrated effectiveness and experience teaching diverse youth and adults. Evidence of success in engaging youth and adults from marginalized communities. - Demonstrated success in developing, implementing and evaluating youth community education programs related to civic engagement and social justice. - Experience in developing, coordinating and expanding diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. - Demonstrated direct experience in partnering with schools, afterschool and community programs. - Demonstrated leadership, communication, and program management and time management skills. - Personal transportation and valid driver’s license; willing to travel locally and as needed throughout Maryland. - Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience. - Strong computer skills and experience with Digital Education platforms, Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Publisher and email. - Ability to work flexible work hours, to include weekends and evenings as needed for meetings and programs. - This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History

Preferred Qualifications

- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Youth Development or related field - Ability to understand and speak conversational Spanish. - Experience in Extension Education and 4-H youth development.

Other Requirements

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

Application Instructions

All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/86998. A complete on-line application packet includes: a cover letter, resume and copies of transcripts. Please also include the names and emails for three references.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.