Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

Salary is commensurate with available funding and the candidate’s academic and professional qualifications. View the HRS Benefits website for details on competitive benefits available.

Position Description

The WSU Extension King County 4-H Assistant Professor is a full-time, 12-month, career-track faculty position with the WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program and will serve as the County Director. The position is headquartered at the WSU King County Extension office in Renton, Washington.


The WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program is seeking a dynamic, inspired, and highly qualified professional to provide leadership to a multi-disciplinary team of King County Extension educators in the role of WSU King County Extension Director. King County is named after Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation’s history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. In addition to serving as County Director, this person will plan, lead, and support efforts related to 4-H youth development science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  The faculty position will function as an integral part of the WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development team and the Youth and Families Program Unit.


·       As Extension County Director, engage with county government for planning and advisory purposes.  Provide leadership for personnel and operations related to fiscal and budget management and civil rights compliance. Manage the King County Extension office.

·       Provide leadership for the 4-H King County program, specifically supporting King County STEM programming.

·       Build and maintain cooperative, respectful, trusted, and collaborative working relationships with county, regional, and statewide Extension faculty and staff; community, county, state, national, and tribal partners; other youth-serving programs, governmental agencies, and stakeholders to provide programs that are aligned with programmatic needs.

·       Develop, deliver, and oversee research and outcomes based innovative programming and evaluation leading to peer-reviewed scholarship such as refereed journal articles, Extension publications, presentations, and other products for promotion advancement.

·       Conduct community needs assessment, program development and participant recruitment efforts that include the engagement of Washington’s diverse residents across race, gender, and socioeconomic class, disability, and other differences.

·       Acquire and manage external grants, contracts, fee-for-service, and gifts to support the expansion, development, and delivery of educational programs.

·       Participate in and provide effective and appropriate levels of service as a faculty member of Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences; Extension; the 4-H Youth Development program, and the Youth and Families Program Unit.

Required Qualifications

• Earned Master’s degree in youth development, or other related field with demonstrated knowledge in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) by date of hire. • Two years of experience focused in developing, delivering, and managing STEM education programs. • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using Zoom and/or Teams technology and through both written and verbal communication, when relating to a variety of audiences. • Demonstrated leadership and management skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated record of scholarship in subject matter and program aligned with this position. • Demonstrated resource acquisition skills in grants, gift development, and revenue generation. • Experience managing grants and contracts including planning, assigning, and supervising the work of staff, budget reconciliation, financial planning, and reporting. • Experience in evaluation of the effectiveness of program delivery and behavior change. • Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver educational programs using a variety of current technologies. • Ph.D. in youth development or closely related field. • Proven ability to work in multi-disciplinary, collaborative programming. • Demonstrated cultural competency skills and a commitment to expanding and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as social justice issues. • Strong, interpersonal skills and a capacity and willingness to engage diverse constituents from varying socioeconomic and ethnic groups in education programs.

Other Requirements

JOB EXPECTATIONS • Reliable transportation for year-round travel is required. Mileage will be reimbursed for work- related travel at the approved state rate. While using a private or WSU motor pool vehicle for official business, have current automobile liability insurance (meeting the requirements described in RCW46.30.020 and RCW 46.29.090) and possess a valid driver's license. • This position works as a member of a multi-disciplinary team of Extension educators and support staff in county Extension offices as well as department-based Extension specialists and researchers. • Ability to work some nights and weekends. • Extension faculty members are hired into the organization, not into a specific geographical location. It is possible that future circumstances may require relocation. • Understand and carry out the principles and specific requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Affirmative Action Plan, and all pertinent rules and regulations. • Employment is contingent upon a successful background check and verification of COVID vaccination status per Washington State mandate.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Brian Brandt

Contact Email


Contact Phone

253 798-3250

Application Instructions

Application screening begins 6/1/2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Apply at https://hrs.wsu.edu/jobs/. Applications must include the following materials: 1) Cover letter addressing how your experience meets the required and preferred qualifications for the position, 2) Current Curriculum Vitae, 3) Copies of official college transcripts, 4) A statement of your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion that describes your understanding of these issues, your record of activities to date, and plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if selected., and 5) Names and contact information for three professional references. For questions about the position, contact Brian Brandt, Search Committee Chair at 253 798-3250 or bbrandt@wsu.edu.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policies including a partner accommodation program and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant see http://www.advance.wsu.edu. WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

About Washington State University

The WSU Extension Youth and Families Program Unit is one of three academic units of WSU Extension within the College of Human and Natural Resources Sciences (CAHNRS).  The academic home for this position resides in the Youth and Families Program Unit.  To learn more about the WSU Extension Youth and Families Program Unit, visit http://extension.wsu.edu/youth-families/.


4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization.  WSU 4-H Youth Development is committed to providing safe and inclusive environments for all youth and adults regardless of race; sex; gender; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender expression; religion; age; color; creed; national or ethnic origin; civic engagement; physical, mental, or sensory ability; genetic information; and/or status as an honorably discharged veteran or member of the military.  Washington State 4-H Youth Development education creates supportive environments for all youth and families to reach their fullest potential.  This will be accomplished through a systemic approach of foundation and mission driven science to meet our goals to provide formal and non-formal experiential learning, develop skills that benefit youth throughout life, foster leadership and volunteerism in youth and adults, build internal and external partnerships for programming and funding, strengthen families and communities, employ research based knowledge and the land grant university system, and embrace and expand the traditions of the 4-H Youth Program.  To learn more about the WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, visit https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/.

With 39 county Extension offices and 1 Tribal location throughout the state, WSU Extension is the front door to the University. Extension builds the capacity of individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities, empowering them to find solutions for local issues and to improve their quality of life. Extension collaborates with communities and industries to create a culture of life-long learning and is recognized for its accessible, learner-centered, relevant, high-quality and evidence-based, unbiased educational programs.

The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 12 academic units, three extension program units, four research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and one tribal and 39 county extension offices.  CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience.  Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.
To learn more about WSU CAHNRS, visit:  http://cahnrs.wsu.edu.

Founded in 1890 as Washington’s original land-grant university, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and Extension missions.  WSU has 11 colleges that foster scholarly achievement, and an enrollment of more than 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students on five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett).  Additionally, research centers are located throughout the state, extension offices are located in every county, and online degree programs are offered worldwide.  See here for additional information about WSU's statewide locations.  WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University.  WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.  To learn more about WSU visit: http://www.wsu.edu/.