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County Youth/Agriculture Program Coordinator

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Dickinson County
1600 15th Street
Spirit Lake IA 51360

Job Description:
Position: Dickinson County Youth/Agriculture Program Coordinator

The Dickinson County Youth/Ag Program Coordinator provides leadership, delivery and management of the 4-H Youth Development program in Dickinson County. This position is also responsible for coordinating the delivery of agricultural programs to adults in Dickinson County.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Innovate and cast vision for dynamic 4-H youth development.
• Develop community 4-H clubs through club visits, guidance in club vibrancy, finances, etc.
• Coordinate with Agriculture and Natural Resources Field Specialists to provide programming in Dickinson County
• Establish, organize and facilitate networks, coalitions and partnerships at the local, county and area-level to build 4-H and Ag program capacity.
• Work with county staff and volunteers to carry out the mission of ISU Extension and Outreach.
• Market 4-H and Ag programming opportunities to county, including but not limited to under-served populations.
• Manage 4-HOnline and FairEntry program and process 4-H entries for the county fair, regional and state events.
• Process child protection and safety policy screenings for staff and volunteers.
• Manage resources and develop community, regional, state and national partnerships to ensure effective delivery of educational programs. This includes leading adult committees that provide leadership for 4-H programming, primarily, but not only, related to the Dickinson County Fair.
• Use the volunteer management system (ISOTURE model) to recruit, screen, orient, train and evaluate volunteers to expand 4-H capacity to deliver 4-H programs.
• Coordinate with K-12 County Specialist and Dickinson County Extension Council to assure adequate financial and staffing resources are secured for a strong K-12 4-H program. This includes identifying funding sources that align with 4-H mission mandates and local community needs that promote the 4-H program, including grants and contracts for local programming with community partners.
• Develop, direct and deliver dynamic educational project-based workshops and programming.
• Provide leadership to the Dickinson County 4-H Youth Council.
• Inform and educate the public on upcoming events and program impacts, as well as monthly reporting and electronic communication with partners, 4-H members, volunteers and the extension council. This includes management of the monthly 4-H newsletter and Dickinson County 4-H app.
• Work with county staff to maintain an organized, positive work environment.
• Maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, volunteers, partners and the public.
• Participate in professional development opportunities.
• Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
• High school graduate.
• Highly motivated and results-driven with evidence of salesmanship or advocacy skills.
• Good written and oral communication skills, with interest in community and educational networking and coalition building.
• Strong organizational skills, successful task management and energy and enthusiasm towards programming.
• Evidence of effective teaching and/or program delivery.
• Commitment to positive youth development.
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, Social Media and email applications.
• Valid driver's license and reliable transportation.
• Ability to pass a criminal background screening and to meet child protection and safety policy.
Preferred Qualifications:
• An interest, background or basic education course in agriculture or natural resources.
• Coursework in education with experience in formal and/or non-formal teaching.
• Experience as a member, volunteer, or employee with the 4-H Youth Development Program.
• Bachelor's degree in a related field.
Hours: 40 hours/week
Shifts: Days, Evenings, Weekends
Benefits: Medical,Holidays,Pension/401k
Additional Information:
Hours: 40 hours/week
Reports to: Dickinson County Extension Council
Terms of Employment:
• The position reports directly to the personnel committee of the Dickinson County Extension Council.
• Position will be based at the ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County office located at 1600 15th Street in Spirit Lake, with some travel required for events and programming.
• Starting wage will be commensurate on experience, plus benefits.
• Hours will be flexible, including some evenings, weekends and overnights, not to exceed 40 hours per week.
• Mileage and other approved travel expenses will be reimbursed monthly at the IRS rate

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, Ames, Iowa, 50011, (515) 294-7612, email

Interested applicants are asked to complete the required application found at and submit it electronically with resume and cover letter to Cheryl Heronemus at Questions can be directed to Cheryl at 712-240-2472. Guaranteed consideration date for applications is Dec. 10, 2019.

Cheryl Heronemus

11/20/19 through 12/10/19

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