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Extension Agent, 4-H and Family & Community Wellness/Walsh County
Post Date: 01/21/2020
Close Date: 02/18/2020
North Dakota State University

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$30,000 - $49,999

Park River, ND

Job Description:
The Extension Agent will work collaboratively with a team of Extension research professionals, county residents and leaders to provide education, collaboration and facilitation of the 4-H youth development and family and community wellness programs in Walsh County. Supervision is provided by the Extension District Director serving Walsh County.

This is a full-time position serving Walsh County and when appropriate, programming cooperatively in neighboring counties and for statewide needs. This position is based in the NDSU Extension-Walsh County office, located in Park River, ND.

This position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

• Plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate the 4-H and youth development program in Walsh County.
• Develop and enhance an effective family and community wellness program that supports the growth and development of healthy, sustainable communities, families and individuals. Programming may include adult development and aging, family and community health, wellness and nutrition.
• Successful Extension programs will require you to:
o Conduct needs assessment and issues identification that result in programs based on the needs of county citizens.
o Interpret and integrate pertinent research information into educational programs.
o Develop expertise in a subject matter competency area, and plan, implement and deliver educational programs on a county and/or communities-of-interest basis.
o Evaluate and market the impact of the educational programs delivered.
• Cultivate a strong relationship with and use multiple media outlets and resources to market programs and impacts.
• Participate in professional development experiences offered by the NDSU Extension and other entities as appropriate.
• Provide educational leadership and assistance in multicounty, regional and state activities in agricultural and natural resources and 4-H and youth development.

Collaborate and Facilitate
• Develop strong working relationships with local Extension staff, state specialists, county fair committees/boards, local schools, community leaders and agencies to enhance local youth development, and family and community wellness programming.
• Utilize stakeholder input to formulate program plans to address issues that affect people throughout their life span.
• Be an effective relationship-builder with community members, program partners, office team and local decision makers (commissioners, legislators, SBARE members, etc.)
• Collaborate with local office team to ensure high quality 4-H youth development programming and a safe, supportive environment for youth and volunteers.
• Collaborate with NDSU professionals to develop interdisciplinary programs, some of which will be delivered on a community-of-interest or program team basis.

• Ensure compliance with equal opportunity policies.
• Be an active learner to keep relevant with new teaching strategies, advances in the professional field, technology, news and with related research.
• Be self-directed with minimal supervision in the work environment.
• Some weekend and evening work is required.
• Travel within the county and occasional travel outside the county is required.
• Overnight trips will also be required on occasion for meetings, 4-H/youth development activities, and professional development.
• Perform other duties as assigned in support of Extension programming.
• Fulfill all duties and expectations if assigned county coordinator duties.
Please describe how you meet each of the minimum qualifications and any/all of the preferred qualifications in the cover letter. Screening for this position will begin February 18, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.
North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

Minimum Requirements:
1. Bachelor’s degree in youth development, human development, family & consumer sciences, education, health & nutrition, gerontology, or a bachelor’s degree with related family & community wellness or youth development experience, or an unrelated bachelor’s degree, but health or education related master’s degree.
2. The ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders.
3. Basic computer skills and ability to use Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
4. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media.
5. Familiarity with various ethnic and socioeconomic audiences, an interest and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.
9. Valid driver’s license.
Preferred Requirements:
1. Master’s degree in education, youth/human development, family and consumer sciences, health and nutrition field or other closely related field.
2. Experience in family and community wellness related field.
3. Experience recruiting and managing volunteers.
4. Experience in designing and delivering educational programs.
5. Experience disseminating information through social and mass media.
6. Recent Extension work experience.
7. Working knowledge and experience with 4-H and/or other youth programs.

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