Extension Educator, Youth Development- Southeast and Southwest MN

South East & West Metro, MN
Aug 24, 2017
Sep 23, 2017
Employment Status
Full Time

Extension Educator, Youth Development- Southeast and Southwest MN

Two Open Positions:

Extension Educator, Youth Development, Southeast MN, Job ID 319287

Extension Educator, Youth Development, Southwest MN, Job ID 319219                                               

Application Deadline: October 30, 2017; positions will remain open until filled


University of Minnesota is part of the national network of land-grant institutions with a mission to address critical public issues through teaching, research and outreach.  Extension delivers on the University's land-grant mission, working with Minnesotans to address important issues, creating a better world for future generations. Find further information at www.extension.umn.edu.

The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development works in partnership with communities to build engaged young people who are able to learn and lead in a global society. Using youth development methods and principles that are based on experiential learning and well-proven to result in positive youth development, we foster sustainability and resiliency by building community-wide knowledge, capacity and networks that support the healthy development of youth. 

We do this by:

  • Offering youth programs
  • Training youth workers
  • Studying issues
  • Leveraging resources
  • Bridging research and practice
  • Contributing to the field

The Extension Center for Youth Development is located on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus.  Extension Educators work in regional offices and Program Coordinators work in county offices throughout the state.

Role Responsibilities of Extension Educator, Youth Development

Extension Educators, Youth Development provide educational leadership to the full range of 4-H youth development programs in a multi-county region; work in collaboration with the others to facilitate adult learning programs, as well as connect with faculty and staff at the Extension Center for Youth Development; develop relationships with Extension staff and community partners to support 4-H and adult learning programs and scholarship.  Extension Educators report to an Extension Program Leader who reports to the Associate Dean of Youth Development and State 4-H Program Director.

Southeast Educator: The individual in this position will work with a team of five educators, to provide leadership to Extension’s youth development program across an eighteen county region in Southeast Minnesota, working closely with county based 4-H program staff.  Each educator works with specific functions based on their skills, abilities, and talents. This position will focus on supervision, program planning, and developing partnerships with new audiences. 

Southwest Educator: The individual in this position will work with a team of four educators, to provide leadership to Extension’s youth development program across a twenty county region in Southwest Minnesota, working closely with county based 4-H program staff.  Each educator works with specific functions based on their skills, abilities, and talents. This position will focus on science of agriculture/animal science, supervision, and possibly program planning.


As an educational leader for the full-range of Youth Development programs, the person in this position has the following responsibilities:

􀂾 Champion the mission of the Youth Development programs and guide educational processes so that Minnesota 4-H is a program of choice for youth, families and community partners.

􀂾 Apply research based educational methods, strategies, techniques, and approaches to facilitate learning.

􀂾 Build and nurture relationships which strengthen and advance the Youth Development program.

􀂾 Lead and manage staff to advance the Youth Development mission.

􀂾 Develop and lead effective and sustainable volunteer systems and partnerships to support the 4-H program delivery.

􀂾 Protect the integrity of the 4-H name and emblem and ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability.

􀂾 Steward the public nature of 4- H youth development programs to attract and engage diverse audiences and build inclusive programs.

􀂾 Apply your expertise in order to advance your career, impact the community, and grow the Extension Center for Youth Development program.

􀂾 Participate and succeed in progress regarding professional performance.



A completed Master’s degree at time of appointment is required.  A strong preference for formal education with a significant course work in a discipline or program related to working with youth and program development and implementation.  Examples include: youth development leadership, public administration, education, psychology, sociology and social work.  Course work in child and adolescent development, educational program design, experiential learning and pedagogy is preferred.


At least two years of post-bachelor’s degree professional experience in youth development field required.  Examples include: Cooperative Extension; elementary, secondary, or post-secondary education; national or community based youth organizations or foundations.  Professional experience must include responsibility for educational program development, design, delivery and evaluation.  Preference for additional experience related to one or more of the following:  direct youth work; program administration; volunteer support and management; program coordination and event planning; risk management; research and evaluation of youth programs and staff support and supervision. Southwest Educator: Preference for skills demonstrated in working with the Hispanic or Somali communities.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

The person in this position must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Understanding of the theory and application of youth development philosophy, research and best practice.
  • Skill in conducting and utilizing scholarly research in the area of expertise. 
  • Skill in the application of research to program design, delivery, and evaluation.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to lead, engage, and support productive work teams.
  • Ability to work effectively with new, diverse and underserved audiences.
  • Skill in securing and managing financial and human resources.
  • Commitment to the ongoing pursuit of professional development.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to apply creative and effective problem-solving skills.
  • Skills in the application of technology for communication, information finding, program delivery and reporting.
  • Ability to handle the demands of a constantly changing work environment and work load.


This position requires traveling to perform these work responsibilities. The individual in this position will use a personal vehicle for traveling around the state with reimbursements provided according to the University travel and reimbursements policies.


  1. The Extension Educator (University job code 9623 Asst Extension Professor) position is an annual University academic professional appointment.
  2. The appointment is reviewed for renewal annually, with continuation dependent on performance, results, availability of funds, and program needs.
  3. Promotion is available and is contingent on accomplishments as an Extension Educator.
  4. University of Minnesota benefits are available.
  5. Salary commensurate with education and experience.
  6. The person hired will be expected to use a personal cell phone.  


Job Opening ID:  319287 Extension Educator, Youth Development, Southeast MN

Job Opening ID319219 Extension Educator, Youth Development, Southwest MN

Please apply online:  http://www.extension.umn.edu/about/employment/ or call 612-624-3717.

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Complete the brief application and include the following attachments with your online application.

Cover letter

Resume or vita

Transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the application stage).

Three professional letters of reference

For questions about applying online, contact:

Naaz Babvani

Extension Human Resources

612-624-3717 phone

612-624-7749 fax


The University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Similar jobs

Similar jobs