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Assistant Director and State 4-H Program Leader

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Stillwater, OK
  • Faculty - Agriculture - Extension
  • Admin - Extension and Outreach
Full Time
Oklahoma State University seeks a visionary leader for its nationally renowned 4-H Youth Development Program. This position serves as Assistant Director for the 4-H Youth Development Program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and as State 4-H Program Leader. This position is administratively responsible to the Associate Director, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position and academic rank will be determined by prior academic and professional experience.

  • Provide innovative leadership and direction for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a statewide 4-H Youth Development program, in cooperation with other land-grant institutions in the state of Oklahoma.
  • Serve as State 4-H Program Leader representing Oklahoma at the regional and national levels.
  • Work closely with department heads, state specialists, district 4-H youth development program specialists and county educators to identify programming needs and critical issues.
  • Facilitate and implement effective program planning, evaluation, impact assessment, and reporting processes that provide innovative 4-H Youth Development programs that involve clientele, county staff, external stakeholders, Langston University (Oklahoma's 1890 land-grant university), and Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma's 1862 land-grant university).
  • Provide leadership to county staff in matters related to fiscal affairs and legal issues impacting 4-H including risk management, tax issues and policies related to use of the 4-H name and emblem.
  • Facilitate the orientation and mentoring of staff at all levels, as well as their continued professional development.
  • Provide leadership in developing and maintaining effective teamwork among 4-H youth, volunteers, and county, district, and state professionals.
  • Direct and assist in the development and implementation of educational materials and effective in-service educational programs based on identified needs.
  • Share leadership in Extension's commitment for diversity in programming and staffing.
  • Exercise general administrative, personnel, and budgetary responsibility for the 4-H Youth Development unit.
  • Encourage development of grants and contracts to leverage program resources for 4-H Youth Development.
  • Guide, coordinate, and evaluate assigned responsibilities for state specialists and staff and evaluate their performance.
  • Work cooperatively with the Executive Director and Board of Directors for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation in fund development activities and programs that support 4-H Youth Development programs and serve as an ex officio member of the Board.
  • Annually participate in a variety of county, district, and statewide events and meetings, such as 4-H Round Up, 4-H Day at the Capitol, state fairs, state 4-H Parent-Volunteer Conference, and professional association meetings.
  • Represent 4-H interests to administrators; other academic departments; outside agencies; youth development organizations; alumni; and individuals and groups in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, youth serving agencies education, industry, and communities.
  • Foster an environment conducive to a strong volunteer and club management system.
  • Support an environment conducive to the development of youth through the active practice of youth-adult partnerships and Youth in Governance.
  • Qualifications:
  • An earned doctorate in subject matter/discipline field that qualifies for academic appointment in one of the departments within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources or Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University is required. A record that qualifies for the rank of associate or full professor is desired.
  • A minimum of five years of documented experience demonstrating research-based knowledge of positive youth development and scholarly work involving curriculum development, program implementation, and evaluation is required. Experience working collaboratively with youth-serving organizations is highly desirable.
  • Documented success in team building and effective program management.
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative ability within Cooperative Extension at the state and county levels is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically lead a comprehensive, innovative team of diverse constituencies at local, district, state, regional and national levels.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the land-grant mission.
  • Employment Conditions:
    The position is to be filled by May 1, 2014, or as soon thereafter as a suitable candidate is available. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Hiring contingent upon available funding.
  • Nomination and Application Procedure:
    Submit nominations and/or applications electronically to:

    Questions may be addressed to Mr. Claude Bess, Chair, Assistant Director and State 4-H Program Leader Search and Screen Committee, 580-332-4100, or
  • Nominations should include the name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of the nominee.
  • Applicants should submit a professional resume and letter of application that include qualifications, previous professional responsibilities, achievements, administrative philosophy and leadership style and a description of how these items relate to the vacant position.
  • Applicants should provide the name, telephone number, and e-mail address of five references the committee may contact for additional information. References should be knowledgeable about the qualities that make the applicant well suited for the responsibilities described in this announcement. References will not be contacted prior to telephone authorization from the applicant.
  • Formal review of applications will begin January 13, 2014, and continue until a suitable applicant is identified.
  • General Information:
    Oklahoma State University's 4-H Youth Development Program involves a community of young people who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The program has 26,045 members and reaches 98,923(without duplicates) youth, approximately 4,762 adult volunteers, and 400 OCES employees using various delivery methods including, but not limited to, school clubs, community clubs, school enrich- ment, issue programming, camping, and other special programs.

    Mission Statement:
    The mission of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is to disseminate information to the people of Oklahoma and encourage the adoption of research-generated knowledge relating to agriculture, family and consumer sciences, rural development, and 4-H youth development.

    Information about the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR) and 4-H youth development programs may be accessed at:
As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, Oklahoma State University recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Oklahoma State University employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. Citizens. OSU participates in E-Verify to verify employment eligibility of all employees pursuant to the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act. OSU-Stillwater is a tobacco-free campus.
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