Folks, there is interest in having this position expand the 4-H dog activities into the working dog world including youth retriever activities to bridge urban/rural boundaries in this area. If interested, contact Dr. Cox with the contact info below.
POSITION: Assistant Extension Specialist, 4-H and Youth Development - Extension Animal Science
LOCATION: 4-H Youth Development Unit, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
POSITION DESCRIPTION: This is an 11-month non-tenure track faculty position, 100% extension, in the area of Extension youth small animal programs/projects/events/activities in 4-H Youth Development in conjunction with the Department of Animal Science. This person is expected to: 1) provide overall programmatic leadership and coordination; 2) develop documented, creative subject matter expertise for curriculum development, assessment and evaluation; create documented, innovative new programs; develop and disseminate improved, innovative member guides and instructional materials; and foster intellectual enrichment and scholarship for Animal Science youth programs; 3) provide appropriate training programs and printed materials for Extension personnel, volunteer leaders, managers of state shows/fairs and youth, and coordinate policies and procedures for participation of youth at contests/fairs/events with State 4-H personnel and events managers; and 4) liaison with Animal Science faculty and staff, State 4-H and youth development specialists, College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, Extension educators, 4-H volunteer leaders, industry and breed association personnel, fair/show managers, and farm and youth organizations, and other external clientele as appropriate; and 5) provide assistance to other extension specialists with Animal Science youth responsibilities which contribute to the goals of 4-H and the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
QUALIFICATIONS: A Master’s degree is required in an area such as Animal Science, Vet Med, Agricultural Education, or Community Education and practical knowledge/experience with small/companion animals and youth programs. Candidates must hold at least one degree in Animal Science. Other considerations will include academic excellence; leadership ability, effective communications and interpersonal skills; and ability to work cooperatively with faculty and staff, state 4-H youth development specialists, Extension educators, 4-H volunteer leaders, and eternal collaborators. The individual selected must have the ability to coordinate and develop effective youth development extension activities, programming, training, curriculum/participation materials, and assist in coordinating and establishing policies and procedures for participation.
1. Increase enrollment and participation of volunteers, parents and members in 4-H projects that have a strong emphasis on STEM principles.
2. Study, analyze, interpret, and compile factual information, demographic data, policy information, scientific findings, and state and national trends related to the position. Extend knowledge base by engaging in scholarly activities and disseminating scientifically-based information and conducting in-depth targeted programs. Develop instructional learning packages, 4-H project materials, 4-H Roundup, district conferences and state leadership development conferences. Provide in-service education and support to Extension educators, volunteers and youth.
3. In conjunction with curriculum development staff in the unit, oversee the development and updating of the 4-H materials and resources related to this position on the web-site and provide training and support to staff volunteers and youth as appropriate.
4. Generate grants and contracts to support extension programs and research.
5. Comply with OSU and OCES policies, procedures and guidelines related to civil rights, affirmative action and equal employment.
6. Maintain an updated and approved plan of work. Provide leadership for programs related to specific topics and audiences noted in the plan of work. Assist extension educators in the development and implementation of their plans of work and county events related to 4-H Youth Development
RANK: Assistant Extension Specialist (M.S., non-tenure track faculty)
SALARY: Commensurate with training, experience and demonstrated ability.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin July 1, 2008, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
DATE POSITION AVAILABLE: July 15, 2008 or when a suitable candidate it identified.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Candidate should submit a letter of application, official academic transcripts, a completed resume of education, experience and accomplishments and a description of long-term interests, goals and objectives. Candidate should have three reference letters sent to: Dr. Charles Cox, Assistant Director 4-H Youth Development, 205 4-H Youth Development Building, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078-6051. Electronic submissions may be made to Charles.firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will be considered without discrimination for any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran. Oklahoma State University and the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources OSU is an AA/EEO/E-Verify employer committed to multicultural diversity.