Program Manager II-4-H Youth Development Program Leader

Job Description

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is seeking an exceptional individual to lead its 4-H Youth Development program to enhance the impact of ISU on the lives of Iowa youth through education. The Program Leader provides day-to-day operational, creative, administrative, and strategic leadership for the 4-H Youth Development program and its staff. In keeping with the university’s land-grant mission, 4-H Youth Development Program works collaboratively within Extension and Outreach to focus the resources of Iowa State University toward positive outcomes for Iowa’s youth.

Iowa’s 4-H programs are delivered across the state through 100 county Extension offices by a network of ISU staff, county paid staff and volunteers reaching approximately 100,000 Iowa youth annually through a variety of delivery methods. Partnerships with ISU colleges, county Extension councils, the Iowa 4-H Foundation, school districts, other universities, non-profit organizations, foundations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National 4-H Council, the Iowa Department of Education, other state and federal agencies, and many others are essential to the success of Iowa 4-H. The Program Leader serves as the key representative leader of the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program in developing these partnerships. The 4-H Youth Development program and the Program Leader place a high emphasis on a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, affirmative action, and equal opportunity in programming, staffing, and services. The Program Leader is expected to work with 4-H staff to seek and secure additional resources from public and private sources to support 4-H programs and initiatives.

This is a full-time, 12-month staff position. The Program Leader reports to the Senior Director for Extension and Outreach for management and supervision, hiring and employment authority, employment changes, compensation and benefits, supplies and expense budget, development and approval of their plan of work, and performance reviews. The successful candidate may be considered for courtesy faculty rank in one of the academic departments/colleges of the University.

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 6 years of related experience; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 3 years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

An earned Ph.D. An earned degree in a discipline or program related to youth development, human development, family science, leadership studies, education, agriculture or closely related field. Demonstrated ability to lead, develop, and grow individuals, teams, and volunteers and lead change management within a complex organizational environment. Demonstrated experience in programming and research related to community-based, non-formal educational activities for youth and the adults who support them in topics such as youth leadership and civic engagement; workforce, college and career readiness; curriculum and educational design; and community and organizational support to promote positive youth outcomes. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, affirmative action, and equal opportunity in programming, staffing, and services. Supervisory experience involving multiple, full-time direct reports. Demonstrated personnel and fiscal management capabilities and successful supervisory experience, including recruiting, hiring and training staff. Experience working with Extension. Experience working across organizational or geographical boundaries. Demonstrated ability to communicate and build and maintain partnerships with a variety of internal and external audiences and stakeholders.

Special Conditions

This position serves at the pleasure of university administration and is exempt from certain P&S policies.

Buffkin/Baker has been retained to assist with the search. Candidates will be notified prior to contacting references. All nominations and applications will be held confidential until finalists are publicly announced.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Application Instructions

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five or more references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting Iowa State University.

Nominations and applications may be sent in confidence to the University’s executive search firm:

Buffkin / Baker, 324 N. Spring Street, Winston–Salem, North Carolina, 27101

Martin Baker, Managing Partner,

Chelsie Whitelock, Principal,


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to receive full consideration, it is preferred that applications be submitted by April 15, 2019.

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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, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, (515) 294-7612.