Working Title: 4-H Afterschool Mentoring Program Coordinator
University Job Classification: 8316A2–Extension Program Associate 2
The 4-H Afterschool Mentoring Program is designed to support the healthy development of youth by providing opportunities for youth to build developmental assets in areas of identified need through the building a positive relationship with a mentor.
This individual has full responsibility and authority to steward the 4-H Afterschool Mentoring program. A Bachelor's degree is preferred.
Program Leadership * Implement policies and procedures for mentor programs * Connect with community resources to benefit the program participants * Coordinate and facilitate the Shamrock Dream Achievers 4-H Club experiences for current and past program participants * Assist mentor program to develop and improve its’ services on an ongoing basis. * Act as liaison between Extension and sponsoring agencies, between referral agencies and program, and between families and program. * Supervise volunteers; manage necessary forms and records for mentors and mentees
Program Leadership and Development * Ensure afterschool program is moving towards the statewide 4-H program outcomes. * Engage youth and volunteers in needs identification, program planning, program implementation, and evaluation. * Use research-based curriculum to create and implement learning opportunities in a variety of settings. * Initiate and maintain 4-H afterschool mentor club development. Ensure accessibility and quality to all youth through the afterschool mentoring program. * Provide opportunities for reflection and public recognition (i.e. County Fair or Achievement Day). * Build and strengthen youth and adult relationships which ensure positive youth development. * Build relationships with partners (youth, volunteers, interns, businesses, community-based organizations) to help advance 4-H program goals. * Understand and educate others about recent, research-based youth development philosophy and foundation of 4-H. * Utilize research and evaluation results to ensure quality programs. * Collaborate with colleagues in county, regional, and state positions to ensure quality youth programs. * Follow and implement University of Minnesota, Extension, and Minnesota 4-H Youth Development policies and practices.
Volunteer Development * Recruit, identify, place, and supervise volunteer mentors in management and delivery roles which support the 4-H Youth Development Program * Develop intentional methods of reaching new volunteers * Build capacity of volunteers to lead 4-H afterschool mentoring clubs * Cultivate relationships with youth and adult volunteers through a support system consisting of effective orientation, recognition, and evaluation * Establish and support a volunteer development system which builds the long-term sustainability and capacity of the 4-H program * Facilitate volunteer training in the county. * Ensure the volunteer screening process is implemented and up to date. * Address problems that arise with volunteer roles.
Marketing, Recruitment, Evaluation & Reporting * Develop a communications plan and ensure effective communication to families, mentors, and stakeholders. * Promote and market the 4-H afterschool mentoring program. * Communicate the value, impacts and outcomes of the 4-H afterschool mentoring program with local stakeholders and media. * Collect and ensure entry of data for program reporting.
Fiscal Responsibility * Incorporate best practices into the financial management systems for the protection of paid staff and volunteers and the integrity of the county 4-H Program. * Generate and manage revenue to enhance educational programming.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and two (2) years of experience in a direct youth development organization (as a member, volunteer, leader, paid staff member, or some combination) OR education and related experience to equal six (6) years. Access to reliable transportation for job-related travel. Ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed. Experience with word processing, e-mail, and Internet browsers.
Preferred qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in education, sociology, youth development, or related field. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Program development, teaching and evaluation skills. Experience working with volunteers. Experience coordinating events and educational activities. Basic understanding of youth development principles.
Internal Number: 327177
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