Laramie County is the most populated county in the state of Wyoming with 96,327 residents. Cheyenne, with a population of 63,624 is the capital of Wyoming, the seat of Laramie County, and the site of F.E. Warren Air Force Base. The major employer in the community is local, state, and federal governments. Cheyenne is strategically situated at a major transportation hub (the intersection of Interstates 25 and 80 and two major railroads), it is a developing center of commerce. Only 90 minutes north of Denver, Colorado, Cheyenne sits as the northern anchor city of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Nature & Purpose
This position provides educational programs in the area of 4-H Youth Development in Laramie County; provides leadership for traditional and non-traditional 4-H and youth programs; participates in the State 4-H Youth Development Initiative Team and Southeast (Albany, Carbon, Goshen, Laramie and Platte Counties) Area Team; and supports general Extension functions in Laramie County. This position will split time between working with the military 4-H program at FE Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming National Guard Installations, and the Laramie County 4-H program with an emphasis on areas of nontraditional programming.
Responsibilities and Essential Duties
The individual in this position works as a representative of the University of Wyoming (UW) in the delivery of a comprehensive 4-H youth development program. This function is realized through existing and new youth clubs, school enrichment activities, and other educational programming. Duties include:
• Implement educational programs, policies, materials, and activities as part of the overall efforts of the Wyoming 4-H program and the identified needs of Laramie County clientele.
• Organize, coordinate, and support participation in 4-H events, camps, clinics, contests, and fairs.
• Provide leadership in recruiting, training, and retention of adult volunteers.
• Provide leadership in recruiting and retaining youth members in clubs.
• Provide leadership and support to 4-H Clubs, advisory councils, and project committees.
• Provide information to volunteers, youth, and parents regarding educational opportunities through the use of e-mail, social media, applications, and print communication formats.
• Foster relationships and develop partnerships with other youth serving groups, schools, or organizations.
• Coordinate registration, supervision, and transportation for participants in 4-H related events held in other counties, across the state, or out of state.
• Implement program evaluation, documentation, and reporting.
• Provide administrative oversight to financial and fundraising efforts involving 4-H youth and volunteers.
• Foster a culture of positive youth development in all 4-H programming efforts.
• Contribute to various teams including county office, multi-county area, state 4-H initiative, youth issues, and other UW Extension initiative teams.
• A valid driver’s license and serviceable/insured vehicle.
• The ability to participate in physically active educational experiences.
• The ability to participate in some evening, overnight, and weekend work.
Minimum Qualifications (Required)
• Completed application (To include UW application http://www.uwyo.edu/uwe/jobs; detailed letter of intent as described under application procedures, resume, copy of transcripts, and letters of reference.) We recognize that reference letters may not be received by the deadline and are out of the applicant’s control, but will be forthcoming.
• An earned bachelor’s degree with academic training and/or professional experience relevant to the responsibilities of the position.
• Valid driver’s license.
• Demonstrated prior 4-H experience.
• Knowledge of positive youth development principles and teaching methods.
• Demonstrated skills and abilities to organize and facilitate educational programs and activities such as; contests, workshops, camps, and/or fairs as part of the 4-H program.
• Experience in developing partnerships with other youth serving organizations and fostering positive relationships with community stakeholders.
• Experience recruiting, training, and managing adult volunteers.
• Academic training and/or experience to support mastery of specific 4-H projects.
• Demonstrated knowledge of educational program development, implementation and evaluation.
• Experience teaching youth and adult audiences.
• Excellence in ability to communicate orally and in writing. Evidence documented through application materials and experience.
• Demonstrated teamwork.
• Experience with underserved and/or diverse youth audiences.
• Knowledge of Extension and the land-grant university system.
• Knowledge of and appreciation for rural and agricultural communities.
• Experience working with military organizations and families.
Required Application Materials
• Completed online UW application
• Detailed letter of intent specifically addressing qualifications relative to the responsibilities and qualifications of the position
• Current resume/curriculum vitae
• College transcripts, unofficial transcripts accepted for application; official transcripts required at hiring
• Four (4) letters of reference from individuals who can address your professional qualifications
• The University of Wyoming online employment application can be found at http://www.uwyo.edu/hr/talent-acquisition/ index.html
For application information, transcripts and reference letters questions contact:
Since 1914, UW Extension has helped Wyoming citizens and communities respond to challenges and changes. We have offices in each of the state’s 23 counties and the Wind River Indian Reservation. Although our roots are in agriculture, UW Extension has broadened its educational mission to encompass many of the contemporary challenges facing Wyoming’s people and its rural communities. We’re committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities as we bring the resources of the University of Wyoming home to you!UW Extension uses a team-based approach to educational program leadership. This model revolves around five State Initiative Teams, which assess the needs of Wyoming citizens and communities and then select and develop educational programs around those needs.