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4-h position in Seattle

Title: 4-h position in Seattle

City of Seattle 4-H
Position No. WSUKC-01


Youth Educator, 4-H Youth Development, WSU City of Seattle/King County Cooperative Extension. This is a twelve-month contract Administrative/Professional or non-tenure track faculty position dependent on degree, with opportunity for continuation (extension) contingent on funding.


The City of Seattle is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Cascade and Olympic mountains and the waters of Puget Sound.  It is a hub of activity for international trade, high technology, medical, and educational activities.  The area offers a multitude of recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities for virtually everyone.


This is a Washington State University position working collaboratively with the City of Seattle Human Services Department in the planning and implementation of 4-H youth development activities for Latino youth and families in the City of Seattle as part of a total 4H team.

The successful candidate would be responsible for the shared leadership and vision of the 4-H Youth Development program which includes conducting, evaluating, and setting the education tone and direction of the program in the City of Seattle.  Leadership and youth development are the major subject matter areas facilitated by this position. This 4-H Youth Development position and program will have emphasis on reaching youth age 6th through 10th grade in the Southwest Seattle area.  This position will be the lead extension educator for a dynamic leadership team in the City of Seattle. 


May include any or all of the following:

Curriculum Development

1. Identify and/or develop innovative educational materials and design effective methods of delivery that focus on reaching Latino youth and families.

2. Provide leadership in developing flexible program methods for youth and families designed to enhance leadership skills, positive self-esteem, effective communication skills, sound decision-making ability, and other life skills.

3. Develop knowledge of issues affecting a familiarity with current best practices in children, youth, and family education, evaluate the needs of the target community, develop curriculum and services to meet those needs, and evaluate the impacts of the 4-H Youth Development Program within the community.

Collaborations, Community, and Volunteers

1. Provide leadership and management to the adult and youth volunteer systems, including recruiting, screening, training, supervising, counseling, evaluating and public recognition of volunteer leaders.

2. Ensure effective program outreach to Latino youth and families in Southwest Seattle.

3. Solicit private and public support from individuals, organizations, and agencies for Extension programs and WSU Cooperative Extension.

4. Expand 4-H participation through school enrichment, out-of-school programs, short-term projects, focused youth education and community-based organizations.

5. Work cooperatively with Seattle Parks & Recreation Community Centers (Delridge, High Point, Southwest & South Park) to develop 4-H programs.

6. Work collaboratively with the Seattle Human Services Department to develop a method for consumer/community involvement in the ongoing development, implementation and assessment of program services.

Marketing and Public Relations

1. Develop and/or utilize appropriate methods, such as computers, news releases, radio programs, written materials, and other resources to educate targeted audiences.

2. Collaborate effectively with other Washington State University personnel and staff, in the promotion of 4-H planning and programming and exhibit strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills that will facilitate the promotion of 4-H Youth Development in Southwest Seattle.

Administration and Fiscal Responsibility

1. Develop a written plan of work, prepare reports, and write grants that will support for developing assets to strengthen Latino youth and families.

2. Develop an active Family and Youth Development Advisory team(s) to focus on program direction.

3. Develop political awareness and knowledge of local government and local and regional policies, processes, barriers and issues.

4. Supervise staff involved in the City of Seattle 4-H Youth program.


1. Participate as a member of the WSU Cooperative Extension team in King County and work with faculty and staff on interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary programs as appropriate to the audience and issue requirements.  Collaborate with 4-H faculty and staff at cluster, district, and state levels.

2. Develop an information sharing system with other Extension educators relative to their responsibilities in the 4-H program.

3. Promote communications and effective working relationships with 4-H leaders and the 4-H Leaders' Association.

4. Attend appropriate training and assure that all program-related activities are conducted in a manner that advances non-racist institutional practices and involves the community in the planning and implementation of program activities.



1. Bachelor's degree

2. Academic training in social science, leadership development, youth development, guidance and counseling, volunteer management, program development, education or other related field.

3. Demonstrated skills to communicate effectively using bilingual-Spanish/English oral, written, and listening skills, and to work effectively with urban Latino community.

4. Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of community education services.

5. Experience and ability to work effectively with adults, young adults, children, and youth.

6. Life and/or job experience in urban communities.  This includes familiarity and a desire to work with various social-economic and ethnic audiences, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity.

7. Experience in volunteer management (e.g., recruitment, placement, education and recognition).

8. Demonstrated experience in facilitating change in institutions by using community involvement model and supporting neighborhood groups.

9. Language skills in Spanish as well as English.  (Covered in 3)

Highly Desired:

1. Master's degree (preferred.)

2. Documented conflict resolution skills and experience.

3. Previous experience in leadership and teamwork - providing and receiving direction to and as part of a team.

4. Demonstrated ability to secure resources, including writing and managing grants.

5. Demonstrated ability to supervise individuals and teams.

6. Experience with and understanding of 4-H methodologies.


All new extension employees working with youth must be screened.  Employment as a 4-H youth worker is contingent upon obtaining Washington State Patrol clearance.  Competency in using electronic communication methods and equipment for extension education and daily work activities is an expectation of the job.  If the person hired does not have the competency, he or she will be expected to develop it within a year.

There is an expectation of travel year-round and reliable transportation (mileage reimbursed) is required.  Evening and weekend work with occasional travel outside the area is required.  While using a private vehicle for official business, the successful candidate must have current automobile liability insurance (meeting the requirements described in RCW 46.30.020 and RCW 46.29.090) and will possess a valid driver's license Evening and weekend work with occasional travel outside the area is required.


Salary is commensurate with the candidate's academic and professional qualifications, the range is $32,000 to $45,000.


Screening of applications will begin on June 1, 2001 and will continue until the position is filled.

For further information about the position contact Dr. Paul H. Gutierrez, WSU Cooperative Extension King County, 500 SW 7th Street, Suite A200, Renton WA 98055, 206-205-3125, Fax 206-296-0952, or email pgutierrez@wsu.edu.

Washington State University employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens.  All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Accommodations for applicants who qualify under the American with Disabilities Act are available upon request.

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