Extension Program Coordinator (4-H) University of Illinois Extension

U Of I Extension Office   Belvidere, IL   Full-time     Education
Posted on September 7, 2023
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Extension Program Coordinator (4-H) University of Illinois Extension

Belvidere, IL, United States



Extension Program Coordinator (4-H) University of Illinois Extension

Extension - Unit 2, Belvidere



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Job Summary

The position supports the promotion, expansion, and implementation of University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development Programs with a focus on school-based programs and clubs designed to attract new audiences.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Program Coordination and Development
    • Plans and coordinates in-school and after-school educational programs and 4-H Clubs to meet the needs of schools, students and families, and structured to attract new and diverse audiences.
    • Gathers information from schools, parents, volunteers, community organizations, and the Extension Advisory Council to identify needs, establish priorities, ensure diversity, and facilitate programming.
    • Networks and collaborates with designated community organizations, leaders and groups to assess the culturally-specific needs of underserved populations, and plans integrated learning opportunities to meet those needs.
    • Serves as a school liaison, marketing Extension program opportunities relevant to schools, students and families. Disseminates educational information provided by Extension professionals, and assigns learning standards to materials if required.
    • Develops and delivers career exploration opportunities for area youth in collaboration with Unit 4-H and CED Educators, Extension Specialists and local community organizations.
    • Conducts program evaluations and makes recommendations for improvement or discontinuation.
    • Records data, maintains administrative records, and reports on program outcomes as directed.
    • Provides leadership to 4-H families and volunteers. Maintains contact with families, volunteers and key stakeholders on a regular basis through meetings and a variety of communication mediums.
    • Implements standard operating procedures to ensure the safety and welfare of volunteers & participants.
    • Attends meetings and actively contributes to unit and program team projects, goals and strategic plans.

  • Volunteer Recruitment, Training & Development
    • Recruits, screens and selects adult 4-H volunteers.
    • Orients volunteers to the philosophy of the 4-H programs, risk management, policies, procedures, and materials.
    • Nurtures confidence in volunteer leadership by providing peer mentors, shadowing opportunities, cultural adaptations, activity assistance and succession planning.
    • Coordinates volunteer trainings related to program offerings and continuing educational opportunities.
    • Supports and communicates regularly with volunteers. Resolves conflicts as required.
    • Recognizes volunteers for service and communicates value in the community.
  • Organizational Duties
    • Participates in professional development opportunities.
    • Attends staff meetings as scheduled, and provides updates to Extension staff and Extension Council on accomplishments and activities.
    • Complies with Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity policies and guidelines in all aspects of University of Illinois Extension work.
    • Comply with all University of Illinois Extension and USDA policies and procedures in programs and employment.
    • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Additional Physical Demands

To perform the functions of this position, the employee will be required to perform work both within an office and outside in the communities that are served, and must have the capability to travel from one location to the other in a timely fashion. Employee is responsible for securing personal transportation. A valid driver’s license is preferred. Some work will be required during evenings and/or weekends. When working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors to include, but not limited to, hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven ground. In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subjected to various mental and physical demands as well to include, but not limited to, independently traveling to and performing work at different locations, lifting and moving items that may occasionally weigh up to forty (40) pounds and frequently weigh up to twenty (20) pounds, and twisting, pushing and pulling movements. More detailed information regarding the functions of this position (including the physical, mental and environmental requirements of the position) may be obtained from Human Resources for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) by contacting hr@aces.illinois.edu.

Travel Requirements

10% Travel within Unit to attend meetings or conduct programs, occasional travel to campus or other locations for professional development.

Minimum Qualifications

High school graduation or GED
Any one or any combination that equals four (4) years/ 48 months of responsible volunteer or professional work experience in coordinating educational and/or community programs or activities
Volunteer/work experience coordinating educational and/or community programs or activities
College coursework in any field of study
60 semester hours equals two (2) years (24 months)
90 semester hours equals three (3) years (36 months)
120 semester hours or more equals four (4) years (48 months)

Specialty Factors

Demonstrated experience and/or coursework in volunteer management, working with youth audiences, and/or developing youth programming.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Skills in communicating and collaborating with diverse audiences (ethnicity, socioeconomic, ages)
  • Ability to work effectively with others individually and in groups.
  • Ability to operate computer systems
  • Attention to detail and prioritize tasks. Ability to multi-task.


Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 0929 - Extension Program Coordinator position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible. Salary is $19.48718/hour. 

For more information on Civil Service classifications, please visit the SUCSS web site at https://www.sucss.illinois.gov/pages/classspec/default.aspx.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on September 28, 2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through https://jobs.illinois.edu will not be considered. If required by the position, transcripts or other documentation of credentials are to be provided no later than the first day of employment. For further information about this specific position, please contact heatherc@illinois.edu. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

Out-of-state candidates must establish Illinois residency within 180 calendar days of the start date for this position. Illinois residency requires proof of a valid Illinois Driver’s License or state of Illinois ID Card. Failure to produce the required documentation within 180 calendar days will result in immediate termination of employment.


The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.

Requisition ID: 1019376
Job Category: Off-Campus
Apply at: https://jobs.illinois.edu