4-H Youth Educator - Cass

University of Missouri Extension

HEADQUARTERED:   Harrisonville, Missouri (Cass County) and primarily serves Cass county within the West Central region. 

University of Missouri Extension 4-H Educators plan, manage and support the current and expanding 4-H Youth Development programs within an assigned geographic area, under the guidance and leadership of the 4-H Youth Development Specialist. Primary purpose of this position is to grow the 4-H programs within both urban and rural communities, be an advocate for positive youth development, lead and assist with volunteer development, and provide overall leadership for the 4-H programs including 4-H clubs, schools, youth-serving agencies, community collaborations, camps and fairs. 

University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development programs help children and teens become caring, capable, competent and contributing through a series of progressive experiences over time with caring adults during non-school hours. 4-H youth development programs focus on the broader developmental needs of youth, rather than preventing single issues or problems. 4-H youth development programs use a human ecological approach, recognizing that young people are part of systems, including family, school, community and society.

To learn more about the Center for Youth Development, visit 

This is a 12-month academic position which is not eligible for non-tenured track rank consideration. 


  1. Coordinate and manage 4-H programs, including working with adult volunteers and councils, teens and youth leaders.  Ensure effective communication with all audiences. Manage financial and in-kind resources, 4-H events, contests and programs. Participate in interdisciplinary teams, committees and task forces.  Collect data to evaluate impact of 4-H.
  2. Generate and manage revenue to sustain and grow essential programs.  Develop and maintain essential partnerships.  Market and promote 4-H youth development and the mission of MU Extension.
  3. Remain up-to-date on trends and research-based knowledge.  Actively participate in professional development opportunities.  Ensure core competencies are demonstrated.  Regular travel in and out of state using own transportation is required.  Work some evenings and weekends to meet the needs of learners and constituents. 

UNIVERSITY INFORMATION:  The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou and MU, is the Flagship University of the four-campus University of Missouri system.  It is the state’s land-grant university and one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States.  The school’s broad undergraduate programs and its graduate, professional and research programs attract annual enrollment of more than 33,000 students. MU is centrally located in Columbia, Mo., which is consistently ranked as one of America’s most livable cities. MU Extension programs are located on all four campuses and in 114 Missouri counties. 

COUNTY INFORMATION:  Cass County is a mixture of both suburban (northern tier) and rural community living (southern tier), just minutes south of Kansa City.  MU Extension Center is located in Harrisonville with a population around 100,000.  You will enjoy small town friendliness combined with lower cost of living but convenient commute to metro energy and happenings: culture, sports, museums, restaurants, and shopping.  The county is served by 10 school districts, which range from 1A to 6A, and over 25 junior colleges, colleges and universities within short commuting distance. 

SALARY/BENEFITS:  $28,500 - $36,000 depending on applicable youth development experience. This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

QUALIFICATIONS:  An earned bachelor’s degree with minimum of 24 hours of upper-level coursework in one or more of the domains of the 4-H Professional Research and Knowledge (PRK) taxonomy for youth developments.  Domains are youth and adult development, learning strategies and education, organizational systems and resource management, community partnerships and volunteerism.

 Ability to understand, synthesize and communicate relevant information to diverse audiences.

Ability to work with a minimum of supervision in an unstructured setting and to supervise others.

Ability to use technology for communication and administrative effectiveness. 

Successful candidate will also demonstrate the following:

  • Effective and innovative teaching strategies that engage others.  Must be able to integrate new and emerging technology into teaching strategies. 
  • Effective listening, written and oral communication skills including public speaking and presentation abilities. 
  • Organizational skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities and collaborative leadership experiences.  Flexibility, resiliency, and the ability to operate with minimal guidance. 
  • Positive outlook, high personal standard of excellence, and passion for the vision, mission and values of MU Extension.

 APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, list of 3-5 references, and copies of all academic transcripts on-line at

 For questions regarding the on-line application process, call 573.882.7976. For questions regarding this position call 573.882.4721 or email [email protected]

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