The 4-H Extension Educator III for the western region of Massachusetts (with responsibility for some portion of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties) is based in Hadley, MA and will provide programmatic leadership and management for the Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development Programs. This position will develop and implement educational programs and resources for youth ages 5-18 while providing support and oversight for collaborating adult volunteers and partner organizations. This position will supervise training and management systems for volunteers, including those for subsidiary organizations and advisory bodies and recruit and provide oversight for youth and adult participants and volunteers. The Educator is part of a team that coordinates activities, processes, and functions with other 4-H educators and administrators across the state.
Plan, deliver, manage and evaluate youth development programs consistent with the history and priorities of the 4-H Program in Massachusetts and nationally.
Develop and maintain collaborative connections with existing and new stakeholders, communities and organizations, including previously unserved and underserved youth populations and target audiences.
Routinely assess needs to understand and address local and regional issues related to positive youth development.
Support and manage local and regional 4-H club system. Recruit youth participants. Recruit, screen, orient, train and manage volunteer club leaders.
Provide guidance and oversight for 4-H advisory bodies, volunteer committees and other subsidiary groups.
Serve as the primary linkage between local and regional stakeholders, the Massachusetts Statewide 4-H program, UMass Extension and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Ensure adherence to all relevant national, state and university policies to promote and preserve the health and safety of youth participants.
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Manage the Western Massachusetts office 4-H budget and supervise local and regional staff based in the Western Massachusetts 4-H office.
Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.
Work in partnership with colleagues from UMass Extension and the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment to support strategic priorities.