Extension Educator

University of Minnesota Extension Service   Saint Paul, MN   Full-time     Education
Posted on November 16, 2023
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This 4-H Extension Educator position is a community-based academic professional of the University of Minnesota Extension. The position is a link between the land grant University research and Minnesota residents by creating learning opportunities that address local needs.

This position primarily works with adults to lead, manage and steward the full range of 4-H Youth Development programming in the county/tribal community. 4-H Extension educators work collaboratively with youth, families, volunteers, community partners, and University faculty/staff to reach two overarching program goals: 1) Youth will learn by developing a passion in their areas of interest; 2) Youth will lead by being innovators and social change agents. 4-H Educators ensure program quality, growth, retention, and impact while ensuring potential and current participants have full access to programs, services, and facilities.

Job Duties include but are not limited to

  • Program Development, Delivery and Engagement
  • Volunteer Systems
  • Program Operations
  • Communication and Reporting


  • The position has an annual University academic professional appointment as Assistant Extension Educator, Job code 9625ST.
  • The appointment is reviewed for renewal annually, with continuation dependent on performance, results, availability of county funds, and program needs. 
  • Internal promotion is available. Meeting the promotion policy criteria to achieve promotion is expected.
  • Salary commensurate with education and experience, estimated starting salary is $51,000 - $55,000 for a 100% time position. This is a salaried, not hourly, position.
  • Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.
  • University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package, based on percentage of appointment.



  • Bachelor's degree at time of hire in fields related to but not limited to education, social sciences, family and consumer sciences, sociology, psychology, and agriculture. Degree must be completed by the start date.
  • Experience (paid or unpaid) leading, teaching, and/or managing programs for youth.
  • Experience effectively interacting with people from various cultural backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, timelines, and schedules while maintaining high quality of work and working with minimal supervision.
  • Evidenced ability to effectively communicate in English using oral and written communication methods (e.g., publications, presentations, web, and social media).


  • Two (2) or more years of post-Bachelor’s degree experience relevant to youth development, program development, and/or volunteer systems development.  Evidenced knowledge of youth development theory and practice (e.g., college coursework, volunteer training)   
  • Experience designing, developing, delivering, and/or evaluating high quality, culturally relevant, educational programs. 
  • Experience recruiting, guiding, and/or supervising volunteers, including volunteer boards, and/or staff. 
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts. 
  • Proficient use of technology for communicating, locating information, and monitoring trends to design, deliver, evaluate, and report programs. 
  • Evidenced ability to work cooperatively with community partners or local governments to address educational needs.  
  • Experience teaching youth and/or adults in a non-formal setting.
  • Experience organizing and managing events and activities.
  • Experience planning and applying relevant organizational policies, procedures and regulations (e.g., creating safe environments, financial practices).

About the Department
About Extension and 4-H

University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. Our mission is to make a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. Extension strives to attract and retain high-quality, passionate employees, and weave diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of Extension’s programming and employee engagement https://extension.umn.edu/.

University of Minnesota Extension Department of Youth Development works in partnership with communities to build engaged young people who are ready to learn and lead in a global society. Using youth development methods and principles that are based on experiential learning and proven to result in positive youth development; we foster sustainability and resilience by building community-wide knowledge, capacity, and networks that support the healthy development of youth. Our audiences include: youth grades K-13 living in urban, suburban, rural, tribal, and online communities; volunteers, youth workers, and partners who deliver positive youth development programming; and, agencies, organizations, and groups that affect the lives of youth. To learn more about our programs, please visit https://extension.umn.edu/4-H.

The University of Minnesota and Extension recognize and value the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.