Coordinator, Social Justice & Civic Engagement
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
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Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The Maryland 4-H Coordinator, will provide coordination and programmatic support for Maryland 4-H Civic Engagement and Social Justice Initiatives. 4‑H civic engagement programs empower young people to be well-informed and actively engaged in their communities and the world. 4-H social justice programs foster critical consciousness among young people while encouraging them to act toward achieving a sociopolitical vision. This will include culturally relevant approaches to community engagement, civic education, service learning, advocacy and personal development programming.
This position will work alongside faculty and under the direction of the Program Leader to promote, deliver and evaluate experientially based curriculum for outreach and priority programs as identified on the national and state level. These curriculum and program resources will be adaptable for use in community-based 4-H clubs, schools, afterschool programs and community partnership programs such as those in out-of-school time and with other youth serving organizations. The individual in this position will work as a member of the Maryland State 4-H Youth Development Team to support the delivery of educational efforts across the state.
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsible programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities.
This position reports to the University of Maryland Extension Assistant Director and State 4-H Program Leader.
Bachelor’s degree in youth development, education, community development, social or political sciences preferred. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for the degree.
Demonstrated effectiveness and experience teaching diverse youth and adults. Evidence of success in engaging youth and adults from marginalized communities.
Demonstrated success in developing, implementing and evaluating youth community education programs related to civic engagement and social justice.
Experience in developing, coordinating and expanding diversity, equity and inclusion strategies.
Demonstrated direct experience in partnering with schools, afterschool and community programs.
Demonstrated leadership, communication, and program management and time management skills.
Personal transportation and valid driver’s license; willing to travel locally and as needed throughout Maryland.
Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
Strong computer skills and experience with Digital Education platforms, Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Publisher and email.
Ability to work flexible work hours, to include weekends and evenings as needed for meetings and programs.
This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Youth Development or related field
Ability to understand and speak conversational Spanish.
Experience in Extension Education and 4-H youth development.
Support 4-H Educators across the state through the coordination of 4-H Civic Engagement and Social Justice Initiatives.
Develop, implement and evaluate outcomes of culturally relevant programs.
Provide professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and volunteers.
Actively contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion and respect (DEIR) strategic efforts in alignment with UME, University and National 4-H priorities.
Coordinate and/or support statewide civic engagement and social justice programs such as the Maryland 4-H Social Justice Issue Forum, the Maryland 4-H A.C.T.S. (Annapolis | Civics | Thriving |Service) program and the Diamond Clover Civic Engagement project.
Expand statewide partnerships that lead to increased diversity among volunteers and community stakeholders.
Provide evidence of teamwork accomplishments in annual reports.
Help develop funding proposals and in-kind donations as appropriate to supplement and enhance programming efforts.
Actively engage with the National 4-H Access, Equity and Belonging Committee and related efforts.
Other duties as assigned.
Salary & Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with experience.. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.
Application Process: All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu. A complete on-line application packet includes: a cover letter, resume and copies of transcripts. Please also include the names and emails for three references.
Job Risks Not Applicable to This Position
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Nature of the Position: This position frequently presents information through vocal and written communication to individuals of various ages, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds.
Physical Demands: A routine part of this position’s responsibilities would be to transport materials to and from teaching/event locations, including loading and unloading the vehicle. The employee will frequently lift and/or move items weighing up to 20 pounds. Set-up and tear-down of displays, tables, and chairs would be necessary at many teaching sites.
Environmental: Team driven, office environment of professional character, competence, and collaboration. Deadline driven in terms of program planning and reporting. This position requires the employee to work outdoors at certain times of the year, especially during the time of annual fair, 4-H residential or day camps and youth recreation activities. This may occur during very hot and/or inclement weather.
Visual Acuity: Visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data and presentations
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Job posted: 2021-10-03