Work Location: 4-H Youth Development, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La.
The LSU Agricultural Center is seeking applicants for the full-time Department Head for 4-H Youth Development. This position is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and reports to the LSU Associate Vice-President and 4-H Program Leader.
The mission of the Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program is to provide the youth of Louisiana a positive environment to learn, lead, and thrive within. Working collaborative with the school systems, parish governments, community, and volunteers the 4-H program strives to deliver high quality learning experiences throughout all the sixty-four parishes. The program promotes positive interactions with peers and adults through various educational opportunities, camps, events, contests, trainings, and age-appropriate experiences at the club, parish, region, and state levels.
As a member of the LSU AgCenter leadership, the 4-H Department Head provides state-wide leadership and management of 4-H program, faculty, and its volunteers. The 4-H Department Head administratively directs the strategies, resources, operations, and ensures the compliance of the state 4-H office and staff. In addition, this individual works collaborative with the Associate Vice-President, 4-H Program Leader, to budget and provide leadership of the state-wide camp and 4-H Foundation. As 4-H Department Head, this individual serves as the liaison for building relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders.
General Information: The LSU AgCenter, is one of eight campuses within the broader LSU enterprise (LSU System). The LSU AgCenter includes the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, which conducts agricultural-based research, and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, which extends the knowledge derived from research to the people of the state. The AgCenter plays an integral role in supporting agricultural industries, enhancing the environment, and improving the quality of life through 4-H youth, family and consumer sciences and community development programs. The AgCenter has 12 “on campus” academic departments and five regions which are made up of 17 branch research stations and 64 parish extension offices. To learn more, go to www.lsuagcenter.com.
Administratively aligned with the AgCenter is the LSU A&M campus’ College of Agriculture which oversees the teaching function. Many AgCenter faculty hold joint appointments with the College of Agriculture so coordination is important. LSU represents the largest institution of higher education in the state and is the only public university in the state to be designated a Carnegie R1 Doctoral University with very high research activity. Among a handful of distinguished universities to enjoy Land, Sea, and Space Grant status, LSU offers vital research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students as it transforms new technology into enterprise and lends expertise to solve endemic problems.
Job Description: The candidate will provide daily management and oversight for the state 4-H office staff professionals and support staff.Additionally, the 4-H Department Head will work collaborative with the Associate Vice President, 4-H Program Leader in directing the educational efforts of the state-wide youth camp, Camp Grant Walker, and the resource development efforts of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation. The 4-H Department Head will achieve the following with regards to youth development educational efforts:
LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION - 50%
Equity, inclusivity, and diversity
Safety and Compliance
Fiscal management and fundraising
Collaborative leadership and engagement
PROGRAM OUTREACH – 20%
SUPERVISION – 15%
PARISH 4-H PROGRAMMING AND ACCOUNTABLILITY – 10%
INSTITUTIONAL REPRESENTATION AND SERVICE – 5%
Maintain active membership and participation in appropriate professional organizations.
Serve on Extension committees at state, regional, and national levels.
Serve on unit, department, college, and university committees.
Participate as a state 4-H program representative on regional and national committees, meetings, etc.
Encourage and contribute to a welcoming and respectful workplace culture.
Based on the qualifications of the candidate, the position does allow for the opportunity to be considered for adjunct faculty status to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses within the Agricultural and Extension and Evaluation.
Qualification Requirements: The successful candidate must have:
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Current benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort, and length of employment.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Qualified candidates must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU by attaching the following documents:
Cover letter addressing the intent of the application and the addressing each required qualification.
Letter of application stating the intent of your application and the position you are applying for.
Transcripts from all college/university degrees
Names of at least three (3) professional references, their address, email address, phone number(s) and professional relation to the applicant.
Personal statement of your philosophy of the extension program and youth development.
Questions about the online system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-2258. (Paper, faxed, or emailed application materials will not be accepted.) For more information, contact:
Mrs. Karen Martin, Search Committee Chair
LSU Agricultural Center
11959 Highway 9
Homer, LA 71040