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4-H/FCH SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator

Oregon State University Division of Extension and Engagement and the Extension 4-H Youth Development Program invite applications for a 4-H/FCH SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator position. This is a 12-month, full-time, professional faculty position based at the OSU Extension Service Curry County office in Gold Beach, Oregon.

The responsibilities of this position are 70% 4-H Youth Development Program and 30% SNAP-Ed Program.

This Coordinator serves Curry County and works as a member of a local, regional, and statewide team of the OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development and SNAP-Ed programs. This 4-H/FCH-SNAP Program Coordinator position reports to the Regional Director assigned to the Coastal region. Decisions regarding this position are made in consultation with the supervision team which includes the Program Leader and the Regional Director.

Program Missions

4-H Mission

The central mission of this position is to extend the knowledge and research of OSU to the communities of Oregon in a manner that is responsive to local needs and respectful of local norms and culture. This individual joins a network of campus and community-based Extension faculty and staff who share this responsibility for community engagement. Work is accomplished through hands-on learner-centered education as well as systems-level interventions that influence the environments in which people live, work, learn, and play.

4-H provides young people with intentional, high quality learning experiences that promote positive interactions with adults and peers, sustained and active participation across time, and opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the world around them. This mission is accomplished through the work of volunteers, youth, community members and professionals who organize and conduct learning experiences in club, group, community, and family settings. Programs are implemented in a manner that is consistent with the best practices in the field to youth development and respectful of local norms and culture.

Oregon Extension programs reach close to 100,000 young people annually through out-of-school, after-school, in-school and camping programming. 4-H and SNAP-Ed faculty teach, develop materials, and provide administrative oversight to a broad array of programs. This position oversees all 4-H programming and supervises volunteers with expertise in project areas (e.g., health, outdoor adventures, livestock, shooting sports, soccer, leadership, civic engagement, and robotics). Some 4-H experiences involve travel and overnight accommodations. 4-H faculty are required to assure compliance with Federal and State regulations related to youth protection, fund-raising, taxation, and the nonprofit status of 4-H and affiliated organizations.

SNAP-Ed Mission

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is part of the Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) program affiliated with the College of Health (COH). SNAP-Ed fosters healthy food choices and increased physical activity through direct education; social marketing; and policy, systems, and environmental change. Funding is provided in part by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through a contract with Oregon Department of Health Services.

Purpose of Position

This professional faculty member is responsible for the management, promotion, and delivery of a diverse portfolio of educational programming that meets the needs of youth in Curry County. All 4-H and SNAP-Ed faculty are expected to use best practices in positive youth development to ensure that educational programs are of high quality and produce their intended outcomes. Programs are implemented in a manner that measures impact, fosters program improvement, and strengthens community connections. The position maintains the physical, emotional, and psychological safety of youth and volunteers by adhering to all university, federal, state and local laws, policies, and procedures.

The 4-H/FCH-SNAP Program Coordinator works extensively with volunteers, in supervisory (program management) and collaborative roles. The individual in this position must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, youth, other educational and youth development programs, volunteers, families, community partners, associations, camp administrators, elected and appointed board members, and county employees. This individual must be attentive to detail, able to teach adults and youth, and adept at promoting and marketing to adult and youth audiences.

In addition to responsibilities within Curry County, this faculty member is expected to contribute to regional and state educational team efforts related to the incumbent’s expertise and interests, such as county and state fairs, summer camps, annual conferences and other activities as assigned.

This position requires traveling. Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position, wireless access may be necessary.

About the Division

The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State University’s mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our website:

OSU Extension’s research, programs, partnerships and volunteer opportunities are focused on:

  • Healthy communities and economies
  • Resilient and productive forests and natural ecosystems
  • Sustainable agriculture, food systems, and gardening
  • Thriving youth, individuals and families

The Division has built the capacity and expectation for employees to use digital communications and technologies in the modern-day workplace. This reflects our demonstrable commitment to using digital communications tools and changing technologies as a primary way to raise Oregonian’s awareness of and engagement with our organization, programs and resources. These activities will be included in the annual plan of work, impact statements and summary of accomplishments/achievements.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

Oregon State University is committed to a culture of belonging and collaboration. We envision collaborative and respectful environments that are safe, inclusive, and welcoming. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, this individual will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.

OSU Division of Extension and Engagement’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Unit

OSU Mission Statement

Position Duties

This 4-H/FCH-SNAP Program Coordinator embeds the commitment of the university to inclusive excellence in all interactions and duties performed and contributes to a safe, welcoming and respectful learning and workplace environment. This individual creates opportunities for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and these activities in their annual plan of work, impact statements, and summary of accomplishments/achievements.

40% – 4-H Program Management

25% – Program Teaching/Implementation

25% – SNAP-Ed Program Delivery and Management

5% – Organizational Accountability

5% – Service and Other

Minimum/Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in youth development, volunteer development, education, family sciences, leadership, management, communications, or a closely related field.
  • Experience working successfully with volunteers.
  • A commitment to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion; and ability to interact with others with broad and diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering education programs (in formal or non-formal settings).
  • General knowledge and ability to use computers, including proficiency with information technologies professional office software and collaborative work platforms.
  • Ability to lead groups and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, resolve conflicts and delegate details associated with youth program management.
  • Ability to work as a team member with other professionals.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive community relationships.
  • Ability to learn and adapt to using multiple forms of digital communication systems, including websites, email newsletters, social media, and other tools in a changing technological environment.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

  • Experience developing and implementing curriculum and hands-on educational programming for youth.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing volunteer-led programs.
  • Familiar with the 4-H program and/or positive youth development principles.
  • Ability to engage Spanish-speaking audiences through the utilization of bi-literate and/or bicultural skills.
  • Ability to secure external funding support for educational programs.
  • Ability to work successfully with advisory groups or committee.
  • Ability to plan and facilitate with adults and youth.

Working Conditions

  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.
  • Travel is required to deliver educational programming and services throughout the assigned county.
  • Ability to transport up to 30 lbs. of instructional materials and/or equipment.
  • Position duties will include working in varied environments including professional office, county fairs, youth camps and livestock barns, including handling, tagging and showing livestock (beef, sheep, goat, and swine).


Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
  • Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
  • Retirement savings paid by the university.
  • A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
  • Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
  • Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

To review posting and apply, go to: Apply to posting #P07793UF. For full consideration, apply by 3/15/24. Closes 3/29/24. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.