|Title:||Program Associate for Leadership Development and Training|
Number of Vacancies: 1
Area of Consideration: Open to the Public
Position Status: Full-time, Regular
Pay Plan, Series & Grade: DS0095/9
Salary Range: $55,951
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Location: 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC
Brief Description of Duties
The Program Associate for Leadership Development and Training will identify, train and deploy a network of volunteers who will provide leadership for the ongoing and special youth development organizations and programs offered though the Center for 4H & Youth Development of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES). The Program Associate reports directly to the Assistant Director of the Center for 4H & Youth Development. Current organizations and programs include 4H clubs for children and youth age 6 to 18, special focus clubs dedicated to STEM education, smart consumer behavior, life skills, nutrition, videography, international relations. In addition, the Program Associate will provide leadership development and oversight of program coordinators responsible for the 4H Military Kids, and 4H Life programs, and for other special focus programs that are staff by full-time or part-time staff members of the Center for 4H and Youth Development.
Despite their differing content areas, all 4H and youth development programs require the leadership of a well-trained and skilled facilitator who will staff a club. Building on the successful 4H train-the-trainer model, the Program Associate for Leadership Development and Training will plan, coordinate and implement all components associated with the basic (initial) and advanced (ongoing) volunteer training program for club and program leaders. The Program Associate will also develop a continuing education program that addresses the ongoing training needs of program staff of the Center for 4H and Youth Development. In addition, both training programs will be developed into a leadership certificate program for DC residents and organizations that will be offered as part of the community education programs of the CAUSES landgrant centers. The incumbent is expected to perform all duties with a high degree of independence, professionalism, initiative and efficiency, exercising good judgment and paying attention to detail.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develops leadership training materials and leads leadership training events at the introductory and advanced level for volunteers who wish to work with programs offered through the CAUSES Center for 4H and Youth Development.
- Develops and implements training materials and workshops for volunteers and CAUSES staff including, but not limited to, staff members of the Center for 4H and Youth Development.
- Establishes contact and solicits interest from individuals interested in providing leadership for a program or Club associated with the Center for 4H & Youth Development.
- Develops a network of resource persons and organizations that can contribute expertize and participate in the ongoing leadership and training activities of the Center for 4H & Youth Development.
- Maintains currency in the field of leadership development and training and updates leadership training materials as needed.
- Researches and establishes a databank of leadership training resources that can serve as a Go-To resource for staff members and volunteers leading programs and clubs of the Center for 4H & Youth Development.
- Develops and maintains a schedule of training events and formal training certificates in collaboration with program staff members and outreach and recruitment staff in CAUSES.
- Holds regular coordination meetings with staff members and volunteers of the Center for 4H & Youth Development; introduces the network of expertize to the wider community of CAUSES and its mission, vision and goals.
- Serves as an informational source of information regarding leadership development and training for CAUSES and its wider network of land-grant universities.
- Is knowledgeable in qualitative and quantitative techniques for measuring effectiveness and efficiency of training programs and in achieving established program goals.
- Demonstrates the ability to exercise sound judgment, identify problems and devise practical solutions for continuous improvement.
- Prepares and maintains documents and reports on a personal computer to track the effectiveness of training and leadership development activities and reviews them for updates and recommendations with the Director of the Center for 4H & Youth Development.
- Works effectively and collaboratively with other program staff in the Center for 4H & Youth Development and across CAUSES.
- Serves as a resource for the Director of the Center for 4H & Youth Development and other CAUSES Centers.
- Monitors and evaluates DCPS, OSSE and USDA leadership development objectives to develop effective programs and program improvements and adjustments as needed.
- Maintains and completes required reports, including plans of work, reports of accomplishments, and other documentation needed to evaluate program effectiveness.
- Participates in Center wide and CAUSES wide meetings, task forces, and projects.
- Practices effective time management, and ability to prioritize tasks.
- Manages resources incl. time, materials, and staff in a cost-effective manner.
- Performs other duties as assigned including special assignments related to capacity development needs of the center, college, and community.
Minimum Job Requirements
- Bachelor's degree required; Master's preferred and relevant professional experience appropriate to the responsibilities and duties outlined in the position description.
- Knowledge of the principles of modern office procedures, systems and ICT tools.
- Knowledge of rules, regulations, policies and procedures of Federal and District agencies or the ability to acquire such knowledge quickly.
- Minimum of four years of experience in increasingly responsible administrative positions and community outreach positions.
- Experience in volunteer training and coordination of volunteer activities.
- Experience working with youth or youth programs.
Information to Applicant
Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME local 2087 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.
Employment Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).
Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.
Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.
Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit official proof at the time of application.
Residency Preference: The Residency Preference Amendment Act of 1988, D.C. Law 7-203, created a system in which provides that any applicant for employment in the Career or Educational Services who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia may claim a residency reference at the time of application. An applicant selected for an appointment based on District residency will be required to submit no less than eight (8) proofs of bona fide District residency. Bona fide District residency must be maintained from the date of appointment to the position for seven (7) consecutive years. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the (7) year period will result in forfeiture of employment.
Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.
Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation. The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.
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