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Montana State University 4-H Specialist for Curriculum and Communication in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22049

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Todd Kesner at 406-994-6816 or

Classification Title

Working Title 4-H Specialist for Curriculum and Communication

Brief Position Overview

The 4-H Specialist for Curriculum and Communication will provide innovative leadership and direction for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating experientially based curriculum for outreach and priority programs, as identified on the national and state level across multiple platforms. These curriculum and program resources will be adaptable for use in traditional 4-H clubs, schools, home school programs, community partnership programs – such as those in out-of-school time, and with other youth serving organizations.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Up To Professor

Position Number TBD

Department Extension 4-H

Division Extension

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Fiscal Year


If other, specify From date

If other, specify End date

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary range of $65,000 to $75,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, foster and maintain effective interpersonal relationships, exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of students and the mission of Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership for identifying, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating experientially based curriculum and programs suitable for use in a variety of settings and organizations.

  • Provide leadership and direction for 4-H project literature including identification, development, training, implementation, evaluation, and revisions to existing materials. Conduct cost analyses of projects and manage overall curriculum budget.

  • Coordinate with MSU Extension publications to order, revise, produce new and current 4-H curriculum, verify ADA accessibility, and produce the Clover project selection guide.

  • Collaborate with 4-H Center faculty and staff, Extension departmental specialists, contracted people, and other resources to identify emphasis and direction for Montana 4-H curriculum development and design.

  • Deliver youth development programming support in the areas of youth health and wellness.

  • Serve as the Montana 4-H Center representative in after-school programming.

  • Work collaboratively with the National 4-H Headquarters and 4-H Council, other Extension services and other research-based organizations to develop, revise and implement 4-H resources and curriculum for use in outreach efforts to meet the needs of today’s youth.

  • Conduct workshops, present research-based information and publish scholarly work.

  • Participate as part of 4-H Center team to deliver statewide programs and activities.

  • Manage Montana 4-H website, provide timely information to MSU Extension County offices and organize and develop educational tools and resources available as digital content.

  • Maintain all Montana 4-H social media sites twice per week with updates and new material while utilizing National 4-H marketing pieces for state and county use. Distribute relevant information across multiple platforms.

  • Produce statewide communications associated with Montana 4-H news and activities.

  • Develop partnerships/relationships with other organizations.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Earned master’s degree. Degrees in education, youth development, psychology, sociology, communications, community development or a closely related field preferred.

  • An academic record of scholarly accomplishments that will merit appointment as a faculty member in an MSU department.

  • Experience in curriculum development, youth development, educational design, non-formal education, or a closely related field.

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate group planning and interaction.

  • Experience in team building, problem solving, and innovation.

  • Demonstrated excellence in program design and development, implementation, assessment.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • An earned doctoral degree from an accredited university.

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, innovative teaching strategies and methods, and use of technology.

  • Demonstrated success in grantsmanship and grant writing.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with constituencies at the university, county, state and national levels;

  • Have a familiarity with multi-cultural and a variety of socioeconomic audiences;

  • Demonstrate an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity;

  • Have an understanding of the land grant university mission; and

  • Foster an appreciation for economically and ethnically diverse rural and urban populations.

  • Possess an understanding of the youth program development domain of the 4-H Professional Research and Knowledge Base and Related Competencies.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points), or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed), and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The scholarship of Extension work at MSU is defined as, “The creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.”

The Department

Currently, Montana 4-H serves 18,000 youth annually through 4-H community clubs, school enrichment, out-of-school programs, and special interest activities. (For additional information, please visit the Extension web page at or the 4-H website at

The College

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on January 28, 2022; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .