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Center Director Southwest 4-H Education Center

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA Full-time
Posted on August 29, 2019

Job Description

The Southwest Virginia 4H Educational Center, a 501c3 organization, is tucked away in the rural countryside of southwest Virginia, only a few miles from Abingdon and interstate I-81. For over 50 years we have been providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences for youth, adults, and the communities of Southwest Virginia. The 4H Center provides camps and programs (both youth and adult) that are proven to be an effective method of teaching and involving youth in the development of life skills, through hands on experiential learning. The 4-H Center is proud to be an American Camp Association accredited organization. Businesses, state agencies, church groups, schools, families, and many others use the spacious meeting rooms, dining halls, and lodging facilities available at the 4-H Center for their events. For more information about the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center please visit:

In concert with the leadership of the Board of Directors and the State 4-H Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the director's duties will include operational management, policy development, resource development, fiscal management, strategic planning and other duties as necessary. 

Specific responsibilities will include: Oversee day-to-day operations of the Center, including administration, programming, food service/dining, maintenance, building and grounds, and housekeeping. Draft and assemble policies and procedures as needed for the 4-H Center's operations. Oversee the establishment of positions; the development of job descriptions identifying work duties; recruitment, selection and hiring of staff; performance assessment procedures; and other personnel actions involved in the management of human resources for the Center. Provide leadership to the development of the Center's budget and monitor the expenditure of funds; establish priorities to assure that staff members conduct business in accordance with set policies and procedures and that established priorities are met. Secure resources and develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to market the Center to private and public users. Provide leadership for public relations, fundraising, and the creation of long term systems that will sustain the Center. Develop and implement, a strategic plan and business plan for the 4-H Center in cooperation with the Board of Directors and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Compile fiscal, marketing and maintenance reports for the Center. Work with the Board of Directors to identify and develop new Board members. Work cooperatively with the Program Director to communicate the Center's purpose and vision to staff and stakeholders. Work cooperatively with the Program Director to ensure that high quality educational programming is provided to users in the following priority: (a) 4-H Youth; (b) other youth; and (c) adults. Work cooperatively with the Program Director to ensure that the Center meets or exceeds the American Camp Association standards on an annual basis and that the Center is successfully re-accredited every 3 years.

The Center Director is accountable and responsible to the State 4-H Program Leader (Virginia Cooperative Extension), the 4-H Center's Board of Directors and reports to the State 4-H Office. The Center Director will be evaluated by the State 4-H Program Leader with input from the 4-H Center's Board of Directors and the State 4-H Camping Specialist. 

This position is a non-tenure track, administrative/professional faculty position, at the rank of Lecturer.

Required Qualifications

Master's Degree required, or a combination of a bachelor's degree and extensive applicable experience, in youth or adult education, hospitality management, business management, recreation management, or related discipline. Candidates should have demonstrated experience in hospitality management, education, business management, resource development, personnel management, public relations, and marketing. Ability to communicate effectively is essential. The ability to utilize business computer applications, email and internet applications for communications and information are necessary. The Director must reside onsite in provided housing and be able to provide his or her own transportation on a regular basis.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with Extension/4H experience or other youth serving organization is preferred. Significant experience in partnership and business development within a nonprofit organization setting.

Review Date

September 18, 2019

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

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