Extension Specialist, Child Development

North Dakota State University
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The Extension Specialist, Child Development is a full-time 12-month, non-tenure track, 100% Extension position located in Fargo, ND. The specialist is a member of a statewide Extension Family and Community Wellness team responsible for providing leadership to create and deliver innovative learning experiences that empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities through science-based education. This position offers the opportunity to develop applied programming related to infant and child development, childcare and community programming, parent education, and parent-child interaction.

The position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
• Provide leadership and coordination for the NDSU Extension parent education network.
• Coordinate programs and targeted interventions in ND to include topics including, but not limited to: child development, childcare and community programming, parent education, and parent-child interaction.
• Identify and contribute to the development of programs that county/area staff can teach to local constituents.
• Respond to educator and agent requests as appropriate and collaborate with relevant agencies.
• Develop, implement and evaluate a continuum of educational programs and initiatives that:
1. are appropriate and effective to attract new and diverse audiences;
2. are based in scholarly and scientific theory and research;
3. incorporate high-level teaching skills for optimal audience engagement and impact;
4. communicate results through effective and creative evaluation and reporting to appropriate stakeholders; and
5. utilize appropriate technology.

• Coordinate and submit required reporting for parent education network.
• Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholder groups to:
1. obtain a wide range of feedback on planning and programmatic efforts;
2. identify place-based solutions that are responsive to the understanding of child development, parenting, and childcare issues.
• Contribute to research and scholarship.
• Supervise one support staff position.

The responsibilities of this position also will include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Read and abide by all the rules and regulations for faculty at NDSU as outlined in the NDSU Policy Manual.
• Secure extramural funding to support child development Extension programming.
• Contribute to a positive work environment through cooperation, collaboration and teamwork with others by developing and maintaining good working relationships with co-workers, faculty, staff, employees, and clientele.
• Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.
• Participate in local, regional and national professional associations, whenever possible.
• Participate in program planning and training efforts as required.
• Assure compliance with equal opportunity policies.
• Assist in the development and enhancement of programming for youth.


Minimum Qualifications:

1. Master’s degree, by start date, in child development, developmental science, human development and family science, psychology, or another related field.

2. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusiveness.

3. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media.

4. Effective interpersonal skills, including ability to interact and collaborate effectively with a diversity of colleagues.

5. Organizational management skills including the ability to conduct oneself professionally, be self-directed in the work environment, work flexible and extended hours.

6. Manage time and resources to efficiently accomplish the duties of the position.

7. Basic computer skills and ability to use Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications

1. Extension work experience.

2. Experience designing and delivering educational programs.

3. An established record of external funding.

Organization Summary

About Us:
North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university – with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

No Smoking Notice:
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:
North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement:
NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran’s Preference Notice:
This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information:
North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or [email protected].

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

1310 Centennial Blvd
EML Hall 322
Fargo, ND 58102
United States

How to Apply


Applicant Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume, and names and contact information for 3 professional references.

Application Deadline
Open until filled