Yakima County Human Resources

  • T-620-xxx Program Specialist - WSU Cooperative Extension

    Working Title
    Youth Prevention Program Coordinator
    Extra Help-Intermittent/On-Call
    FLSA Status
    WSU Extension
    Required Testing/Exercises
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $18.19 per hour
  • Overview

    There is one extra help, temporary position with the WSU Extension Office.  The position will assist youth prevention facilitators and teen interns in implementation of research-based programs such as 4-H Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!) and Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth ages 10-14.  This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date.


    Build and Maintain Community Partnerships

    • Acts as liaison between community partners and WSU Strengthening Families (SFP) and Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!) programs. Determines which methods of communication work best for community partners and participants by participating in ongoing needs assessment and professional collaborations with SFP and YA4-H! program partners.
    • Participates in prevention coalitions in Yakima County to expand WSU Extension’s reach.
    • Share program impacts with community partners and funders.


    Program Evaluation and Reporting

    • Evaluate/instruct SFP facilitators on curriculum best practices. Determines which curriculum aspects to focus on for curriculum fidelity
    • Assist with data collection and entry for impact reports. Assist individuals with low literacy or low English proficiency to accurately complete pre and post-tests. Maintain confidentiality of participants through established code matching mechanisms on evaluation forms. Enter data using WSU-approved data collection databases.
    • Reports data in oral, written and electronic formats to program funders, including Board of County Commissioners. 

    Community Outreach 

    • Support YA4-H! teens in implementing community wellness projects. Determines how to implement WSU/Yakima County policies and procedures when working with youth in all aspects.  
    • Promote health & wellness and prevention programs to underserved audiences.
    • Other duties required.



    Education and Experience: High School Diploma /GED and 3 years of paid work or volunteer experience with organizing, teaching or promoting community programs and/or youth or family development programs or the equivalent education and experience to perform the essential duties of the job.


    • Age 21 and older
    • Valid WA State driver’s license upon appointment
    • Ability to travel as needed to multiple work locations using own vehicle
    • Ability to work outside of standard business hours
    • Successful completion of a criminal background and general employment verification.
    • Applicants selected will be required to complete a criminal and abuse/exploitation history disclosure statement pursuant to Chapter 486 Laws of 87, Sections 1 5. Criminal arrest history or history of traffic offenses may be disqualifying.


    • Bilingual in English/Spanish
    • Experience working as a Strengthening Families 10-14 facilitator
    • Associate’s Degree in Human Services or related social science program

    Equipment Used: Personal vehicle, cell phone, landline, computer, printer, copier and other general office equipment.


    Working conditions: Environmental Demands: excessive noise, exposure to weather, travel, multiple work locations, ability to work outside of standard business hours and locations. Physical demands: bending, carrying, lifting, pulling, pushing, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, fingering, hearing, talking, visual acuity. May be required to carry/transport supplies from office to community outreach sites on occasion. Intellectual Demands: ability to multitask, confidentiality, ability to work under pressure, ability to articulate and communicate information in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instruction, ability to work with limited daily direction. Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.


    • Knowledge of how to use Microsoft Office programs
    • Knowledge of basic data collection protocol
    • Knowledge of local community agencies, the programs and funding partners that provide services for at risk youth

    Skills (and abilities):

    • Ability to work with minimal supervision
    • Ability to demonstrate flexibility to meet unanticipated program changes.
    • Public presentation and communication skills
    • Ability to connect and communicate with a wide variety of professionals and community participants
    • Basic recordkeeping
    • Creation of educational materials targeted for review by the general public
    • Ability to use personal computer and applicable Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Outlook e-mail or other email programs
    • Organizing meetings and trainings
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision and willing to take the initiative when necessary


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