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The Ohio State University
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Posted: 04/12/2017
County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Salary: $43,500 - $63,036

County Extension Educator

Muskingum County, 4-H Youth Development

Up to 2 positions for this posting

Zanesville, OH / Western Reserve EERA  

JR# 427308

Post:  April 8, 2017 (up to two positions for this posting)

Deadline:  May 7, 2017

Screening Interview:  May 24, 25, or 26, 2017

County Interview:  TBD

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development in Muskingum County will provide overall leadership to a comprehensive positive youth development program by involving youth in clubs, camps, after school programs, Cloverbuds, in-school programs, and a variety of older youth opportunities.  The Educator will also work collaboratively with the team of Extension professionals to provide youth development programming within the Crossroads Extension Education and Research Area (EERA). The Educator will work collaboratively with members of a State 4-H Youth Development Design Team.  The Educator will develop and support 4-H volunteer advisory committee and other related volunteer committees that develop and enhance the educational experience of 4-H Youth within the various delivery methods; serve as community youth development resource and expert  in the areas of volunteer management, positive youth development; serve as ex-officio member to county fair organization in organizing and conducting junior fair and by assisting with junior fair programs and activities; serve on other community coalitions as appropriate; plan and conduct educational training, workshops; residential and day camp experiences and other events in collaboration with  4-H adult and teen volunteers, as well as partner organizations to provide opportunities for development of subject matter knowledge, life skill development, and leadership and citizenship skill development;  develop programming to address the needs of at risk youth through community clubs and other educational programs; maintain and expand resources through grants, gifts, sponsorships, in-kind support and fees for program participation. Conduct evaluations or impact studies on selected aspects of the local 4-H programming efforts to include as part of reporting within the OSU Extension Reporting systems and to use as evidence of program impact in media efforts, marketing and reports to local and state stakeholders.

  • Education and Assessment: Work with volunteers and staff to plan and conduct local and area educational events (e.g. evaluation days, speaking contests, livestock quality assurance, etc.) to increase 4-H members’ subject matter knowledge & skills and build their leadership, citizenship, & life skills.  In partnership with many local agencies and county departments (e.g. Juvenile Court, Family & Children First Council), develop a dynamic, county-based 4-H youth development program that addresses the county’s most urgent youth development needs, promotes quality youth-adult partnerships, leads to qualitative outcomes and is representative of the diversity of the county. Integrate 4-H programming into larger-scale county youth development initiatives to reinforce Extension’s expertise and expand 4-H members’ opportunities to learn from and with others.  Design and implement a resident and/or day camp program in collaboration with teen camp counselors and adult staff.  Create and support strategies to engage teens.  Plan and implement leadership and citizenship opportunities that target this population (e.g. teen leadership clubs, youth boards, camp counselors, junior fair board, CARTEENS, etc.).  Conduct annual evaluations or impact studies on selected aspects of the local 4-H programming efforts.

  • Volunteer Management:  Implement and support a comprehensive volunteer system through identification, selection, orientation, training, utilizing, recognizing, and evaluating of adult and youth volunteers to support local 4-H delivery methods (e.g. community clubs, after-school clubs, camps, school enrichment, etc.).   Provide leadership for the development and support of a 4-H volunteer advisory committee and other related volunteer committees that develop and enhance the educational experience of 4-H youth within the various delivery methods.  Provide orientation and training for volunteers that will enhance their ability to (1) develop and implement experientially-based experiences for 4-H members within a variety of delivery methods; (2) build youth development knowledge and skills with volunteers and youth and (3) support quality youth-adult partnerships.

  • Area/Region/State Contributions:  Provide a minimum of 25% statewide specialization in a specialization appropriate area (to be negotiated) to the Crossroads EERA, region, and state Extension professionals.  Provide expertise in the development, enhancement, and support for statewide Extension and 4-H programming, including active participation in a state 4-H Design Team. Approximately 10% of professional time is to be dedicated to statewide efforts.  Be an effective team player.  Work collaboratively with Extension educators in all program areas (Agriculture & Natural Resources, Community Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences), where interdisciplinary efforts are needed to meet broad issues or carry out major programming efforts.

  • Outreach & Engagement:  Work with the county junior and senior fair boards in supporting the county fair.  Actively work to diversify program participation consistent with OSU Extension’s AA/EEO policies and procedures.  Serve as a community source for youth development and volunteer expertise, including 4-H philosophy and procedures, related to implementing a positive youth development program and in addressing community needs requiring a multi-programmatic approach.  Ensure a diversity among potential clientele and learners and equal access to programs and facilities without regard to age, race, creed, color, handicap, sex, sexual orientation, developmental disability, national origin, marital status, arrest or non-program related conviction record (required).  Enhance program development and the outreach/engagement of youth through collaborative relationships with community-based youth agencies/organizations, including schools, non-profit agencies and faith-based groups.  Identify and pursue funding and leadership opportunities to enhance the scope and reach of 4-H programming as well as create new partnerships for Extension.  Maintain and expand resources through grants, gifts, sponsorships and in-kind support. Promote OSU Extension and 4-H Youth Development with local 4-H families, volunteers elected officials, and other community partners through newsletters, websites, press releases, etc.

    QUALIFICATIONS:  An earned Master’s degree at the time of hire is required. Required Experience:  Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in Youth Development or other educationally-related area (examples are:  Communications, Family Relations and Human Development, Recreation, Sociology, Psychology, Education including Agriculture, Extension, Elementary, Secondary, Family and Consumer Sciences and Physical Education).  Desired Experience:  Strong written and oral communication skills.  Candidates must be willing to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends, have effective time management, organization and prioritizing skills, and be able to work with minimum supervision.  Internal and external applicants for positions are also required to accurately self-disclose all criminal convictions when they apply.  Background checks will be conducted on internal and external final candidates.  Final candidate offer is contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies or practices based upon the criminal background check.

    TO APPLY:  Complete application instructions at To receive full consideration for this position, qualified applicants must submit the following materials:

    Completed OSU online application at

  • Email items 2-5 to

  • Cover letter

    3)  Resume/Vita

    4)  List of at least five professional references include email addresses, names, phone numbers

    5)  Official graduate and undergraduate transcripts showing the dates conferred (copies are

    acceptable); email as a pdf or have ordered transcripts sent to:

    Ohio State University Extension / Human Resources / Attention:  Toni M. Bahnsen / 2120 Fyffe Road,

    Room 10 / Columbus,  OH   43210.

    Application materials must be submitted on or before the deadline date listed.