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JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) seeks an Educator to work collaboratively with county, center, region and state teams of OSUE professionals and with local agency leaders and volunteers. The Educator will be responsible for a broad range of basic to complex duties that could include but are not limited to: Providing guidance and/or leadership for Family and Consumer Sciences programming targeted to local and regional needs including: health, food and nutrition; consumer sciences including financial education; human and family development and relationships; and addictive issues and behaviors. Utilize appropriate methods, both formal and informal, of community assessment to identify educational needs and opportunities of local community. Teach educational programming, based on these needs, to groups and individuals comprised of adults and/or youth. May also convene and facilitate community coalitions focused on those needs. The Educator may be required to replicate and adhere to existing programs that meet the needs of their local community. The Educator will develop promotional material, work with and/or lead committees and volunteers, and establish and maintain partnerships within the community that support the achievement of the program goals. The Educator evaluates educational programs and dissemination methods, as well as, utilizes existing evaluation instruments to evaluate the teaching effectiveness, program quality and results of local programs. Participate in discussions with county representatives concerning program funding and may be responsible for the management of the county budget. May also be responsible for securing external funds to support local programming. Participate as a member of county, multi-county, and/or state Extension teams to further the overall mission, vision and values of both Ohio State University Extension and Family and Consumer Sciences.
· Give leadership to proactive program development in the broad areas of family and consumer sciences including: health, food and nutrition; local food production, consumer sciences including financial literacy education; human and family development and relationships; and addictive issues and behaviors. Participate in programming that supports OSU Extension's six Impact Areas of Health and Wellness; Job Skills and Careers; Thriving Across the Lifespan; Sustainable Food Systems; Engaged Ohioans, Vibrant Communities and Environmental Quality. Collaborate with appropriate agencies and organizations to provide proactive educational programming for individuals, families, agencies, organizations and businesses. Utilize formal and non-formal needs assessment techniques and secondary data to identify and prioritize needs and measure impacts of programming. Convene advisory committee(s) composed of community leaders and program users to assist in assessing needs and evaluating outcomes.
· Utilize a variety of education program delivery methods and teaching techniques including distance education, electronic media, newsletters, individual and group meetings, demonstrations, and capacity building to accomplish educational goals and to reach target audiences. Work collaboratively with existing FCS county personnel.
· 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.
· Deliver recommendations and education using the latest research-based information. Conduct applied research as needed to expand the knowledge base and develop educational publications.
· Research diverse audiences and age groups. Examples: minorities, single parent families, teen parents, families in transition, child care providers, adult care providers, other professionals, volunteers, 4-H’ers, youth, limited resource individuals and families, individuals exposed or possibly exposed to addiction, and senior citizens throughout the area.
· Seek grants and contracts for OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences educational programs and interdisciplinary efforts to expand programming offered to clientele or to reach new audiences. Utilize Extension cost recovery strategies to recover costs of targeted educational programs.
· Assist in promoting and enhancing the Community Nutrition programs of SNAP Ed (Supplementation Nutrition Assistance Program Education) & EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program).
· Provide partnership with county programming as it overlaps or collaborates with FCS programs (Healthy People, Healthy Finances, and Healthy Relationships). Develop/maintain community partnerships that will assist, enhance, and grow FCS programming and initiatives.
· Network and collaborate with other agencies, organizations and individuals in the community, area and state.
· Approximately 10% of Educator’s time will be dedicated to statewide issues. Be an effective team player. Work collaboratively with Extension educators in all program areas (Agriculture & Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Development), where interdisciplinary efforts are needed to meet broad issues or carry out major programming efforts.
QUALIFICATIONS: An earned bachelor's or master’s degree at the time of hire is required. The successful candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills and experience in working with diverse clientele and organizations. Demonstrated success in working as part of a team and initiating collaborative partnerships is sought. Leadership ability and strong teaching and subject matter expertise in at least one area of Family & Consumer Sciences is necessary. Candidates must be willing to work flexible hours with a minimum of 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.
Must be able to utilize a variety of teaching methods to deliver program content to diverse groups of learners. Knowledge and/or the ability to learn concepts, processes, ideas, and methods of Family and consumer Sciences. Experience effectively assessing, replicating and teaching research-based educational programs to diverse audiences. Experience in building and maintaining relationships with various group of individuals, including peers, support staff, volunteers, and local committees, in an effort to achieve common programming goals.