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JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Providing guidance and/or leadership for 4-H Youth Development programming targeted to local and area needs. Implement and support a comprehensive volunteer system through identification, selection, orientation, training, utilization, recognition, and evaluation of adult and youth volunteers to support local 4-H programming. Utilize appropriate methods, both formal and informal, of community assessment to identify educational needs and opportunities of local community. Design, implement and teach educational programming, based on these needs, to groups and individuals comprised of adults and/or youth. Work with and/or lead committees and volunteers and establish and maintain partnerships within the community that support the achievement of program goals. May also convene and facilitate community coalitions focused on those needs. Work with the county junior and senior fair boards in supporting the county fair. The Educator may be required to replicate and adhere to existing programs, including STEM school enrichment programming, that meets 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 4-H Youth Development.
Actively work to ensure a diversity among potential clientele and learners, as well as 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.
This position is located in Shelby County, Ohio.
• Design, implementation, teach, evaluate, and document outcomes and impacts of community-based programs responsive to local and statewide needs. Provide overall leadership for the 4-H Youth Development program within the county. Provide direction for, replicate, and adhere to research-based programming models. Perform county related duties and responsibilities including Stewardship roles.
• Work collaboratively with Extension educators in all program areas (agriculture and natural resources, family & consumer sciences, and community development) where interdisciplinary efforts are needed to meet broad issues or carry out major programming efforts. Develop an area of expertise appropriate to locally identified needs (i.e. camping, STEM, CARTEENS, teen leadership, etc.); provide expertise in the development, enhancement and support for statewide Extension and 4-H programming, including active participation in State 4-H design team and 4-H Youth Development programming. Approximately 10% of this professional time is to be dedicated to statewide efforts.
• Participate in community collaborations focused on local needs and issues. Establish and maintain partnerships within the community that support achievement of program goals. Lead committees and volunteers. Conduct community assessment to identify educational needs and opportunities of the local community. Participate in community functions to promote programs and provide public relations to county. Use news media, social media, and develop promotion materials. Maintain and expand available resources through grants, gifts, sponsorships, in-kind support, and fees for program participation
• Communicate with clientele, peers, and support teams. Pursue professional development activities that lead to the development of a specialty in 4-H Youth Development and participate in appropriate in-services.
QUALIFICATIONS: An earned bachelor's or master’s degree at the time of hire is required. 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). 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 4‐H. 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, to achieve common programing goals. Basic computer skills required. Prior experience with budget management. Experience in the organizing, implementing, and evaluating of programs. The successful candidate will be asked to complete, submit, and have on file in the OSU Extension Human Resources Office a fingerprint criminal background report and a DMA (Declaration of Material Assistance) form before their start date