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The Ohio State University
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Oak Harbor
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Posted: 10/11/2021
OSU Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Salary: $38,004 - $63,036


This position is located in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) seeks a 4-H Educator to work collaboratively with county, center, area 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 includes, but is not limited to: Provides guidance and/or leadership for 4-H Youth Development programming targeted to local and area needs. Utilizes appropriate methods, both formal and informal, of community assessment to identify educational needs and opportunities of local community. Designs, implements, and teaches 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. Develops promotional materials, works with and/or leads committees and volunteers, and establishes and maintains partnerships within the community that support the achievement of organizational and program goals. Evaluates educational programs and dissemination methods, as well as utilizes existing evaluation instruments to evaluate the teaching effectiveness, program quality and results of local and statewide programs. Participates in discussions with county stakeholders 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. Participates as a member of county, multi-county, and state Extension teams to further the overall mission, vision and values of both Ohio State University Extension and 4-H.

· Work with volunteers and staff to plan and conduct local and area educational events (e.g., Real Money Real World, speaking contests, livestock quality assurance, skill-a-thon contest, etc.) to increase 4-H members’ subject matter knowledge and skills and build their leadership, citizenship, and life skills. In partnership with many local agencies, county departments and schools, develop a dynamic, county-based 4-H youth development program that addresses the county’s priority youth development needs, promotes quality youth-adult partnerships, leads to positive youth development outcomes and is representative of the diversity of the county. May convene and facilitate community forums and trainings related to topics of youth development, thus promoting the knowledge and expertise of Extension. 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 resident and day camp programs in collaboration with teen camp counselors and adult staff. Create and support strategies to engage teens. Plan and implement leadership, citizenship, and workforce development opportunities that target this population (e.g., teen leadership clubs, youth boards, camp counselors, junior fair board, CARTEENS, STEM training, etc.) in both traditional and non-traditional programs across the county. Conduct annual evaluations or impact studies on selected aspects of the local 4-H programming efforts to include as a part of the OSU Extension and 4-H reporting system.

· 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. Serve as an ex-officio member of the senior fair board and an advisor to the junior fair board in 4-H requirements and educational programming. Provide leadership to Junior Fair livestock superintendents and work with the Junior Fair committee of the Senior Fair Board. Secure junior fair livestock judges on behalf of the Senior Fair Board and oversee the livestock shows. Work cooperatively with the fair to meet the needs of 4-H families.

· Implement and support a comprehensive volunteer management 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.

· Provide state-wide specialization in an appropriate 4-H Youth Development area. 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. Work collaboratively with Extension Educators in all program areas (Agriculture & Natural Resources, Community Development, and Family & Consumer Sciences), 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. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in Youth Development or other educationally-related area such as Communications, Family Relations and Human Development, Recreation, Sociology, Psychology, Education including Agriculture, Extension, Elementary, Secondary, Family and Consumer Sciences and Physical.

Volunteer administration experience as well as program development skills needed. Successful candidate must be able to utilize a variety of teaching methods that include lecture, interactive discussion, demonstration, role play, etc. Previous experience in 4-H, other youth development organizations, or similar experiences and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with adults and youth are necessary. Successful individual will have strong written and oral communication skills and experience in working with diverse clientele and organizations. 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 minimal supervision.

Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check. A drug screen, physical, or psychological screening may be required during the post offer process.