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Company:
The Ohio State University
Division:
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
City:
Akron
State:
Ohio
County:
Summit
Country:
USA
Website URL:
Posted: 10/13/2020
OSU Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Salary: $38,004 - $63,036

The 4-H Positive Youth Development Educator works collaboratively with county and state teams and with local agency leaders and volunteers.  This includes implementing and supporting 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-schools clubs, camps, school enrichments, etc.). Responsible for a broad range of basic to complex duties that could include, but are not limited to, maintaining relationships with 4-H club and committee members, providing guidance and/or leadership for 4-H Youth Development programming targeted to local and regional needs, and engaging youth to build leadership, citizenship, and life skills.  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.  May also convene and facilitate community coalitions focused on those needs.  Design and implement a resident and/or day camp program in collaboration with teen camp counselors and adult staff.  Work with the county junior and senior fair boards in organizing and supporting the county fair.  May be required to replicate and adhere to existing programs that meet the needs of their local community.  Plan and conduct local and area educational events to increase 4-H enrollment, non-traditional programming, school enrichment and increase members’ subject matter knowledge and skills and build their leadership, citizenship, and life skills.  Develop promotional materials, work with and/or lead committees and volunteers, and establish and maintain partnerships within the community that support the achievement of the program goals.  Regularly evaluate educational program success, quality, and dissemination methods. Participate in stewardship roles as assigned that support the entire county Extension office.  May also be responsible for securing external funds to support local programming.  Participate as a member of the county, multi-county, and /or state Extension teams to further the overall mission, vision, and values of OSU Extension and 4-H.

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 Summit County, Ohio.

  • Work with volunteers and staff to plan and conduct educational and training events (e.g. livestock quality assurance, volunteer and youth leadership etc.) to engage youth and teens and build  leadership, citizenship, and life skills in 4-H members, school enrichment and non traditional 4H programming. Partner with local agencies to 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.  Design, implement and teach community-based programs that respond to local needs; design new learning resources, provide overall leadership for assigned program area within the county.  Collaborate with and support Educator and Program Assistant Colleagues. Be responsive to clientele, a team player and a good listener.  Consider community needs as measured through a needs assessment and respond with a “whatever it takes” attitude. Integrate 4-H programming into larger-scale county youth development initiatives to reinforce Extension’s expertise and expand 4-H members’ and all other youth opportunities to learn from and with others.  Design and implement a high-quality, annual overnight residential 4-H camp, and day camping programming as needed, including recruitment, selection, training, and on-going oversight of teen camp counselors and adult volunteers. Plan and implement leadership and citizenship opportunities (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 to be included as a part of the OSU Extension reporting system.
  • 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 develop and implement experientially based experiences for 4-H members and other youth within a variety of delivery methods, build youth development knowledge and skills with volunteers and youth, and support quality youth-adult partnerships
  • Contribute statewide in an area of specialization to be negotiated.  Provide expertise in the development, enhancement, and support for the statewide Extension and 4-H programming.  Approximately 10% of professional time is to be dedicated to statewide efforts.  Actively work to diversify program participation consistent with OSU Extensions AA/EEO policies and procedures. Ensure 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, and non-program related conviction record (required). 
  • Participate in community functions to promote programs and provide public relations to the county; use news media and develop promotional materials.  Work with the county junior and senior fair boards in organizing and supporting the county fair.  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.  Enhance program development and the outreach engagement of youth through maintaining and creating 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.  May also be responsible for securing external funds to support local programming.
  • Work collaboratively with Extension educators in all other program areas (Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community Development and Family and Consumer Sciences). Identify opportunities for interdisciplinary efforts to meet broad issues or carry out major programming efforts locally and statewide. Contribute to other office initiatives as assigned in support of the county Extension Office.   Promote OSU Extension and 4-H Youth Development with local families, schools, elected officials and other community partners through newsletters, website, press releases, etc.

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 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 Youth Development.  Experience effectively assessing, designing, developing and teaching 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 programing goals. Experience in leading programs including the leadership of support staff and volunteers. Experience in organizing, implementing and evaluating programs. Basic computer skills required. DESIRED EXPERIENCE: Prior experience with budget management. 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.

TO APPLY:  Complete application instructions at http://jobs.osu.edu/  PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS WHO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WITH THE OSU ONLINE APPLICATION FOR JR# 461863:

1)    Resume/Vita
2)    Resume/Vita
3)    List of at least five professional references; include names and email addresses

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