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The Ohio State University
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
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Posted: 02/3/2021
OSU Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Salary: $38,004 - $63,036

Position location is in Ashland County. Work collaboratively with county, center, area, and state teams of Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) professionals and with local agency leaders and volunteers to provide leadership for 4-H Youth Development programming targeted to local and area needs. Hold leadership roles and utilize a specialization in county, multi-county, state, multi-state, and/or national level Extension teams, as well as professional associations at state and national levels in an effort to further the overall mission, vision, and values of both state and national extension programs and 4-H Youth Development. Represent OSU Extension to external audiences. Participate in the training and mentoring of less senior employees. Actively participate in discussions with county representatives concerning program funding and manage the county budget. Attract external funds to support local programming. Contribute in attracting and procuring external funds to support local programming. Utilize appropriate methods, both formal and informal, of community assessment to identify educational needs and opportunities of the local community. Convene and facilitate community coalitions focused on local needs and issues. Design, implement, and teach educational programming, based on these needs, to groups and individuals comprised of adults and/or youth. Apply a personal specialty in the development of publications and programs. May be required to replicate and adhere to existing programs that meet the needs of the local community. Design new resources to further learning within implemented educational programs. Develop promotional materials, lead and develop committees and volunteers, and establish and maintain partnerships within the community that support the achievement of the program goals. Design and conduct evaluations on program quality and results. Conduct and apply research findings to professional practice. Participate in continued professional development that leads to distinction within a specialty.

Minimum Education Required
Bachelor's Level Degree

Required Qualifications
Ten+ years of relevant or five+ years of direct experience teaching program content to diverse groups of learners. Expert knowledge of concepts, processes, ideas, and methods of specific program area. Ten+ years of experience assessing, designing, developing, and teaching educational programs to diverse audiences. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with various groups of individuals including peers, support staff, volunteers, and local committees. Ten+ years of experience in leading programs including the leadership of peers, support staff, and volunteers. Experience with organizing, implementing, and evaluating programs. Experience mentoring and training other employees.

Experience procuring funding for programming. Background in education, youth development volunteer management and knowledge of livestock.

Additional Information:

50% Design, implement, 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, with emphasis on livestock and STEM experience. Provide direction for, replicate, and adhere to research-based programming models. Provide support for shooting sports program.

20% 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.

20%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.

10% 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. Perform county related duties and responsibilities including Stewardship roles.

Location: OSU Extension - Ashland (1502)

Position Type: Regular

Scheduled Hours: 40

Shift: First Shift

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.