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Company:
The Ohio State University
Division:
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
City:
Wooster
State:
Ohio
County:
Wayne
Country:
USA
Website URL:
Posted: 10/6/2020
OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Salary: $38,004 - $63,036

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) seeks an Educator to work collaboratively with county, area and state teams of OSUE professionals and with local agency leaders and volunteers. The Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) in Wayne County will be responsible for a broad range of duties that could include but are not limited to: providing guidance and/or leadership to the creation of a proactive applied research and education program in agriculture and natural resources to meet current and future needs in farm management, livestock (dairy emphasis) and crop production, with emphasis on forages, pesticide & fertilizer training and recertification, farmland use issues, food security, and environmental quality and sustainability. The current program is very strong with educational opportunities focused on livestock production, forages, pesticide use, nutrient management, and farm financial management.

The Educator will plan, teach, deliver, disseminate, and evaluate educational programs and applied research on relevant local issues through pro-active educational programs using innovative educational methods; maintain a high level of visibility and facilitate communications with a wide range of clientele to promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resource issues; maintain a program of individual professional improvement in selected subject areas; ensure a diversity among potential clientele and learners and equal access to programs and facilities; work closely with local advisory committees, commodity groups and volunteers to conduct needs assessment and priority setting to determine emphasis of educational programs; serve as an educational advisor and liaison for the Ohio State University Extension and the University to appropriate public issue and program related organizations; and represent OSU Extension and the University with federal, state and local agencies and educational institutions at the local community level.

This position is located in Wayne County, Ohio.

  • Plan, teach, deliver, disseminate, and evaluate educational programs and applied research on relevant local issues such as agronomic crops, forages, farm management, livestock production (dairy emphasis) water quality, natural resources, land use, pesticide and fertilizer training and recertification, and agricultural profitability. Maintain a high level of visibility and facilitate communications with a wide range of clientele including traditional and non-traditional learners, elected officials, agricultural and non-agricultural stakeholders, and environmental and special interest groups to promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resource issues. Identify and develop funding proposals to support new and /or enhanced programming in the form of grants, private funding and other opportunities. Provide effective grants management duties for multiple projects. May be responsible for development and management program budget and /or county budget. Maintain a program of individual professional improvement in selected subject areas. 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.
  • Use of media in outreach for new and existing audiences. Develops promotional and educational materials including but not limited to newspaper, radio, trade papers and social media on a weekly basis. Participates in community functions to promote programs and provide public relations to county.
  • Develop and maintain effective advisory committees for overall office and program area in Wayne County. Work closely with advisory committees, commodity groups and volunteers to conduct formal and informal needs assessments and priority setting to determine emphasis of educational programs. Serve as an educational advisor and liaison for the Ohio State University Extension and the University to appropriate public issue and program related organizations. Represent OSU Extension and the University with federal, state and local agencies and educational institutions at the local community level. Identify, recruit and develop the volunteer leadership necessary to carry out relevant parts of programming. Support and participate in projects within county government when appropriate, such as land reassessments with county auditor and the county emergency management agency.
  • Give leadership and guidance to ANR program team, currently the Integrated Pest Management program coordinator and ANR program assistant. Facilitate team meetings, program planning, media opportunities and supporting community educational partnerships.
  • Approximately 10% of time will be dedicated to statewide issues (required). Be an effective team player. Work collaboratively with Extension educators in all program areas (4-H Youth Development, Community Development, and Family and 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 agriculture or natural resources or other educationally-related area (examples are: food science, biology, science education). 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 agriculture is necessary. DESIRED EXPERIENCE: Training and work experience related to soil science, agronomy, livestock production, farm management, and natural resources. Experience relating to community engagement. Experience working with volunteers, advisory committees and related boards. 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# 461722:

  1. Cover Letter
  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.