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The Ohio State University
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences | Extension
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Posted: 09/18/2022
OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Salary: $38,004 - $63,036

County Extension Educator
Lorain County, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Elyria, OH / Area 4

Post: September 12, 2022
Deadline: October 1, 2022
Screening Interview: TBD
County Interview: TBD
Salary: $38,004 to $63,036

This posting is for an Extension Educator (1, 2, or 3); salary and Educator level for final candidate will be determined by years of experience and education level:

Extension Educator 1
Requires a bachelor's Degree
Salary Range: $38,004-$48,000

Extension Educator 2
Requires a master's Degree
Salary Range: $43,500-$53,508

Extension Educator 3
Requires a master's Degree and 11+ years of direct or related work experience
Salary Range: $51,000-$63,036

This position is located in Elyria, Ohio.

Located in Lorain County, Ohio. The Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) in Lorain County will provide overall leadership to developing and conducting a proactive applied research and education program in agriculture and natural resources to meet current and future needs in home horticulture/Master Gardeners, commercial horticulture, farmland use issues, farm management, livestock and crop production, food security, innovative agricultural business opportunities, environmental quality and sustainability, renewable energy, and bio-based products. The Educator will also work collaboratively with the team of Extension professionals to provide agriculture and natural resources programming within the Western Reserve Extension Education and Research Area (EERA); plan teach, deliver, disseminate, and evaluate educational programs and applied research on relevant local issues; Give leadership to the development of 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; 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 their programming; provide volunteer management, educational training and program development to the Lorain County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

Equal Opportunity Employer

This position is located in Lorain County, Ohio.

45% Design, implementation and teaching of community-based programs that respond to local needs. Designs new learning resources. Provides overall leadership for assigned program area within the county. Applies personal specialty in development of publications and programs. Interprets and applies research findings to professional practice.

10% Conducts community assessment to identify educational needs and opportunities of local community. Performs county related duties and responsibilities.

10% Convenes and facilitates community coalitions focused on local needs and issues. Establishes and maintains partnerships within the community that support achievement of program goals. Leads committees and volunteers. Communicates with clientele, peers and support teams.

10% Participates in community functions to promote programs and provide public relations to county. Uses news media, develops promotion materials.

10% Evaluates education programs and dissemination methods. Utilize existing evaluation instruments to evaluate teaching effectiveness, program quality, and results. Designs and conducts evaluations on program quality and results.

10% Holds leadership roles and utilizes specialization in county, multi-county and statewide Extension work groups and teams. Assumes leadership in professional associations at state or national level. Participates in the training and mentoring of less senior employees.

5% Actively participates in discussions with county representatives concerning program funding and is responsible for the management of the county budget. Attracts external funds to support local programing.

Required Experience:
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 other educationally-related area (examples are: natural resources, animal sciences, environmental sciences, or horticulture).

Must be able to utilize a variety of teaching methods to deliver program content to diverse groups of learners. Entry level knowledge and/or the ability to learn concepts, processes, ideas, and methods of specific program area. Experience effectively assessing, replicating and teaching research-based educational programs to diverse audiences. Experience in building and maintaining relationships with various groups of individuals, including peers, support staff, volunteers, and local committees, in an effort to achieve common programming goals.

Desired Experience:
Prior experience with agronomy, farm management, forage crops, dairy and livestock production, fruit & vegetable crops and budget management. Experience in the organizing, implementing and evaluating of programs.

Additional Information:
Ohio State is focused on enhancing the health and safety of our community. Therefore, the university is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be compliant with Ohio State’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

By the start of employment, all newly hired employees must receive at least the first dose of a two-dose series or a single dose of a one-dose series COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals who choose a two-dose series vaccination must receive the second dose within 45 days of their start date. Proof of vaccination will be required at time of hire.

Candidates may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Campus employees may also request an exemption for personal reasons. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine or OSUP Employees are not eligible for personal exemptions. All exemptions are subject to Ohio State’s approval and subject to change, including revocation, due to legal and regulatory requirements.

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.