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This position is located in Vinton County, Ohio.
The Ohio State University Extension Educator will work collaboratively with county, areas and state teams of Ohio State University (OSU) Extension professionals and with local agency leaders and volunteers to provide leadership for Agriculture and Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Development programming targeted to local and area needs. The Educator will utilize appropriate methods, both formal and informal, of community assessment to identify educational needs and opportunities of local community to further continuing 4-H youth programs and establish the local Agriculture and Natural Resources program on a firm foundation to ensure future success. Participate in community collaborations focused on local needs. They will design, implement, teach, and evaluate educational programming, based on these needs, to groups and individuals comprised of adults and/or youth. The Educator may be required to replicate and adhere to existing programs that meet the needs of their local community and may also be responsible for designing new resources to further learning within educational programs. The Educator will develop promotional material, lead committees and volunteers, and establish and maintain partnerships within the community that support the achievement of the program goals. Actively participates in staff discussions with local stakeholders concerning program funding and impact. The Educator will hold leadership roles in county, multi-county, and/or state Extension teams to further the overall mission, vision and values of both Ohio State University Extension and the county program. The Extension Educator in Vinton County will be responsible for a broad range of duties that 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 forest and timber management, water quality, farm management, livestock and crop production, pesticide and fertilizer training and recertification, farmland use issues, food security, environmental quality and sustainability. Develop, lead, and implement a comprehensive educational curriculum-based youth development program that is research based, designed for diverse audiences, includes a variety of educational delivery methods and contains evaluation components based on sequential learning and demonstrating behavioral change in cooperation with other 4-H Staff in the county/region/state. The Extension Educator will engage in professional development activities that lead to the development of a specialty area and participate in appropriate in-services.
· Design, implementation, and teaching of community-based programs that respond to local needs. Designs new learning resources. Provide overall leadership for assigned program area within the county.
· Conducts community assessment to identify educational needs and opportunities of local community. Provides educational programs based on identified local needs. Performs county related duties and responsibilities.
· Participates in community collaborations 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.
· Participates in community functions to promote programs and provide public relations to county. Uses news media, social media, and available resources, develops promotional materials as needed.
· Actively participates in staff discussions with local stakeholders concerning program funding and impact.
· Holds leadership roles in county and multi-county Extension teams.
· Engages in professional development activities that lead to development of a specialty. Participates in appropriate in-services.
QUALIFICATIONS: An earned bachelor's or master’s degree at the time of hire is required. Educational experiences related to rural programming, youth agriculture, forestry and natural resources or other areas related to Vinton County needs and goals. Relevant experience utilizing a variety of methods to assess, design, deliver, and evaluate program content to diverse groups of learners. Intermediate knowledge and/or the ability to learn concepts, processes, ideas, and methods of specific program area. Experience 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. Understanding of factors influencing individuals, businesses, and populations in rural Appalachian communities.
Desired Experience: Prior experience with budget management. Experience in the organizing, implementing, and evaluating of programs.
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.