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County Extension Educator
Stark County, Family & Consumer Sciences
Massillon, OH / Area 10
Post: January 7, 2022
Deadline: January 22, 2022
Screening Interview: February 8, 2022
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
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The 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 Educator will be responsible for a broad range of basic to complex duties that could include but are not limited to: Providing guidance and/or leadership for Family and Consumer Science programming targeted to local and area needs. Programming will include some aspects of each of the three focus areas: Healthy People, Healthy Finances, and Healthy Relationships. Utilize appropriate methods, both formal and informal, of community assessment to identify educational needs and opportunities of local communities in Stark County. Develop /maintain community partnerships that will assist, enhance, and grow FCS programming and initiatives. 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. The Educator will develop promotional material, work with and/or lead committees and volunteers, and establish and maintain partnerships within the community that support the achievement of the program goals and existing community nutrition programs. The Educator evaluates educational programs and dissemination methods, as well as utilizes existing evaluation instruments to evaluate the teaching effectiveness, program quality and results of local programs. Participate in discussions with county representatives concerning program funding and may be responsible for the management of the county budget. The Educator will be encouraged to secure external funds to support and supplement local programming. The Educator will participate in continued professional development that leads to distinction within specialty. Participate as a member of county, multi-county, and/or state Extension teams to further the overall mission, vision and values of both Ohio State University Extension and Family Consumer Sciences.
This position is located in MASSILLON, OHIO at the Stark County Office of OSU Extension.
· Give leadership to proactive program development in the broad areas of family and consumer sciences including financial education; human and family development and relationships, addiction issues and addictive behaviors education and prevention; and health, food and nutrition.
Participate in programming that supports OSU Extension's six Impact Areas of Health and Wellness; Job Skills and Careers; Thriving Across the Lifespan; Sustainable Food Systems; Engaged Ohioans, Vibrant Communities and Environmental Quality. Collaborate with appropriate agencies and organizations to provide proactive educational programming for individuals, families, agencies, organizations, schools, and businesses; Utilize formal and non-formal needs assessment techniques and secondary data to identify and prioritize needs and measure impacts of programming. Convene advisory committee(s) composed of community leaders and program users to assist in assessing needs and evaluating outcomes.
Utilize a variety of education program delivery methods and teaching techniques including distance education, electronic media, newsletters, individual and group meetings, demonstrations, and capacity building to accomplish educational goals and to reach target audiences; 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.
· Provide partnership with county programming as it overlaps or collaborates with FCS programs (Healthy People, Healthy Finances, and Healthy Relationships). Assist and collaborate with nutrition staff in the county and their supervisors in promoting and enhancing the Community Nutrition programs of SNAP Ed (Supplementation Nutrition Assistance Program Education) & EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program). Develop/maintain community partnerships that will assist, enhance, and grow FCS programming and initiatives. Develop volunteers and their leadership skills. Provide opportunities to serve as spokespersons advocating for OSU Extension and as key leaders in train the trainer efforts; Network and collaborate with other agencies, schools, organizations and individuals in the community, area and state.
· Deliver recommendations and education using the latest research-based information. Conduct applied research as needed to expand the knowledge base and develop educational publications.
Research diverse audiences and age groups; examples: minorities, single parent families, teen parents, families in transition, child care providers, adult care providers, other professionals, volunteers, 4-H’ers, youth, limited resource individuals and families, individuals exposed or possibly exposed to addiction, and senior citizens throughout the area; Seek grants and contracts for OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences educational programs and interdisciplinary efforts to expand programming offered to clientele or to reach new audiences. Utilize Extension cost recovery strategies to recover costs of targeted educational programs.
· Approximately 10% of Educator’s time will be dedicated to statewide issues. Be an effective team player. Work collaboratively with Extension educators in all program areas (Agriculture & Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Development), 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 Family and Consumer Sciences or closely related area (examples are: Human Development/Family Science, Community Nutrition, Family Financial Management, Social Work/Counseling). Written and oral communication skills; teaching skills; computer skills for communication and educational programming; team player; ability to work with minimum supervision; willingness to work flexible and extended hours. Desired Experience: Experience partnering with organizations and agencies; Program development and teaching experience; Program and personnel management experience; Grant writing experience; demonstrated adaptability and flexibility.
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.