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The Ohio State University
Posted: 07/11/2023
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development - Darke County


County Extension Educator

Darke County, 4-H Youth Development

Greenville, OH / Area 11


Post:  July 10, 2023

Deadline:  July 25, 2023

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 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  This position is located in Darke County, Ohio.

The Ohio State University Extension Educator will work collaboratively with county, center, area and state teams of Ohio State University (OSU) Extension professionals and with local agency leaders and volunteers to provide guidance for 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. The Educator will implement and teach educational programming, based on these needs, to groups and individuals comprised of adults and/or youth. Work with and/or lead committees and volunteers, and establish and maintain partnerships within the community that support the achievement of program goals. Design and implement a high-quality, annual overnight residential 4-H camping program, including recruitment, selection, training, and on-going oversight of teen camp counselors and adult volunteers. Work with the county junior and senior fair boards in supporting the county fair. The Educator may be required to replicate and adhere to existing programs that meet the needs of their local community.  The Educator will develop promotional material, work with committees and volunteers, and establish and maintain partnerships within the community that support the achievement of the program goals. 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. Assist in discussions with county representatives concerning program funding. Assist in the management of the county budget. The Educator will 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 4-H Youth Development.

  • Program implementation and teaching to groups and individual. Work with volunteers and staff to plan and conduct local and regional educational events (e.g. evaluation days, speaking contests, livestock quality assurance, etc.) to increase 4-H members’ subject matter knowledge & skills and build their leadership, citizenship, & life skills. In partnership with many local agencies and county departments develop a dynamic, county-based 4-H youth development program that addresses the county’s most urgent youth development needs, promotes quality youth-adult partnerships, leads to qualitative outcomes and is representative of the diversity of the county. Integrate 4-H programming into larger-scale county youth development initiatives to reinforce Extension’s expertise and expand 4-H members’ opportunities to learn from and with others. Design and implement resident and day camp programs in collaboration with teen camp counselors and adult staff. Support programming to engage teens by planning and implementing leadership and citizenship opportunities that target this population (e.g. teen leadership clubs, youth boards, camp counselors, junior fair board, etc.). Conduct annual evaluations on selected aspects of the local 4-H programming efforts to include as a part of the OSU Extension reporting system.
  • Implement and support a comprehensive volunteer system through identification, selection, orientation, training, utilizing, recognizing, and evaluating of adult and youth volunteers to support local 4-H delivery methods (e.g. community clubs, after-school clubs, camps, school enrichment, etc.). Provide leadership for the development and support of a 4-H volunteer advisory committee and other related volunteer committees that develop and enhance the educational experience of 4-H youth within the various delivery methods. Provide orientation and training for volunteers that will enhance their ability to (1) develop and implement experientially based experiences for 4-H members within a variety of delivery methods; (2) build youth development knowledge and skills with volunteers and youth and (3) support quality youth-adult partnerships.
  • Provide state-wide specialization in an appropriate 4-H Youth Development area. Provide expertise in the development, enhancement, and support for statewide Extension and 4-H programming, including active participation in a state 4-H Design Team. Approximately 10% of professional time is to be dedicated to statewide efforts. Work collaboratively with Extension educators in all program areas (Agriculture & Natural Resources, Community Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences), where interdisciplinary efforts are needed to meet broad issues or carry out major programming efforts.
  • Work with the county junior and senior fair boards in supporting the county fair. Serve as a community source for youth development and volunteer expertise, including 4-H philosophy and procedures, related to implementing a positive youth development program and in addressing community needs requiring a multi-programmatic approach. Enhance program development and the outreach/engagement of youth through collaborative relationships with community-based youth agencies/organizations, including schools, non-profit agencies and faith based groups. Identify and pursue funding and leadership opportunities to enhance the scope and reach of 4-H programming as well as create new partnerships for Extension. May also be responsible for securing external funds to support local programming. Promote OSU Extension and 4-H Youth Development with local 4-H families, volunteers elected officials, and other community partners through newsletters, websites, press releases, etc.. Participates in discussions with county representatives concerning program funding and the management of the county budget.

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 Youth Development or other educationally related area (examples are: Communications, Family Relations and Human Development, Recreation, Sociology, Psychology, Education including Agriculture, Extension, Elementary, Secondary, Family and Consumer Sciences and Physical). Must be able to utilize a variety of teaching methods to deliver program content to diverse groups of learners. Knowledge and/or the ability to learn concepts, processes, ideas, and methods of 4‐H. Experience effectively assessing, replicating and teaching research‐based educational programs to diverse audiences. Experience in building and maintaining relationships with various group of individuals, including peers, support staff, volunteers, and local committees, in a effort to achieve common programing goals. Basic computer skills required.

Resume and cover letter, specific to the posting, are to be included at time of application.

Career Roadmap placement is:

Function: Education

Sub-Function: Extension Educators

Band: Individual Contributor – Specialized

Level: S1, S2, S3, S4

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.