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The Ohio State University
New Philadelphia
Posted: 04/21/2023
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development - Tuscarawas County


County Extension Educator
Tuscarawas County, 4-H Youth Development
New Philadelphia, OH / Area 14

Post: April 19, 2023
Deadline: May 3, 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

This position is located in New Philadelphia, Ohio. 

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

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  Provide guidance and leadership for 4-H Youth Development programming targeted to local and area needs. Work in consort with the 4-H Program Assistant to lead the Tuscarawas County 4-H program in its entirety. Implement and support a comprehensive volunteer system through identification, selection, orientation, training, utilization, recognition, and evaluation of adult and youth volunteers to support local 4-H programming. Utilize appropriate methods, both formal and informal, of community assessment to identify educational needs and opportunities of local community. Design, 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. May also convene and facilitate community coalitions focused on those needs. Design and implement a high-quality, annual overnight residential 4-H camp and day camping programming, including recruitment, selection, training, and on-going oversight of 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, including animal science education, STEM/Financial management school enrichment programming, and teen engagement, that meets the needs of their local community. 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. 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 share responsibility for the management of the county budget. May also be responsible for securing external funds to support local programming. 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. Actively work to ensure a diversity among potential clientele and learners, as well as 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.

This position is located in Tuscarawas County.

50% – 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.

15% – 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.

25% – 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.

10% – 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.

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 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.

Desired Experience: Experience in the organizing, implementing and evaluating of programs. Knowledgeable of animal science/livestock.

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.