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County Extension Educator
Wayne County, 4-H Youth Development
Wooster, OH / Area 9
Post: May 14, 2023
Deadline: May 31, 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 Wayne County, Wooster, Ohio.
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 Assistants to lead the Wayne 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 those needs. Work with program assistants to support annual overnight residential 4-H camp and day camp programming, including recruitment, selection, training and ongoing-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 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 quality and results of local programs. Participate in discussions and preparation of county budget and management of the 4-H funds. 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 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, development disability, national origin, marital status, arrest, or non-program related conviction record.
Resume and cover letter, specific to the position, are to be included at time of application.
Career Roadmap placement is:
Level to be determined at time of hire
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. Work with program assistants to support 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% – 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.
15% – 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.
20% – 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.
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, budget experience and knowledge preferred.
Experience mentoring and training others. Ability to interpenetrate and apply research findings to personal practice. Experience attracting external funding to support programing.
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.
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