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The Ohio State University
Posted: 05/05/2023
Extension Educator, Family Consumer Sciences, Paulding County


County Extension Educator


Paulding, OH / Area #1

R# 77490

Post: May 3, 2023

Deadline:  May 17, 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

Candidates must be willing to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.


JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) in Paulding County seeks a Family and Consumer Science 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 Sciences programming targeted to local and regional needs including: human and family development and relationships, mental health education, food and nutrition; and consumer sciences. Utilize appropriate methods, both formal and informal, of community assessment to identify educational needs and opportunities of local community. Provide 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 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 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. The educator will also be expected to participate in discussions with county representatives concerning program funding. May 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 Family and Consumer Sciences.

This position is located in Paulding County, Ohio.

  • Give leadership to proactive program development in the broad areas of family and consumer sciences including: providing guidance and/or leadership for Family and Consumer Sciences programming targeted to local and regional needs specifically human and family development and relationships, mental health education, food and nutrition; and consumer sciences. Participate in programming that supports OSU Extension’s six Priority Areas of Health and Wellness; Workforce Development; 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 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.
  • Deliver recommendations and education using the latest research-based information. Conduct applied research as needed to expand the knowledge based and develop educational publications. Research diverse audiences and age groups. Examples: minorities, single parent families, teen parents, families in transition, childcare 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.
  • Provide partnership with county programing as it overlaps or collaborates with FCS programs (Healthy People, Healthy Finances, and Healthy Relationships). Develop /maintain community partnerships that will assist, enhance, and grow FCS programming and initiatives including but not limited to SNAP ED programing. Develop volunteers and their leadership skills. Network and collaborate with other agencies, schools, organizations and individuals in the community, area and state.
  • Engage with statewide teams on statewide issues. Be an effective team player on FCS state teams and in county office (stewardship). 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 other educationally related area (examples are: Human/Development/Family Science, Community Nutrition, Family Financial Management, Public Health, Social Work/Counseling). Basic computer skills required.