H Plant & Animal Science/Consumer Horticulture Program Educator, New York
This position will serve as the 4-H Plant & Animal Science/Consumer Horticulture Program Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Lewis County and will implement 4-H Youth Development programming, specifically in the areas of plant and animal science, natural resources, and consumer horticulture for a menu of existing 4-H educational programs and activities (i.e. Advantage After-School 4-H Program, Dairy Enhancement Program, Conservation Field Days, Tractor Safety Program, Horse Camp, Dairy Camp, etc.). Under the direction of the Executive Director, the 4-H Plant & Animal Science/Consumer Horticulture Program Educator will teach 4-H Youth Development education via direct teaching, workshops, mass media, newsletters, and the internet. This position will be responsible for the delivery of established 4-H programming in support of the 4-H Youth Development Program, and will deliver other established 4-H programming and activities, both on-site and off-site in accordance with the 4-H Youth Development Program Area's Plan of Work. This position will also coordinate many administrative aspects of the 4-H Youth Development Program and will assist the Executive Director with marketing and fundraising efforts for 4-H Youth Development Programming. This position is part of a regional effort and may include multi-county responsibilities.
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All applicants must apply by close of day on November 1, 2017 to be considered for this position. All applicants must complete an application packet, which includes: cover letter, resume and three (3) references.
All External Applicants (including applicants currently employed by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Associations other than the Association advertising this career opportunity) must submit his/her application materials via the "APPLY" button located within this job posting.
All Internal Applicants (current employees working for the Association advertising this career opportunity) must apply online via his/her Workday account, which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/.
Please contact Joanne Salmon, Association Operations Coordinator at 315-376-5270 with questions.
This position is a full-time non-exempt position - 100% FTE, 37.5 hours per week. This position, based on eligibility, offers a comprehensive benefit package, to include: health and dental insurance, retirement, vacation, sick and personal leave.
Associate's Degree or Equivalent Education (GED/High School Diploma and one year of transferrable program/functional experience).
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Valid New York State Driver's License and the ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards (DMV and criminal background checks).
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Familiarity with 4-H or a similar youth development program in a volunteer or staff position.
Knowledge of local county needs and the programs and services provided by other agencies that relate to the youth program area.
Demonstrated ability to learn subject matter information including, but not limited to: animal, plant science and natural resources curriculum; horticulture, including: floriculture, ornamentals, turf, and vegetable; and entomology and plant pathology for purposes of program implementation.
Demonstrated ability to plan, teach and evaluate informal educational programs through a variety of delivery methods to reach individuals and groups; adults and youth.
Demonstrated ability to function as a team member working with volunteers and staff.
Demonstrated ability to organize reference materials for programming purposes.
Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse audiences.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technologies for educational and communication purposes.
Delivery - 75%
Work to foster acceptance of the 4-H Youth Development program, methods and policies while addressing community and individual needs and considering diverse audiences.
Utilizing already-established materials, serve as subject matter resource in the 4-H Youth Development areas, specifically in plant and animal science, natural resources, and consumer horticulture, and provide standard responses.
Occasionally apply established subject matter knowledge to assist in the creation of lesson plans as identified to deliver educational programs. Delivery methods include, but are not limited to: direct teaching, workshops, newsletters, and the internet.
Assist in providing established 4-H Youth Development educational programs via mass media.
Teach existing 4-H Youth Development programming, specifically in the areas of plant and animal science, natural resources and consumer horticulture.
Teach already-established 4-H Youth Development educational programing and activities in support of other 4-H Youth Development programming efforts as identified/needed to support the established 4-H Youth Development Program Area's Plan of Work.
Implement the Advantage After-School 4-H Program, Tractor Safety Program and Dairy Enhancement Program.
In accordance with identified needs of the community, assist other 4-H Educators in implementing educational programs, including programming aspects of the six-county Northern New York Region, for both youth and volunteers, including but not limited to: workshops, clinics, county fair, animal knowledge contests, field trips, etc. to youth and volunteers in Lewis County.
Improve community visibility of the 4-H Youth Development Program to increase awareness of 4-H and positive youth development opportunities.
Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association and 4-H Youth Development Program staff to achieve Association program delivery goals.
Evaluation - 5%
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Assist in the interaction with program participants to obtain evaluation data, to include: evaluating effectiveness of all 4-H Youth Development programs, specifically in plant and animal science, natural resources and consumer horticulture.
Assist Executive Director in the process of analyzing program data, and based on that analysis, make recommendations for improvements in program offerings.
Assist in the communication of evaluation findings to constituents as appropriate.
Management - 10%
Under the direction of the Executive Director, provide oversight to 4-H Volunteer Leaders.
Give guidance to volunteers and staff, including those performing similar work, as appropriate.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
Under the direction of the Executive Director coordinate and assist with projects and outreach efforts as instructed.
Compile, edit and format existing program resources and program materials.
Compile, tally and format evaluation data from program participants based on existing framework.
Provide input to Executive Director for program budget preparation and submit program expense reports.
Provide administrative support for fund development activities as identified.
Provide administrative support to 4-H leaders, volunteers and youth, and provide information and already established resources as needed.
Assist in utilizing effective marketing strategies in the promotion of programming efforts to include, but not limited to: print media, news media, social media, and multi-media efforts.
Provide administrative support and write articles for the monthly 4-H newsletter.
In accordance with identified needs of the community, assist other 4-H Educators in coordinating educational programs, including administrative aspects of the six-county Northern New York Region, for both youth and volunteers, including but not limited to: workshops, clinics, county fair, animal knowledge contests, field trips, etc. to youth and volunteers in Lewis County.
Organize and coordinate activities related to 4-H Youth Development Programming (i.e. Conservation Field Days, Horse Camp, Dairy Camp, Dairy Enhancement Program, Tractor Safety Program).
Assist Executive Director in coordination of volunteers to extend program implementation efforts.
In conjunction with other 4-H Youth Development staff and Executive Director, provide orientation and follow-up administrative support of new volunteers to the program including organizational and project leaders to ensure initial and continued 4-H club success.
Provide administrative support to recruit new 4-H clubs and support existing county-wide 4-H clubs.
Effectively maintain professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
This position may require the transport of program participants and/or program materials and resources in performing position responsibilities.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 5%
In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes in programming and association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension including but not limited to attendance at staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff, general marketing of Extension programs and other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions.
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Be aware of, and adhere to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Lewis County policies and procedures.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.
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