The 4-H Youth Development Resource Educator is an Association team member who works to develop and deliver timely, relevant, and innovative programs for youth utilizing the application of research-based knowledge and leadership techniques. The educator develops leadership skills and engagement in parents and volunteers for leveraging the impact of the program with youth, families, and communities. The primary accountabilities include planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating the Association's 4-H Youth Development Program, primarily for Ontario County stakeholders, including but not limited to community clubs and the 4-H after-school program.
The 4-H Youth Development Resource Educator embraces the Staff Skills for Success demonstrating health and safety, jobs skills, inclusiveness, adaptability, self-development, communication, teamwork, service-mindedness, stewardship, and innovation.
Master's Degree in youth development, agriculture, or other related degree plus relevant experience.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
Ability to transport/move supplies and equipment, climb stairs with or without reasonable accommodation.
Familiarity with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and tactfully through verbal, written and electronic methods.
Ability and willingness to work with a high degree of integrity, accuracy, organization, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential, sensitive information.
Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
Experience in guiding and collaborating with volunteers.
Experience in grant writing
Ability to identify and develop volunteer leadership.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
Program Assessment 15%
Develop methodology to assess the 4-H Youth Development Program and ensure that program needs and strategic needs of the Association are being satisfied.
Ensure program assessment is aligned with the statewide Plan of Work.
Use subject matter knowledge to conduct youth, parent, leader, and community-based needs assessments.
Assess 4-H youth development needs for community club and independent members, and for children and youth in the Association's after-school programs, taking note of traditional as well as emerging opportunities, especially in animal sciences, STEM, public speaking, and leadership.
Apply subject matter knowledge to identify program gaps and emerging needs and make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements or improvements to the supervisor, Executive Director, and Program Advisory Committee.
Program Development 20%
Apply subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies to meet identified needs and diverse interests of participants and volunteers within the scope of the statewide and Association Plan of Work.
Create innovative educational programs to meet changing local needs.
Research, identify, and select appropriate existing educational and community resources.
Maintain linkages with Cornell faculty and other subject matter specialists for program guidance, particularly in agricultural, youth development, healthy living, STEM, youth workforce development and afterschool program initiatives.
Utilize the advisory committees to ensure that stakeholders are engaged in the program development process.
Make programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes.
Program Delivery 25%
Deliver high quality 4-H Youth Development educational programs and events to the Ontario county communities that address local, regional and statewide 4-H Youth Development programming priorities. Events and programs may require involvement of volunteers.
Foster acceptance of program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Provide leadership and assist in special projects including but not limited to 4-H Leader trainings, County and State Fair, 4-H Fundraising, enrollment campaign, Public Presentations, Workshops/Camps, and other Extension Association activities as assigned.
Deliver educational ‘train the trainer’ programming to volunteers, including but not limited to presentations, workshops, seminars, conferences, individual consultations, electronic and digital media.
Ensure program delivery is within the scope of the statewide Plan of Work
Serve as subject matter expert in discipline to staff, clientele and other groups as they are identified.
Conduct educational programs to impact audiences by utilizing a variety of educational methodologies.
Seek opportunities for program engagement with Cornell statewide programs.
Maintain linkages with Cornell subject matter specialists for program delivery guidance.
Represent CCE and 4-H before the public, community leaders, government leaders, and other stakeholders to deliver programming.
Be involved in multi-county team efforts to deliver educational programming.
Program Evaluation 10%
Develop program evaluation framework and tools based on subject matter knowledge within scope of the statewide and Association Plan of Work.
Interact with youth, leaders, volunteers, and community members to collect evaluation data for improving programs.
Analyze and evaluate programs and communicate results, findings, and recommendations to supervisor, Executive Director, People and Program Committee and/or program advisory committee.
Applied Research 5%
Assist in the collaboration with Cornell faculty to design or create applied research.
Develop educational strategies to meet the needs of youth enrolled in after-school programs, 4-H community clubs, and special interest groups; focusing on youth workforce development, healthy living and STEM program direction.
Provide complex administrative tasks to support the planning of educational programs by interpreting Association and Cornell program direction.
Provide input to the Executive Director in the planning of a department budget.
Plan strategic marketing communications for the 4-H program.
Assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise from programs, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Ensure volunteer direction and management procedures are followed according to established policies and procedures (VIP) by providing guidance, leadership and resources for volunteers and volunteer leaders including recruitment, screening, orientation, training, evaluation, and management.
Oversee the management of educational strategies to meet the needs of the identified objectives 4-H Youth Development program.
Participate in Association 4-H volunteer recruitment and development in various venues throughout the county.
Monitor program to ensure that educational content conforms to research-base, policies and objectives of the Association.
Monitor the program operating income and expenses to ensure the program is within budget. Seek guidance from the Executive Director for identifying and managing operating variances.
Effectively manage financial resources to accomplish program objectives. Assist with identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources within the Association.
Supervise 4-H Youth Development Educator(s), and 4-H Youth Development Administrative Assistant(s), providing appropriate feedback, coaching, and performance management, and annual performance evaluations, seeking guidance and support from the Executive Director as necessary.
Provide oversight to 4-H Afterschool Program volunteers.
Assist in the management responsibilities of the association, as assigned.
Assist in coordinating the program implementation, planning and activities efforts.
Collect program evaluation and program needs assessment data based on approved framework.
Represent the 4-H program and Association at community functions and meetings or as requested.
Submit appropriate grant or other funding proposals, supporting program and Association goals.
Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
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.
Participate in all required orientation, training, and/or in-service meetings and trainings as scheduled/required.
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.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Ontario and Ontario Counties' policies and procedures.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
At all times act in a professional Customer Service manner including but not limited to business-like demeanor, tactful communications, cooperative, helpful, positive and receptive manner.
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