This position will serve as the 4-H Youth Development Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Onondaga County and under the leadership and oversight of the Association Executive Director, will develop and maintain the overall 4-H Youth Development Program in Onondaga County. This position will provide development, evaluation, management, coordination and implementation for 4-H programming, resources, and activities. This position will work to expand/develop a strong, heavily involved volunteer base in the area of 4-H Youth Development and will provide program implementation and administrative direction, and coordination for all aspects of 4-H volunteer efforts to include, but not limited to: utilizing existing volunteer programming resources to recruit new 4-H volunteers; provide orientation and training of 4-H volunteers; and provide ongoing follow-up to volunteers that ensures initial and continued 4-H club success. This position will directly supervise 4-H Program staff and will provide oversight to program volunteers.
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All applicants must apply online by close of day on March 28, 2019 to be considered for this position. All applicants must submit an application online, 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 Hillary Chartron-Bartholomew, Association Administrator at 315-424-9485 with questions.
This position is a full-time exempt position - 100% FTE. This position, based on eligibility, offers a comprehensive benefit package, to include: health and dental insurance, retirement, vacation, sick and personal leave.
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Valid NYS Driver's License and the ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position, including valid NYS driver's license.
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 Clubs, including animal science experience.
Familiarity with county and city areas, and community organizations.
Demonstrated ability to plan, teach and evaluate informal educational programs through a variety of delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
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 to utilize computer technologies for educational and communication purposes.
Assessment - 20%
Apply 4-H Youth Development subject matter information and knowledge to identify gaps and trends in the community.
Develop 4-H Youth Development Program needs assessment.
Analyze 4-H Youth Development Program needs.
Make recommendations for 4-H Youth Development programmatic offerings, enhancements and/or improvements as appropriate.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and staff for the purpose of program assessment guidance.
Ensure 4-H Youth Development Program assessment is within the scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
May participate in multi-Association team efforts to assess programs.
Development - 20%
Apply 4-H Youth Development subject matter knowledge to develop innovative 4-H Youth Development educational programming and strategies.
Research, identify and select existing resources for program use.
Create program materials to address clients' needs.
Structure 4-H Youth Development Programs to meet the diverse needs of the community and program participants.
Interpret both Association and University program direction to create educational programs.
Develop Extension/Cornell University faculty connections for guidance with program development.
May be involved in multi-disciplinary and multi-Association team efforts in developing programs to address priority issues in Youth Development.
Develop programming to meet changing local issues in the area of Youth Development.
Use a system of on-going involvement of citizens in the program development process which expresses the demographics of the community.
Delivery - 20%
Teach existing 4-H Youth Development educational programs as defined.
Utilize a wide variety of proven educational methodologies in program delivery efforts.
Apply in-depth subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans necessary to deliver high-quality educational programming.
Serve as subject matter expert in the area of 4-H Youth Development to staff and participants, community organizations and the general public.
Work to foster acceptance of the 4-H Youth Development Program, methods and policies while addressing community and individual needs and considering diverse audiences.
Implement and facilitate a menu of educational programming, as needed, both on and off site, to include, but not limited to: environmental science and natural resources; animal science; community service; life skills development; cultural activities; public presentations, career and vocation exploration, engineering, Citizen U, and cultural activities.
Implement and facilitate 4-H activities, to include, but not limited to: Onondaga County Youth Event, Onondaga Horse qualifying Event, Public Presentations, ON Farm Fest, Ag Literacy Week, and Farm Safety Day.
Provide educational program efforts via mass media.
Deliver educational programs as a part of multi-association efforts when identified/appropriate.
Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other Land Grand University faculty and staff as part of program delivery.
May be involved in multidisciplinary and multi-Association team efforts as a part of program delivery efforts.
Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association and 4-H Youth Development staff to achieve Association program delivery goals.
Apply 4-H Youth Development subject matter knowledge to evaluate educational program offerings.
Design/create program evaluation framework.
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Analyze collected program evaluation data.
Make recommendations for programming improvements.
May be involved in multidisciplinary and/or Multi-Association team efforts for the purpose of program evaluation.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and staff for program evaluation guidance.
May have direct linkage with other Land Grant University faculty and staff for program evaluation guidance.
Communicate evaluation results and findings to constituents.
Direction - 10%
Interpret Association and University program direction to plan educational programs in 4-H Youth Development.
Work in cooperation with team members to help establish priorities and objectives for the 4-H Youth Development Program Area.
Plan the delivery of established 4-H Youth Development Program goals.
Assist in the design of a system of ongoing involvement of 4-H volunteers and community members which express the demographics of the community.
Plan educational programs and program delivery initiatives in the 4-H Youth Development Program Area.
Plan 4-H fund development activities as appropriate.
Assist in planning major public events and programs, including, but not limited to: Onondaga Youth Event, Onondaga Youth Qualifier, and Ag Literacy Week, including the planning of mass media efforts related to upcoming events and programs.
Management - 10%
Provide support for the 4-H Volunteer Program to include: Recruitment of new 4-H volunteers and ensure all volunteers have the required screening documentation; Serve as an accessible resource to volunteers by providing follow-up support to ensure initial and continued 4-H Club success.
Provide support to 4-H volunteers utilizing existing resources, including, but not limited to: implementation of all aspects of the Volunteer Involvement Policy (VIP), providing support to 4-H Leaders, contributing to newsletters, distributing 4-H club enrollment packets and providing 4-H project resources and instruction as appropriate.
Provide support and assist with problem solving when needed, to program volunteers in accordance with established practices and procedures, involving the Association Executive Director when appropriate.
Manage 4-H fund development activities as appropriate.
Provide supervision, including performance feedback and annual performance reviews to the following 4H staff: Association Program Educator I, Association Program Educator II and Association Subject Educator I, and provide regular staffing updates to the Association Executive Director as required.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
Organize and coordinate all program activities related to 4-H Programming, including, but not limited to: Onondaga County Youth Event, Onondaga Horse Qualifier Event, Public Presentations, Horse Bowl, NY State Fair Booth, Ag Literacy Week, and Apple Festival.
Coordinate all aspects of the 4-H volunteer enrollment and reporting process and work with 4-H Activities Coordinator to ensure all volunteer files, paperwork and communication has occurred in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Coordinate program activities that foster a robust 4-H volunteer program, including, but not limited to: recruiting initiatives and events, recognition events, and other programs and program activities as identified.
Coordinate a menu of educational activities, as needed, both on and off-site, to include, but not limited to: environmental science and natural resources; animal science; community service; life skills development; cultural activities; public presentations, career and vocation exploration, engineering, Citizen U, and cultural activities.
Effectively maintain professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
Coordinate 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.
Collect evaluation data and program needs assessments from program participants based on existing evaluation framework and guidelines.
Provide volunteer orientation and training.
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 and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with 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 Onondaga County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
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Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
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