This position provides leadership in assessing, planning, managing, implementation, and evaluating community based 4-H Youth Development Programs, as well as general oversight of animal care department based at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center. This includes:
Managing the day-to-day operations of the education programs at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, including schools programs and day camps.
Responsibility for program direction and management, assessment, development, planning, implementation and evaluation utilizing research and existing resources to create educational programs.
Supervising all education, camp and oversight to volunteers—including scheduling, conflict resolution and personnel issues.
Developing and implementing the marketing plan for on and off site education programs, camp and special events.
Developing, monitoring and maintaining the county budget and revenue for education program.
Overseeing operations for the Nature Explore Classroom and Snack Bar including, programming and expenditures.
Responsibility for generating resources to support existing and new programs through planning effective strategic funding efforts.
Teaching education programs.
Master's Degree in Education or related field.
2 years volunteer or related work experience relevant to the role of the position.
Experience working with youth ages K-12 in an informal education environment.
Program development, financial planning, budget development and teaching experience required.
Knowledge of agriculture and livestock.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
Valid driver's license and ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position, including the occasional transport of materials.
Demonstrated ability to plan, teach and evaluate informal educational programs through a variety of delivery methods.
Demonstrated ability to lead and effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Proven ability to work with and support volunteer leadership and advisory committees.
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse individuals and groups of various ages, gender, ethnic backgrounds, educational levels, and learning abilities.
Demonstrated effective skills in grant writing and budgeting.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Ability to communicate effectively through verbal, written and visual channels using traditional methods and educational tools, as well as electronic technology (e.g., video, audio, computers, etc.).
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
Knowledge of social media and communication tools, including press releases, website development.
Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technologies for educational and communication purposes, including Microsoft Office programs.
Ability to work with and utilize internal and external collaborators at multiple levels within an organization and across communities.
Coursework in school administration, program development and/or management.
Experience handling farm animals.
Experience training farm animals.
Ability to obtain Advanced First Aid & CPR/AED certifications, and other certifications that may become required for the position as needed to meet Suffolk County and New York State youth camp standards.
Program Assessment - 5 %
Analyze program needs.
Make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements or improvements.
Program Development -10%
Lead the application of subject matter knowledge to develop educational programs and strategies maintaining direct linkage to Cornell faculty to effectively address agriculture, animal and environmental sciences and history related materials and programs. Involve youth as partners in this process.
Create innovative educational program
Research, identify and select existing resources for the program.
Review related 4-H projects, newly-published curriculums, education resources and model programs that could be implemented at the Farm and in community settings to develop and support educators in developing new programming.
Lead the development of program outreach materials, as needed.
Program Delivery -5%
Lead the application of subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to deliver educational program.
Provide educational programming to targeted audiences in 4-H Youth Development.
Deliver information to community members through formal and informal networks, such as through relevant committees, community groups, networking, formal presentations, etc.
Conduct educational outreach through social media and other electronic media venues.
Extend information about the 4-H Youth Development program content through traditional print media and through other media outlets, such as radio interviews or PSAs.
Conduct joint programs with other CCE program areas, as appropriate.
Program Evaluation - 5%
Lead the interaction with various constituencies by conferring with program participants, school district administrators and teaching staff, association committees, Cornell Program Coordinators, county and community leaders to obtain their evaluations of the program.
Lead in analyzing and evaluating the content, effectiveness of program delivery, and expenses associated with programs and make recommendations to the 4-H Youth Development Program Director and the program advisory committees to strengthen and improve the program.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units for program evaluation guidance.
Direction - 25%
Provide leadership to the staffing plan and development process, including planning new positions, as needed.
Establish goals, priorities and objectives for programs.
Plan volunteer recruiting initiatives, recognition efforts, and other program activities as identified.
Develop marketing and publicity plans to build programming partnerships with other agencies/organizations in order to increase public visitation to the Farm, participation in the agriculture education programs and generate additional public support.
Propose the county budget and projected revenue for education program.
Allocate the program education unit budget amounts
Plan effective strategic funding efforts.
Establish a volunteer program that will diversify and expand the program offerings in this area.
Develop the schedule and plan for winter, spring and summer day camps.
Management - 35%
Manage the daily operations of the education and animal care programs, including, but not limited to:
Directly supervise Education Program Coordinator/Program Coordinator II to ensure the coordination of the education and animal care departments. Provide supervision and direction to staff on expectations and duties of their position.
Monitor marketing and publicity plans to ensure programming partnerships with other agencies/organizations are increasing public visitation to the Farm, and generating additional public support.
Provide oversight, support, and guidance to volunteers, and advisory committee members.
Ensure local volunteers have training and resources to be successful in their work.
Monitor and maintain program education income/expense to ensure the spending is within program budget constraint.
Ensure achievement of all project deliverables within budget.
Ensure that a year-round educational program for children, teens, families and adults is available at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center and that it serves youth populations that represent the diversity of the county's youth population including those with special educational and developmental needs.
Chair staff meetings to ensure coordination and communication.
Ensure that program activities conform to the Association Plan of Work.
Complete the performance review process for each employee.
Manage and resolve issues related to compliance with the Summer Camp Permit with the Suffolk County Health Department.
Manage volunteer program that will diversify and expand the program offerings in this area.
Coordination/Operation - 10%
Submit proposals for grants and contracts that will fund new and existing program activities.
Complete required financial reports to meet the grant or budget requirements.
Submit the Summer Camp Permit with the Suffolk County Health Department.
Maintain appropriate records and make reports to administrators, 4-H and Farm Program Advisory Committees, as requested.
Complete necessary paperwork including purchase orders, monthly impact reports and implementation plans.
Prepare and submit expense vouchers.
Attend meetings, Association special events and participate in staff development opportunities, as requested.
Collect evaluation data and program needs assessments from program participants based on existing evaluation framework and guidelines.
Provide new staff and volunteer orientation and ongoing training for staff and volunteers.
Create job descriptions, as appropriate.
Implement volunteer recruiting, orientation and training plans.
Effectively maintain professional relationships with other agencies, Cornell faculty and students, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
Implement marketing and publicity plans to build programming partnerships with other agencies/organizations in order to increase public visitation to the Farm, participation in the agriculture education programs and generate additional public support.
Professional Improvement – 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 Suffolk 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.
Equal Opportunity Employment
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO,
Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
Salary Range: 60,000.00 annually
Working Hours: Exempt position 40+
Benefits: Full Benefits
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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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