Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County has an opening for a temporary 4-H Afterschool Educator.
Serve as a member of the 4-H Youth Development team to assist in providing quality youth development opportunities by conducting out-of-school programming using established 4-H Youth Development principles. Responsibilities include providing young people ages 8 to 14 with high quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning experiences through relevant hands-on activities. This position will utilize existing program resources to assist in the creation of program lessons plans, utilize a variety of delivery methods and assist in delivering innovative educational programs as assigned.
This is a temporary position with expected end date of employment on or about September 30, 2019.
Associate's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) field and one year volunteer or work related experience in a STEM field. (GED/High school diploma or equivalency with 2 years volunteer or work experience in a STEM field may substitute).
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 transport/move supplies and/or climb stairs with or without reasonable accommodation.
Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and navigation with various browsers as well as Microsoft Office proficiency including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Publisher.
One year of experience teaching STEM to young people.
Experience with basic robotics, electronics, and/or mechanical engineering. No robot programming experience required, but knowledge of computer science basics will help.
Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
Familiarity with the community in which the work will take place.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with schools, community and funding partners.
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.).
Good judgment and problem solving skills and ability to keep information confidential.
Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a team.
Program Delivery - 80%
Deliver high-quality Youth Development educational out-of-school programming during the school year and summer utilizing existing 4-H STEM curriculum and other high-quality STEM program resources. LEGO Mindstorms Robotics will be one of the primary topics.
Assist with creation of lesson plans necessary to deliver educational programs in an afterschool and other program settings.
Assist community partner sites with recruitment and retention of youth participants through an orientation presentation, creation and distribution of program flyers, and ongoing support of youth during the program period.
Conduct a minimum of two ‘train the trainer’ education sessions for out of school educators on 4-H STEM activities and teaching best practices.
Communicate and cooperate with school personnel to foster intentional instruction and to address the needs and interests of participating youth via established program parameters.
Utilizing established/existing materials, serve as a subject matter resource in the area of afterschool programming to staff and participants, community organizations and the general public.
Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, media, newsletters, electronic technology, internet, and distance learning to deliver program.
Foster acceptance of program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Implement positive youth development practices and encourage youth voice in program activities.
Interact with program participants representing CCE in a professional manner at all times.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities in a professional manner as part of program delivery.
Program Evaluation - 5%
Assist in the interaction of program participants to obtain evaluation data including knowledge and interest in STEM topics using pre and post program assessments.
Assist in analyzing collected program evaluation data for reporting and program improvement purposes using standard, established policy, procedure and methods.
Assist in recommending program changes to strengthen and improve programs.
Assist in the communication evaluation results and findings.
Administrative Management - 5%
Assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise within the afterschool program and other CCE programs utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Administrative Coordination/Operation - 5%
Communicate regularly with the 4-H Urban Educator regarding program progress and youth participation.
Communicate regularly with the on-site program coordinator regarding program progress and youth participation.
Under direction of Supervisor, coordinate and assist with program projects and related to out of school programming.
Maintain and prepare teaching materials necessary for programs applying existing subject matter knowledge.
Assist with the marketing and promotion of the program through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
Communicate and inform participants of other Extension programs, community agencies, and services.
Provide data and information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for schools, funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Prepare and submit Association expense reports, program expense reports, and/or vouchers in a timely manner per established policy and procedures.
Maintain confidentiality of participant information and data collected.
This position may require the transport of self and/or program materials/resources in performing position responsibilities.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 5%
In cooperation with the Supervisor, 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.
Pursue personal growth through expanding personal knowledge of the total organization and through updating techniques and technical skills relating to the position.
Carry out assignments and other duties as assigned by supervisor, including but not limited to local fairs, community activities, etc.
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 Cooperative Extension programs and other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applies 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 - Applies to all duties and functions
Conduct all programming and activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Act, Title IX Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act, and local, state, and regional affirmative action plans.
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.
Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension to the public, community leaders, colleagues, volunteers, members of Cornell University faculty and staff, government officials and the general public in a professional manner.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association policies, procedures and Cornell Skills for Success.
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.
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.
Internal Number: WDR-00018579
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