4-H Educator Position Available in Susquehanna County
Posted: November 28, 2012
The individual represents Penn State University and the College of Agricultural Sciences in interpreting, applying, and disseminating the latest research findings in positive youth development and 4-H. Major responsibilities will include planning, implementing, conducting, and evaluating 4-H positive youth development programs as an active member of the 4-H State Extension Team. This will include maintaining and expanding existing positive youth development programs, supervision of 4-H programs delivered by program support staff, building community collaborations and partnerships, managing an expanding revenue enhancement portfolio, and developing a professional development plan. In carrying out the assigned duties, the individual will work directly with county staff, volunteers, youth and youth-related agencies, and others to be identified.
Specific Program Responsibilities:
• Actively work on the statewide 4-H State Extension Team in positive youth development and with faculty and extension educators. Assist the statewide team in developing professional development opportunities for extension educators on positive youth development. Market and evaluate these programs.
• Develop and implement an action plan for positive youth development in alignment with the 4-H State Extension Team goals and objectives. Keep accurate records and be responsible for developing accomplishment and impact reports.
• Recruit, screen, train, and supervise volunteer leaders for 4-H programs in Susquehanna County.
• Help the state and District 4 4-H team become more efficient at educational programming.
• Establish new 4-H clubs.
• Design and develop curriculum using a variety of educational delivery modes (traditional, technology, social media).
• Use the World Wide Web and other technology to hold meetings, communicate and educate 4-H volunteers and professionals. Make effective use of traditional and electronic media to increase the visibility of the 4-H Youth Development program.
• Seek and manage extramural funds from grants, contracts, and gifts in support of 4-H positive youth development programs. Develop revenue enhancement strategies to obtain additional resources to initiate new educational programs or enhance ongoing programs.
• Support and improve the Penn State Civil Rights policies and provide affirmative action to ensure opportunity for underrepresented audiences and ensure extension educational programs are accessible to all clientele without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Through public notification and “All Reasonable Efforts” make educational programs accessible to all clientele.
• Support the local 4-H Extension program events and activities. Work with the District 4 4-H team to collaborate wherever possible on educational programs. (ie: fairs, 4-H camp, district dairy and horse shows).
• Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the 4-H State Program Leader or District Director.
Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree plus one year of work related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to those with a degree in Early Childhood, Urban Early and Middle Childhood Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences, Youth and Family Education, Agriculture and Extension Education, Leadership Development/Studies, Education, Collaboration and Community Building, or Educational Administration.
Candidates should demonstrate:
• Knowledge, recent coursework, professional development, or work experience related to the position.
• Evidence of demonstrated ability in designing, promoting, implementing, teaching, and evaluating educational programs.
• Familiarity with various ethnic and socio-economic audiences and interest in working with adults/volunteers and youth from diverse backgrounds.
• Effective communication and information technology skills.
• Competency in teaching in various non-formal environments. effectiveness in collaboration, interpersonal skills, and team-based program planning.
Applicants must have an automobile, valid driver’s license and be willing to travel within the district and state. Since this position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Candidates must also be willing to work flexible hours.
Visit http://psu.jobs/ (Job # 38206 under the Penn State Extension location) to apply. Deadline for applying is 12/12/12. Penn state is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.