Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County has an opening for a full-time (40hrs/wk) 4-H Youth Development Program Leader for the Rochester, NY office.
The 4-H Youth Development Program Leader is responsible for providing leadership in the planning, management, and coordination of all 4-H Youth Development educational programs in Monroe County.
Primary responsibilities will be leading the direction and coordination of 4-H Youth programs to include, but not limited to: 4-H Clubs, 4-H Afterschool, Agriculture in the Classroom, as well as management of all administrative functions for these programs.
Under the guidance of Association leadership, the position will coordinate the 4-H Clubs, Committees and oversee 4-H staff, volunteers, and youth participants.
Master's Degree in Youth Development, Education, or related discipline appropriate to the responsibilities of the position. Bachelor's Degree plus 4 years transferrable relevant evidencebased research experience may substitute.
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
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 equipment, climb stairs with or without reasonable accommodation.
Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Demonstrated experience in organizing and implementing programs to meet the identified needs of youth.
Ability to work as a team member with local planning groups, schools, professionals and support staff, youth, parents, volunteers, and representatives of other community agencies and organizations.
Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
Experience guiding and collaborating with volunteers.
Familiarity with 4-H Club Management and 4-H Volunteer Management.
Knowledge of STEM curriculum/principles; leadership, career development, teen programs, healthy lifestyles and citizenship.
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 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 identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
Program Development - 5%
Under the direction and programmatic oversight of the Supervisor, assist in the development of innovative educational programs and strategies for the 4-H Youth Development program area to meet identified needs and diverse interests of participants and volunteers.
Assist in research, identification, creation and/or selection of existing resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects.
Assist in structuring programs to meet the needs of diverse program participants.
May draw upon Cornell University program resources and research in order to address needs and to select program materials.
Assist Supervisor in making programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes and to meet changing local priorities.
Program Delivery - 10%
Deliver high quality 4-H Youth Development and Ag in the Classroom educational programs and events that address local, regional and statewide 4-H Youth Development programming priorities with emphasis on STEM, Public Speaking, Workforce Preparation and Healthy Lifestyles programming initiatives.
Deliver programs and participate in special projects including but not limited to the 4-H Leader trainings, County Fair, State Fair, 4-H Fundraising, Public Presentations, Achievement Night, enrollment campaign, and other extension Association activities, as assigned.
Apply existing subject matter knowledge, and established program resources, to create lesson plans and adapt established curriculum and materials to meet program objectives.
Serve as subject matter resource utilizing existing resources.
May be involved in multidisciplinary team efforts within the Association or regionally to deliver program.
Assist with ensuring program delivery is within the scope of Association and statewide plans of work.
Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, media, newsletters, electronic technology, internet, and distance learning to deliver program.
Provide educational program efforts via mass media including contributing articles to 4-H newsletter, utilizing emails, phone messages, and website postings.
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%
Interact with program participants, Association staff, program committees, county/community leaders, and other key stakeholders to collect evaluation data for improving programs.
Assist in analyzing collected program evaluation data for reporting and program improvement purposes using standard, established policy, procedure and methods.
Recommend program changes to strengthen and improve programs.
Communicate evaluation results and findings.
Administrative Direction - 25%
Assist with establishing local 4-H Youth Development program goals and priorities.
Plan the structure of delivering educational programs via various methods.
Assist with identifying activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects.
Assist with development of marketing strategies, public affairs and special events to reach target audiences and meet program objectives.
Assist in identifying community and fiscal resources for program continuance and enhancement.
Assist with development of grant applications to secure funding for ongoing/expanded programming efforts.
Provide supervisor with program related information to assist in the budget development process.
May provide input to planning program budget based on program feasibility needs and assist in identifying opportunities for 4-H fund development activities.
Assist supervisor in identifying 4-H Youth Development staff and/or volunteer development or trainings needs and assist with planning programs to train staff and/or volunteers as necessary.
Administrative Management - 25%
Assist with ensuring volunteer direction and management procedures are followed according to established policies and procedures by providing guidance, leadership and resources for volunteers and volunteer leaders including recruitment, screening, orientation, training, evaluation, and management.
Assist with providing guidance to staff by coaching, supporting, and providing feedback to enable educators to achieve program objectives and meet the needs of constituents.
Assist with grant proposals to secure additional resources and funding, actively involving the Executive Director, Program Committee, Board of Directors, Cornell faculty, and Extension Administration as necessary.
Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise within the program utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Provide supervision and guidance to 4-H Youth Development staff and volunteers
Monitor program to ensure that educational content conforms to policies and objectives of the association and is research based.
Assist with monitoring program financial status to ensure compliance with funding requirements, program budget, grant specifications, and adherence to association strategies/plan of work.
Assist with effectively managing program budget allocations.
Assist with identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources within the Association.
Make recommendations to Supervisor regarding program budgetary needs.
Assist with identifying, anticipating, recommending and planning for program needs (i.e. program supplies and materials).
Administrative Coordination/Operation - 25%
Coordinate 4-H Youth Development volunteer enrollment and reporting process and work with the team to ensure all volunteer files, paperwork, and communication has been completed in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Organize and coordinate activities related to 4-H educational programming and events.
Coordinate 4-H Youth Development volunteer enrollment/reporting process and work with the team to ensure all volunteer files, paperwork, and communication has been completed in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Organize, coordinate, and facilitate the work of volunteers in implementing educational events related to established program priorities.
Apply existing subject matter knowledge to coordinate, compile, assemble, and organize existing program resources and program materials.
Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
Collaborate with community agencies as requested or required to facilitate programming, special events, and activities.
Maintain communication with constituents and the community through variety of methods such as contributing educational articles to program newsletters, media releases, bulk mailings, social media accounts, media interviews, website postings to increase program visibility and to address issues.
Assist with coordination of effective marketing strategies and promotion of programming through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
Coordinate and assist with special projects and outreach efforts as required by Supervisor.
Perform record keeping, data management and program reports as required by the Association and grant/contract requirements.
Collect evaluation data from program participants based on existing evaluation framework and guidelines.
Maintain records, perform data management and complete program reports as required by the Association in accordance with established policies and procedures as well as in compliance with grant/contract requirements.
Collaborate with community agencies as requested or required to facilitate programming, special events, and activities.
Prepare and submit expense reports and/or vouchers in a timely manner per established policy and procedures.
Maintain confidentiality of participant information and data collected.
Provide data and information to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as requested.
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.
Successfully complete required in-service training on current nutrition, food safety, budgeting and teaching skills prior to participant contact.
Participate in all required orientation, training, and/or in-service meetings and trainings as scheduled/required. Trainings will require travel throughout the region.
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.
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