CCE of Columbia & Greene Counties is seeking a full time (35 hours/week) qualified and experienced incumbent responsible for coordinating and delivering youth-centered agriculture (primarily animal agriculture) and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs in Columbia and Greene Counties. This will be done utilizing a variety of methods reaching the 4-H club program and community sites including schools, libraries, and after-school programs. Also serves as a team member and assists in evaluating the Association's 4-H Youth Development Program. Responsibilities include robust 4-H animal science and STEM program management, marketing, and volunteer recruitment.
Please include a cover letter, resume and three references (at least one who is a current or former supervisor or teacher).
Once your application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.
Internal Applicants:Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are internal applicants; please refer to Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) for additional guidance.
All applications must be received on-line by July 8, 2019. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Bachelor's degree in youth development, animal science, agriculture education, or related field. Associate degree plus 2 yrs. transferrable program/functional experience may substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Travel Requirements - Ability to meet frequent travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for Association insurance coverage are required. Transports youth participants to county and state fairs, trips, etc. Frequently uses personal and/or Association vehicles.
Ability to meet acceptable background check requirements.
Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Coordination Skills - Ability to effectively coordinate program efforts including data management and reporting, scheduling and coordinating programs and events, compiling and maintaining materials and resources, following financial reporting requirements.
Program Skills - Ability to effectively deliver related programs and training. Serve as an effective resource for youth, volunteers, schools, community youth organizations, committees, and others. Maintain program participant and volunteer data confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with youth, volunteers, community youth organizations, employees, and others through a variety of media. Ability to effectively market program through social, print and other media, resulting in robust program participation. Ability to recruit youth, volunteers, schools, community youth organizations and others for the program. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Computer Skills - Proficiency or ability to learn and effectively use software including use of the internet, program related software, and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Work Environment - In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works in a typical office environment. In addition, the position regularly lifts, moves, or transports program related materials and equipment. The position regularly works in outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat and cold, precipitation, and in environments like county and state fairs, farms, schools and community events.
Additional youth development experience such as a camp counselor, afterschool program educator.
Experience working with volunteers and volunteer management.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Delivery - 10%
Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association staff to achieve Association program delivery goals.
Deliver program orientation and ongoing training for volunteers (4-H club leaders, other volunteers, etc.). Deliver existing agriculture (primarily animal science) and STEM youth programs. May assist in delivering innovative educational programs. Provide educational program efforts via mass media.
Serve as subject matter resource in related disciplines; provide standard responses. May assist in providing moderately complex nonstandard responses.
Frequently interact with program participants, volunteers and community organizations as part of program delivery.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery. Foster acceptance of program, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
May assist in multi-association team efforts to deliver program.
May assist in ensuring that program delivery is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Direction - 5%
Working under the established guidelines, develop and enhance relationships with appropriate volunteers, agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders to promote 4-H.
Assist with planning 4-Hand overall Association fundraising efforts.
Assist with establishing program goals and priorities.
Assist supervisor with the planning of educational programs.
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.
Provide supervisor with program related information to assist the budget development process.
Management - 10%
Recruit new 4-H club leaders and other volunteers (primarily related to animal science and STEM), reaching out to diverse audiences reflective of the communities in Columbia and Greene Counties.
Provide guidance and resources for volunteers. Provide guidance to 4-H volunteers including but not limited to 4-H Livestock Advisory committee, 4-H Dairy Advisory Committee, and other animal science-related program volunteers.
Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise within assigned programs utilizing appropriate policies and procedures and with supervisor guidance as needed.
Support supervisor in ensuring volunteer management procedures and deadlines are followed according to established policies and procedures.
Assist with identifying, anticipating, recommending and planning for program needs/supplies.
Assist with managing local 4-H fundraising efforts.
Assist with effectively managing the program budget; identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources.
Assist with managing marketing strategies for assigned programs.
Coordination/Operation - 70%
Recruit new 4-H and other youth program participants, reaching out to diverse audiences in the communities of Columbia and Greene Counties. Implement and maintain a volunteer development system for 4-H to recruit club leaders to organize and maintain 4-H clubs (primarily animal science) with club/leader mentoring. Investigate and recruit new leaders and ways to serve youth for 4-H programs. Record outcomes, and make adjustments to maximize recruitment efficacy.
Coordinate youth agricultural (primarily animal science) and STEM programs. These could include Agriculture Literacy Week, School Ag Extravaganza Days, Fairs, workshops and clinics for example.
Carry out own program responsibilities for 4-H data management which encompasses inputting member, volunteer and program delivery information.
Offer support in club project work to volunteers and members. Carry out evaluation and display opportunities at appropriate venues.
Coordinate involvement of 4-H Volunteers in programs and Association events and activities.
Effectively promote and market assigned programs. Meet or exceed program goals assigned by the supervisor.
Frequently draft standard and nonstandard communications, with review by the supervisor when appropriate. Maintain communication with constituents and the community through variety of methods such as newsletters, e-mails, electronic technology, internet, social media, website postings and content.
Provide information for preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on the program progress and accomplishments to the supervisor to present to funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Effectively maintain existing relationships with volunteers, program participants, outside organizations, and others to help ensure robust and sustained program participation.
On a frequent basis transports self and occasionally transports youth participants.
On a frequent basis lifts, moves and/or transports program materials.
Assist with event set up and break down (room set up, tables, chairs, cleaning up, etc.).
Compile existing resources into educational program materials.
Prepare expense reports.
May provide input to supervisor for budget preparation.
Collect evaluation data from program participants based on existing framework.
Collect applied research data based on existing framework.
Collect program needs assessment data based on existing framework.
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 Columbia & Greene Counties 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.
This is a full-time, 35 hours/week, nonexempt position. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
Long-term Disability Insurance
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
Voluntary Auto and Homeowner's Insurance
Voluntary Pet Insurance
Voluntary New York's College Savings Program
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at 607-255-6120, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail email@example.com or phone (518) 765-3503.
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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