The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County 4-H Youth Development Issue Leader will provide overall, high-level program and administrative leadership for all programming efforts and activities for the 4-H Youth Development program, including administrative oversight of the CCE Education Center & 4-H Park.
Responsible for and provide leadership of program assessment, evaluation, development, and delivery as well as direction, management and coordination of all programming efforts including recruiting, training, managing and supporting volunteers. This position will also ensure that the educational programs reflect the current needs and the diversity of people in the County, and that programs conform to the objectives and mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the overall Association.
Master's degree in Youth Development, Education, or closely related discipline.
4 years of relevant work experience. PHD may substitute for 2 years' experience.
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, and Excel.
Knowledge of the principles, theory, research, and application of subject-matter appropriate to area of youth development.
Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual channels using traditional methods as well as electronic technology.
Demonstrated experience in effective supervision and management.
Demonstrated experience with fund development, management and grant writing.
Demonstrated experience and ability to work independently and as part of a team with internal and external partners at multiple levels within organizations and across communities.
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement and evaluate informal education programs for diverse audiences.
Ability to effectively lead, manage, and participate in professional team efforts and highly functioning work teams.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community, and professional leaders and clientele groups.
Ability to identify and make use of program resources within the community and to establish a leadership role within the community and association.
Ability to identify and secure funding that supports programs, including grant writing, developing public and private partnerships.
Ability and willingness to work with a high degree of integrity, accuracy, organization, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential, sensitive information.
Ability to organize, manage, and prioritize multiple tasks, deadlines, requirements, and priorities to complete work in a timely manner and within established deadlines.
Experience and/or background with Cooperative Extension and 4-H Youth Development.
Background or course work in leadership, management, education, and/or grant writing/management.
Ability to generate a credible media presence in the community.
Experience in guiding and collaborating with volunteers.
Ability to identify and develop volunteer leadership.
Program Assessment - 10%
Provide program leadership in applying subject matter knowledge to identify needs, gaps, and trends in youth development for community club and independent members, and for children and youth in the Association's after-school programs, taking note of traditional as well as emerging opportunities, especially in animal sciences, STEM, public speaking, and leadership.
Analyze program needs based on assessments and input from community groups, staff and other interested parties.
Ensure program assessment is aligned with the statewide Plan of Work and the Association Plan of Work.
Develop program needs assessment.
Make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements, and/or improvements based upon assessment.
Program Development - 20%
Provide overall program leadership in the application of youth development subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies for the 4-H Youth Development programming area.
Develop/create high quality educational program materials to address the needs of the program and program participants within the 4-H Youth Development program using proven educational methodologies as well as innovative techniques to reach diverse target populations within the community and region.
Research, identify and select existing resources for use in 4-H Youth Development programmatic offerings.
Ensure that program development and program structure are within both the Association and the state-wide Plan of Work and that they meet the diverse needs of program participants.
Maintain direct connection with Cornell University and other Land Grant Universities as appropriate, for guidance in program development, particularly in agricultural, STEM, and afterschool program initiatives.
Program Delivery - 10%
Serve as subject matter expert in the area of 4-H Youth Development for staff, volunteers, participants, community organizations, general public and other Youth Development professionals working within the county and the region.
Deliver high quality, innovative and multi-disciplinary program efforts that address local, regional and statewide 4-H Youth Development programming priorities utilizing a variety of teaching methods, including formal and informal workshops, seminars, social and mass media consistent with identified educational needs.
Lead and participate in special projects including but not limited to the before and after school programs, 4-H Leader trainings, County and State Fair, 4-H enrollment campaign, Public Presentations, Clothing Revue, Workshops/Camps, Achievement Night, and other Extension Association activities as assigned.
Consult and utilize target audiences/stakeholders, collaborators, organizations, agencies, government, and other key partners in program delivery efforts.
Deliver volunteer trainings, including but not limited to presentations, workshops, seminars, conferences, individual consultations, electronic and digital media in support of program delivery.
Foster acceptance of programs, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty, program units and other Land Grant Universities as appropriate for program delivery guidance.
Ensure program delivery is within the scope of the statewide and Association Plan of Work.
Represent CCE before the public, participants, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities in a professional manner as part of program delivery.
Program Evaluation - 5%
Develop program evaluation framework to measure program impacts and gain input/insight for continuous improvement.
Interact with program participants, advisory committees, Cornell faculty, County and key community leaders to obtain evaluation data for programs.
Provide leadership for analyzing and evaluating programs and communicate outcomes and recommendations to the Executive Director, Board, program advisory committee(s), Cornell faculty, county and key community leaders.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units for program evaluation guidance as needed.
Applied Research - 5%
Collaborate with Cornell faculty and/or other Land Grant University to design or create applied research collection framework.
May maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units for guidance in applied research.
Communicate social and economic changes to Cornell University Specialists that may be studies and/or acted upon.
Ensure applied research is within the scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Direction - 20%
Lead the development of program priorities and goals in consultation and collaboration with supervisor, program committees, staff, target audiences/stakeholders, collaborators, organizations, agencies, government, and other key community constituents.
Lead the development and planning for major public events and programs (i.e. County Fair, State Fair, Public presentations, and 4-H Achievement Night).
Lead the development and enhancement of community partnerships.
Lead the development of planning effective, strategic 4-H Youth Development communication and marketing efforts to reach target audiences and meet new and established 4-H programming initiatives.
Provide leadership in budget development, budget implementation and fiscal management of the 4-H Youth Development program area.
Develop relationships with partner agencies, organizations, industries, community leaders and other stakeholders to ensure that stakeholders are engaged in the program development process.
Identify and develop strategies to secure fiscal and community resources for program continuance and enhancement.
Provide leadership for the development of staffing plans that support educational programming efforts.
Assist in the planning of mass media efforts related to upcoming events and programs.
Management - 20%
Provide high level program management in all aspects of the 4-H Youth Development Program area.
Provide leadership to facilitate problem solving and conflict management that arise in the operation of the 4-H Youth Development program area.
Implement policy and programmatic changes to address identified gaps/needs in the community, county and/or region.
Manage and direct the work of 4-H Youth Development staff in the delivery of appropriate, established educational programs and activities.
Provide supervision, continuous feedback, coaching, and performance management to 4-H Youth Development staff seeking guidance and advice from Supervisor as necessary.
Ensure expenditure of funds is in compliance with funding requirements and adherence to Association strategies/Plan of Work.
Actively serve on appropriate regional, state and national committees that support overall educational and organizational efforts of the Cornell Cooperative Extension system and 4-H Youth Development.
Ensure volunteer direction and management procedures are followed according to established policies and procedures Volunteer Involvement Policy (VIP) by providing guidance, leadership and resources for volunteers and volunteer leaders including recruitment, screening, orientation, training, evaluation, and management.
Provide leadership and direction to the Education Center & 4-H Park programming, events, development, and staff.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
Utilize effective marketing and communication strategies in the promotion of 4-H Youth Development programming to include, but not limited to, print media, news media, social media, multi-media efforts and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
Represent the 4-H Youth Development program and Association at community functions and meetings or as requested.
Serve as liaison to volunteers and volunteer leaders as well as a variety of 4-H volunteer committees.
Complete required financial documentation to meet the grant or budget requirements.
Submit grant and/or contracts in order to secure funding.
Prepare and submit required reports related to programming activities and accomplishments to communicate results to appropriate stakeholders.
Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses to facilitate continued programming efforts.
Professional Improvement - 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 participation at 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 - 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 Orange 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.
This is a full time, benefits eligible, exempt position. Compensation paid at the rate of $79,837.00 per year. 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
How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
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All applications must be received on-line by April 17, 2019. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
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