The Environmental Educator will help residents and local organizations in the Village of Montour Falls learn about ways to procure nutritious food in an environmentally conscious manner, compost, and minimize food waste. The educator will also work with community partners, including local non-profits and businesses, to reach diverse groups of residents, with a focus on those with limited incomes and/or elderly populations. The educator will, in conjunction with partners, use a variety of creative options to provide useful and relevant information to audiences, including doing outreach at community events; presenting before large groups in different settings; speaking with people one-on-one over the phone or in person; coordinating with food waste generators in providing accurate information on the programs, etc. This position will also assist with training, engaging and coordinating the work of volunteers.
Master's Degree plus experience relevant to the role of the position. Bachelor's Degree plus 4 years transferable relevant evidence-based research experience may substitute.
Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
Ability to meet frequent travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Proficiency in the use of basic modern electronic technology (e.g., video, audio, computers, texting, Microsoft Office Programs, etc.).
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with elected officials, advisory boards, committees, community, residents, groups, and funding partners.
Ability to plan, organize, implement and present effective and relevant educational lessons to target audiences in group settings, and work with diverse audiences of all ages.
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
Commitment to working in limited income neighborhoods with diverse program participants and the community based agencies that serve them.
Experience and comfort level with logic models.
Comfortable engaging partners and collaborators in working toward long range goals
Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional educational tools and methods.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
Ability to work independently and to effectively participate in professional team efforts
Ability to work in a typical office environment which may include lifting, moving, and/or transporting office supplies, work related materials, and equipment with or without accommodation. 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.
Familiarity with municipal recycling or food scrap composting programs
This is a part time, non-exempt position. Compensation paid at the rate of $17 per hour/year. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
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 Schuyler County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
All applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, resume and indicate three individuals who may be contacted as a reference. Please consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting. For instructions, visit:
All applications must be received on-line by July 30, 2020. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
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.
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Program Development 10%
Apply subject matter knowledge to assist with developing educational strategies to meet identified program objectives and goals as well meet changing local and/or regional issues.
Assist in research, identify and select existing resources to meet the needs of the program.
Assist with ensuring program development is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work and in-line with grant requirements.
Assist in making programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes and to meet changing local priorities.
Program Delivery 65%
Deliver high quality educational programs and events to assist residents and local organizations in the Village of Montour Falls learn about ways to procure nutritious food.
Collaborate with Village officials to educate residents on curbside recycling and food waste options.
Deliver high quality educational programs and events to educate community partners, including local non-profits and businesses, on the benefits of donating food to needy organizations, and if donations are not possible, help them to understand proper means of recycling and composting, prior to considering disposal options.
Deliver high quality educational programs and events to educate residents on proper recycling options for food or other wastes.
Deliver high quality educational programs and events to educate residents and businesses with how to minimize food waste.
Deliver high quality educational programs and events to educate resident on types or recyclables and proper disposal of recyclables
Deliver high quality educational programs and events to educate assist residents understand backyard composting and educate residents on proper techniques for composting
Serve as subject matter resource.
Assist with developing effective working relationships with Cornell faculty and administration, appropriate County departments, elected officials, local community leaders and organizations, to facilitate program delivery and keep these individuals/groups informed of Extension's goals, efforts and impacts.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of the program delivery
Represent the Association to the public, program participants, community leaders, government officials and Cornell University, and others in a professional manner at all times
Assist with ensuring program delivery is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work and in-line with grant requirements.
Program Evaluation 5%
Assist in the creation of program evaluation framework.
Interact with various constituencies (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.
Communicate evaluation results and findings.
Administrative Responsibilities: Administrative Direction 5%
Assist in establishing educational strategies to meet the needs of the identified objectives.
Assist with identifying activities and resources necessary for delivery of initiatives and projects.
Assist with development of marketing strategies and special events to reach target audiences and meet program objectives.
Develop effective professional working relationships with Village officials, residents, CCE administration, appropriate county departments, elected officials, local community leaders and organizations, keeping these individuals and groups informed of Extension's goals, efforts and impacts as required.
Assist with preparing funding proposals in order to secure ongoing or new funding to support and enhance educational program offerings.
Provide supervisor with program related information to assist the budget development process.
Administrative Management 5%
Identify activities and resources needed to carry out program priorities and goals in consultation and collaboration with supervisor, program committees, staff, agency partners, and other community constituents.
Assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise from programs, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Assist in monitoring the grant income/expense to ensure the spending is within budget constraint.
Assist in the implementation of communication strategies.
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.
Administrative Coordination/Operation 5%
Maintain effective professional working relationships with Village officials, residents, CCE administration, appropriate county departments, elected officials, local community leaders and organizations, keeping these individuals and groups informed of Extension's goals, program needs, efforts and impacts as required.
Provide administrative support for program design and for the implementation of the assessment, development, delivery, research and evaluation of established educational program goals.
Compile existing resources into educational program materials.
Assist in coordinating the program implementation, planning and activities efforts.
Provide input for the development of written marketing materials to highlight program(s).
Provide required financial information to meet the grant and budget requirements.
Participate in conference calls and/or attend meetings and trainings as requested and/or required for ongoing communication of the progress and evaluation of grant outcome and expectations.
Complete evaluation submission and reporting requirements following established grant criteria/plan.
Provide data and information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Prepare and submit expense reports, mileage reports, and/or vouchers in a timely manner per established policy and procedures.
Maintain confidentiality of information, 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 health 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 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
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 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.
Association Subject Educator II
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