4-H Resource Educator

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The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County 4-H Youth Development Resource Educator provides leadership in developing, planning, implementing and evaluating the 4-H and Youth Development education programming. Responsible for identifying and assessing educational program needs, developing program goals and objectives, planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs for youth and adults who work with youth, with a subject focus on science and technology, healthy lifestyles, life skills and workforce preparation, as well as community service and leadership. Provide volunteer support and management. Work as an Extension Association team member in addressing local, regional, and statewide programming priorities, as well as conducting applied research. Develop grants/contracts and marketing strategies.

This is a part-time, 75% Full Time Equivalent, exempt position.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Youth Development, Education, or related discipline plus 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.
  • Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
  • Successful experience in writing and receiving funding through external grants and contracts.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to understand, interpret and apply research.
  • Experience in guiding and collaborating with volunteers.
  • 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 initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
  • Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
  • Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
  • 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.
  • 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 identify and secure funding that supports programs, including grant writing, developing public and private partnerships.

Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

Program Responsibilities:

Program Assessment - 15%

  • Develop methodology to assess the 4-H Youth Development Program and ensure that program needs and strategic needs of the Association are being satisfied.
  • Ensure program assessment is aligned with the statewide Plan of Work and the Association Plan of Work.
  • Develop program needs assessment.
  • Use subject matter knowledge to conduct youth, parent, leader, and community-based needs assessments.
  • Assess 4-H youth development needs 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.
  • Identify program gaps and emerging needs and make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements or improvements.

Program Development - 20%

  • Develop educational strategies applying subject matter knowledge to meet identified needs and diverse interests of participants and volunteers.
  • Develop educational programs, materials and activities to meet identified needs and to carry out program priorities and goals.
  • Research, identify, and select appropriate educational and community resources and identify additional resources required for new programs and initiatives.
  • Select, adapt, and utilize curricula from approved CCE sources or apply in-depth knowledge to create curricula as needed.
  • Structure programs to meet the need of diverse program participants and meet changing local and/or regional issues.
  • Make programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes.
  • Create innovative educational programs to meet changing local needs.
  • Ensure program development is within the scope of the statewide and Association Plan of Work.
  • Maintain linkages with Cornell faculty and other subject matter specialists for guidance in program development, particularly in agricultural, STEM, and afterschool program initiatives.
  • Utilize advisory committees to ensure that stakeholders are engaged in the program development process.

Program Delivery - 20%

  • Apply in-depth subject matter knowledge to create lessons plans, and identify activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects.
  • Foster acceptance of program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
  • Deliver high quality 4-H Youth Development educational programs and events that address local, regional and statewide 4-H Youth Development programming priorities. Events and programs may require involvement of volunteers.
  • Provide leadership and participate in special projects including but not limited to the before and after school programs, 4-H Leader trainings, 4-H Fundraising, enrollment campaign, Public Presentations, Workshops/Camps, Achievement Night, Youth Fest and other Extension Association activities as assigned.
  • Deliver volunteer trainings, including but not limited to presentations, workshops, seminars, conferences, individual consultations, electronic and digital media in support of program delivery.
  • 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.
  • Ensure program delivery is within the scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
  • Serve as subject matter expert to staff, clientele, and other groups as they are identified.
  • Maintain linkages with Cornell subject matter specialists for program delivery guidance.
  • Interact with program participants representing CCE in a professional manner at all times.
  • Represent CCE and 4-H Youth Development before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities in a professional manner as part of program delivery.

Program Evaluation - 10%

  • Develop program evaluation framework and tools based on subject matter knowledge.
  • Apply subject matter knowledge to evaluate educational program.
  • Interact with program participants, Association staff, program committees, county/community leaders, and other key stakeholders to collect evaluation data for improving programs.
  • Analyze and evaluate collected program evaluation data and communicate results and findings.
  • Recommend changes to strengthen and improve programs.
  • Communicate evaluation results and findings.
  • Ensure program evaluation is within scope of the statewide and Association Plan of Work.

Applied Research - 5%

  • Communicate social and economic changes to Cornell University specialists that may be studied and/or acted upon.
  • Ensure applied research is within scope of the statewide and Association Plan of Work.
  • Assist in conducting applied research in conjunction with Land Grant University Faculty as outlined in CCE program definition and standards.
  • Assist in the collaboration with Cornell faculty to design or create applied research collection framework.

Administrative Responsibilities:

Direction - 10%

  • Develop educational strategies to meet the needs of youth enrolled in after-school programs, 4-H community clubs, and special interest groups; focusing on STEM, public speaking and leadership development, community engagement, and career exploration.
  • Seek opportunities for program engagement with Cornell statewide programs.
  • Provide input to the Executive Director in the planning of a department budget.
  • Provide complex administrative tasks to support the planning of educational programs by interpreting Association and Cornell program direction.
  • Plan strategic marketing communications for the 4-H program, including: after-school programs, STEM, community clubs, special projects, new and established 4-H initiatives program and its components.
  • Initiate and develop grant or other funding proposals in order to secure ongoing or new funding to support and enhance educational program offerings.
  • Assist with planning of effective external and internal program communication/marketing efforts for the program.
  • Assist in developing and/or enhancing/expanding relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders for the program.
  • May assist in the design of a system of ongoing involvement of citizens which expresses the demographics of the community.

Management - 10%

  • Assist supervisor in administrative and program management activities, as assigned.
  • Assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise within the 4-H Youth Development program utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Monitor program to ensure that educational content conforms to research base, policies and objectives of the Association and is research knowledge-based.
  • Oversee the management of educational strategies to meet the needs of the identified objectives 4-H Youth Development program.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with Cornell faculty and administration, appropriate County departments, elected officials, local community leaders and organizations, keeping these individuals and groups informed of 4-H Youth Development programming goals, efforts and impacts.
  • Work with representatives of Leadership Rockland to manage program activities and community projects for Teen Leadership Rockland, communicating with volunteers and schools to ensure outreach to all public and private schools and to address needed program changes.
  • Participate in Association 4-H volunteer recruitment and development in various venues throughout the county.
  • Effectively manage and allocate financial resources to accomplish program objectives. Assist with identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources within the Association.
  • Monitor the program operating income and expenses to ensure the program is within budget. Seek guidance from the Executive Director for identifying and managing operating variances.
  • Guide the implementation of communication strategies that relate to the 4-H Youth Development program.
  • Provide guidance to 4-H Afterschool Program staff and volunteers.
  • Serve as staff liaison to Volunteers and Volunteer Leaders within the County as well as liaison for the Youth and Family Strategic Planning Process.
  • Ensure volunteer direction and management procedures are followed according to established policies and procedures (VIP) by providing guidance, leadership and resources for volunteers and volunteer leaders including recruitment, screening, orientation, training, evaluation, and management.
  • May provide leadership and/or supervision to Association staff, as needed in absence of Executive Director.

Coordination/Operation - 5%

  • Provide administrative support for program design and for the implementation of the assessment, development, delivery, research and evaluation of established educational program goals.
  • Maintain and prepare teaching materials necessary for 4-H Youth Development programs applying existing subject matter knowledge.
  • Assist in coordinating the program implementation, planning and activities efforts.
  • Work with representatives of Leadership Rockland to coordinate program activities and community projects for Teen Leadership Rockland.
  • Work with veterinary volunteers to coordinate program activities for Veterinary Science Career Exploration Program.
  • Collect evaluation and program needs assessment data from program participants based on existing framework.
  • Represent the 4-H program and Association at community functions and meetings or as requested.
  • Submit appropriate grant or other funding proposals, including financial documentation that may be required.
  • Complete reports on a timely basis.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate marketing and promotion of 4-H Youth Development through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
  • Provide 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.

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 - 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

  • 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.

This is a part time, 75% Full Time Equivalent, exempt position with an annualized salary of $40,000.

Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Vacation, Sick and Personal time
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement
  • 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 following link: https://goo.gl/xVBGtT. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland 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 October 3, 2017. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

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) 255-2117, or via email at: cce.recruitment@cornell.edu.

For additional questions please contact Leah Cadwallader, Regional Human Resources Manager, e-mail LC267@cornell.edu or (845) 340-3990x314.

Job Title:

Association Resource Educator



Pay Rate Type:



Contract College

Contact Name:

Leah Cadwallader

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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.

Last updated September 6, 2017