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Extension Educator-Ag. and Natural Resources, Southeast Region

Employer
Central State University
Location
Wilberforce, Ohio, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jul 7, 2023
Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number
0801483

Classification Title
Extension Educator-Ag. and Natural Resources, Southeast Region

Working Title

Department
1890 Land Grant Extension

Department Contact Email
msmith2@centralstate.edu

Job Summary/Basic Function

Current target counties in the Southeast Region includes the following: Athens, Belmont, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Washington, and Vinton. Target counties may change as needs in the region change.

JOB SUMMARY
Extension Educators provide the link between Land Grant University research and Ohio residents by creating innovative learning opportunities that address local issues. Dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for current and future residents. Educators collaborate with local, county and state agencies, partner organizations, businesses and schools to analyze needs, develop, implement and oversee vibrant and sustainable research based educational programs, and provide resources and expertise to the local community. A critical aspect of this position is to strengthen the inclusion of all relevant stakeholders, with special efforts to reach those historically underserved by Extension. Given the demographic and economic diversity of communities and neighborhoods in the assigned region the Extension educator is expected to take a proactive role connecting to, and engaging with diverse audiences and stakeholders.

The Agriculture and Natural Resources ( ANR ) Extension Educator will work within the southeast region. The Educator will be a remote worker but will be expected to travel daily to provide programming and to meet with partners, including county and regional agencies, agricultural producers, landowners, agricultural organizations, homeowners, decision makers, and citizens interested in the science of agriculture. These engagements are to pursue collaborations, promote programs, conduct programming, and interact with community members. Educators may also be requested to assist in other regions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop effective and contemporary approaches to plan, deliver and evaluate programming.
  • Conducts demonstrations, programs and meetings to educate adults and youth in new technology and practices related to agriculture to improve food production for rural, farm and urban families to improve economic wellbeing.
  • Identify, interpret, and integrate information to develop and deliver high impact educational programs to adult diverse audiences.
  • Develop regular and effective communications and working relationships with colleagues, campus-based faculty, partners and stakeholders within the community.
  • Participate in and/or lead teams to enhance the scope and reach of Extension programming.
  • Assist local, city and community organizations and businesses in the development and promotion of related activities and events.
  • Represent CSU Extension with groups and organizations within assigned region.
  • Work with producers on identifying disease and insect control and prevention.
  • Provide technical assistance on agriculture and natural resources topics and issues.
  • Ensure that programs and activities are available to all interested persons in accordance with applicable equal opportunity/civil rights laws and best practices.
  • Participate in civil rights and diversity training at the onset of employment, and periodic civil rights and diversity training during their association with the Extension.
  • Uphold a respectful, professional communication style both oral and written.
  • Develop and cultivate external funding sources to enhance educational programming.
  • Submit daily programmatic activities and success stories into E- DAL (Extension’s Daily Activity Log).
  • Attend professional development opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with regional team and OSU county offices on joint projects.
  • Participate in statewide teams.
  • Provide expertise to develop and deliver statewide initiatives and programming.
  • Work collaboratively with Universities, state and local agencies within assigned region.
  • Other responsibilities as required.
Minimum Qualifications

Experience and Qualifications:

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree, in agricultural sciences, agricultural education, animal sciences, plant sciences, soil sciences, direct/food marketing, or closely related field.
  • Knowledge in agriculture practices that includes a specialization in one or more of the following: fruit and vegetable production, greenhouse/high tunnel systems, cropping systems, organic production, soil health, niche/direct marketing, on-farm food safety, farm business/farm management, forage and pasture systems, livestock systems, horticulture, integrated pest management ( IPM ), agricultural economics, nutrient management, natural resource conservation and environmental stewardship.
  • Strong oral and written communication, leadership mentoring, and group process skills.
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • Exceptional, proven competency in interpersonal relationship skills, including the ability to effectively relate to and communicate with staff, faculty, elected officials, colleagues, and program participants from diverse cultural backgrounds, including individuals with limited English skills.
  • Ability to interpret and enforce University policy and best practices in a variety of areas, including discrimination allegations, conflict of interest, volunteer management, and program liability.
  • Knowledge and skill with computer technology in preparing reports, presentations, data analysis and internet applications.
  • Knowledge of basic educational methods and the ability to effectively teach program specific material.
  • Ability to work as a teleworker with minimal supervision, including prioritizing workloads and meeting deadlines.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Extension organization, operation, philosophy, and commitment to diversity, equity, and intentional outreach to underrepresented community members.
  • Ability to plan and maintain a flexible work schedule, including evening and weekend work to meet time demands and/or special needs of program management.
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for frequent travel.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience within specialty field highly desired.
  • Teaching experience in informal and formal settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain diverse networks.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.
Posting Date
07/07/2023

Closing Date

Open Until Filled
Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants

Non-Discrimination Statement


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture ( USDA ) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY ) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Position Category
Staff - Monthly (Exempt)

Budgeted Annual Salary
$45,000 - $60,000

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is the highest degree you hold?
    • Doctorate
    • Completed all Doctorate coursework, but has not completed dissertation
    • Master's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Assoicate's Degree
    • High School Diploma or GED
  2. * Do you have any teaching experience?
    • Yes
    • No
Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
Optional Documents

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