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Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development, Southeast Region

Job Details

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number
0801575

Classification Title
Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development, Southeast Region

Working Title

Department
1890 Land Grant Extension

Department Contact Email
mrendleman@centralstate.edu

Job Summary/Basic Function

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

Job Summary:
Extension Educators provide a 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.

The Community and Economic Development ( CED ) 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, community economic development authorities, city governments, etc. 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:
  • Conduct needs assessments to identify critical issues and educational needs of targeted communities.
  • Develop communication and working relationships with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders within the communities.
  • Provide research-based educational programs and services to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and to individuals and families to assist with the creation of vibrant and sustainable communities.
  • Establish relationships with faculty on campus to enhance extension programming.
  • Cultivate external funding sources to enhance educational programming.
  • Work collaboratively with other regions and teams.
  • Collect qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the impact of programs and services.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree, in Public Administration, Community Development, Business Management, Sociology, Agribusiness/Agriculture/Food Marketing, or closely related field.
  • Knowledge in community and economic development that includes a specialization in one or more of the following, participatory planning, entrepreneurship, workforce/small farm/agribusiness/rural development, and leadership development.
  • Strong oral and written communication, leadership mentoring, and group process skills.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and ability to work 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 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.
  • A valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for frequent travel.
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications

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.
  • Demonstrated experience working with urban, rural, and/or Appalachian communities, coalition and partnership building, community and organizational facilitation, agribusiness/agricultural marketing, non-profit management, community economic development, local government, community and economic data analysis, and neighborhood development.
  • Knowledge of extension programming
Posting Date
04/04/2024

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.
Central State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking candidates
committed to working in a diverse environment.

Position Category
Staff - Monthly (Exempt)

Budgeted Annual Salary
Commensurate with experience

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