The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Resource Educator is responsible for providing leadership in planning, implementing, developing, promoting, and evaluating educational programs in the area of human nutrition and foods, health and food safety issues, public health, financial management, family economics, and family well-being that will assist Orange County individuals and families in managing decisions for health and household stability. In conjunction with the Family & Consumer Sciences Issue Leader, develops program objectives and plans within assigned areas of responsibility. Represent the Association to the public, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell University. Works as a team member in addressing local, regional, and statewide programming priorities. May assist as a multi-association team member in the area of food and nutrition, public health, family economics, and family well-being. Involved in the organizational responsibilities and leadership development, including the direct supervision of staff and grants management.
Master's Degree in Nutrition, Health, Public Health, Family Life Skills, Education, or related discipline.
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position
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.
Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, and Excel. 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 identify and develop volunteer leadership to leverage/maximize knowledge for effective programming.
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.
Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
Bilingual in Spanish; read, write and speak.
Course work related to Financial Management.
Program Assessment - 15%
Ensure program assessment is aligned with the statewide Plan of Work and the Association Plan of Work.
Apply subject matter knowledge to identify local program needs in collaboration with regional partners, advisory groups, community agencies and program participants.
Work with appropriate team members to identify general public trends and concerns in a timely, efficient manner.
Identify program gaps and emerging needs and make recommendations for program offerings, enhancements, or improvements.
Assist in multi-association team efforts to identify regional program needs in collaboration with regional CCE partners, advisory groups, community agencies and program participants.
Program Development - 20%
Apply subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies to meet identified needs and diverse interests of participants and volunteers within the scope of the statewide and Association Plan of Work and USDA/NIFA objectives and priorities.
Utilize advisory committees to ensure that stakeholders are engaged in the program development process.
Develop educational programs, materials and activities to meet identified needs and to carry out program priorities and goals.
Select, adapt, and utilize curricula from approved CCE sources or apply in-depth knowledge to create curricula as needed.
Create innovative educational programs to meet the needs of diverse program participants, addressing evolving local and/or regional issues and responsive to program evaluation outcomes.
Structure programs to meet the needs of diverse program participants and meet changing local and/or regional issues.
Maintain linkages with Cornell faculty and other subject matter specialists for guidance in program development, particularly in food and nutrition, public health, family economics, and family well-being.
Program Delivery - 20%
Apply in-depth subject matter knowledge to create lessons plans and identify activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects within the scope of the statewide and Association Plan of Work.
Foster acceptance of program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Deliver high quality Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) educational programs and events that address local, regional and statewide FCS programming priorities.
Provide educational programming to target audiences in the areas of nutrition, health, public health, family economics, and family well-being in manner consistent with the Association Affirmative Action plan.
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 newsletter, utilizing emails, phone messages, and website postings.
Serve as subject matter expert to staff, clientele, volunteers, and other groups as 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 Family & Consumer Sciences 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 within scope of the statewide and Association Plan of Work.
Interact with program participants, Association staff, program committees, county/community leaders and other key stakeholders to collect evaluation data for strengthening and improving programs.
Apply subject matter knowledge to evaluate educational programming.
Ensure program evaluation is within the statewide Association Plan of Work and Grantor requirements.
Analyze and interpret collected program evaluation data and communicate results and findings.
Recommend changes to strengthen and improve programs.
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.
Direction - 10%
Provide complex administrative tasks to support the planning of educational programs by interpreting Association and Cornell program direction.
Develop educational strategies to meet the needs of clientele focusing on nutrition and foods, health and food safety issues, family economics, and family well-being.
May assist with developing 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 FCS programming goals, efforts, and impacts.
Seek opportunities for program engagement with Cornell statewide programs to assist supervisor with planning and goal setting.
Provide recommendations to Supervisor in the planning of a department budget. To enable planning and goal setting.
May plan strategic marketing communications for the FCS program, including nutrition and foods, health and food safety issues, public health, family economics, and family well-being, new and established.
Assist with development of grant or other funding proposals in order to secure ongoing or new funding to support and enhance educational program offerings.
May assist in the development of strategies to use as on ongoing tool for the 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 Family & Consumer Sciences 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 Family & Consumer Sciences program.
Effectively manage 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 Supervisor for identifying and managing operating variances.
Guide the implementation of communication strategies that relate to the Family & Consumer Sciences program in subject matter.
Provide county leadership for limited resource education, such as Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), and other community nutrition programs.
Supervise subject matter related staff & volunteers in FCS program area.
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 Family & Consumer Sciences programs applying existing subject matter knowledge.
Coordinate the program implementation, planning and activities efforts.
Collect evaluation and program needs assessment data from program participants based on existing framework.
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 Family & Consumer Sciences 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.
Interact with program participants, Association staff, program committees, county/community leaders, and other key stakeholders to collect evaluation data for improving programs.
Professional Improvement - 5%
In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform 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, exempt, benefits eligible position. Compensation paid at the rate of $$58,860 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
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