Senior Extension Associate – 4-H Youth Livestock and Companion Animal Program
Department of Animal Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Statewide responsibilities within the New York State (NYS) 4-H Youth Development Program providing leadership for NY 4-H animal science livestock (beef, sheep, swine, poultry, llama) and companion animal (dog, cat, rabbit, and other pets) programming. Effort will focus on interactions, communication, and training for 4-H extension education staff and volunteers. The position carries the academic title of Senior Extension Associate.
As needed, collaborate with other faculty and 4-H youth development specialists on industry and extension efforts.
Anticipated Division of Time
Lead Program Coordination, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation: 40%
Develop and deliver unbiased science-based extension programs and in-service training in high-priority and emerging youth interest areas of livestock, poultry, and companion animal topics. Work may include curriculum assessment and professional development of 4-H staff and volunteers beyond the 4-H team. Secondary focus includes program delivery, communication, and event coordination.
With input from colleagues and other partners, provide leadership for planning, implementing, and evaluating educational programs that address K-12 STEM outreach needs. Emphasis is on the demonstration and adoption of principles and best practices leading to future animal industry and/or STEM careers.
Provide leadership for and coordinate youth events, activities, awards, trainings, and competitions, including website and communications with participants, collaborators, and donors.
Plan and implement educational programs utilizing various methods, including direct teaching through group experiences, electronic technology, use of the internet, and distance learning.
One-on-one consultations with 4-H extension educators and industry partners related to program development and problem solving, as necessary.
Prepare reports on program progress and accomplishments.
Analyze and evaluate major program efforts and make recommendations for enhancing future programming.
Program Management: 30%
Prepare and submit grant proposals to secure additional program funding, including salary support growing to about 25% of salary three years from start date, with the ability to identify, anticipate and recommend future budget and supply needs.
Ensure compliance with the evaluation and reporting requirements of funding partners.
Individually and collaboratively identify, secure, and sustain new additional funding sources to enhance and extend program opportunities.
Responsible for preparing one or more program budgets, oversight, reporting and accountability for department 4-H endowment funds (Willman, Rice).
Support team efforts of communication with stakeholders and partners
Support team efforts in planning and implementing regional and statewide events, including Adult/Teen Volunteer Leadership training, State and National 4-H Contests and Events, Skillathons, Animal Crackers, and 4-H Career Explorations.
Oversee 4-H animal science educational activities as appropriate related to NYS Fair.
In coordination with administrative assistant, support national 4-H travel team opportunities in livestock and poultry areas across the United States.
Outreach and Collaboration: 15%
Utilize youth development-based research to develop and implement educational materials and programs within appropriate guidelines and considering the diverse needs of the community.
Maintain current resources and program materials, making regular recommendations for website updates.
Expand effective communication and working relationships with appropriate partners, other educational institutions, governmental agencies, and youth-serving Ag organizations.
Maintain relationships with Cornell K-12 outreach networks, including the NYS 4-H Youth Development staff team, attend community stakeholder meetings, etc., as appropriate.
Organizational Leadership: 10%
Support Cornell University and Cooperative Extension system-wide initiatives through participation in program work teams, ad-hoc committees, and advisory groups.
Participate in regional, statewide, and national work groups related to Cornell University, Cooperative Extension, the animal industry, and the 4-H Youth Development profession.
Foster strong collaboration among faculty, peers, and industry stakeholders.
Establish and maintain positive relationships with individuals and groups that support the work of the organization, including those who identify a community need and communicate impact. (e.g., NYS 4-H Foundation)
Collaborate with colleagues responsible for multiple delivery methods, such as 4-H county-based club managers, after school, Ag in the Classroom, residential camps, and directors of statewide CCE conferences and trainings.
Professional Development: 5%
Participate in professional meetings, in-service trainings, and other educational programs to develop skills and enhance capabilities to foster professional and personal growth to contribute to excellence in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.
Stay up to date with best practices in teaching technology to provide educational programming for K-12 audiences.
Master’s Degree in Animal Science, Agriculture Education, or other relevant fields from an accredited institution.
8+ years of progressively responsible and relevant work experience in 4-H youth animal science programs or equivalent K-12 educational settings.
3+ years of experience providing information dissemination through the use of professional development and/or technical assistance to practitioners in youth STEM fields.
Experience in planning, implementing, and evaluating youth curricula and programs.
Knowledge of and direct livestock farm operations and multiple species handling experience.
Strong desire and ability to function in a team setting, with self-motivation to work independently with minimal direction.
Demonstrated experience in leading teams and mentoring, coaching, and supervising paid staff and volunteers, including students.
Experience working with diverse populations representative of New York state citizens and a commitment to helping ensure diverse, equitable and inclusive programming. 1+ years of successful grant writing, fund development and/or grant management experience. (Managing program budgets over $50,000).
Ability to conceptualize and communicate youth development principles and knowledge of the philosophy, objectives, and operation of an informal education system such as Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Proven organizational and time-management skills with the ability to provide direction and oversight as required.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Fundamental competence utilizing current technology as a management and program delivery tool (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, marketing and publication software, SharePoint, Internet web-based communication tools, i.e., Zoom and social media platforms).
Be familiar with and demonstrate the ability to follow applicable federal, state, local and University policies, procedures, and requirements in working with K-12 audiences and in fiduciary and risk management roles.
Ability to work evenings and weekends, including occasional overnight stays, as essential job functions require.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver’s license.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
This position is full-time and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a five-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.
Ph.D./Doctoral/Professional Degree in Animal and/or Agricultural Sciences Education may substitute for 2 years of work experience.
Practical or personal experience within the animal industry (animal management best practices).
Experience with 4-H Program Management and staff supervisory roles.
Coursework in research and evaluation methodology, education, and management experience is highly preferred.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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