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4-H Animal Science Educator

Yaphank, NY
Expiration Date: March 20, 2018


  • Master’s Degree with experience relevant to the position. Bachelor’s Degree plus 4 years transferrable relevant evidence-based research experience may substitute.
  • Experience relevant to the role of the position.
  • Ability to pass motor vehicle screen, including valid driver’s license.
  • Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
  • Proven in-depth knowledge in the field of animal science education.
  • Ability to maintain and handle live farm animals for educational and demonstration purposes.
  • 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.



  • Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.





Program Development - 20%

  • Assist Supervisor with development of farm animal based youth outreach program conducted in schools, libraries and other locations.
  • Assist Supervisor in creation of program materials to address identified needs.
  • Assist Supervisor in making programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes and to meet changing local priorities.
  • Assist Supervisor with identifying activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects.
  • Assist Supervisor in structuring programs to meet the needs of diverse program participants.




Program Delivery – 50%

  • Deliver high quality animal science-related youth outreach to schools, libraries and other venues with a particular focus on veterinarian career exploration, chicken embryology teacher trainings, chick incubation and weekend animal science programs.
  • Deliver general farm education programming, as needed.
  • Provide guidance and support to the BOCES, LaGuardia and Suffolk County Community College youth by delivering the program and assisting the professors delivering the program.
  • Foster acceptance of program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
  • Interact with program participants representing CCE in a professional manner at all times.
  • Conduct animal science related educational programs for youth utilizing a variety of methods that may include: traditional teaching methods for classrooms and outdoor programs, electronic technology, internet, and other.
  • Serve as youth education animal sciences subject matter resource to other Education Program staff, animal care staff, clientele, schools and other entities.
  • Represent CCE 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%

  • Assist in the creation of program evaluation framework. 
  • Interact with program participants, Association staff, program committees, county/community leaders, and other key stakeholders to collect evaluation data for improving programs.
  • Assist in analyzing collected program evaluation data for reporting and program improvement purposes using standard, established policy, procedure and methods.
  • Communicate evaluation results and findings.
  • Assist in recommending program changes to strengthen and improve programs.


Administrative Responsibilities:

Direction – 5%

  • Assist with establishing Association program goals and priorities to align with Association and statewide Plan of Work.
  • Assist with planning of marketing strategies, public affairs and special events to reach target audiences and meet program objectives.
  • Assist in identifying community and fiscal resources for program continuance and enhancement.
  • Provide Supervisor with program related information to assist the budget development process.
  • Assist with planning of grant ideas, programs and narrative based on data collected, and knowledge of the county and the industry.
  • Assist Supervisor with establishing program goals and priorities.


Management – 5%

  • Assist in monitoring program to ensure that educational content conforms to policies and objectives of the Association and is research based.
  • Assist with monitoring program financial status to ensure compliance with program budget, grant specifications, and adherence to Association strategies/Plan of work.
  • Assist with identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources within the Association. 
  • Make recommendations to Supervisor regarding program budgetary needs.
  • Assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise within the program utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Assist Supervisor in managing annual budgets.
  • Assist in enhancing/expanding relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, schools and community leaders for the program.
  • Supervision of temporary and regular staff including, recruitment, orientation, and performance evaluations.
  • Oversight of volunteers, as needed.
  • Monitor staff time to ensure program needs are met.

Coordination/Operation – 5%

  • Maintain and prepare teaching materials necessary for animal science-related programming (summer camp and school/library outreach) by applying existing subject matter knowledge.
  • 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.
  • Assist with coordination of marketing and promotion of the Farm program 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.
  • Assist Supervisor and other CCE staff in obtaining necessary monetary resources through fees, contracts and grant proposals.
  • Prepare materials for grant/contract proposal submission.
  • On-going training of staff and volunteers, as needed.


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.
  • 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 educator 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 - 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 Suffolk 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.
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