Oregon State University Extension invites applications for a full-time, fixed-term, 4-H Youth Development Educator position, affiliated with OSU's College of Public Health & Human Sciences. The position is located in Heppner, Oregon in Morrow County, and reports to the Outreach and Engagement Regional Administrator (RA). Reappointment is at the discretion of the Regional Administrator in consultation with the 4-H Program Leader.
Morrow County is located in the central Columbia Basin of Eastern Oregon. It is bordered by the Columbia River in the north and the Blue Mountains to the south. The county boasts a population a little over 11,000 people, living in the distinct communities of Boardman, Heppner, Irrigon, Ione and Lexington. The county makeup is diverse and is set to be the first minority majority county in the state of Oregon by 2020. The primary economic drivers are the Port of Morrow industrial area and diverse agriculture.
Extension programs of the College of Public Health & Human Sciences are aligned toward a common vision of lifelong health and well-being for every person, family, and community. The central purpose of this position is to extend the knowledge and research of OSU to the communities of Oregon in a manner that is responsive to local needs and respectful of local norms and culture. The incumbent joins a network of campus-and community-based Extension faculty and staff who share this responsibility for community engagement. Work is accomplished through hands-on, learner-centered education as well as systems-level interventions that influence the environments in which people live, work, learn, and play.
Specifically this faculty position includes responsibilities with the Extension 4-H Youth Development program. The mission of the Oregon 4-H program is to provide young people with intentional, high quality learning experiences that promote positive interactions with adults and peers, sustained and active participation across time, and opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the world around them. This mission of positive youth development is accomplished through the work of volunteers, parents, and professionals who organize and conduct learning experiences in family, group, and community settings.
Programs are implemented in a manner that measures impact, fosters program improvement and strengthens community connections.
This faculty member is responsible for the development and management of a diverse portfolio of programming that meets the needs of youth in Morrow County and to work cooperatively with the Umatilla/Morrow Latino outreach position. In addition to the responsibilities within Morrow County, this faculty member is expected to contribute to the regional and state efforts related to the incumbent/s expertise and interests. All 4-H faculty are expected to use best practices in youth development education ensure that programs are of high quality and produce their intended outcomes. This person will seek ways to increase the effectiveness of the overall Morrow County Extension Program by designing programs that complement those of other faculty and other program areas.
The Oregon Extension and 4-H Youth Development Programs reach close to 100,000 young people annually through out-of-school, after-school, and in-school programming. 4-H faculty teach, develop teaching materials, and provide administrative oversight to a broad array of programs which involve minors, animals, and firearms. Some 4-H experiences involve transportation of members in motor vehicles and overnight accommodations. 4-H faculty are also required to assure compliance with Federal and state regulations related to youth protection, fund-raising, taxation, and the nonprofit status of 4-H and affiliated organizations.
Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position.
OSU Extension Service faculty and staff are expected to exhibit respect, value differing perceptions and world views, and encourage diversity.
Oregon State University and the OSU Extension Service are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that ensures equity and equal opportunity. All employees of OSU Extension Service are responsible for helping to ensure that these commitments are achieved. In addition, Outreach Program Coordinator will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that all people have equal program participation opportunities.
Typically requires Bachelor's Degree in field relevant to program focus. May require certification or licensure as appropriate to the position.
Bachelor's degree in youth development, education, family and consumer sciences, agriculture, or a closely related field.
Demonstrated teaching, written and oral communication skills including the effective use of mass media.
Demonstrated ability to engage successfully with the target population in a culturally responsible manner.
Demonstrated ability to work as a team member with other professionals and volunteers.
Demonstrated ability to interact successfully with youth 5-19 years of age (Kindergarten through 12th grade).
Demonstrated ability to lead groups and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, and delegate details associated with program and office management.
General ability to use common computer software, including proficiency with information technology, web sites and social media.
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq.
The work schedule will have flexible hours in order to meet the needs for evening and weekend activities.
Travel is required. Access to wireless may be necessary.
Ability to transport up to 30lbs of instructional/computer equipment.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with Education and Experience
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