Current target counties in the Southwest Region include the following: Clark, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Miami, Mercer, Montgomery Pickaway, Preble, Shelby, and Warren. Target counties identified based on community needs and may change as needs in the region change.
Extension Educators provide the 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 the local, county, 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.
A critical aspect of this position is to strengthen the inclusion of all relevant stakeholders, with special efforts to reach those historically underserved by Extension. Given the demographic and economic diversity of communities and neighborhoods in the assigned region, the Extension educator is expected to take a proactive role in connecting to and engaging with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
The Community and Economic Development (CED) Extension Educator will be assigned to work within the southwest region, although they may have to travel to other regions on an as-needed basis; the day-to-day workstation will be as a teleworker. The CED Educator builds partnerships with county and regional agencies, area community economic development authorities, city governments, etc., to design, implement and evaluate programs related to entrepreneurial training, small business/agribusiness development, local/food marketing, neighborhood development, and other community development related activities. The CED Educator reports to the Program Leader, CED, to establish program goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct needs assessments to identify critically important issues and the educational needs of clientele. This includes networking and collaborating with community organizations and other stakeholder groups, and reaching out to underserved populations.
- Develop effective and contemporary approaches to plan, deliver and evaluate programming to adults and youth.
- Identify, interpret, and integrate information to develop and deliver high-impact educational programs to adult and youth diverse audiences.
- Develop regular and effective communications and working relationships with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders within the community.
- Provide the latest research-based information in a customer-friendly manner to the Community and Economic Development community.
- Establish professional relationships with faculty on campus to enhance extension programming.
- Provide entrepreneurship services and small business consulting to local businesses. Provide guidance on business plans, seeking financing and other business assistance to entrepreneurs as needed.
- Assist local, city, and community organizations, farmers, and businesses in the development and promotion of related activities and events.
- Represent CSU Extension with groups and organizations within assigned region.
- Provide technical assistance on Community and Economic Development topics and issues.
- Develop and cultivate external funding sources to enhance educational programming.
- Submit daily programmatic activities and success stories into E-DAL (Extension’s Daily Activity Log).
- Attend professional development opportunities.
- Work collaboratively with the regional team on joint projects.
- Participate in statewide teams.
- Work with state coordinators on regional county fair activities.
- Work collaboratively with Universities, state, and local agencies within the assigned region.
- Provide high-quality educational programs, such as academic prep, removal of employment barriers, and community partnerships to establish small businesses and agri-business assistance channels.
- Facilitate and partner with key stakeholders on educational opportunities that enable individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses, farms, families, and communities to strengthen the economy and enhance the quality of life.
- Foster partnerships that link Central State University Extension to local, county, state, and federal stakeholders to help create vibrant and sustainable communities. This also includes local government officials, public officials, local leaders, small business advocates, community-based organizations, and the general public.
- Establish professional relationships with civic and business organizations, educational institutions, local leaders, and key stakeholders to identify priorities, increase financial and in-kind resources, and strategically address needs with research-based education.
- Collect qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the impact of programs and services.
- Other related duties as required.
- Bachelor’s degree, in Business Management, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Accounting, Economics/Agricultural Economics, Marketing, 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 as a teleworker 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.
- Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for frequent travel.
- Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
- 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.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications