Extension Educator (Food, Families, and Health)
Penn State University
The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in biological sciences, physiology, or related health sciences to join our nationally-recognized Food, Families, and Health Unit within Penn State Extension. Penn State Extension is an organization on the move and a leader in learning environment innovation. We are building and implementing a new business platform and product development process aimed at enhancing our reach and value to 21st Century customers. A description of our new business approach can be seen at http://agsci.psu.edu/atlas. The individual will be responsible for actively working within one or more Program Teams to plan, design, market, implement, and evaluate youth and family strengths programs through PROSPER in a 2-county area. While we are seeking disciplinary expertise in education, prevention science, or health and human development, it is expected that competitive candidates will have a general understanding of human health issues related to community education. Program Team members are expected to work closely with University faculty to develop and conduct applied research that is relevant to target audience needs. The individual must be able to work effectively in a team and with diverse populations and audiences. The successful candidate will need to develop and/or participate in collaborations across multiple disciplines, departments, colleges, and institutions. All team members are expected to participate in the development of a diverse external funding portfolio (e.g. grants, contracts, cost recovery, development) in support of the team's programs. The individual may be expected to develop original content to engage audiences through innovative educational methods such as online courses, videos, mobile apps, and electronic publications in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations. The position is located in Wayne County (648 Park Street, Suite E Honesdale, PA 18431). The educator is expected to participate in one or more Program Teams and deliver programs statewide. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Preference will be given to candidates with related work experience in community education. Candidates should have a basic knowledge of, and commitment to, youth development and community prevention initiatives and enjoy the challenge of working as a team member on a wide variety of educational efforts. Candidates must possess effective communication skills (verbal and written), teaching skills, interpersonal skills, the ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues and clientele, supervision skills, and work as an active member of a team. The candidate must be very organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Desired experience includes: teaching, curriculum development, evaluation, grant management and leadership development, and proficiency in use of computer software packages, such as Microsoft programs. The candidate must be able to carry equipment, and educational materials and supplies, with or without accommodation. Some travel (including overnight trips) is required. The candidate must possess a valid driver's license and have use of a private vehicle. Since the position requires operating a motor vehicle as part of the job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check is required, as well as standard background checks. This position is an opportunity to join one of the nation's leading extension organizations as it embarks on a new and exciting business model that encourages risk taking and innovation. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. This is a 75% full-time equivalency (FTE) job. The position will work 30 hours a week, with a flexible daily schedule; some evenings and weekends will be required. Full Penn State benefits included.
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