Extension Educator 3 (Family Well-Being)

Penn State University

Penn State Extension
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
College Of Agricultural Sciences
Extension - Somerset County
Full/Part Time:


The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in early childhood development and family studies to join our nationally-recognized Food, Families and Health Unit’s Family Well-Being Team within Penn State Extension. Penn State Extension is an organization on the move and a leader in learning environment innovation. The individual will be responsible for curriculum/program development, including identification of important issues related to building healthy children, youth and families; establishing learning objectives; developing educational events and materials to support the learning objectives; and utilizing evaluations to measure program success. The individual will 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. As a result of educational programs, measurable improvements will be critical outcomes. While we are seeking disciplinary expertise in early childhood education, it is expected that competitive candidates will have a general understanding of community education to support the families and workforce who care for and educate children and youth. The individual will be 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, and to participate in the development of a diverse external funding portfolio (e.g. grants, contracts, cost recovery, development). Success in this educational program will strengthen the capacity of Pennsylvania’s early care and education professionals and parents to nurture, support and guide children ages birth to twelve years to become caring, competent and healthy adolescents. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in early childhood education, family studies, child nutrition, human development, or related disciplines, and those that have related work experience in community education. Candidates should have a basic knowledge of, and commitment to, early childhood and family well-being 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: early childhood education, 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 in addition to 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.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088