Education Program Associate 3 (Leadership & Community Vitality)

Penn State University

Penn State Extension
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03 – I – Exempt
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College of Agricultural Sciences
Extension - Allegheny County
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The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an entrepreneurial-minded individual, with the drive to make a positive difference, an innovative spirit, technical proficiency and a passion for leadership and community vitality education and research, to join our nationally recognized Penn State Extension - Energy, Business & Community Vitality Unit. On behalf of the Unit, the individual will connect local issues and opportunities associated with community-based organizational development, social entrepreneurship, business development, food systems and local foods, leadership development, government engagement and non-profit development to sound education and research. Educational programs and applied research activities should result in measurable improvements for farm, food, and natural resource-based businesses and non-profits. Improvements will be measured in terms of educational program and applied research efforts that influence positive practice changes made by stakeholders in efficiency, growth, competitiveness, and innovation that enhance new products launched; new policies and plans implemented; new businesses or organizations created; value of resources leveraged by communities, organizations or businesses; number of new leadership roles or opportunities undertaken, number of new organizational plans developed/implemented; jobs created or retained; value of new efficiencies, etc. Success will allow Pennsylvania business organizations to improve their allocation of resources, evaluate planning and development activities, assess project impacts, increase overall capacity, and enhance positive workforce investment. The individual will enhance stakeholder relationships through personal connectedness, program relevancy and demonstrated program impact. In support of program planning and development, the individual will work both individually and collaboratively to conduct needs assessment, establish learning objectives, develop educational materials, host educational events, utilize evaluation to measure program success and develop appropriate impact documentation to illustrate the value and relevancy of quality programming. The person will develop and deliver non-credit educational programs designed specifically for public agencies, nonprofit organizations, local governments, community businesses, private businesses, start-ups and other related stakeholders. Using quality programs as a foundation and working closely as a member of the leadership and community vitality working group, the individual will be responsible for growing both program offerings and staffing levels in the urban and peri-urban environment. In support of educational programs, team members will work to conduct applied research relevant to target audience needs. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to candidates with degree(s) in sociology, rural sociology, social work, human development and family studies, leadership, community development, strategic management, public administration, or economic and community development or related disciplines, and those that have related work experience. Team members are expected to work closely with university faculty to develop educational programs and products and conduct applied research relevant to stakeholder needs. Beyond degree and experience requirements, candidates must possess effective communication skills (verbal and written), interpersonal skills, and the ability to build effective working relationships. The candidate must be very organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Desirable experiences include teaching, facilitation, curriculum development, evaluation, grant management, project management, research, business or non-profit management, or involvement in food, agriculture and/or natural resources. The successful candidate must be proficient in use of modern computer software packages, such as Microsoft Office, and possibly ARC GIS and/or statistics software. Advanced Microsoft Excel or database skills and fluency in Spanish are a plus and highly encouraged. The successful individual must enjoy and be able to work effectively independently, or as a member of one or more program teams. Successful educators must engage effectively with diverse and underserved audiences across the Commonwealth. To develop and conduct educational programs and applied research, the candidate should be comfortable with innovative and/or entrepreneurial team collaborations which reach across multiple stakeholders, disciplines, departments, colleges, institutions, non-governmental organizations, independent businesses and possibly state and local governments. To accomplish team and individual goals, the candidate must utilize educational tools such as online courses, videos, mobile apps, and electronic publications, in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations. Significant travel (including some overnight trips) may be required, as program, project and applied research activities occur at a variety of locations across the Commonwealth. As such, the job responsibilities require the candidate to possess a valid driver's license and have use of a private vehicle. As 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. Additionally, the diverse program locations and materials needed for program delivery and research require the candidate to be able to carry equipment and educational materials and supplies, with or without accommodation. Penn State Extension is an organization on the move and a leader in research and learning innovation. We welcome all applicants interested in working together to create new and innovative programs capable of making a lasting and positive difference for the residents of Pennsylvania and beyond.

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