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Cornell Cooperative Extension 4H Urban Outreach Educator - Ithaca, NY in Ithaca, New York


This individual will deliver a community-based 4-H youth development program which focuses on safe, educational, and fun activities within an after-school setting. S/he will manage/facilitate the delivery of youth services that address locally developed priorities. 4-H activities include homework and literacy tutoring, Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) recreation and life skills, arts and crafts, multicultural education, and community service projects, among many others. S/he is responsible for providing input to program planning and development and for implementing innovative approaches to reach youth and families and to build community-wide support for children, youth and families. This individual will provide supervision to college students, and interns, and guide volunteers and parents to implement a wide range of hands-on learning activities for youth. This position provides youth with programming on a daily basis and will include some night and weekend programming. Planning and office hours are flexible.

Serves as a member of the CCETC 4-H Program and develops working relationships with other 4-H staff and community educators working at CCETC.

  • Master’s Degree with experience relevant to the role of the position. Bachelor’s Degree plus 4 years transferable relevant evidence based research experience may substitute.
  • Experience relevant to the role of the position.
  • Ability to motivate, develop and relate to youth ages 5-19
  • Ability to actively recruit participants for programs. Ability to work as a team member with local planning groups, schools, professionals and support staff, youth, parents, volunteers, and representatives of other community agencies and organizations.
  • Ability to work independently, and in an organized fashion.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with adults and youth of diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • Computer literacy; ability to generate materials, reports, fliers, etc from provided subject matter.
  • Demonstrated ability to be in a supportive and empowering role with others.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
  • Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.


  • Experience, paid or volunteer, working effectively with youth.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizing and implementing programs to meet the identified needs of youth.
  • Skills in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to document program participation and effectiveness.
  • Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
  • Experience in directing and collaborating with volunteers.
  • Ability to identify and develop volunteer leadership.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
  • Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
  • Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through verbal, written and visual channels using traditional methods and educational tools, as well as electronic technology (e.g., video, audio, computers, etc.).
  • Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
  • Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
  • Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
Program Responsibilities:

Program Development - 20%

  • Assist 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader with development of local 4-H Youth Development after school program, including: educational programs with emphasis STEM, literacy tutoring, homework help, arts, multicultural education, and community service to meet identified needs and diverse interests of participants and volunteers.
  • Assist 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader in identification and selection of existing resources.
  • Assist 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader in development of program materials to address identified needs.
  • Assist 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader in making programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes and to meet changing local priorities.
  • Assist 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader in structuring programs to meet the needs of diverse program participants.
  • Assist with identifying activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects, once program priorities have been determined.

Program Delivery - 45%

  • Deliver high quality 4-H Youth Development educational programs and events that address local, regional and statewide 4-H Youth Development programming priorities with emphasis on STEM, literacy tutoring, homework help, arts, multicultural education, and community service to meet identified needs and diverse interests of participants and volunteers.
  • Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, media, newsletters, electronic technology, and internet to deliver program.
  • Foster acceptance of program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
  • Interact with program participants representing CCE in a professional manner at all times.
  • Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities in a professional manner as part of program delivery.
  • Deliver the Urban 4-H Summer Program during summer months, including specialized programs for youth participants that incorporate outdoor activities and educational field trips.
  • Establish links with the community, businesses and local agencies (e.g., libraries, Learning Web) to support and deliver ongoing programming.

Program Evaluation 5%

  • Assist in analyzing collected program evaluation data for reporting and program improvement purposes using standard, established policy, procedure and methods.
  • Recommend program changes to strengthen and improve programs.
  • Provide evaluation input to the 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader for reporting to CCETC Committees/Board, 4-H Program Committee, funders, and other stakeholders.
Administrative Responsibilities:

Direction - 10%

  • Assist 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader with establishing program goals and priorities.
  • Assist 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader with development of program recruitment and marketing strategies.
  • Assist 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader in identifying community and fiscal resources for program continuance and enhancement.
  • Provide 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader with program related information to assist the budget development process.
  • Actively reach out to and develop relationships with families on a regular basis.
  • Make recommendations to 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader regarding program budgetary needs.

Management - 10%

  • Assist 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader in monitoring program to ensure that educational content conforms to policies and objectives of the Association and is research based.
  • Effectively support supervisor to manage program budget allocations.
  • Assist with identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources within the program.
  • Maintain constant communication with families in order to effectively manage program to meet needs of individual participants
  • Assist 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader with ensuring volunteer direction and management procedures are followed according to established policies and procedures.
  • Provide guidance, leadership and resources for volunteers and volunteer leaders including recruitment, screening, orientation, training, evaluation, and management.
  • Assist 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader with recruitment training and provide direct supervision for work study and student interns.

Coordination/Operation - 5%

  • Organize and collect teaching materials necessary for 4-H Youth Development programs.
  • Maintain communication with constituents and the community through a variety of methods.
  • Assist 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader with coordination of marketing and promotion of 4-H Urban Outreach through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
  • Act as primary contact for program volunteers by passing information on in an organized way in order to coordinate schedules and daily tasks.
  • Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
  • Coordinate Youth recruitment and registration.
  • Maintain, organize, and care for classrooms, maintain ongoing inventory and purchase teaching materials as needed.
  • Maintain records to document the program participation and impacts as requested by the 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader.
  • Provide written documentation of programs through daily logs, attendance records, youth registration, and data entry.

Professional Improvement - 5%

  • In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position account abilities and to address changes in programming and Association priorities.
  • Participate in all required orientation, training, and/or in-service meetings and trainings as scheduled/required.
  • Pursue personal growth through expanding personal knowledge of the total organization and through updating techniques and technical skills relating to the position.
  • Carry out assignments and other duties as assigned by 4-H and Community Development Issue Leader, including but not limited to local health fairs, community activities, etc. Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension including but not limited to attendance at staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff, general marketing of Cooperative Extension programs and other duties as assigned.

Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.

  • Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
  • Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.

EEO/EPO and Policy- Applied to all duties and functions.

  • Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
  • Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
  • Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Tompkins County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.


Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Vacation, Sick and Personal time
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
  • Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
  • Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
  • Voluntary Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Voluntary New York’s College Savings Program
  • Vision Access Program
  • Employee Assistance Program

How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations other than Tompkins) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here:

IMPORTANT! All applicants must submit a COVER LETTER (please reference the position you are applying for), a RESUME and indicate in your cover letter, resume or other document three individuals who may be contacted as REFERENCES.

Please consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-6120, or via email at:

Job Title:

Association Subject Educator II



Pay Rate Type:



Contract College

Contact Name:

Sherrhonda Daniels

Number of Openings:


Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell Cooperative Extension as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant.

  • Posted 30+ Days Ago
  • Part time
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