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Cornell University Dryden OURS Senior Program Manager, Ithaca NY -1 in Ithaca, New York

Dryden OURS Senior Program Manager, Ithaca NY -1


Position Summary:

This individual will coordinate a community- and school-based 4-H Youth Development program for a specific town within Tompkins County and in conjunction with similar programs throughout Tompkins County. A primary responsibility for this individual will be coordinating a workforce development program for youth across several communities, and direction of a large volunteer base. This person may also be responsible for the operation and direction of a certified Summer Camp, including supervisory duties of camp staff.

This individual will be responsible for the identification of appropriate youth for workforce development programs, assistance with job placement, and identifying appropriate work sites for a group of 30 or more youth.

This person will implement educational youth programs that address locally developed priorities, using materials developed and/or identified by the 4H Issue Leader. This person is responsible for the planning (under direction of Issue Leader), implementation, and data collection for evaluation of innovative approaches to reach youth and families and to build community-wide support for youth and families.

This person receives on-going support and supervision from and is accountable to the Sr. Administrator for Rural Youth Services, 4H Issue Leader as part of program development, and CCETC Board as the employer. CCETC committees may provide program guidance and policy decisions. This position will also require supervision of temporary program assistants and interns to meet program needs.

Required Qualifications:
  • Master's or Equivalent Education (BS/BA + 4 yrs. transferrable relevant evidence based research experience)
  • Experience relevant to the role of the position.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizing and implementing programs to meet the identified needs of youth.
  • Ability to motivate, develop and relate to middle and secondary school-age youth, grades five through twelve.
  • 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 as people of diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally, in writing, and with electronic technology.
  • Ability to evaluate and document program participation and effectiveness.
  • Computer literacy; ability to generate resource materials, reports, fliers, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to be in a supportive and empowering role with others.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including some nights, and weekends to accommodate meetings and delivery of educational programs.
  • Ability to carry supplies and equipment.
  • Ability to meet travel demands of the position, including access to reliable personal transportation
  • Ability and willingness to drive CCE 12 passenger vans after training.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 1 year of relevant volunteer or work experience.
  • Coursework in human services, education, recreation, or other related field
  • Progressive experience in managing youth programs.
  • Ability to participate in outdoor physical education activities, including occasional camping trips.
  • A resident of or familiarity with the community in which the Youth Development Program functions.
Responsibilities/Essential Functions:Program Responsibilities:

Program Development-5%

  • Assist Issue Leader to develop program in response to changing community needs.
  • Assist Issue Leader in developing educational strategies that teach youth employment skills in response to changing needs of employers.
  • Assist Issue Leader in using a system of ongoing involvement of local employers and community members in the program development process in order to address demographics of the community.
  • Assist Issue Leader with program development by recommending improvements and new direction for programs using feedback from the participants and key partners (e.g. youth commissions, young people, parents, and volunteers).

Program Delivery - 10%

  • As part of the delivery of the program, provide access and linkages to local community resources for youth and their families which may include youth development programs, educational programs, youth summer programs (including camps), juvenile justice system and coordination with local recreation and youth programs.
  • Using developed materials and community input, implement a varied local youth development program, including life skill development, community service, and academic motivation, to address social / emotional needs of community youth as identified by the local Youth Commission.
  • Teach youth leadership skills by encouraging and instructing youth in participation and decision-making within programs.
  • Assist other Youth Development Educators in delivering rurally-based youth programs as needed.
  • Provide instruction, reading materials, and other guidance to youth related to earning and succeeding in community based employment, including lessons on interactions with coworkers and supervisors, teamwork, workplace ethics, professionalism, and basic job retention skills.

Administrative Responsibilities:
Direction - 25%

  • Develop working relationships with local businesses to expand job placement for youth.
  • Plan strategies for outreach to targeted youth based on program Plan of Work and community feedback.
  • Assist supervisor in planning for volunteer and staffing needs based on anticipated program needs.
  • Assist supervisor to anticipate or project program expenses.
  • May plan strategies for summer camp program implementation and delivery, if applicable.
  • Develop community and school relationships to build support for the program in conjunction with the municipal youth commission / committee and CCETC staff.

Management - 30%

  • Manage the supervision of paid staff and direction of volunteers including high school and college students who assist in the program.
  • May recruit, interview and supervise summer camp employees, if applicable.
  • Interpret feedback from employers and youth in order to review and document youth employment performance twice during duration of employment placement in order to accomplish educational goals and document program progress.
  • Provide training for volunteers, youth and adult employees (temporary program staff), and performance evaluation for employees working in the program.
  • Assist supervisor to monitor monthly expenses and work within targeted budget.
  • Support supervisor in monitoring grant awards and progress.
  • Develop and modify workforce development program application materials and resources for youth employees with the assistance of HR staff and supervisor.
  • Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the program, utilizing CCE policies and 4-H Procedures.
  • Provide input toward the development of tools for supervisor to use in evaluating and reporting to CCETC Committees/Board, funders, and other stakeholders.

Coordination/Operation - 25%

  • Coordinate fundraising activities and collaborate with community organizations.
  • Maintain records to document the program participation and impacts, including data base input and attendance as requested by the Rural Youth Services Coordinator.
  • Prepare materials and required information needed for financial documentation to assist supervisor in the grant writing process.
  • Document financial records for Grant award financial accountability.
  • Collect evaluation data using pre-designed evaluation tools to review the effectiveness of the Youth Development Program.
  • Coordinate application processes for community employers and assist youth in organizing employment paperwork.

Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 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 accountabilities and to address changes in programming and Association priorities.
  • Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative 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 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 and procedures.
  • 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

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