The Northwest Region includes the following target counties which have been identified based on community needs: Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Fulton, Hardin, Lucas, Marion, Wood, Richland, and Wyandot. Target counties may change, based on need.
The Regional Extension Associate will lead an effective work team of CSU Extension educators in the assigned regions to deliver high quality educational programs designed to meet the needs across the regions. The position will assist in hiring, training, and supporting the regional team. The Regional Extension Associate will report to the Associate Extension Administrator.
This position will report to work Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Office which is located at the Northwest State Community College Campus: 22600 OH-34, Archbold, OH.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Work with Program Leaders to manage day-to-day activities of program staff within the region.
- Oversee implementation and evaluation of all programming in assigned multi-county region.
- Oversee professional development of regional team, ensuring the team has the resources and expertise to effectively carry out their job duties.
- Oversee the Coordination, development and implementation of partner level agreements in the region.
- Analyze programmatic data and financial informationto determine ways to better focus resources for effectively and efficiently reaching the regional communities and residents.
- Manage and monitor data and budgets for projects and programs.
Program Development and Implementation
- Facilitate implementation of train-the-trainer and/or programming opportunities for regional organizations.
- Conduct programming in area of expertise, delivering evidence-based programs in a community setting.
- Sustain a sound understanding of and familiarity with the key regional partners and stakeholders.
Communications and Community Partnerships
- Act as the official liaison of cooperative efforts with other institutions’ agencies and organizations in the region.
- Direct positive communications and ongoing updates internally and externally with all stakeholders regionally.
- Coordinate and facilitate meetings with staff, stakeholders and partners.
- Develop community advisory boards, and lead the quarterly meetings.
- Develop relationships with local county OSU Extension offices to determine joint programs and projects.
- Cultivate new partnerships and support professional relationships to further Extension programming to improve the lives of the citizens within the region.
- Work collaboratively with county partners (County Managers, Boards of County Commissioners, etc.) and State Advisory Council members.
- Discern the needs of culturally and economically diverse audiences.
- Ensure that programs and activities are available to all interested persons in accordance with applicable equal opportunity/civil rights laws and best practices.
- Verify that all employees, volunteers, and advisory board members are provided with civil rights and diversity training at the onset of their tenure, and periodic civil rights and diversity training during their association with the Extension.
- Create extensive personnel management training for recruiting, developing, and evaluating regional staff members.
- Acquire knowledge and understanding of the Extension organization, operation, philosophy, and commitment to diversity, equity, and intentional outreach to underrepresented community members.
- Uphold a respectful, professional communication style both oral and in written
- Prepare timely reports of programmatic activities and success stories in the region.
- Other responsibilities assigned as needed
Experience and Qualifications:
- Master’s degree in education, communications, agriculture, community development, health, nutrition, family relationships, youth development or a closely related discipline.
- Experience with program development and management.
- Excellent communication skills to provide clear work direction and a broad understanding of programming priorities.
- Effective in an environment that combines independent action and teamwork with colleagues and external organizations.
- Builds effective work teams and manage conflict.
- Organizational and time management skills with attention to detail.
- Exceptional, proven competency in interpersonal relationship skills, including the ability to effectively relate to and communicate with staff, faculty, elected officials, colleagues, and program participants from diverse cultural backgrounds, including individuals with limited English skills.
- Knowledge and proficiency in the use of technology to support program delivery, on-going civil rights and diversity, and staff development.
- Computer skills: Able to effectively use Microsoft Office Suite of software programs.
- Ability to interpret and enforce University policy and best practices in a variety of areas, including discrimination allegations, conflict of interest, volunteer management, and program liability.
- Ability to plan and maintain a flexible work schedule, including evening and weekend work to meet time demands and/or special needs of program management.
- Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for frequent travel.
- 1-3 years of experience in teaching, community organizing, community and/or community education.
- Direct experience in grants management and administration.
- Ability to oversee the compliance of budgetary requirements and financial policies and procedures.
- Ability to lift 25 pounds.