CCE of Schenectady County is seeking a Recycling Educator responsible for recycling and composting programs for CCE of Schenectady County. The educator collaborates with Schenectady County on a recycling project funded through New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The educator promotes recycling and composting for Schenectady County residents, community groups, schools, neighborhood associations, 4-H and other interested groups. The educator also delivers and coordinates the Master Composter/Recycler training and provides oversight of the Master Composter/Recycler volunteers.
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All applications must be received on-line by April 19, 2021. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Master's Degree in natural resources or related field including but not limited to environmental science or education, biology, natural resources or conservation.
Ability to plan and organize work responsibilities according to priorities developed with immediate supervisor.
Ability to meet regular travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, and occasional overnight travel.
Program Skills - Ability to effectively develop and deliver related programs and training. Serve as an effective subject matter expert for program volunteers, participants, outside organizations and others. Maintain program participant and volunteer data confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with program participants, volunteers, employees and others through a variety of media. Ability to effectively market program through social, print and other media, resulting in robust program participation. Ability to recruit, manage, engage, and motivate volunteers and program participants. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Computer Skills - Proficiency or ability to learn and effectively use software including use of the internet, program related software, and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Work Environment - In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works in a typical office environment. In addition, the position frequently lifts, moves, or transports program related materials, equipment, and composting materials. The position regularly works in outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat and cold, precipitation, primarily to demonstrate hands on composting techniques at locations like county and state fairs, outdoor community events, farms, gardens, and natural environmental settings.
Experience with recycling and/or composting education.
Experience in guiding and collaborating with volunteers.
Experience working with an advisory committee.
Familiarity with the community in which the work will take place and ability to utilize program resources within the community.
Familiarity with a variety of program delivery methods to reach individuals and groups in youth and adult audiences and ability to integrate youth and adult development principles into educational activities.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Assessment - 15%
Apply subject matter knowledge to identify gaps and trends in the community.
Develop program needs assessment.
Analyze program needs.
Make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements or improvements.
May be involved in multi-association and multidisciplinary team efforts to assess program.
Maintain direct linkage with Schenectady County and Cornell University faculty and program units for program assessment guidance.
Ensure program assessment is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Program Development - 15%
Apply subject matter expertise to create innovative recycling/composting programs.
Research, identify, and select of resources for the program.
Create program materials to address identified needs.
Make programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes and to meet changing local priorities.
Participate in Schenectady County meetings as part of the program development process.
Structure programs to meet the need of diverse program participants.
Maintain direct linkage with the county and Cornell University faculty and program units (including but not limited to the Master Recycler/Composter units) for program development guidance.
Identify activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects.
Program Delivery - 30%
Serve as a subject matter expert for composting and recycling issues connecting to Cornell staff, local organizations, and partner agencies to provide resources for consumers.
Apply subject matter expertise to create lessons plans to deliver recycling and composting educational programs.
Apply subject matter expertise to deliver recycling and composting educational programs to groups including: community groups, neighborhood associations and schools. Teach composting and recycling educational programs.
Apply subject matter knowledge to provide highly complex nonstandard responses.
Provide educational program efforts via mass and social media.
Foster acceptance of program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, newsletters, electronic technology, internet and social media to deliver programming related to composting and/or recycling.
Contribute actively to the total CCE program effort through joint planning and implementation of multi-disciplinary programs and Association activities.
Interact with program participants representing CCE in a professional manner at all times.
Represent CCE as a subject matter expert before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
Evaluate and utilize a variety of proven educational methodologies.
Program Evaluation - 10%
Interact with program participants, Association staff, county/community leaders and other key stakeholders to collect evaluation data for improving programs.
Apply subject matter knowledge to evaluate educational program. Design or create program evaluation framework. Implement program evaluation. Analyze collected program evaluation data. Make recommendations for improvements. May be involved in multidisciplinary team efforts to design or analyze program evaluation. Maintain direct linkage with county and Cornell University faculty and program units for program evaluation guidance. Interpret evaluation data to the constituencies. Communicate evaluation results and findings. Interact with various constituencies to obtain their evaluation of programs. Ensure program evaluation is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Direction - 10%
Establish recycling and composting program goals and priorities.
Develop marketing strategies to reach target audiences and meet program objectives.
Develop and/or expand relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders.
Identify community and fiscal resources for program continuance and enhancement.
Provide supervisor with program related information to assist the budget development process.
Make recommendations to supervisor regarding program budgetary needs.
Management - 10%
Solve problems and resolving conflicts that arise in the Master Composter/Recycler volunteer program, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Monitor program to ensure that educational content conforms to objectives of the Association and is research-based.
Monitor program financial status to ensure compliance with funding requirements, program budget, grant specifications, and adherence to Association strategies/plan of work. Write grant proposals based on available opportunities and goals of the program. Provide leadership to and ensure submission of grant and funding proposals. Identify ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources within the Association.
Provide programmatic guidance to volunteers and staff on topics related to recycling/composting education.
Lead the management of Recycling and Composting volunteers including recruitment and involvement, ensuring the program adheres to Volunteer Involvement Policy including compliance training, background checks and annual reporting. Responsibilities include recruiting, interviewing, and selecting volunteers; mentoring and appraising performance; recognizing and disciplining volunteers; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Assure positive volunteer and public relations.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
Coordinate Master Composter/Recycler Training utilizing Cornell University faculty and staff for interested Schenectady County residents.
Maintain communication with constituents and the community through a variety of methods such as contributing educational articles to program newsletters, emails, electronic technology, internet, social media, website postings to increase program visibility and to address composting and recycling issues.
Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, budgets, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Schedule educational outreach directly with community and constituent groups.
On regular basis transports self, to community based settings.
On a frequent basis lifts, moves and/or transports program materials.
Compile, organize and inventory educational materials such as training aids, fact sheets, newsletters, exhibits, and demonstration projects.
Submit grant or funding proposals.
Performs general coordination activities including but not limited to attending staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff and general marketing of Extension programs.
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 accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform 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 Schenectady 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.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Paid Vacation, Sick & Personal leave
NYS Health Insurance Program (including FREE Dental Insurance)
NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Total Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity Plan
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
ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
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: [email protected].
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail [email protected] or phone (518) 765-3503.
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.
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