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CCE of Schenectady County Recycling & Composting Educator

Posted: January 9, 2019
Deadline: May 16, 2019
Company: CCE of Schenectady County
Location: Schenectady, NY

CCE of Schenectady County is seeking a full time, 35 hours per week qualified and experienced educator primarily responsible for responsible for recycling and composting programs. The educator collaborates with the Schenectady County Planning Department and the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council (SCEAC) Recycling committee 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.

Application Instructions

Please include a cover letter, resume and three references (at least one who is a current or former supervisor or teacher).

Once your application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.

External Applicants: (Including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) please refer to Applying for a Job (External Candidate) for additional guidance.

Internal Applicants: Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are internal applicants; please refer to Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) for additional guidance.

Apply By

All applications must be received on-line by January 11, 2019. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in natural resource related field including but not limited to environmental science or education, biology, natural resources or conservation. A Bachelor’s degree in a natural resource related field including but not limited to environmental science or education, biology, natural resources or conservation plus 4 years transferrable relevant evidence-based research experience may substitute for a Master’s degree.
  • 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 meet acceptable background check standards.
  • 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 resource 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, 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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 Responsibilities:

Program Development – 15%

  • Uses existing knowledge of recycling/composting, work alongside supervisor to create educational programs for diverse Schenectady County residents.
  • Assist with research, identification and selection of existing resources for the program.
  • Assist with creation of program materials to address identified needs.
  • Assist with making programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes and to meet changing local priorities.
  • Assist with program development by participating in Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council (SCEAC).
  • May assist in structuring programs to meet the need of diverse program participants. May assist in maintaining direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units (including but not limited to the Master Recycler/Composter units) for program development guidance.
  • Assist with identifying activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects.

Program Delivery – 45%

  • Serve as a subject matter resource for composting and recycling issues, utilizing existing subject matter resources and connection to Cornell faculty, Regional Cornell Teams as applicable, local organizations and partner agencies to provide resources for consumers.
  • Apply existing subject matter knowledge to create lessons plans to deliver recycling and composting educational programs.
  • Teach the existing composting and recycling educational programs as defined.
  • Teach the innovative educational program with discretion.
  • Foster acceptance of program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
  • Provide educational program efforts via mass media including utilizing emails, phone messages and website postings.
  • Apply established subject matter knowledge to deliver recycling and composting educational programs to groups including: community groups, neighborhood associations and schools.
  • 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 before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land-grant universities as part of program delivery.

Program Evaluation – 10%

  • Assist in the creation of program evaluation framework.
  • Interact with program participants, Association staff, county/community leaders and other key stakeholders to collect evaluation data for improving programs.
  • May assist in making recommended program changes to strengthen and improve programs.
  • Communicate evaluation results and findings.

Administrative Responsibilities:

Direction – 10%

  • Assist supervisor in establishing recycling and composting program goals and priorities.
  • Provide input into the development of marketing strategies to reach target audiences and meet program objectives.
  • Assist in developing and/or enhancing/ expanding relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders.
  • Assist in identifying 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 – 5%

  • Assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise in the Master Composter/Recycler volunteer program, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Assist in monitoring program to ensure that educational content conforms to objectives of the Association and is research-based.
  • Assist with monitoring program financial status to ensure compliance with funding requirements, program budget, grant specifications, and adherence to Association strategies/plan of work.
  • Assist with identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources within the Association.
  • Provide programmatic guidance, as needed, to volunteers and staff on topics related to recycling/composting education.
  • Implement the existing Volunteer recruitment, enrollment, orientation and selection process.
  • Assist supervisor with volunteer management.

Coordination/Operation – 10%

  • 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, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
  • Schedules 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.
  • Purchase approved program materials by traveling to area stores on an occasional basis.
  • Compile, organize and inventory educational materials such as training aids, fact sheets, newsletters, exhibits, and demonstration projects.
  • Implement established program schedule.
  • Collect evaluation data from program participants based on existing framework.
  • May provide complex administrative tasks support the implementation of communication strategies, including social and print media, on particular program/function.
  • Collect applied research data based on existing framework.
  • Collect program needs assessment data based on existing framework.
  • Assist in coordinating program implementation activities and planning efforts.
  • Submit program report to meet funding agency requirement.
  • Submit grant or funding proposals.
  • Complete required financial documentation to meet the grant or budget requirement.
  • 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.

Position Details

This is a full time, nonexempt position. 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

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) 255-2117, or via email at: [email protected].

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Contact Info: For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail [email protected] or phone (518) 765-3503.