Extension Educator

Summary

Job Category:
Extension Education
Job Title:
Extension Educator
Job Category Definition:
This specialty is designed to help individuals, families, businesses, and communities throughout Pennsylvania with information and a broad range of educational programs designed to support productive, profitable, and competitive businesses; support strong agriculture and food system; strengthen families, children, youth, and the elderly; build caring, safe, and healthy communities; ensure the long-term vitality of Pennsylvania's natural resources; and enable people to better understand and deal with complex public issues.
Job Title Definition:
The Extension Educator oversees the organization providing educational programs for the development of adults and youth; improvement of economic, social and cultural aspects of community and family life; preservation of natural resources and/or other complex public and societal issues; may include the development of leadership within the community and the interpretation and dissemination of the latest research findings in one or more of the following fields: agriculture, family living, community resource development, 4-H youth development, natural resource preservation, or other public and societal issues; evaluates programs to see if intended goals have been reached and develops ideas for improvement of future events by analyzing program results with other co-workers and leaders; represents the University in local communities across the Commonwealth and/or nationally. Duties are performed at various levels within the defined title.
Working Conditions:
Specific physical requirements and effort are outlined in Job Responsibilities Worksheet (list of essential job duties and responsibilities specific to a particular job at the unit level) in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
Other Requirements:
 

Levels

Level 1  

There is currently no Level 1.

Level 2  

Level Details
Job Code Salary Band FLSA Status
EDEX0302 G Exempt

Level 2 positions typically demonstrate intermediate knowledge of the concepts, practices and procedures of a particular field of specialization; perform intermediate tasks in defined skill areas/applications by continuously building on current job knowledge; maintain effective relationships with peers, vendors, and others in a diverse environment; support team decisions and follow through with team responsibilities; interpret information, ideas and instructions and communicate clearly and accurately both verbally and in writing including materials intended for distribution; determine causes of unusual occurrences and apply standard principles and practices to determine and implement solutions; ensure safe practices and environmental consciousness are exhibited in decisions; typically work under general supervision, while performing assignments that are varied and that may be somewhat difficult in character, but usually involve limited responsibility.

Typical Education & Experience

1+ years related experience

Bachelor’s Degree or higher; Master’s Degree preferred

Or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Typical Work Duties
  • Teach adults and youth skills to targeted audiences in assigned subject matter; conduct needs assessments and evaluation
  • Design, develop, and implement educational programs utilizing a variety of delivery systems such as presentations, workshops, seminars, conferences, meetings, individual contact, mass media, and demonstrations
  • Develop and adapt educational material and programs that are culturally sensitive, relevant, and appropriate for a variety of different situations so that information can be used and understood by both individuals and groups
  • Organize, coordinate, and manage meetings, events, tours, clinics, workshops, roundups, and/or shows
  • Assist in the administration of external funds received from government, organizations, businesses, and individuals for the support of department / unit programs; obtain grants

This profile is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions in this job title and should not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties should not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of a similar kind or level of difficulty.

Level 3  

Level Details
Job Code Salary Band FLSA Status
EDEX0303 H Exempt

Level 3 positions typically demonstrate proficient and comprehensive knowledge of defined skill areas/applications to integrate fundamental elements from other specialties into work assignments; apply knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of a particular field of specialization to complete difficult assignments; promote a culture that is conducive to effective relationships among diverse team members; ensure safe practices and environmental consciousness are exhibited in decisions; may lead a project team involved in completion of difficult assignments, requiring proficient knowledge of field of specialization; interpret and communicate information, ideas and instructions clearly, accurately and persuasively both verbally and in writing including materials intended for distribution; incorporate new facts and ideas into group processes and apply creative thinking to develop new solutions; typically work with minimal supervision on difficult assignments, conferring with manager on unusual matters.

Typical Education & Experience

2+ years related experience

Master’s Degree or higher

Or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Typical Work Duties
  • Teach adults and youth skills to targeted audiences in assigned subject matter; conduct needs assessments and evaluation
  • Design, develop, and implement educational programs utilizing a variety of delivery systems such as presentations, workshops, seminars, conferences, meetings, individual contact, mass media, and demonstrations
  • Develop and adapt educational material and programs that are culturally sensitive, relevant, and appropriate for a variety of different situations so that information can be used and understood by both individuals and groups
  • Organize, coordinate, and manage meetings, events, tours, clinics, workshops, roundups, and/or shows
  • Assist in the administration of external funds received from government, organizations, businesses, and individuals for the support of department / unit programs; obtain grants

This profile is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions in this job title and should not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties should not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of a similar kind or level of difficulty.

Level 4  

Level Details
Job Code Salary Band FLSA Status
EDEX0304 I Exempt

Level 4 positions typically demonstrate advanced knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of a particular field of specialization and complete complex assignments; integrate complex elements from other specialties into work assignments; demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusionary practices which support diversity throughout the University; establish a shared vision and take responsibility for the achievement of team goals, and provide direction for appropriate implementation of plans; present ideas, concepts and instructions in a clear manner, and use persuasion and negotiation to build consensus and cooperation; ensure safe practices and environmental consciousness are exhibited in decisions; develop new techniques, concepts, theories, programs or solutions and apply them to complex strategic operating issues; typically work independently on complex work assignments, review progress and evaluate results and update management as appropriate; may direct and delegate work to lower-level staff.

Typical Education & Experience

5+ years related experience

Master’s Degree or higher

Or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Typical Work Duties
  • Teach adults and youth skills to targeted audiences in assigned subject matter; conduct needs assessments and evaluation
  • Design, develop, and implement educational programs utilizing a variety of delivery systems such as presentations, workshops, seminars, conferences, meetings, individual contact, mass media, and demonstrations
  • Interpret and disseminate latest research findings in the field of practice; provide leadership to any dimension(s) of natural working group performance
  • Develop leadership capacity among clientele
  • Demonstrate program impact with underrepresented audiences
  • Plan and deliver educational programs based on identified problems, opportunities and/or needs
  • Develop, recruit, and manage volunteers to help in delivering high-quality programs and initiatives
  • Assist in the administration of external funds received from government, organizations, businesses, and individuals for the support of department / unit programs; obtain grants

This profile is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions in this job title and should not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties should not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of a similar kind or level of difficulty.

Level 5  

Level Details
Job Code Salary Band FLSA Status
EDEX0305 K Exempt

Level 5 positions typically extend mastery of job knowledge to the principles, theories and practices of related specialties; expand knowledge of best practices and incorporate into all work assignments and procedures; evaluate and enhance current practices and efforts to ensure optimal support of diversity; oversee leadership of teams and projects that involve extensive cooperation and coordination between multiple departments across the University or with external customers; prepare written and/or verbal presentations or proposals on highly complex issues and deliver to a broad variety of audiences; identify and implement innovative solutions to important, highly complex strategic and/or operational issues which may involve unusual circumstances and incomplete or conflicting data; ensure safe practices and environmental consciousness are exhibited in decisions; work independently on highly complex or strategic assignments; may direct and supervise lower-level staff.

Typical Education & Experience

7+ years related experience

Master’s Degree or higher; Ph.D. or D.Ed. preferred

Or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Typical Work Duties
  • Teach adults and youth skills to targeted audiences in assigned subject matter; conduct needs assessments and evaluation
  • Design, develop, and implement educational programs utilizing a variety of delivery systems such as presentations, workshops, seminars, conferences, meetings, individual contact, mass media, and demonstrations
  • Serve as a leader and mentor in the formation, development, execution, and evaluation of educational programs
  • Evaluate programs using existing tools, analyzing data and implementing program improvement recommendations
  • Integrate partnerships, networks, and teams in educational programs; successfully promote teamwork and empower peers
  • Provide leadership to any dimension(s) of natural working group performance
  • Assist junior staff by providing liaison and advice and assistance on programmatic and administrative aspects of department / unit
  • Interpret and implement state and national policies to fellow staff members and leaders
  • Develop and pursue a professional development plan to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities, and to address changes in programming and association priorities
  • Possess knowledge of diverse cultures; design relevant programs to reach diverse audiences
  • Attract and procure extramural funding

This profile is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions in this job title and should not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties should not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of a similar kind or level of difficulty.