NATURE OF WORK
This is professional work developing and implementing educational programs in the area of Horticulture/Agriculture, Youth /4-H, Business Entrepreneurship, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Marine Science with specific emphasis on an effort to ensure the application of this knowledge.
An employee in a position allocated to this class is responsible for planning, organizing and presenting educational programs to interested individuals and groups.
Work involves coordinating with the Program Leader, the Division Director and the District Director to plan and implement programs. The emphasis of the work is on promoting quality programs through public information and instruction.
Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of the Agriculture and Extension Education Division.
Plans, implements and conducts educational programs in designated program areas to assist people to more effectively interpret and use findings of science and technology.
Plans, assigns and supervises the work of subordinate staff and volunteers.
Provides technical assistance to businesses, homeowners, 4-H Clubs, farmers, civic organizations, horticultural groups and other interested parties and groups.
Identifies, recruits and trains volunteer leadership to carry out the program of work in the county.
Provides leadership in coordinating extension programs on a countywide basis.
Develops and uses appropriate systems for reporting program accomplishments.
Conducts clinics and classes to educate and inform individuals and groups on related subjects of interest.
Receives requests for assistance or programs; prepares analyses and evaluations of programs; makes recommendations regarding changes or modifications in existing programs.
Assists in determining and obtaining resources needed to implement the plan of work.
Establishes and maintains rapport with personnel of the mass media and arranges for appropriate releases in the program area.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Knowledge of the policies, procedures and administration of programs of the United States Department of Agriculture, Florida Cooperative Extension Service and BrowardCounty.
Knowledge of current principles and practices of volunteer educational programming and evaluation.
Knowledge of human sciences, public and private programs available to the community and methods of utilizing these resources to assist in program delivery.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of management, organization, program administration, public communication and education.
Knowledge and understanding of multi-cultural and ethnic segments of the population.
Knowledge of current regulations and procedures related to federal, state and local grant procedures.
Ability to initiate and manage multiple programs and priorities.
Ability to plan assign and supervise the work of subordinate staff and volunteers.
Ability to plan and present demonstrations in applicable program area.
Ability to observe and analyze pertinent related problems, to prepare critical reports and to make constructive recommendations for solution of problems.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of BrowardCounty's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or political affiliation.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in education, public or business administration, sociology, psychology, consumer and family science, horticulture, agriculture or related field as appropriate for assigned positions; one (1) year experience in development and management of direct service delivery programs, including six (6) months experience in educational program development; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
Bargaining Unit: Unrepresented
FLSA Status: Exempt
Code of Ethics Certification: No
Class Spec. Estab./Revised: E10/99, R07/05