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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County Seeking Candidates

Digital Literacy Resource Educator – Troy, NY

Since 1913, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County (the Association) has responded to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. Our programs are developed in direct response to community input, and are based on the most current information available from Cornell and other Land Grant universities from across the nation.

The Digital Literacy Educator helps people develop the skills and abilities to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet.The Educator frequently collaborates with partner organizations like local libraries, nonprofits, governmental entities, and other organizations to reach diverse audiences and deliver programs.

The Digital Literacy Educator also plays an important role with technology-related to digital or virtual programming needs, including by supporting and training Association staff on the same. In addition, this position serves as a local Association Information Technology (IT) contact, supporting staff with basic technology needs and working with the Greater Capital Shared Business Network (GC-SBN) regional IT staff and local Communications Coordinator to ensure the IT needs of the Association are met in a timely and efficient manner.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree.
  • Experience relevant to the role of the position.
  • Ability to meet the frequent 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 – Commitment to help ensure inclusive programs and reach diverse audiences. Ability to effectively develop and deliver related programs and training. Serve as an effective subject matter expert for program participants, volunteers, outside organizations, and others. Maintain program participant data confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts. Ability to plan and organize work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the supervisor.
  • Technology Skills - Ability to adapt quickly to new digital technologies, including for virtual programming. 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.
  • Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with program participants, 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 program participants. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
  • 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 regularly lifts, moves, or transports program related materials, and equipment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree or coursework in digital literacy, information technology, education, computer science, information sciences, communications, or related fields.
  • Experience in Cooperative Extension, information management, information technology, adult education, communications, or related fields.
  • Experience in public relations and production of digital media (e.g. media/video editing and distance virtual teaching platforms, etc.).

Position Details

This is a full-time, exempt position. Compensation paid at the rate of $46,700 commensurate with experience. 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

All applications must be received on-line by SEPTEMBER 13, 2021Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

To Apply & For Further Details:

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 governmental 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.

Last updated August 4, 2021