This position will serve as the Taste NY Market Manager for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association Sullivan County and will work under the direction and supervision of the Association Executive Director. This position will be responsible for the day-to-day management, organization, and coordination of all aspects of the Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program, which highlights local NY farm products, per the established Plan of Work. This position will supervise program staff and will provide oversight for program volunteers. This position will oversee marketing and communication initiatives in support of the Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program. This position is responsible for assessing local system needs, trends, marketing, product sources, financial management and record keeping, and will provide support for research, evaluation and documentation of agricultural marketing and agri-tourism strategies.
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education (Associate's Degree and 2 years transferrable relevant evidence-based research experience).
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Valid NYS Driver's License and the ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards (DMV and criminal background checks).
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Master's Degree in Marketing, Ag Development, Business Development or related field.
Knowledge of the organization, operation, philosophy, and objectives of Cooperative Extension and its program at County, State and Federal levels.
Knowledge of basic marketing strategies, advertising and distribution of products.
Experience in purchasing, storing (inventory), and marketing local agriculture and/or retail food products.
Experience in local food display, merchandising, and sales as well as the promotion of agri-tourism.
Experience working directly with famers and artisanal manufacturers.
Demonstrated experience with understanding detailed financial records of sales and marketing trends.
Demonstrated ability to creatively solve problems.
Demonstrated ability to manage inventory, collect recommendations and recognize ‘top-sellers.’
Demonstrated ability to do profit margin and performance analysis for products.
Demonstrated ability to participate in professional team efforts.
Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse audiences.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means using traditional educational tools and methods.
Demonstrated ability to utilize technology (i.e. computers, internet, social media) effectively.
Demonstrated ability to utilize market and communication apps, QR codes, and other retail related technologies.
Direction - 10%
Provide input to support the planning of educational programs to include, but not limited to planning the delivery of established educational program goals and planning the structure of delivering educational programs via various methods.
Provide program related information to the budget development process and assist the Association Executive Director in allocating budget amounts.
Assist the Association Executive Director in the planning of Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program fund development activities, including writing and development of grant applications to secure funding for ongoing/expanded programming efforts.
Provide moderately complex administrative assistance to include, but not limited to, planning for mass media efforts related to the Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program; assisting the Association Executive Director in planning effective strategic marketing efforts, including major public affairs events and functions.
Assist the Association Executive Director in the development of the staffing plan by providing Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program information as needed.
Assist in developing communication strategies for the Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program.
Management - 75%
Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program utilizing appropriate policies and procedures, as needed.
Follow Association Plan of Work guideline in the operation of Woodbury Commons Taste of NY Market. .
Support the allocation of program resources to accomplish Association program objectives within the Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program.
Monitor the Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program income/expenses to ensure spending is within the program budget constraint.
Provide existing guidance to Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program volunteers in accordance with established practices and procedures.
Provide administrative support in the management and implementation of communication strategies for the Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program.
Ensure the Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program meet health, safety and other licensing standards and provide quality program experiences.
Provide management (including recruitment and selection) and supervision (including guidance, performance feedback and annual performance reviews) to designated staff and provide oversight for program volunteers in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocol.
Manage staff and volunteer schedule to ensure program needs are met.
Provide regular staffing updates to the Association Executive Director as required.
Manage/Monitor store activities (surveys, sales, foot traffic, and educational programs) to ensure that established objectives are met.
Guide expanding relationships with community members, agri-businesses, local farmers and community leaders to support programming efforts.
Coordination/Operation - 10%
Provide moderately complex, specialized tasks in guiding the implementation of communication strategies in support of the Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program.
Coordinate effective marketing strategies in the promotion of programming efforts to include, but not limited to: print media, news media, social media, and multi-media efforts; promote local farms through marketing efforts.
Organize and coordinate all implementation efforts, planning and activities related to Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program.
Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
Coordinate the implementation of messaging, and maintain an interactive kiosk and informational brochures to identify and promote local farms and farm products.
Collect evaluation and program needs assessment data from program participants, including cooperating farms, based on existing evaluation framework and guidelines.
Coordinate, compile and organize existing program resources and program materials.
Under the direction of the Association Executive Director, provide moderately complex administrative support to accomplish financial goals within the Woodbury Commons Taste NY Program to include, but not limited to: preparing materials for grant/contact proposal submission and providing required information needed in the financial documentation to meet the grant/budget requirements; preparing information and reports for budget preparation and allocation of budget amounts; preparing impact statements impact statements and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board of Directors and others as requested.
Perform record keeping, data management and program reports as required by the Association and contract requirements.
Analyze consumer purchasing trends and assist with detailed reports on sales of products.
Collaborate with Chamber of Commerce sales staff to ensure proper display and merchandising of products.
Maintain inventory and work with collaborating partners to track sales with appropriate software; procure products based on needs and trends and schedule deliveries of products.
This position may require the transport of program participants and/or program materials and resources in performing position responsibilities.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 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 in programming and association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension including but not limited to attendance at staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff, general marketing of Extension programs and other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applies to all duties and functions.
Support the association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar 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 - Applies 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.
Be aware of, and adhere to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Sullivan County policies and procedures.
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. Compensation paid at the rate of $50,500.00 per year.
Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
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
How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
All applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, resume and indicate three individuals who may be contacted as a reference.Please consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting. For instructions, visit:
All applications must be received on-line by May 3, 2018.Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
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@example.com.
For additional questions please contact Leah Cadwallader, Regional Human Resources Manager, e-mail LC267@cornell.edu or (845) 340-3990x314.
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