Community Horticulture Program Coordinator - Liberty, NY
August 9, 2018
Liberty, New York
The CCE Sullivan County Community Horticulture Program Coordinator is responsible for coordination and implementation of educational programming in community horticulture in Sullivan County, using Master Gardener Volunteers as a resource. Recruit, train and provide support to Master Gardener volunteers. Coordinate Master Gardener Volunteer participation in community education and outreach activities and monitor volunteers for adherence to standards of information and CCE volunteer involvement policies. Promote program objectives and implement work plan as developed with supervisor within the assigned area of responsibility. Participate with extension program staff in the planning and delivery of educational programs for the public. Assist supervisor with outreach to community leaders, businesses and community organizations/groups interested in gardening, forestry, invasive species and related programs. Provide horticulture diagnostic lab services that utilize research based University and/or Extension resources. Coordinate and implement public education efforts to meet Association and program goals. Use a variety of educational methods and outreach tools including web, social and print media.
This is a part time, 24 to 30 hours per week depending on season, non-exempt, benefits eligible position.
Bachelors or Equivalent Education. Associate Degree + 2 yrs transferrable program/functional experience is acceptable.
High level of organizational skills
Strong writing and communication skills in a variety of mediums (newsletters, email, social media)
Able to perform or direct hands-on garden work.
Ability to follow procedures and written instructions.
Must demonstrate a high degree of integrity, sound professional judgment and the ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.
Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and/or weekends.
Ability to identify and develop volunteer leadership.
Demonstrated ability to engage and motivate volunteers.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
Coursework in horticulture, plant science, landscape design or related subjects
Experience in directing and collaborating with volunteers.
Three years of experience as a landscaper/gardener
Knowledge of annual, perennial and woody ornamentals and their use in the landscape
Knowledge of invasive species and best management practices
Skill in using websites, writing press releases, and other marketing and communication skills.
Program Delivery - 5%
Deliver existing high quality Community Horticulture educational programs and events for all ages.
Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, media, newsletters, electronic technology, internet, and distance learning to deliver programs that meet goals identified in the Plan of Work.
Train new volunteers on subject matter and provide professional development for existing volunteers.
Foster acceptance of horticultural best practices based on pre-existing materials from university/ extension research, to address community and individual needs.
Serve as horticulture and gardening subject matter resource to volunteers. Refer more difficult, complex questions to regional team and/or campus faculty.
Interact and communicate with program participants and volunteers in a variety of ways, including face to face, e-mail, telephone and social media in order to answer questions, facilitate learning and develop and maintain good rapport.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell as part of horticulture and gardening program delivery.
Foster acceptance of programs, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences through frequent contact with program participants, parents, and volunteers.
Interact with program participants, parents, and volunteers representing CCE in a professional manner at all times.
May be involved in multidisciplinary team efforts to deliver program.
Direction - 5%
Assist supervisor with establishing program goals and priorities.
Provide coordination and management feasibility details as input to program leaders to assist in planning the delivery of established educational program goals.
Assist in proposing budget based on established financial guidelines or procedures and knowledge of program.
Provide input to volunteers in planning the structure of delivering Master Gardener educational programs via various methods.
Management - 5%
Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the operation of the horticulture and gardening programs, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures related to volunteer management and goals.
Provide direction and give guidance to Master Gardener volunteers, as well as monitor the performance of Master Gardener volunteers utilizing association volunteer management program tools.
Recruit new volunteers and coordinate training.
Assist supervisor with monitoring program and support volunteers to ensure that educational content conforms to policies and objectives of the Association and is research based.
Perform tasks related to MG volunteer management responsibility according to established policies and procedures by providing guidance and resources for volunteers including recruitment, screening, orientation, training, evaluation, and management. d
Coordination/Operation - 80%
Compile and prepare teaching materials for Community Horticulture and Master Gardener Volunteer programs and volunteers applying existing subject matter knowledge.
Identify activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects.
Collect evaluation data from program participants based on existing framework.
Coordinate the program implementation efforts, planning and activities related to Community Horticulture programming, events, and volunteer recruitment and coordination.
Maintain communication with constituents and the community through variety of methods such as newsletters, e-mails, electronic technology, internet, social media, website postings and content.
Coordinate professional development and networking opportunities for existing volunteers.
Coordinate promotion of Community Horticulture Program and Master Gardener Volunteer recruitment efforts through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
Coordinate involvement of Master Gardener Volunteers in programs and Association events and activities including but not limited to Sullivan County Youth Fair, Volunteer Engagement & Recognition Events, etc.
Provide input to supervisor for budget preparation and identifying community and fiscal resources for program continuance and enhancement.
Assist in implementing a shared Association vision, building understanding around the mission and the advancement of the mission.
Provide information for preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Complete necessary written documentation and other office tasks as required by supervisor, association, and/or funders, including but not limited to monthly program reports, type communications and documents, and phone communications.
Submit program-related expense receipts to supervisor for recording.
Assist supervisor and MG volunteers in program coordination activities, including fundraising, as assigned.
Maintain confidentiality of information regarding all program participants and MG volunteers.
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.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Sullivan County policies and procedures, and Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
This is a part time, 24 to 30 hours per week depending on season, non-exempt, benefits eligible position. Compensation paid at the rate of $16.86 per hour. 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 Augusts 30, 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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