The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County Ag Program Coordinator provides coordination for agriculture programming, assisting with program delivery of educational workshops, trainings and technical assistance to farmers in the areas of agricultural production practices, farm and food safety and best farm management practices, agriculture economic development, and food systems efforts for Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County. The coordinator works as part of a team, collaborating with Association, regional, and professional staff and volunteers in the areas of agriculture under the supervision of the Ag & Food Systems Team Leader.
Bachelor's degree in agriculture, animal science, agricultural business, agricultural economics or related discipline. Associate's Degree and two years' transferrable program/functional experience is acceptable.
Experience related to the role of the position.
Ability to speak in public.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends.
Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional tools and methods, as well as electronic technology (e.g., video, audio, computers, etc.).
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.
Coursework in education.
Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
Experience in directing and collaborating with volunteers.
Ability to identify and develop volunteer leadership.
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.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
Spanish or Yiddish speaking, experience and/or training in other languages an asset.
Program Delivery - 10%
Deliver existing agriculture, agriculture economic development, and food systems educational programs to enhance and increase awareness, viability and sustainability of local agriculture. Topics include but not limited to:
Promotion of the value and importance of ag/local food systems
Critical agricultural issues
Implementation of agriculturally based economic development strategies
Local food system development and initiatives
Farm to School
Farm Business Management.
Provide technical assistance to farmers regarding farm business management based on established program materials.
Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, media, newsletters, electronic technology, internet, and distance learning to promote and deliver program.
Direction - 10%
Provide input as part of Ag & Food Systems Team in establishing program goals and priorities
Once program priorities have been determined, assist with program planning by identifying activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects.
Assist with the development of marketing strategies to reach target audiences, develop working relationships with partner organizations, and meet program objectives.
Assist in identifying community and fiscal resources for program continuance and enhancement.
Provide supervisor with program related information to assist the budget development process.
Management - 5%
Solve problems and conflicts that arise in the operation of Ag work utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Provide support and guidance to Ag & Food Systems volunteers.
Coordination/Operation - 70%
Maintain communication with constituents and the community through variety of methods such as newsletters, e-mails, social media, mailings, farm visits, phone calls, website postings and content.
Assist with coordination of marketing and promotion of agricultural resources, programs, and initiatives through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and agricultural organizations.
Assist with promoting and creating linkages between food consumers and agricultural producers.
As directed by Supervisor, interact and collaborate with small farmers to provide information and support as a means to increase productivity and connect them to available resources for success.
Connect staff and clientele, including schools, agencies, producers, consumers, and other groups (as identified) with relevant agricultural resources to enhance and improve food systems.
Assist in the procurement of grant funds for program development and expansion of Ag economic development efforts, e.g. providing data and compiling documents for grant submission.
Compile existing Ag related resources into education program materials for workshops, tip and fact sheets, newsletters, farm tours and visits.
Implement established program schedule (workshops, series, discussion groups, farm visits, outreach, reminder, and follow up calls, soil testing)
Collect evaluation data and applied research data from program participants based on existing framework.
Coordinate program implementation efforts, planning, and activities for the delivery of Ag & Food Systems related workshops, outreach, and activities as aligned with the CCE Sullivan Plan of Work.
Transport self and materials to program delivery sites.
Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Work with the CCE Sullivan Agricultural Educator to connect farmers to agricultural based resources, such as funding opportunities, best management practices and agricultural production practices.
Professional Improvement - 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 and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with 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 - Applied 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, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension 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 full time, 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 of 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 January 10, 2019. 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 607-255-6120, 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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