This position will serve as the Dairy and Livestock Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County and will work under the direction and supervision of the Agriculture Issue Leader. This position will provide direction, organization, coordination, and management of assigned aspects of the Agriculture Program specifically the Dairy and Livestock Program in the context of farmer education and industry development. This position will implement Dairy and Livestock programming from a menu of existing educational programs and program activities via a variety of delivery methods to include: workshops, seminars, demonstrations, interest groups, newsletters, farm visits and mass media. Programming initiatives will support the Jefferson County Agriculture Program's comprehensive reach to include farmers, beginning farmers, veteran farmers, and youth. This position will be responsible for the delivery of established Dairy and Livestock programming to both individuals and community groups, and will deliver other established Dairy and Livestock programming and activities, both on-site and off-site, in the community, in accordance with the Agriculture Program Area's Plan of Work. This position will serve as the frontline staff building strong customer relations in assisting producers in the dairy and livestock industry in Jefferson County. This position will assist the Issue Leader with all administrative and marketing aspects of the Dairy and Livestock Program.
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All applicants must apply online by close of day on March 10, 2020 to be considered for this position. All applicants must complete an application online, which includes: cover letter, resume and three (3) references.
All External Applicants (including applicants currently employed by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Associations other than the Association advertising this career opportunity) must submit his/her application materials via the "APPLY" button located within this job posting.
All Internal Applicants (current employees working for the Association advertising this career opportunity) must apply online via his/her Workday account, which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/.
Please contact Jane Pearson, Association Regional HR Coordinator at 315-788-8450 with questions.
This position is a full-time exempt position - 100% FTE. The annual salary for this position is $42,000 to $45,000 commensurate with experience. This position, based on eligibility, offers a comprehensive benefit package, to include: health and dental insurance, retirement, vacation, sick and personal leave.
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Demonstrated initiative, reliability and dependability.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
Familiarity of subject matter appropriate to area of programming (Dairy and Livestock).
Experience in dairy and/or livestock production, agriculture production, management and marketing.
Demonstrated ability to plan, teach and evaluate informal educational programs through a variety of delivery methods to reach individuals and groups; adults and youth.
Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technologies for education and communication purposes.
Demonstrated ability to participate in professional team efforts with volunteers and staff.
Demonstrated ability to lead programming.
Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse audiences.
Development - 5%
Apply Dairy and Livestock subject matter knowledge to provide input in the development of educational strategies for Dairy and Livestock programs.
Build and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders and working groups to advance the development of program initiatives.
Influence the creation of program materials to address the needs of the participants in the Dairy and Livestock programs.
Work in conjunction with the entire Agriculture team to develop a state-wide livestock industry with Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and markets.
Delivery - 25%
Teach existing Dairy and Livestock programming and outreach activities in support of the Agriculture Program's efforts as identified in the established Plan of Work. Topics include but will not be limited to: Dairy and Livestock management including, but not limited to the following topics: nutrition, herd health, reproduction, production records, milking management, replacements, animal facilities, quality assurance, animal comfort and welfare, health and animal production best practices; 4-H Animal Science programming in Dairy and Livestock initiatives; Promotion of Agriculture/local food systems; Critical agricultural issues; Implementation of agriculturally based economic development strategies; Beginner/new farmer/veteran farmer. (Interact and collaborate with small, beginning and veteran farmers to provide support as a means to increase productivity and connect them to available resources for success.)
Implement educational programs through workshops, seminars, demonstrations, interest groups, newsletters, farm visits, mass media and agri-business contacts utilizing established resources and per established program parameters, and apply dairy and livestock subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to deliver these educational programs as appropriate.
Assist in providing existing information to bring awareness to the public in the form of impact statements, articles for progress/annual reports, and news releases, etc.
Utilize existing program materials and educational framework to deliver Dairy and Livestock educational programming.
Apply established subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to meet program objectives.
Effectively utilize all forms of mass media, including social media, for the innovative delivery of Dairy and Livestock educational programs.
Work to foster acceptance of the Dairy and Livestock Program, methods, and policies while addressing community and individual needs and considering diverse audiences.
Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association and Agriculture Program staff to achieve Association program delivery goals.
Evaluation - 5%
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Interact with program participants to obtain evaluation data, to include: evaluating effectiveness of classes and instructors within program areas for all programs offered.
Analyze program data, and based on that analysis, assist in making improvements in programming.
Based on program parameters, interpret evaluation data to constituents as appropriate.
Direction - 25%
Plan the structure and delivery for Dairy and Livestock educational program goals with discretion via various methods.
Anticipate and project assigned Dairy and Livestock program expenses with discretion.
Assist the Agriculture Issue Leader with proposed budget for the Dairy and Livestock programs based on established financial guidelines and/or procedures, provide information to the overall budget process, and allocate budget amounts for assigned programs.
Plan fund development goals and objectives and be an active participant on the grant writing team as necessary for the development of grant applications to secure funding for ongoing/expanded programming efforts.
Assist the Agriculture Issue Leader to plan effective strategic marketing and mass media efforts in the promotion of the Dairy and Livestock program, public affairs, events and functions.
Management - 30%
Provide guidance and management for the Dairy and Livestock programs and program activities to ensure they conform to the Association's Plan of Work.
Provide management of marketing initiatives for Dairy and Livestock programs.
Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the Dairy and Livestock programs utilizing appropriate policies and procedures, as needed.
Allocate resources to accomplish Association program objectives within the Dairy and Livestock programs.
Monitor Dairy and Livestock programs income/expenses to ensure spending is within the program budget constraints.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
As the primary staff member assigned to interact with local dairy and livestock producers in the county, build strong customer relations with producers through but not limited to farm visits and other direct interaction.
Obtain evaluation data and program needs assessments from program participants based on existing evaluation framework and guidelines.
Provide complex administrative support to prepare materials for report submission to meet funding requirements (monthly, quarterly and yearly).
Coordinate program referrals and ongoing outreach efforts in accordance with established Plan of Work.
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.
Organize and coordinate activities related assigned programs.
Provide administrative support for fund development and grant writing activities as identified.
Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
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 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 Jefferson 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.
Equal Opportunity Employment
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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 support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
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