The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County Horticulture Program Manager works independently under the general supervision of the Executive Director and is responsible for the daily management of the Association's commercial horticulture and pest management programs including: planning, management, and operations. The Educator serves as a member of the Horticulture and Environment team to implement the Association's commercial green industry educational programs and services that addresses local, regional and statewide programming priorities and needs including pest management. This position is also responsible for developing, delivering and evaluating the program as well as implementing program delivery utilizing volunteers in the community to conduct workshops and other educational activities. This position will manage and coordinate volunteer recruitment, training and oversight. Responsible for management of short and long-term programs for commercial horticulture and pest management and in conjunction with the Executive Director will oversee objectives and plans for communications and marketing. Represents the Association and the commercial horticulture and pest management programs to the public, community leaders, government officials, the media, and Cornell University.
Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture or related field.
Ability to design and deliver programs for the public and the commercial sectors.
Ability to supervise and hold staff accountable and responsible, and to delegate appropriate duties.
Ability to meet stringent deadlines.
Ability to direct and oversee volunteers.
Ability to interact successfully with the general public as well as industry professionals and campus faculty on appropriate levels.
Ability to provide periodic reports on the work of the Horticulture staff.
One year volunteer or related work experience.
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet motor vehicle standards.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Ability to analyze issues and to initiate, plan, organize, implement & evaluate informal educational programs addressing diverse audiences in assigned areas.
Ability to utilize computer technology to author reports and proposals, communicate internally and externally, prepare visuals, access information and learn and teach.
Ability and knowledge in the science of horticulture and integrated pest management.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders, and clientele groups.
Ability to utilize resources effectively.
Ability to identify and utilize program resources within the community.
Ability to effectively use a variety of program delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional educational tools as well as electronic technology (e.g., video, audio, computers, etc.).
Ability to transport visual aids, tables, meeting materials, etc.
Master's degree in Horticulture or related field.
Licensed in pesticide applications and other relevant DEC areas;
5 years of unsupervised and independent program design, creation, implementation and evaluation;
Extensive network of professionals at Cornell and other land grant universities, and demonstrated program development & delivery with those partners;
Knowledge of the turf & landscape industry, and 5 years of working closely with the commercial horticulture sector including golf course industry, pest management professionals, arborists, nurseries and garden suppliers, and public property owners.
Responsibilities/Essential Functions: Program Responsibilities:
Program Development - 5%
Apply subject matter knowledge to provide input in the development of educational strategies.
Research, identify and select and often create resources for the program.
Program Delivery - 20%
Deliver high quality educational programs and events for the commercial green industry that addresses local, regional and statewide programming priorities and needs.
Teach innovative educational programs and events to diverse audiences.
Foster acceptance of horticultural and pest management best practices based on pre-existing materials from university/extension research, to address community and individual needs.
Utilize a variety of delivery systems, including written articles, newsletters, demonstration projects, special events, tours, media, electronic technology, internet, and distance learning to deliver programs.
Apply subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to deliver innovative educational programs.
Serve as horticulture and gardening subject matter resource; identify plants and pests from samples submitted.
Provide information and answers to community and commercial questions based on subject matter knowledge and available resources. Respond to consumer and commercial requests for interpretation of soil test results and give recommendation.
Deliver horticulture/gardening information in response to inquiries and submissions to Diagnostic Lab or other means, written or telephone.
Provide educational program efforts via mass media including contributing articles to newsletters, utilizing emails, phone messages, and website postings.
Represent the Association to the public, program participants, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell University, and others in a professional manner at all times.
Program Evaluation - 5%
In collaboration with the Executive Director review the evaluations of programs and make recommendations working with the Executive Director for strengthening and improving programs.
Direction - 25%
Plan the delivery of educational programs for commercial horticulture and pest management programs.
Plan for and assist with development of marketing strategies, public affairs and special events to reach target audiences and meet program objectives.
Provide supervisor with program related information to assist the budget development process.
Develop and enhance networks of volunteers and/or professionals and non-professionals to extend program implementation.
Strategize ways to expand effective commercial horticulture and pest management networks.
Provide input to the planning of educational programs based on program evaluation outcomes and to meet the changing local priorities.
Plan the structure of all programs and program materials considering the needs of diverse program participants.
Assist with establishing program goals and priorities including providing input from the community on program needs.
Management - 30%
Provide program guidance and direction to the commercial horticulture and pest management industry volunteers participating in advanced training and continuing education events.
Provide program guidance and direction to co-workers involved with horticultural programs.
Ensure program activities conform to the Association's Plan of Work.
Resolve issues with purposeful interaction with clientele as necessary utilizing appropriate policies and procedures related to volunteer management and goals and including supervisor as needed.
Responsible for managing program budget in collaboration with the Executive Director.
Provide direct supervision to assigned staff, including regular individual and group meetings, and evaluations.
Recruit and oversee volunteers from the commercial horticulture and pest management industries to assist with programming.
Guide the implementation of program budget including assistance to identify community and fiscal resources for program continuance and enhancement.
Manage the implementation of communication strategies to expand program and build awareness.
Assist in the management of commercial site visits, newspaper columns, industry-related newsletters and speakers, guiding industry volunteers and managing any issues.
Coordination/Operation - 10%
Compile and prepare teaching materials necessary for commercial horticulture and pest management programs.
Utilize mass media efforts related to program implementation and communication strategies.
Implement, execute and maintain communication with constituents and the community through a variety of methods such as newsletters, emails, electronic technology, internet, social media, website postings and content.
Coordinate commercial site visits, newspaper columns, speakers for training and continuing education programs, etc. Occasionally requires transport of heavy materials and resources for programs/events.
Maintain a log of consumer calls and diagnostic lab results.
Compile reports of horticulture diagnostics in response to consumer and community requests.
Distribute program materials to inform communities of program/s.
Collect program data and maintain accurate records of program participants.
Act as contact for industry volunteers and industry leaders within the county; provide complex responses to inquiries.
Provide input for the creation of written marketing materials to highlight programs.
Prepare reports demonstrating program progress, accomplishments and the impact on the community.
Serve as liaison with community to expand the Commercial Horticulture and Pest Management networks.
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 Westchester 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, exempt position. Compensation starting at $70,000.00 per year, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
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 Westchester County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
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All applications must be received on-line by August 25, 2020.Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
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