Since 1916, Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County (CCE Albany) has responded to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. Our programs are developed in direct response to community input, and are based on the most current information available from Cornell and other Land Grant universities from across the nation.
The Local Agriculture Manager is responsible for providing oversight for local agriculture programs for CCE of Albany, ensuring robust and sustained program participation. The Manager helps build and maintain tactful, diplomatic relationships with local, State, and County governments, producers, growers, partner organizations, volunteers, and key elected officials. The Manager remains current on emerging agricultural issues sharing this information as a subject matter expert for constituent audiences. This is a "hands on" position with no task too big or too small to handle, helping to ensure constituents value the support and expertise as part of the vital work of CCE Albany.
The Manager serves as an influential advisor and consultant to members of the public and local governments for key Albany County agriculture initiatives including but not limited to: agriculture and farmland protection; farmers' markets and local food initiatives; county pest management; agriculture-based emergency preparedness; and youth, adult, and producer related programs. The Manager also assists with other special projects as needed (e.g. Altamont Fair, Family Farm Day, etc.).
The Manager works independently and with limited supervision, influencing policies and decisions for the Association and its constituents. The Manager reports directly to the 4-H Issue Leader and receives local agriculture program oversight from the Association Executive Director.
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All applications must be received on-line by August 20, 2021. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Bachelor's degree plus experience relevant to the role of the position.
Ability to meet the frequent travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for Association insurance coverage are required.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Administrative & Management Skills - Ability to manage and provide oversight to local agriculture programs. Ability to exercise frequent discretion and independent judgment in managing programs, employees and volunteers. Ability to oversee budgets, identify and secure funding that supports programs including sponsorships, grant writing, developing public and private partnerships.
Program Skills - Ability to effectively manage, develop, deliver and evaluate related programs. Commitment to helping to ensure inclusive, diverse programs. Ability to serve as an effective advisor and consultant to members of the public and governmental constituents in an effort to develop and influence programs and policy. Serve as an effective subject matter resource for program volunteers, participants, outside organizations and others. Ability to recruit, engage and motivate volunteers and program participants. Maintain program participant confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy with the public, governmental officials, elected officials, program participants, volunteers, employees and others. Ability to generate a credible media presence in the community. Ability to effectively market program through social, print and other media, resulting in robust program participation. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Computer Skills - Proficiency or ability to learn and effectively use software including use of the internet, program related software, and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Work Environment - In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works in a typical office environment. In addition, the position frequently lifts, moves, or transports program related materials and equipment. The position regularly works in agricultural and outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat, precipitation and cold - especially during the growing and fair seasons.
Degree or coursework in agriculture or related fields preferred.
Master's degree preferred.
Experience with local agriculture related issues.
Experience with soliciting donors, grant management, evaluation and implementation.
Knowledge of the geography, demographics and unique needs of the county.
Knowledge of and experience/skills in: policy, environmental and systems change approaches; cultural competency, disability awareness; strategic planning, program development, coordination and management; and leadership, communication and writing
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Development - 5%
Provide input in the development of local agriculture and other special project educational strategies including but not limited to, Family Farm day, local agriculture and food systems, etc.
Support the research, identification and selection of existing resources for related programs.
Influence the selection of program materials to address local needs.
Make programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes.
Program Delivery - 20%
Serve as subject matter advisor/consultant in collaboration with the Local Agriculture Specialist for local agriculture programs and committees, influencing policies and decisions. Committees include but are not limited to Albany County Animal Response Team (CART), farmers markets, Albany County Agriculture District Committee, statewide agriculture initiatives, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), water quality, agriculture and farmland protection, urban agriculture, Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), agriculture/producer focused initiatives, local 'go green' agriculture projects, etc.
Represent CCE Albany and local agriculture and other special projects programs before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
Apply subject matter knowledge to create innovative lesson plans for local agriculture educational programs.
Deliver innovative related programs with discretion; deliver existing educational program as designed occasionally.
Program Evaluation - 5%
Implement program evaluation.
Based on program parameters, interpret evaluation data to the constituencies.
Direction - 25%
Plan the local agriculture, and other special projects and educational programs. Programs include but are not limited to: Family Farm day, Altamont Fair, etc.
Collaborate with key organizations that work on local food and agriculture initiatives, drawing upon local programs and resources that serve the same audiences (i.e. farm service, soil and water conservation, NYS Agriculture and Markets, county planning and health departments, etc.) to plan the direction of established educational program goals.
Plan and anticipate the program budgets and expenses.
Initiate and develop program sponsors, fundraising, grant or other funding proposals in order to secure ongoing or new funding to support and enhance educational program offerings.
Plan mass media efforts related to programs.
Plan effective strategic external and internal program communication/ marketing efforts.
Develop, enhance and expand relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders.
Develop marketing efforts, keying in on successes, research initiatives and flagship programs.
Assist in planning organizational leadership development strategies.
Make recommendations and influence the staffing plan development process.
Management - 30%
Provide management support for assigned programs, committees, and projects.
Demonstrate judgement and discretion to independently solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the programs utilizing appropriate policies and procedures, as needed.
Provide policy interpretation and guidance.
Ensure program activities conform to the Association's Plan of Work.
Manage the promotion of local agriculture efforts including public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
Effectively allocate program resources to accomplish Association program objectives.
Manage the assigned program budgets, grants or other funding proposals in order to secure ongoing or new funding to support and enhance educational program offerings.
Lead, oversee and carry out sponsorships, fund development and fundraising efforts related to local agriculture, and Association general fundraising activities (in collaboration with other Association staff fundraising efforts).
Monitor income/ expense to ensure the spending is within budget constraint.
Guide the implementation of communication strategies for local agriculture programs.
Directly supervise the Local Agriculture Specialist. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Association's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, and hiring staff; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Jointly develop and review progress of assigned staff development plans as needed to increase staff competency. Assure positive, team-based employee relations.
Coordination/Operation - 10%
Implement assigned program schedules. Assist in coordinating program activities for city farm days, urban youth programs, large and small animal trainings, etc.
Create and maintain a database and inventory of all agriculture producers in Albany County by commodity. Collect, input and update data, provide reports, graphs and charts as needed.
Complete required financial documentation to meet program budget requirements. Coordinate various fundraising events. Submit appropriate grant or other funding proposals, including financial documentation that may be required. Prepare expense reports.
Travel to various locations in an effort to meet program material and marketing needs. Examples include but are not limited to purchasing and/or delivering program materials, taking pictures and notes, etc.
On a frequent basis transport self or others in Association or personal vehicles.
Frequently lift, move, or transport program materials and resources to program settings.
Compile existing resources into educational program materials.
Collect evaluation and program needs assessment data from program participants based on existing framework.
Schedule, coordinate and facilitate project-related meetings and conference calls as required or as needed.
Complete evaluation submission and reporting requirements following established grant criteria/plan.
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 Albany 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 paid at the rate of $48,800 annually. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Paid time off: 21 Vacation days, 14 Holidays, 3 Personal days and 12 Sick days annually - plenty of time for work/life balance!
NYS Health Insurance Program (including FREE Dental Insurance)
NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Total Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity Plan
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
ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
NYS Capital Region - a great place to live & work.
Albany County is located in the upper Hudson Valley/Capital District of New York State within a few hours' drive of New York City, Boston and Montreal. On the southern edge of the Adirondacks and not far from the Berkshires in Massachusetts and the Hudson Valley, living in the Capital Region has something for everyone. Farming, hiking, fishing, skiing, arts, dining, nightlife, and music festivals abound in the region. And, you're never far from a fun weekend day trip to the mountains or a few hours' drive to the coast for some sunny New England beaches.
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 Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (518) 765-3503.
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