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Responsibilities: This is a part-time, 12-month, grant funded position (up to 29 hours per week) with funding and duties related to sustainable agriculture research and education programming and professional development trainings with a specific focus on community and regional food systems, soil health, cover cropping systems, emerging sustainable agriculture issues, and general promotion of SARE. The program assistant will work closely with Virginia's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) state coordinators and the Community Viability Specialists in handling logistical details for professional development trainings such as planned conferences, workshops and field meetings. The Program Assistant/Education Support Specialist will serve as liaison, communication, and educational resource person for Virginia Cooperative Extension, USDA, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community-based Organizations (CBOs) across Virginia coordinate and encourage participation and educational programming to enhance sustainable agriculture, soil health, and community-focused food systems. Responsibilities:
Assist the Virginia SARE State Coordinators for the Professional Development Program (PDP) to organize four Advisory Committee meetings (face-to-face and by WebEx)
Help manage the Virginia SARE Professional Development Program Budget
Assist in editing the yearly model state program proposals and annual reports to Southern SARE/USDA office.
Develop and implement a marketing and outreach plan for Virginia SARE to include social marketing and having educational exhibits at select statewide conferences.
Coordinate and handle logistical details for professional development trainings that SARE hosts and sponsors such as planned conferences, workshops and field meetings (3 to 5 per year).
The Program Assistant/Education Support Specialist will help the supervisor (state coordinators) with coordinating and having regular correspondence with various organizations hosting these training events.
Help provide training on SARE related grant opportunities to Extension Agents, USDA professionals, and farmer-leader mentors. This training may entail grant-writing workshops.
Work with state coordinators and the Advisory Committee to develop a strategic plan for professional development programming.
Develop a timeline, assessment, and map of Virginia SARE professional development activities around local and regional food systems to inform programs to support food access and availability.
Collect programming evaluation data, as needed, with input from Extension and USDA staff to document impacts for reporting and research purposes.
Communicate and collaborate with other VCE and USDA personnel to promote and enhance their sustainable agriculture research and education programs
Position is 15 to 20 hours per week, funded through September 2018. Funding is renewed on an annual basis. Salary range: Depends on education, experience, and demonstrated abilities.
A bachelor's degree and experience in marketing, sustainable agriculture and community food systems-related work; Strong oral communication skills; Experience working collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including businesses, community organizations, and/or Extension Agents and staff; Highly organized with capacity to work independently and as a team member; Experience planning and implementing marketing or program concepts
Master's degree in marketing, sustainable agriculture and community food systems; Experience working on community-based public health and/or nutrition programs and sustainable agriculture and community food system initiatives
Employee Category: Hourly Wage Staff, limited to 1500 hrs/year
Appointment Type: Restricted
Percent Employment: Part-time
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