Extension Support Specialist II (Band F -Exempt) Cornell Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) provides the educational outreach functions for Cornell University's role as New York State's Land Grant University. Programmatically, Cornell Cooperative Extension connects the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Human Ecology (CHE) with 55 off-campus Associations, Integrated Pest Management, New York State Sea Grant, Area Specialists, and CCE New York City.
The South Central New York Dairy and Field Crops Team provides high quality educational programs and applied research in the areas of dairy and livestock production, field crops and agricultural business development. This position will have primary focus on the 6 partner counties within the program (Onondaga, Cortland, Tompkins, Broome, Tioga and Chemung Counties).
Provide educational development that focuses on Farm Business Management to key sectors of production agriculture in the stated region, to include but not limited to dairy and livestock and other agricultural commodities. Focus on business planning and development for businesses that have emphases in production agriculture. Analyze and evaluate major program efforts with the input of all program partners.
Build and maintain effective relationships with producers/processors, consultants, and other industry representatives. Work with farms to analyze management strategies to expand production and profitability. Initiate and conduct appropriate applied research with both regional and statewide implications in production and economics as an educational outreach strategy.
Prepare quarterly reports, impact statements, and yearly success stories on program progress and accomplishments. Communicate evaluation results, findings, and make recommendations to program partners and funders. Support efforts in planning and implementing of regional and statewide events and conferences directly related to Cornell, Cooperative Extension or related collaborators.
This position is full-time (40 hours/week). This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.
The location is within the South Central New York region (Syracuse, Binghamton or Cortland).
Bachelors Degree in Agriculture from an accredited institution with a major in Business Management or closely associated fields and 3+ years of relevant work experience in Agribusiness, Cooperative Extension, or closely related fields or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Coursework in Animal and Economic Sciences, Marketing, Labor Management, Adult Education, and Communications.
Fundamental competence utilizing current technology as a management and program delivery tool (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Internet and Social Media).
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Strong leadership and teamwork skills.
Proven organizational and time-management skills.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with diverse audiences in group and one-on-one settings; working effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
Creativity, energy, motivation and positive enthusiasm.
Familiarity with financial analysis software.
Demonstrated knowledge of principles, theory, and research in business management.
Experience in conducting, interpreting, evaluating and communicating the results of applied research.
Ability to define, conduct and interpret applied research and demonstration projects.
Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
Ability to lift up to 20 pounds.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
5+ years of relevant work experience.
Master Degree in Agriculture from an accredited institution with a major in Business Management or closely associated fields
Knowledge and experience in current and emerging issues and production practices of dairy, field crops and livestock farm businesses.
Successful experience obtaining new funding including grants and industry support.
Appreciation of agriculture as a business and as a lifestyle.
Knowledge of the philosophy, objectives and operation of an informal education system such as Cornell Cooperative Extension.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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