The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County Community Horticulture Resource Educator develops and delivers an education program focused on community horticulture, recycling/composting, school garden network, and invasive species management. Also includes the planning, management, and operations of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, which involves volunteer recruitment, training and oversight. The Community Horticulture Resource Educator will analyze and identify educational needs and provide development, delivery, evaluation, direction, management and coordination of educational efforts. The Community Horticulture Resource Educator will oversee the Horticulture Diagnostic Lab and the Horticulture Lab Educator. The position is supervised by the Executive Director.
Search extended through December 19, 2017.
Masters Degree with experience relevant to the role of the position.
Ability and Knowledge in the science of horticulture.
Experience working with the public and management of volunteers.
Ability to identify and develop volunteer leadership.
Strong networking and conflict resolution skills.
Ability to utilize computer technology to author reports and proposals, communicate internally and externally, prepare visuals, assess information and learn and teach.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
Ability to meet motor vehicle standards.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, volunteers, advisors, community and professional leaders, and clientele groups.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
Ability to participate effectively in professional team efforts.
Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Ability to communicate effectively through verbal, written and visual channels using traditional methods and educational tools, as well as electronic technology (e.g. video, audio, computers, etc.).
Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
Responsibilities/Essential Functions: Program Responsibilities:
Program Assessment - 15%
Analyze community education needs related to community horticulture, recycling, composting, school garden network, and invasive species.
Interact with University faculty and staff to obtain guidance on program assessment.
Develop and implement needs surveys at workshops/events; survey stakeholders at farmer's markets and work with local horticulture professionals and general public to identify and assess programmatic needs.
Program Development - 25%
Develop workshops, trainings and seminars for stakeholders.
Develop educational resources within topic area of responsibility.
Develop educational materials for posting on the CCERC web site.
Develop appropriate teaching methods for audiences.
Develop presentations, displays and educational content for community outreach, including trainings, workshops, community events, and conferences.
Participate in regional groups developing community horticulture education.
Structure programs to meet the needs of diverse program participants.
Interact with University faculty and staff to develop accurate, science-based information for delivery.
Develop programming to meet changing local issues. Adjust program plans and schedules throughout the year to meet emerging and urgent needs. Develop educational approaches that will improve outcomes based on assessment and evaluation results.
Meet deadlines for program development.
Program Delivery - 20%
Deliver educational presentations, trainings, workshops and field demonstrations related to community horticulture, composting, and invasive species.
Function as a subject matter expert to the Master Gardener Volunteers, staff and clientele.
Answer questions and provide resources.
Utilize subject matter expertise to answer horticulture mail and email inquiries.
Work with institutions and municipalities to encourage composting.
Function as a resource with subject matter expertise to diagnose plant, insect and horticulture related samples submitted by clients.
Provide county residents with research-based knowledge, technical assistance, and methods to foster their decision-making process through interdisciplinary and/or multi-association efforts utilizing a variety of teaching techniques.
Deliver education via social media such as Facebook, Twitter and website postings.
Deliver education through media outlets, such as radio, newspaper and magazine publications.
Deliver education at community events, public meetings, conferences as needed.
Provide articles with subject matter information for specific programs to assist in Association reports.
Represent CCERC before the public, community leaders, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
Program Evaluation - 10%
Apply subject matter knowledge for evaluation of community horticulture educational programs.
Create a program evaluation framework and design evaluation instruments.
Interact with University faculty to obtain guidance on the evaluation framework and evaluation instruments.
Interact with program participants, program advisory committees, Cornell program specialists and faculty and county and community leaders to obtain their evaluation of programs.
Communicate evaluation results and findings.
Make recommendations for strengthening and improving programs to meet changing local needs.
Direction - 10%
Participate as a team member in annual education and outreach planning for Association.
Plan the structure of the delivery of educational programs.
Develop event communication strategies such as social media campaigns and print and online mailings to notify stakeholders and invitees.
Develop schedules to plan program delivery.
Under the guidance of the Executive Director, strategically plan a community horticulture program delivery system that addresses community and individual needs, taking into consideration the diversity of the community.
Identify short and long-term program objectives.
Develop program actions for meeting objectives.
Management - 10%
Provide program management for Master Gardener Volunteers via recruitment, training, oversight and performance evaluation.
Assist Executive Director and Finance coordinator to oversee community horticulture funds as it relates to program development.
Provide program management for the composting program by executing deliverables as outlined in the Rockland County Solid Waste Management grant.
Provide management of Horticulture Diagnostic Lab and the Master Gardeners volunteering there.
Provide management and supervision of Horticulture Lab Program Educator.
Solve problems and conflicts that arise within the guidelines of CCERC policies and with supervisor assistance as appropriate.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
Coordinate the delivery of community horticulture programming as assigned.
Implement quarterly and annual program implementation schedules.
Schedule and participate in stakeholder working group meetings.
Track schedule implementation and adjust schedule as needed.
Maintain statistics of Master Gardeners' Volunteer Hour Reports for statewide reporting.
Coordinate the Horticulture Diagnostic Lab and Hotline;
Keep records, monitor supplies and keep references up-to-date and perform pH soil tests when no Master Gardener volunteers available.
Maintain Horticulture Diagnostic Lab files ensuring fact sheets, bulletins, etc. are up-to-date and current.
Review and update annually, the Horticulture Diagnostic Lab Procedure Guide.
Organize and manage educational materials using established procedures. Maintain organized, appropriately named/labeled and updated databases and accurate records in shared server and work spaces.
Implement marketing/education and outreach for programs and the presence at various farmer's markets throughout the county.
Professional Improvement - 5%
In cooperation with 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 - Applies 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 - Applies 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 Rockland 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 $50,500.00 per year.
Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
Long-term Disability Insurance
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
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
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 Rockland 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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Search extended through December 19, 2017.All applications must be received on-line by December 19, 2017.Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
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) 255-2117, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional questions please contact Leah Cadwallader, Regional Human Resources Manager, e-mail LC267@cornell.edu or (845) 340-3990x314.
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