| Responsible for providing in-depth leadership for the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of the Agricultural Programs of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Madison County. Responsible for providing expertise within agriculture, targeting local priorities and providing leadership for all aspects of program development. Lead the application of research to local issues and involvement in research projects responsive to local concerns. Secure and manage program resources, as well as facilitate support for other program areas as appropriate. Participate as an active member of the Program/Administrative Management Team in developing an integrated overall Association educational effort. Responsible for assuring that program accountability and equal program and equal employment opportunity requirements are met within the assigned program area. Represent the Association before the public, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell University in conjunction with program and leadership responsibilities. Responsible for supporting agriculture program funding with grants, researched, written, submitted and awarded.|
- Master's Degree with appropriate subject-matter specialization in Agriculture or related field and at least four years of progressively responsible experience in Cooperative Extension or equivalent professional education experience in an academic, human service, or industry setting. A relevant PhD may substitute for two years' experience.
- Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position. Must be able to transport visual aids, tables, meeting materials, etc.
- Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
- Ability to analyze issues and to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach and 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 to lead and effectively participate in professional team efforts, to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders, clientele and diverse groups/audience and involve people in determining program direction.
- Ability to design and implement an effective marketing plan for assigned responsibilities including element of program marketing, legislative/sponsor marketing, organizational marketing.
- Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
- Ability to identify and utilize program resources within the community and use of a variety of program delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
- Demonstrated success in procuring funding for program development.
- Must be able to meet the physical rigors of getting into and working in extreme environments of fields, packing houses, storage, and cooling areas.
- 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.).
- Background or course work in leadership, management, research methodology, education, grant writing/management, non-profits and/or Agricultural Economic Development.
- Bilingual Spanish highly preferred.
- Ability to generate a credible media presence in the community.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Assessment - 10%
- Lead the application of subject matter knowledge to identify gaps and trends in the community.
- Develop program needs assessment and analyze program needs and make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements or improvements.
- May be involved in multidisciplinary team efforts to assess program within the Association.
- Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty or other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program assessment guidance.
- Ensure program assessment is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
- May be involved in multi-association or regional team efforts to assess program.
Program Development - 20%
- Provide expertise and leadership for all aspects of program development of quality agricultural programs based on a program development process targeting local priorities and including representation for diverse community groups and ongoing involvement of clientele and other citizens.
- Lead the development of innovative programs, application of research, effective use of technology, benefiting the community through on-going formulation of specific strategies that ensure continuous program improvement.
- Research, identify and select existing resources for use in Ag. programmatic offerings.
- As part of the program development process, interpret Cornell program direction to Association Board and committee members and provide for interaction with Cornell program units, faculty, and administration.
- Promote team efforts with other program areas and participate in multi-disciplinary, multi-Association, area, and statewide program development as appropriate to address priority issues as determined by the Association.
- Develop educational responses to be delivered to program committees, Executive Director, other Associations, and Cornell Program unit utilizing the implementation plan.
- Ensure program content developed conforms to policies, priorities, and objectives of the Association.
- Develop public policy educational programs to help address current community level concerns. Programming should include multi-dimensional approaches and a variety of delivery systems considering the agriculture issue, community need and other natural resource issues.
- Provide leadership and support the development and compilation of educational materials such as training aids, exhibits, and demonstration projects.
- Obtain specialized assistance from Cornell faculty and specialists, as needed, for developing program material.
Program Delivery - 10%
- Serve as subject matter expert in the area of Agriculture and Land Use for staff, volunteers, participants, community organizations, general public and Agriculture and Land Use professionals working within the county and, at times, the region.
- Participate in delivery of established and innovative and multi-disciplinary program efforts utilizing a variety of teaching methods, including formal and informal workshops, seminars, social and mass media consistent with identified educational needs.
- Consult and utilize target audiences/stakeholders, collaborators, organizations, agencies, government, and other key partners in program delivery efforts.
- Foster acceptance of programs, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
- Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty, program units and other Land Grant Universities as appropriate for program delivery guidance.
- Ensure program delivery is within the scope of the statewide and Association Plan of Work.
- Represent CCE before the public, participants, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities in a professional manner as part of program delivery.
Program Evaluation - 10%
- Apply subject matter knowledge to analyze and evaluate program impact and make recommendations to supervisor, program committee, and advisory committees for strengthening and improving programs.
- Develop effective evaluation strategies to determine the effects of individual and group program efforts towards making an acceptable impact on the measurable objectives.
- Design or create program evaluation framework. Ensure program evaluation is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
- Implement program evaluation. Interact with various constituencies to obtain their evaluation of programs. Analyze collected program evaluation data and make recommendations for improvements.
- May be involved in multidisciplinary team efforts to design or analyze program evaluation.
- May be involved in multi-association or regional team efforts to design or analyze program evaluation.
- Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty or other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program evaluation guidance.
- Interpret evaluation data to constituencies and communicate evaluation results and findings.
- Develop evaluation tools to assure effective marketing strategies used in the promotion of programs and in interpreting results of marketing outcomes and impacts.
Applied Research - 10%
- Lead the implementation of applied research benefiting the community through on-going formulation of specific strategies that ensure continuous program improvement.
- Collaborate in the applied research process in conjunction with Land Grant University Faculty as outlined in CCE program definition and standard.
- Collaborate with Cornell faculty and/or Land Grant University to design or create applied research collection framework.
- Collect and process diagnostic lab samples.
- Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units for guidance in applied research.
- May have direct linkage with other Land Grant University faculty and program units for guidance in applied research.
- Communicate social/economic/technological/cultural changes in agriculture and related community policy issues that need to be studied and/or acted upon by Cornell specialists and faculty.
- Ensure applied research is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Direction - 20%
- Provide leadership to support the planning of educational programs: interpretation of Association program direction, interpretation of University program direction, planning of the delivery of established educational program goals, planning of the structure of delivering educational programs via various methods, designing a system of ongoing involvement of citizens which expresses the demographics of the community, and assisting in the creation of the Association Plan of Work within the scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
- Provide leadership to support the development of the Ag. program budgets: planning for program expenses, allocating budget amounts to establish financial strategies, planning effective strategic funding efforts, and approving budgets based on established financial guidelines or procedures.
- ·Provide leadership to support the development of funding: generating new funds, combining creative program vision and fund development strategies for new fees, grants, contracts, etc.
- Provide leadership to support the planning of marketing and communications maintaining effective strategic external and internal program communication/marketing efforts and developing or enhancing relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders.
- Assist in leading the development of shared Association vision, building understanding around the mission and developing appropriate goals and strategies to advance the mission.
- Provide leadership to support the planning for staffing for the Agriculture Program Area.
Management - 10%
- Assist the Executive Director in the business and management of the Association relating to program, including reviewing budget data and other financial reports, and assisting in managing the program's assigned financial resources.
- Provide leadership in budget implementation and fiscal management of the Agriculture program area.
- Oversee, manage and direct the work of assigned staff who are implementing and evaluating educational programs related to priorities.
- Provide for the supervision of the Ag.Subject Educator.
- Provide leadership to facilitate problem solving and conflict resolution that arise utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
- Initiate and manage grant-writing and contract development activities in order to secure funding.
- Promote acceptance of quality programs, delivery strategies, fund development strategies, and public policies to address individual and community needs that consider diverse audiences.
- Work with the Agriculture Advisory committee and state Agricultural Extension staff for programmatic recommendations, advice, and guidance.
- Interpret Cornell program direction to Association committee members and provide for interaction with Cornell program units, faculty, and administration.
- Promote effective working relationships with Cornell faculty and administration.
- Promote positive internal administrative and program relationships with all Association staff, Association committees, and Board of Directors.
- Promote external program and working relationships with agricultural, environmental, and community organizations, USDA and other related governmental agencies, mass media, business industry with mutual interests, and other Extension Associations in the region and state.
- Provide high level leadership to implement a program staffing plan. Perform complex tasks related to supervisory responsibility.
- Assure compliance with civil rights requirements including equal program opportunities.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
- Provide leadership in funding proposal submission: actively search out grant sources, prepare grant documents and submit for funding to maintain existing programs and/or create new priority programs.
- Provide a limited amount of complex tasks in support of the program needs and the Association.
- May provide complex administrative tasks in implementing communication and marketing plans.
- Maintain effective working relations with legislators, local government leaders, community leaders, funding agencies, etc.
- Coordinate with program committees, Executive Director, other Associations, and Cornell Program unit utilizing the implementation 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 Madison 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.
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