Attention Applicants: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references (at least 2 previous employers) as one document when applying. All candidates who are current employees of CCE Yates County must apply as internal applicants. Please note that changes cannot be made to an application once it is submitted. This position is full time, benefits eligible, including medical, dental, paid time off, and retirement.
Serve as a member of the local Yates Agriculture team to assist with program development, delivery, evaluation and administrative direction, management and coordination for agriculture programming, agriculture economic development, and food systems efforts for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County under supervision of the Executive Director and the technical advisement of regional agriculture team staff.
- Master's degree in agriculture, agricultural business, agricultural economics, or related discipline. (Bachelor's degree with 4 years of transferable relevant evidence-based research experience may substitute).
- Experience relevant to the role of the position including agriculture, farming, or related fields.
- Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
- Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
- Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
- Ability to transport/move supplies and equipment with or without accommodation.
- Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read, and write proficiently) in English.
- Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
- Knowledge about tree fruit production.
- Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community, and funding partners.
- Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
- Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
- Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
- Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional educational tools and methods.
- Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community, and professional leaders.
- Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
- Ability to generate media content on farmland protection, agricultural best practices and upcoming agricultural educational events.
Program Development (20%)
- Assist with development of agriculture, agriculture economic development, and food systems programming utilizing connection to Regional Cornell Teams (Cornell Vegetable Program, NWNY Dairy, Field Crops and Livestock Team, Finger Lakes Grape Program, etc.), to meet identified needs within the county and meet grant requirements.
- Assist with development of educational programs to enhance local and regional agriculture and food systems understanding and connection to consumers.
- Assist with development of Farm to Table and Ag in the Classroom programming in Dundee/Marcus Whitman School District.
- Assist with development of Penn Yan School District Gardening and High Tunnel initiative.
- Assist with development of agro-tourism initiatives to stimulate agricultural and community relationships.
Program Delivery (50%)
- Deliver agriculture, agriculture economic development, and food systems educational programs to enhance and increase awareness, viability and sustainability of local agriculture. Topics include but not limited to:
- Promotion of the value and importance of ag/local food systems
- Ag technology and agronomy best practices
- Farmland protection efforts
- Critical agricultural issues
- Implementation of agriculturally based economic development strategies
- Ag in the Classroom in Dundee and Marcus Whitman School Districts
- Penn Yan's Farm to Table Initiative
- Deliver Penn Yan School District Gardening and High tunnel initiative as designed.
- Facilitate veterans in agricultural On-the-Job Training programming to stimulate agriculture related employment.
- Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, social media, webinars, and other program delivery methods to promote and deliver program education.
- As directed by Supervisor, interact and collaborate with small farmers to provide support as a means to increase productivity and connect them to available resources.
- Facilitate awareness of, and promote agricultural producers involvement with, the Regional Agriculture Teams (Cornell Vegetable Program, NWNY Dairy, Field Crops and Livestock Team, Finger Lakes Grape Program, etc.).
- Deliver programming to stimulate, promote, and create linkages between veterans and agricultural equipment businesses.
- Facilitate education about Regional Ag Team enrollment process within Yates County.
- Collaborate with the Harvest New York Program to facilitate dairy processing and dairy business development activities in Yates County.
- Serve as subject matter resource to connect staff and clientele, including schools, agencies, producers, consumers, and other groups (as identified) with relevant existing subject matter resources and connection to Cornell Regional Cornell Team to enhance and improve food systems.
- Interact with program participants representing CCE in a professional manner at all times.
- Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell, or other land grant universities in a professional manner as part of program delivery.
Program Evaluation (10%)
- Assist in the creation of program evaluation framework.
- Interact with program participants, Association staff, program committees, county/community leaders, and other key stakeholders to collect evaluation data for improving programs.
- Assist in analyzing and interpreting collected evaluation data for reporting and program improvement purposes using standard, established policy, procedure, and methods.
- Communicate evaluation results and findings.
- Assist with making recommendations for change(s) to strengthen and improve programs.
- Assist with establishing program goals and priorities.
- Assist with identifying activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects.
- Assist with development of marketing strategies and promotion of agricultural resources through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational, and agricultural organizations to reach target audiences and meet program objectives.
- Assist in identifying community and fiscal resources for program continuance and enhancement.
- Provide Supervisor with program related information to assist the budget development process.
- Assist in monitoring program to ensure that educational content conforms to policies and objectives of the Association and is research based.
- Assist with monitoring program financial status to ensure compliance with funding requirements, grant specifications, and adherence to Association strategies/plan of work.
- Assist with effectively managing program budget allocations.
- Assist with identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources within the Association.
- Make recommendations to Supervisor regarding program budgetary needs.
- Assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise within the program utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
- Apply existing subject matter knowledge to maintain and prepare teaching materials.
- Maintain communication with constituents and the community through variety of methods such as newsletters, e-mails, social media, website postings, and local newspaper content.
- Assist with coordination of marketing and promotion of agricultural resources through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational, and agricultural organizations.
- Assist with researching and submission of grant requests for program development and expansion.
- Represent CCE Yates on local Farmland Protection Board and Yates Farm Bureau meetings.
- Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board, and others as necessary.
- Maintain effective working relationships with Cornell faculty, Regional Cornell Teams (Cornell Vegetable Program, NWNY Dairy, Field Crops and Livestock Team, Finger Lakes Grape Program, etc.), local organizations and partner agencies (i.e. Genesee Count Soil and Water, Farm Bureau, County Ag & Farmland Protection); keep these groups informed of Extension programs and direction.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned (5%)
- In cooperation with the Supervisor, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountability and to address changes in programming and Association priorities.
- Participate in all required orientation, training, and/or in-service meetings and trainings as scheduled/required.
- Pursue personal growth through expanding personal knowledge of the total organization and through updating techniques and technical skills relating to the position.
- Carry out assignments and other duties as assigned by Supervisor, including but not limited to local fairs, community activities, etc.
- Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension including but not limited to attendance at staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff, general marketing of Cooperative Extension programs, and other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety (applies to all duties and functions)
- Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
- Be familiar 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.
- Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension to the public, community leaders, colleagues, volunteers, members of Cornell University faculty and staff, government officials, and the general public in a professional manner.
- Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association policies, procedures and Cornell Skills for Success.
- Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.
- At all times act in a professional Customer Service manner including but not limited to business-like demeanor, tactful communications, cooperative, helpful, positive and receptive manner.
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 the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
IMPORTANT! All applicants must submit a COVER LETTER (please reference the position you are applying for) and a RESUME. Please indicate in your cover letter, resume, or other document three individuals who may be contacted as REFERENCES.
Please consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting.
All applications must be received on-line by March 6th. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
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: email@example.com.
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Job Title:Association Subject Educator II
Pay Rate Type:Hourly
Number of Openings:1
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.