This position will serve as the Agriculture Program Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County and will provide program coordination and support for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Area, including production agriculture, horticulture, local food and food hub programming and project initiatives. This position will assist in the development of a detailed map-able database of the Food System in the contiguous counties of Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence. This position will work to obtain information through grower/producer and market support and outreach to determine existing and needed infrastructure, identify efficient transportation routes and facilitate needed networks between growers/producers and markets in conjunction with the Food Hub Team. This position will work with a state public authority's ArcGIS mapping database system and Regional Food Systems Team to create a replicable, successful food hub implementation process model. This position will organize and coordinate activities and events relating to agriculture programming; coordinate all aspects of the enrollment and reporting processes; and will provide administrative assistance in support of assigned agriculture and natural resources programming efforts. This position will assist in data collection and database entry. This position will assist in the preparation of reports, presentations and any outreach materials to support identified projects. This position will conduct direct programming via social media efforts and will write, design/layout program flyers, newsletters, articles, etc. This position will serve as an accessible resource to program staff and volunteers as appropriate, and will utilize existing program resources and materials in program work. This position will assist in delivering and evaluating other agriculture educational programs as defined.
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All applicants must apply by close of day on January 29, 2018 to be considered for this position. All applicants must complete an application packet, which includes: cover letter, resume and three (3) references.
All External Applicants (including applicants currently employed by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Associations other than the Association advertising this career opportunity) must submit his/her application materials via the "APPLY" button located within this job posting.
All Internal Applicants (current employees working for the Association advertising this career opportunity) must apply online via his/her Workday account, which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/.
Please contact Jane Pearson, Association Regional HR Coordinator at 315-788-8450 with questions.
This position is a full-time non-exempt position - 100% FTE, 40 hours per week. The hourly rate is $16.15. This position, based on eligibility, offers a comprehensive benefit package, to include: health and dental insurance, retirement, vacation, sick and personal leave.
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education (Associate's Degree and 2 years of transferrable program/functional experience).
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Experience with database programs.
High level of competency in technology, including, but not limited to: social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, etc.); Microsoft Office Suite Programs, (specifically PowerPoint and Excel); and PhotoShop; and the ability to utilize computer technologies for educational and communication purposes.
Valid NYS Driver's License and the ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards (DMV and criminal background checks).
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Working familiarity using Global Information Systems (GIS) databases.
Demonstrated ability to plan, teach and evaluate informal educational programs through a variety of delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse audiences.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
Delivery - 5%
Teach existing educational programs as defined, including established production agriculture; local food; and food hub content.
Work to foster acceptance of all agricultural programming efforts, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Utilize established program resources and materials in providing information and resources to program participants in established agriculture programming to include: production agriculture; horticulture; local food; and food hub programming efforts.
Provide educational programming via mass media, specifically social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, websites).Content will address production agriculture; horticulture; local food; and food hub initiatives.
Serve as subject matter resource in the area of agriculture and provide standard responses.
Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association and programming staff to achieve Association program delivery goals.
Evaluation - 5%
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Assist in the interaction with program participants to obtain evaluation data, to include: evaluating effectiveness of classes and instructors within the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Area.
Direction - 5%
Provide administrative assistance in planning the direction of Global Information Systems (GIS) data results and analysis.
Provide limited-complex administrative tasks in the planning of educational programs, including appropriate use and type of social media to disseminate information for production agriculture, horticulture; local food; and food hub programs.
Assist Issue Leader and other program staff with the planning of the delivery of established educational program goals.
Assist Issue Leader with identifying, anticipating, recommending and planning for assigned program needs/supplies.
Provide administrative assistance in planning the direction of mass media efforts.
Management - 5%
Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in program area in accordance with existing policies and procedures.
Provide low-complexity administrative management of established educational program goals.
Assist in guiding the implementation of the program area budgets.
Provide low-complexity administrative tasks in guiding the implementation of communication strategies to support program efforts.
Coordination/Operation - 75%
Provide moderately-complex coordination and administrative support tasks for the planned activities and programming initiatives of production agriculture programs; local food programs; food hub initiatives; and horticulture programs.
Collect, enter, manipulate, and create a map-able database of farm production information, wholesale and retail markets, institutions, restaurants, commercial kitchens, USDA inspected and custom cut slaughter facilities, and other food system infrastructure in the contiguous counties of Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.
Coordinate and assist with farm visits to support administrative tasks related to the GIS mapping project and other programming initiatives as defined.
Provide administrative support to the Issue Leader as directed.
Organize and coordinate program activities for assigned programming areas.
Coordinate all aspects of enrollment, data entry, data manipulation, and reporting requirements for production agriculture, horticulture; local foods; food hub; and other programs in the agriculture area as defined.
Assist with program evaluation to include: collecting evaluation and needs assessment forms from program participants for all assigned program areas as appropriate.
Assist in data collection and entry as well as data analysis.
Assist in coordinating and communicating regarding committee meetings to ensure program area committees are meeting on a regular basis.
Assist in the coordination of program classes, workshops and events.
Coordinate, compile and organize existing program resources and program materials.
Under the direction of the Issue Leader, coordinate and assist with special projects and outreach efforts as instructed.
Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agriculture agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
Provide administrative support for the coordination and implementation of multi-media efforts in the promotion of programming.
Assist in preparation of reports, presentations and outreach materials to support the Issue Leader's assigned program areas.
Assist with administrative support for the preparation of grant applications.
Post to social media and websites to promote and provide updates on agricultural programming and resources in the area of production agriculture; horticulture; local food; food hub; and other agriculture initiatives as directed.
Draft communications, flyers, program brochures and correspondence for assigned program areas.
Provide outreach to any and all groups identified as important to the development of assigned projects and programs.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 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 in programming and association priorities.
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 Extension programs and other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied 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 - 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.
Be aware of, and adhere to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County policies and procedures.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.
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