The Community Garden Coordinator will provide leadership for a statewide initiative to increase community gardens in food insecure communities across the state of North Carolina. The Community Garden Coordinator will collaborate with state and county Extension employees and external partners to develop a comprehensive strategy to support new and existing community gardens. The coordinator will assist in the development, management, and implementation of research based educational programs that meet the needs of limited-resource and socially-disadvantaged audiences/communities, consistent with the philosophy, policy and overall mission, goals and educational objectives of the Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The Community Garden Coordinator is responsible for on-going program evaluation and modification of plans based on data and evolving needs of the audience served. The Coordinator will identify education curricula that supports the goal of achieving positive outcomes for participants with respect to food security, nutritional wellness, and community engagement/community development.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is an educational outreach organization within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Cooperative Extension at A&T provides researched-based educational information, programming and technical assistance to limited-resource audiences that address a diverse range of issues in four programmatic areas – Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, Community and Rural Development, and 4-H Youth Development. Together with its partners – North Carolina State Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture, state and county governments, a dynamic and resourceful system is formed. In addition to campus operations, Cooperative Extension has professionally staffed offices in almost half of the 100 counties in North Carolina and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian (EBCI) Nation.
Internal job number: 008508
-Master's degree from accredited university required in horticulture, agricultural education, nutrition, community development, urban or rural planning, public policy, adult education, other agricultural sciences or related fields. -Two years of related work experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience in community development or agriculture in a related environment and/or economy. -Ability to conduct effective training and data collection based on program implementation. -Strong oral and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills -Computer literacy (proficiency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Office) -Ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. -Valid Driver's license and personal transportation. -Ability to travel and work after hours/weekends as needed. -Must be able to lift equipment used on work sites.
-In addition to a master's degree a Bachelor's degree from accredited university required in horticulture, agricultural education, nutrition, community development, urban or rural planning, public policy, adult education, other agricultural sciences or related fields. -Five or more years of experience in community development or agriculture in a related environment and/or economy. -Experience in working with NC Cooperative Extension with limited resource communities. -Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, interact, and collaborate with colleagues orally and in writing, and work independently on a regular basis. -Demonstrated experience and/or the ability to develop a program curriculum.
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If invited to interview you must bring the official transcripts for each degree received. Copies will not be accepted.
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is one of the nation’s most highly respected doctoral research, land-grant institutions. With an enrollment of almost 11,000 students, we are committed to fulfilling our mission through exemplary undergraduate and graduate instruction, scholarly and creative research, and effective public service. As a member of the A&T family you will be an integral part of its history and future – joining more than 1,800 current faculty and staff. You will be expected to be a leader and mentor. You will influence the minds that will affect our world. As a change agent, you will use your intellect and influence to make a positive impact on the greater A&T community. A&T will be more than your job, it will become your passion—and that commitment to yourself and others will last a lifetime. Because that’s what Aggies Do!