Farm to School Coordinator - Association Subject Educator I - Bath, NY 14810
August 15, 2018
Association Subject Educator I, New York
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County has an opening for a part-time (20 Hrs) Farm to School Coordinator - Association Subject Educator I - for the Bath, New York offices.
Position Summary: The Farm to School Coordinator will be responsible for assisting with program delivery, and evaluation along with administrative direction, management, and coordination for supporting the increase of volume and variety of local farm products procured by schools/districts for inclusion in school meals programs in a tri-county region (Steuben, Chemung & Schuyler).
This position is a NYS grant-funded, 18 month position through December 2019.
Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Education (Associate Degree + 2 Yrs transferrable program/functional experience). Agriculture, Biology, Nutrition, Education or closely related field.
Agriculture Background and experience relevant to the role of the position.
Knowledge of Farm to School programs.
Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
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, climb stairs with or without reasonable accommodation.
Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and tactfully through verbal, written and electronic methods.
Ability and willingness to work with a high degree of integrity, accuracy, organization, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential, sensitive information.
Ability to organize, manage, and prioritize multiple tasks, deadlines, requirements, and priorities to complete work in a timely manner and within established deadlines.
Experience, ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with groups, 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 to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Experience with and/or education in GAP certification
Experience working with farmers and/or with schools, educating children and/or adults in multiple settings, adapting and developing curriculum, and procuring foods preferred.
Experience with food preparation, current ServSafe certification, or food preparation/food demonstration knowledge.
RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES: Program Delivery - 75%
Deliver high quality established educational programs about required food safety certifications, the bid process, and scaling up production (using the Baskets to Pallets curriculum) for farmers in the region.
Deliver high quality established educational programs and events directed at educating target audience and partners on the importance of increasing the volume and variety of local specialty crops procured by schools/districts for inclusion in school meals programs in-line with grant requirements.
Deliver established educational programming to food service staff related to utilization of locally sourced specialty crops in season and proper use of preparation and storage techniques staff may not be familiar with.
Deliver established educational programming, including taste tests and Harvest of the Month program, in schools for youth.
Collaborate with food service staff, teachers and administrators to deliver and implement an established Harvest of the Month meal program featuring local foods.
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 evaluation framework.
Interact with farmers, school food service, and youth to obtain evaluation of the farm to school program according to evaluation framework.
Assist Executive Director with analyzing program evaluation data
Communicate evaluation results and findings.
ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES: Administrative Direction 5%
Assist with developing initiatives to promote locally sourced food on the menu in the cafeteria and the integration of the Farm to School Curriculum.
Assist with identifying activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects.
Provide supervisor with program related information to assist the budget development process.
Assists with development of grant program narrative based on data collected and knowledge of the program and initiatives.
Assist Communications Coordinator with social media and mass media promotions of Farm to School.
Administrative Coordination/Operation 5%
Provide administrative support for program design and for implementation of the assessment, development, delivery, research and evaluation of established educational program goals.
Schedule, coordinate and facilitate project-related meetings and conference calls as required or as needed.
Complete evaluation submission and reporting requirements following established grant criteria/plan.
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.
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 accountabilities 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.
POSITION DETAILS: This is a non-exempt, part-time position, 20 hours per week. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including paid holidays, vacation, sick and personal time, health and dental insurance, Retirement, Disability Insurance and more.
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete online application, including the following materials: cover letter, resume and three (3) references in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Contact Kathy @ firstname.lastname@example.org with any submission questions.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Once the application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.
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.
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