Otsego County Ag and Farmland Implementation Specialist - Cooperstown, NY
August 26, 2018
Cooperstown, New York
Under the organizational supervision of the Association Executive Director, The Otsego County Ag and Farmland Implementation Coordinator, is primarily responsible for coordinating educational, organizational, and economic development efforts in support of the county-adopted Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan and its Implementation Committee (Implementation Committee). Responsibilities include marketing and coordination of community based agricultural effort, including but not limited to farm tours, farm/commodity data coordination. The position also includes some program delivery, direction and management responsibilities and coordination.
Bachelor's Degree in agriculture, economic development, business, or related discipline. An Associates' degree plus two years transferable program/functional experience may substitute for a Bachelor's Degree.
Experience relevant to the role of this position, including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling outreach and program initiatives.
Able to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Able to meet acceptable background check standards.
Able to work flexible hours which may include occasional evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Demonstrated ability to successfully market program through social, print, and other media.
Demonstrated ability to prepare and deliver presentations to groups of various sizes.
Demonstrated ability in conducting meetings for internal and external groups and planning events for the public.
High level of organizational skills.
Moderate computer skills in MS Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, and Outlook and social media programs and apps.
Able to communicate effectively through verbal, written (newsletters, email, press releases, etc.) and visual and audio means (e.g. video, audio, computers, social media).
Able to work in office and in indoor, outdoor, and agricultural settings.
Able to carry supplies, materials, and equipment indoors and outdoors with or without reasonable accommodations.
Able to stand, walk, and participate in group environments with or without reasonable accommodations.
Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse audiences.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Delivery - 10%
Utilize established program resources and materials in providing information and resources to program area.
Serve as a team member and cooperate with collaborators and committees to achieve program delivery goals. ·
Foster acceptance of program, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Provide educational program efforts via mass media.
Serve as subject matter resource in discipline; provide standard responses. Interact with program participants.
Represent CCE and the Implementation Committee before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
May be involved in multidisciplinary team and/or agency efforts to deliver program.
Utilize a variety of proven educational methodologies.
May assist in teaching innovative educational programs.
May assist in providing moderately complex nonstandard responses.
May assist in ensuring that program delivery is within scope of the organizational mission.
Administrative Direction - 5%
Assist supervisor with non-complex administrative tasks in the planning of programs.
Provide input in planning the delivery of established program goals.
May assist with financial direction of program to include planning for program expenses and budgets as well as financial resources for program continuance and enhancement.
Assist in developing communication strategies on programs and work projects.
Administrative Management - 5%
Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the assigned work, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Provide guidance to program volunteers, if assigned.
Serve as an accessible resource to committee members and Association employees and volunteers.
Provide moderately complex administrative tasks in guiding the implementation of the program budget.
Provide low-complexity administrative tasks in guiding the implementation of marketing strategies and program efforts.
Administrative Coordination/Operation - 75%
Coordinate various databases of agricultural producers and agribusinesses.Collect, input, and update data, provide reports, graphs and charts as needed.
Coordinate program implementation efforts, planning and activities.
Implement established program schedule.
On outdoor events, provide assistance on farm and non-farm sites.
Draft standard and nonstandard communications, with particular emphasis on program marketing through social, email, print and other media, requiring only occasional guidance from supervisor.
Assist supervisor and Implementation Committee in writing reports and funding applications.
Recruit program participants. Meets or exceeds program recruitment goals assigned by the Supervisor.
Travel to various locations in an effort to meet program material and marketing needs.Examples include but are not limited to purchasing and/or delivering program materials, taking pictures and notes, etc.
On a frequent basis transports self, also frequently carrying program materials and resources to community based settings.
Assist in allocating project budget.
Prepare and submit expense report.
Provide input to supervisor and Implementation Committee members for budget preparation.
Compile existing resources into educational program materials.
Collect evaluation data from program participants based on existing framework.
Collect applied research data based on existing framework.
Collect program needs assessment.
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 priorities.
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 Schoharie and Otsego Counties 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.
This position is a part time, 20 hours per week, non-exempt position. Excellent benefits based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
Long-term Disability Insurance
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
Voluntary Auto and Homeowner's Insurance
Voluntary Pet Insurance
Voluntary New York's College Savings Program
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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.
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