Agriculture Economic Development Educator - Association Resource Educator - Canandaigua, NY
September 29, 2018
Association Resource Educator, New York
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County has an opening for a full-time (40 Hrs) Association Resource Educator-Agriculture Economic Development Educator for its Canandaigua, New York offices.
Position Summary: The Agriculture Economic Development Resource Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Ontario County is a team member who develops and delivers, timely, relevant, and innovating educational programing around agriculture economic development. The primary accountabilities include planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating the Association's Agriculture Economic Development educational programing, primarily for Ontario County stakeholders.
Master's Degree in agricultural economics, marketing, business management, finance or related discipline.
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
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 clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
Ability to transport/move supplies and equipment, climb stairs with or without reasonable accommodation.
Familiarity with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Ability and willingness to work with a high degree of integrity, accuracy, organization, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential, sensitive information.
Three years professional experience dealing with the public or private sectors of the agriculture industry.
Ability to plan, manage and implement projects and educational programs
Must have working knowledge of farms and agriculture.
Experience and/or background with Cooperative Extension.
Experience in guiding and collaborating with volunteers.
Ability to identify and develop volunteer leadership.
RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES:
Program Assessment - 15%
Apply subject matter knowledge to identify gaps and trends in the community.
Develop program needs assessment.
Analyze program needs.
Make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements or improvements.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University and other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program assessment guidance.
Ensure program assessment is within scope of local and statewide Plan of Work.
Program Development - 30%
Develop related workshops for the agriculture community including: agricultural producers and related service providers; new entrepreneurs in production, processing and agriculture related businesses; and community members whose support of agriculture is important.
Apply subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies, work with County staff to incorporate agriculture economic development strategies to enhance the viability of local agriculture through product diversification, direct marketing, and value-added opportunities by linking with available expertise
Create innovate educational program.
Research, identify and select existing resources for the program.
Create program materials to address clients' needs.
Interpret Association and University program direction to create educational programs.
Ensure program development is within scope of local and statewide Plan of Work.
Structure programs to meet the need of diverse program participants.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University and other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program development guidance.
Develop program to meet changing local issues.
Make programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes.
Use a system of ongoing involvement of citizens in the program development process which expresses the demographics of the community.
Assist in the application of a high level of disciplinary subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies.
Program Delivery - 20%
Apply in-depth subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to deliver educational program.
Work with County staff to incorporate agriculture economic development strategies to enhance the viability of local agriculture through product diversification, and value-added opportunities by linking with available expertise.
Serve as local resource for general agricultural economic development questions and needs by the local community.
Teach the existing educational program as defined.
Teach the innovative educational program
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 expert in discipline; provide highly complex non-standard responses.
Interact with program participants.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, and government officials, Cornell or other Land Grant Universities as part of program delivery.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University and other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program delivery guidance.
Utilize a variety of proven educational methodologies.
Ensure program delivery is within the scope of local and statewide Plan of Work.
Program Evaluation - 10%
Apply subject matter knowledge to evaluate educational program.
Design or create program evaluation framework.
Implement program evaluation.
Analyze collected program evaluation data
Make recommendations for improvement.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University or other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program evaluation guidance.
Interpret evaluation data to the constituencies.
Communicate evaluation results and findings.
Interact with various constituencies to obtain their evaluation of programs.
Ensure evaluation is within scope of the local and statewide Plan of Work.
Applied Research - 5%
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University and other Land Grant University faculty and program units for guidance in applied research as outlined in CCE program definition and standard; serve on Campus programs/issue teams.
Communicate social and economic changes to Cornell University specialists that may be studied or acted upon.
Ensure applied research is within scope of the local and statewide Plan of Work.
May assist in conducting applied research in conjunction with Land Grant University Faculty as outlined in CCE Program definition and standard.
May assist in the collaboration with Cornell faculty to design and create applied research collection framework.
Administrative Direction 5%
Program Direction: May provide complex administrative tasks to plan the educational program: - Interpret Association program direction to plan educational programs. - Interpret University program direction to plan educational programs. - Plan the delivery of established educational program goals. - Plan the structure of delivering educational programs via various methods. - Assist in the design of a system of ongoing involvement of citizens which expresses the demographics of the community. - Provide leadership for the development of promotion of county-wide agricultural resources.
Financial Direction: May provide input to the planning of a unit budget based on program feasibility needs.
Communications/Marketing Direction: May provide moderately complex administrative tasks in planning for mass media efforts relation to program: - May plan effective strategic external and internal program communication/marketing efforts. - May assist in developing and/or enhancing/expanding relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders for program. - May assist in developing an Association's marketing program, keying in on successes, research initiatives and flagships programs.
Staffing Direction: Perform moderately complex tasks in relation to supervisory responsibilities as assigned: - May assist in planning organizational leadership development strategies. - Make recommendations to staffing plan development process.
Administrative Management - 5%
General Management: May assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise in the program, utilizing policies and procedures.
Program Management: May provide moderately complex administrative management of established educational program goals. - Monitor program to ensure that educational content conforms to research base, policies and objectives of the Association and is research knowledge-based. - Support volunteer recruitment and involvement.
Financial Management: Monitor income/expenses to ensure spending is within budget constraint.
Communication/Marketing Management: May provide moderately complex administrative tasks in guiding the implementation of communication strategies related to program.
Staffing Management: May perform moderately complex tasks related to supervisory responsibilities as assigned. - May provide supervision to program/non-program staff. - Provide guidance to volunteers and staff, including those performing similar work.
Administrative Coordination/Operation 5%
Program Coordination: May provide moderately complex administrative support to the implementation of the assessment, development, delivery, research and evaluation of established educational program goals: - Compile existing resources into educational program materials. - Implement established program schedule. - Collect evaluation data from program participants based on existing framework. - Collect applied research data based on existing framework. - Assist in coordinating the program implementation, planning and activities efforts.
Financial Coordination/Operation: May provide moderately complex administrative support to accomplish financial goals with assigned program: - Submit grant or funding proposal. - Complete required financial documentation to meet the grant or budget requirement.
Communication/Marketing Coordination: May provide moderately complex administrative support to conducting mass media efforts related to program. - Work with County staff to incorporate agriculture economic strategies to enhance the viability of local agriculture through direct marketing.
Staffing Coordination/Human Resources Operation: May perform moderately complex tasks related to supervisory responsibilities as assigned.
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.
Responsible for working with faculty on applied research in agriculture economic development areas as well as serve on campus programs/issue teams.
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, full-time position, 40 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 @ email@example.com 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.
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.
Internal Number: WDR-00016618
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