The Program Coordinator Master Gardeners position will serve as the Agriculture Program Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County and will provide program coordination and support to the Agriculture Master Gardeners Program. This position will organize and coordinate activities relating to all Agriculture Master Gardeners programs and events; coordinate all aspects of reporting process; provide administrative assistance to Agriculture educators and staff; assist in the coordination of preparation for classes, programs and events in collaboration with educator; gather resources; provide guidance to volunteers and staff; scheduling; collect research data; collect evaluation data. This position will utilize existing program resources and materials in program work, and will deliver educational programs as defined.
This is a part time, 20 hours/week, non-exempt, benefits eligible position.
Associate's Degree or equivalent education. GED/High School Diploma and two years transferrable program/functional experience is acceptable.
Experience relevant to the role of this position.
Demonstrated computer proficiency.
Demonstrated experience using common social media platforms, i.e. Facebook.
Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse audiences.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technologies for educational and communication purposes.
Good organizational skills.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Must meet acceptable criminal background check standards as well as valid driver's license and motor vehicle record.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Demonstrated ability to plan, teach and evaluate informal educational programs through a variety of delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
Educational background or professional experiences in Agriculture, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Entomology, Floriculture, Horticulture or Plant Pathology.
Proficiency in spoken or written Spanish.
Responsibilities/Essential Functions: Program Responsibilities:
Program Delivery - 5%
Utilize established program resources and materials in providing information and resources to program participants in established programs.
Serve as team member and cooperate with the entire Association staff to achieve Association program delivery goals.
Teach existing educational programs and activities in support of Agriculture programming on an infrequent, as needed basis.
Direction - 5%
Assist the Agriculture Issue Leader, Supervisor and other Agriculture staff with non-complex administrative tasks in the planning of educational programs.
Assist Supervisor with planning and strategy development to strengthen and improve programs as necessary.
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.
Management - 5%
Assist the Supervisor with volunteer management.
Assist in providing volunteer orientation, as needed.
Provide ongoing and follow-up support to ensure initial and continued program success by serving as an accessible resource to volunteers.
Assist with problem solving and resolving issues that arise with the guidance of the educator in charge, as needed.
Assist in providing existing guidance to program volunteers in accordance with established practices and procedures.
Assist the Supervisor with identifying, anticipating, recommending and planning for program and event needs/supplies.
Coordination/Operation - 80%
Under guidance of Supervisor, assist in coordinating and supporting Agriculture Master Gardener's county-wide programs and events. Provide support and coordination for /with volunteers.
Assist with the coordination, inventory, organization and preparation of materials, equipment, reference materials, etc. for a variety of Agriculture Master Gardener Programs and activities, and other extension association activities as assigned.
Coordinate registration, set-up, prepare resources, for special projects including but not limited to the Agriculture county-wide programs, and other extension association activities as assigned.
Assist and coordinate communication with participants and the public through newsletters, emails, and phone messages, and social media.
Schedule use of space for programs and forward any agreements or contracts to the educator in charge for the appropriate processing/signature, if necessary.
Physically set up the program space or assist with the same as directed by educator in charge.
Provide care of various plant/garden species as directed.
Maintain confidentiality of information regarding all program participants and families.
Accurately collect, prepare and maintain paperwork, participant files and database as required by supervisor, association and funding source requirements.
Complete required reports in manner specified by supervisor, association or funding sources by established deadlines or as requested.
Implement program improvement initiatives as directed by supervisor.
Contribute to the preparation of reports for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary. Assist with reporting activities through written/oral presentations.
Transport program materials on an as needed basis in Association vehicles or personal vehicle.
Assist volunteers with the Garden Helpline under the guidance of the Educator in charge, as needed.
Prepare reports as needed for the Soil Testing service provided to the general public through the Master Gardeners Lab.
Assist with the diagnostic lab including receiving samples, ordering supplies, and maintaining equipment.
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 Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and 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 Orange County 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 is a part time, 20 hours/week, non-exempt, benefits eligible position. Compensation paid at the rate of $18.73 per hour. 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
How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
All applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, resume and indicate three individuals who may be contacted as a reference. Please consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting. For instructions, visit:
All applications must be received on-line by December 20, 2018. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at 607-255-6120, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional questions please contact Leah Cadwallader, Regional Human Resources Manager, e-mail LC267@cornell.edu or (845) 340-3990x314.
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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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