CCE of Albany County is seeking qualified and experienced candidates to serve as the 4-H and Local Agriculture Manager - responsible for providing administrative and program oversight for 4-H and local agriculture programs for CCE of Albany County, ensuring robust and sustained program participation.
The Manager serves as an influential advisor and consultant to members of the public and local governments for key Albany County based agriculture initiatives including but not limited to: youth agriculture; agriculture and farmland protection; farmers' markets and local food initiatives; county pest management and agriculture-based emergency preparedness. The manager also assists with other special projects as needed (e.g. Healthy Families, etc.).
The Manager works independently and with limited supervision, influencing policies and decisions for the Association and its constituents. The manager reports directly to the 4-H Issue Leader and receives local agriculture program oversight from the Association Executive Director.
This position directly supervises two full time staff (Program Coordinators) as well as seasonal staff and provides management oversight for 100+ 4-H volunteers and volunteer leaders.
Please include a resume and/or job experience and three references(at least one who is a current or former supervisor or teacher).
Once your application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.
Internal Applicants: Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are internal applicants; please refer to Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) for additional guidance.
All applications must be received on-line by February 20, 2019. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Bachelor's degree in agriculture, animal science, education, or related discipline plus experience relevant to the role of the position.
Ability to meet the frequent travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for Association insurance coverage are required.
Ability to meet acceptable background check requirements.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Administrative & Management Skills – Ability to manage and provide oversight to 4-H and local agriculture programs. Ability to exercise frequent discretion and independent judgment in managing programs, employees and volunteers. Ability to oversee budgets, identify and secure funding that supports programs including sponsorships, grant writing, developing public and private partnerships.
Program Skills – Ability to effectively manage, develop, deliver and evaluate related programs. Ability to serve as an effective advisor and consultant to members of the public and governmental constituents in an effort to develop and influence programs and policy. Serve as an effective subject matter resource for program volunteers, participants, outside organizations and others. Ability to recruit, engage and motivate volunteers and program participants. Maintain program participant and volunteer data confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with the pubic, governmental offices, program participants, volunteers, employees and others. Ability to generate a credible media presence in the community. Ability to effectively market program through social, print and other media, resulting in robust program participation. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Computer Skills - Proficiency or ability to learn and effectively use software including use of the internet, program related software, and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Work Environment – In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works in a typical office environment. In addition, the position frequently lifts, moves, or transports program related materials and equipment. The position regularly works in agricultural and outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat, precipitation and cold – especially during the growing and fair seasons.
Experience with local agriculture related issues.
Experience with soliciting donors, grant management, evaluation and implementation.
Knowledge of the geography, demographics and unique needs of the county.
Knowledge of and experience/skills in: Youth development; Policy, environmental and systems change approaches; Healthful lifestyles for youth; Cultural competency, disability awareness; Strategic planning, program development, coordination and management; Leadership, communication and writing
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Development - 5%
Provide input in the development of 4-H animal science, local agriculture, and other special project (e.g. Healthy Families) educational strategies including but not limited to: animal clubs, animal science ‘camp’ programs, summer and school gap programs, Day on the Farm events, local agriculture and food systems, etc.
Support the research, identification and selection of existing resources for related programs.
Influence the selection of program materials to address local needs.
Make programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes.
Program Delivery - 20%
Serve as subject matter advisor/consultant for local agriculture programs and committees, influencing policies and decisions. Committees include but are not limited to Albany County Animal Response Team (CART), farmers markets, Albany County Agriculture District Committee, statewide agriculture initiatives, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), water quality, agriculture and farmland protection, urban agriculture, Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), agriculture/producer focused initiatives, local 'go green' agriculture projects, etc.
Represent CCE Albany and the 4-H animal science, local agriculture, and other special project (e.g. Healthy Families) programs before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
Apply subject matter knowledge to create innovative lesson plans for 4-H animal science and local agriculture educational programs.
Deliver innovative related programs with discretion; deliver existing educational program as designed occasionally.
Program Evaluation - 5%
Implement program evaluation.
Based on program parameters, interpret evaluation data to the constituencies.
Direction - 25%
Plan the 4-H animal science, local agriculture, and other special projects and educational programs. Programs include but are not limited to: animal science clubs and ‘camps,’ County and State Fairs, vet science, dog obedience, Day on the Farm, etc.
Collaborate with key organizations that work on local food and agriculture initiatives, drawing upon local programs and resources that serve the same audiences (i.e. farm service, soil and water conservation, NYS Agriculture and Markets, county planning and health departments, etc.) to plan the direction of established educational program goals.
Plan and anticipate the program budgets and expenses.
Initiate and develop program sponsors, fundraising, grant or other funding proposals in order to secure ongoing or new funding to support and enhance educational program offerings.
Plan mass media efforts related to programs.
Plan effective strategic external and internal program communication/ marketing efforts.
Develop, enhance and expand relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders.
Develop marketing efforts, keying in on successes, research initiatives and flagship programs.
Assist in planning organizational leadership development strategies.
Make recommendations and influence the staffing plan development process
Management - 30%
Provide management support for programs.
Demonstrate judgement and discretion to independently solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the programs utilizing appropriate policies and procedures, as needed.
Provide policy interpretation and guidance.
Ensure program activities conform to the Association's Plan of Work.
Lead the management of 100+ 4-H volunteers and volunteer leaders, including recruitment and involvement, ensuring the program adheres to Volunteer Involvement Policy.
Manage the promotion of 4-H Youth Development and volunteer recruitment efforts including enrollment campaigns, public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
Effectively allocate program resources to accomplish Association program objectives.
Manage the assigned program budgets, grants or other funding proposals in order to secure ongoing or new funding to support and enhance educational program offerings.
Lead, oversee and carry out sponsorships, scholarship solicitations, fund development and fundraising efforts related to 4-H animal science, local agriculture, and Association general fundraising activities (in collaboration with other Association staff fundraising efforts).
Monitor income/ expense to ensure the spending is within budget constraint.
Guide the implementation of communication strategies for 4-H and local agriculture programs.
Directly supervise regular and seasonal staff. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Association's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, and hiring staff; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Jointly develop and review progress of assigned staff development plans as needed to increase staff competency. Assure positive, team-based employee relations.
Coordination/Operation - 10%
Implement assigned program schedules. Assist in coordinating program activities for city farm days, urban youth programs, large and small animal trainings, etc.
Create and maintain a database and inventory of all agriculture producers in Albany County by commodity. Collect, input and update data, provide reports, graphs and charts as needed.
Complete required financial documentation to meet program budget requirements. Coordinate various fundraising events. Submit appropriate grant or other funding proposals, including financial documentation that may be required. Prepare expense reports.
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 transport self, and/or youth program participants (for example, to Cornell University, State Fairgrounds, etc.) in Association or personal vehicles.
Frequently lift, move, or transport program materials and resources to program settings.
Compile existing resources into educational program materials.
Collect evaluation and program needs assessment data from program participants based on existing framework.
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.
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 Albany 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 full time, exempt position. Compensation paid at the rate of $45,500 annually. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
21 Vacation days, 12 Sick days, 12 Paid Holidays and 3 Personal days annually – plenty of time for work/life balance!
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
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: email@example.com.
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (518) 765-3503.
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-00017771
About Cornell University
In 1865, Ezra Cornell founded an institution "where any person can find instruction in any study." From the beginning, all students were welcome, regardless of race, gender, ideology, or socioeconomic status. Today, we invite you to join our talented and diverse students and accessible faculty who, together, form a living and learning community unmatched in its breadth of opportunities.Cornell University's college, schools, and other academic units offer more than 4,000 courses, 70 undergraduate majors, 93 graduate fields of study, undergraduate and advanced degrees, and continuing education and outreach programs.