The Commercial Kitchen Program Coordinator/Product Development Specialist is responsible for coordinating educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through the Entrepreneurial and Teaching Kitchen of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: coordinating subject matter experts in small scale courses; assisting during food processing and preservation; teaching classes on food-based entrepreneurship, food safety, and value added production; assisting existing small businesses and farms by navigating processes to bring their products to the Taste NY market through added production. The coordinator is responsible for ensuring all equipment is clean and in good repair, for coordinating Kitchen rentals and class schedules, recruiting chefs and for providing technical assistance to Kitchen users in the areas of food processing and preservation, food safety and equipment usage. It is the expectation that this position will work at the regional farmers' market on Saturdays and occasional Sundays to work with farmers, integrating their business into the Taste NY platform, and with other needs of the market staff.
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All applicants must apply online by close of day on April 22, 2019 to be considered for this position. All applicants must submit an application online, which includes: cover letter, resume and three (3) references.
All External Applicants (including applicants currently employed by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Associations other than the Association advertising this career opportunity) must submit his/her application materials via the "APPLY" button located within this job posting.
All Internal Applicants (current employees working for the Association advertising this career opportunity) must apply online via his/her Workday account, which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/.
Please contact Lorraine Kemak, Association Operations Coordinator at 607-772-8953 with questions.
This position is a full-time non-exempt position - 100% FTE, 37.5 hours per week. The hourly rate for this position is $18.00. This position, based on eligibility, offers a comprehensive benefit package, to include: health and dental insurance, retirement, vacation, sick and personal leave.
Bachelor's Degree in food service, value added production or customer service or equivalent education (Associate Degree and two (2) year of transferrable program/functional experience).
Certification from a culinary institute.
Experience in food service, food preparation and preservation, value added production, and customer service.
Valid NYS Driver's License and the ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards (DMV and criminal background checks).
Ability to work flexible hours which include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional tools and methods.
Demonstrated strong customer service skills.
Ability to follow procedures and written instructions.
Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Must demonstrate a high degree of integrity, sound professional judgment and the ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.
Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
Experience directing and collaborating with volunteers.
Ability to identify and develop volunteer leadership.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
Delivery - 10%
Teach existing educational program curricula as defined in the areas of value-added production, food preservation techniques, food safety, food preparation and storage, and small scale food processing and food based entrepreneurship.
Work to foster acceptance of program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Utilizing established materials from the Food Venture Center, Cornell University, NYS Ag & Markets, USDA, and NYS Department of Health, serve as subject matter resource in food systems, food safety, master food preservation, and small scale food processing based business.
Interact with program participants including workshop participants, the general public, and volunteers.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
Provide educational program efforts via mass media.
Utilize a variety of proven educational methodologies.
Provide multidisciplinary and assist in multi-association team efforts to deliver program.
Assist in providing innovative educational programs, including giving food related demonstrations.
Assist in ensuring that program delivery is within scope of the state and local Plans of Work.
Direction - 5%
Provide input to program leaders to support the planning of educational program such as feasibility of coordinating proposed offerings, collating previous work plans and data to guide program planning, presenting resources that may contribute to successful program offerings.
Assist in proposing unit budgets.
Provide input to communications staff in developing communication strategies for Kitchen programming based upon past outreach outcomes.
Management - 5%
Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the operation of the unit, particularly among volunteers (i.e. Master Food Preserver Volunteers, 4-H Volunteers utilizing the Kitchen as a resource), utilizing appropriate policies and procedures and with support from program leaders.
Support with volunteer management, to include recruiting chefs for classes.
Provide moderately complex administrative tasks in guiding the implementation of the program budget.
Provide low complexity administrative tasks in guiding the implementation of communication strategies for the Kitchen determined by communications staff.
May give guidance to volunteers and staff, specifically those performing similar work, or work which utilizes the Kitchen.
Ensure all equipment is clean and in good repair.
Coordination/Operation - 75%
Compile existing resources into education program materials, i.e. schedule speakers, print and collate program materials, make travel arrangements.
Implement established program schedule, i.e. reserve rooms, technology, staff support.
Assist in preparing for innovative educational programs, including purchasing supplies and materials for food related demonstrations.
Analyze any equipment problems and coordinate repairs with appropriate vendors.
Collect evaluation data from program participants using existing framework and forms.
Collect applied research data as assigned based on existing frameworks.
Collect program needs assessment data based on existing frameworks.
Coordinate short and long range program implementation efforts, planning and activities.
Prepare expense reports for supervisor approval.
Provide input to supervisor for budget preparation.
Provide routine low complexity administrative support to conducting mass media efforts related to program/function, ex. E-news blasts, print and distribute brochures/flyers, report to radio slots.
Draft standard and non-standard communications for review by supervisor.
Coordinate volunteer attendance at program events and offerings as appropriate.
Provide assistance to new and existing business with licensing, applications and process to become shelf ready.
Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
This position may require the transport of program participants and/or program materials and resources in performing position responsibilities.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 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 Broome 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.
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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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