The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County Ag Business Program Coordinator coordinates and provides education and resources to agricultural producers in Sullivan County in business management and development related topics to increase their awareness of available resources, improve their profitability, solve common agribusiness problems using best management practices, diversify their farm operations and develop programs that will enhance the economic viability of agricultural enterprises in Sullivan County. As a member of the CCESC Ag Team, the Coordinator will organize and provide workshops, training, written and web-based educational materials, and technical assistance in areas including, but not limited to financial and business planning, estate and succession planning, farm transfers, farm accounting, business analysis, risk management, funding resources, diversification and direct marketing by linking with available expertise including other local and regional extension staff and Cornell University faculty.
Bachelor's Degree in farm business management, agriculture, agricultural business, agricultural economics or related discipline. (Associate's degree with 4 years of transferrable relevant evidence-based research experience may substitute).
Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional educational tools and methods.
Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and/or weekends.
Ability to transport supplies and equipment with or without accommodation.
Ability to clearly communicate and to read and write in English.
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
Knowledge of farm business management practices, business planning and farm business analysis.
Capacity to link industry and producer needs with available expertise and to apply expert information to local situations.
Experience with and knowledge of the challenges facing agriculture locally and in New York State.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
Ability to generate a credible media presence in the community.
Program Delivery - 10%
Deliver high quality farm business management, agriculture, agriculture economic development, and food systems educational programs to enhance and increase awareness, viability and sustainability of local agriculture from existing resources. Topics include but not limited to:
Business development for new and existing farmers
Technical assistance and educational opportunities on topics such as beginning farming, food systems, small farms, and new agricultural ventures
Critical agricultural issues
Implementation of agriculturally based economic development strategies
Local food system development and initiatives
Collaborate with community organizations and agencies to provide resources or facilitate agriculture and/or farm business programs and activities.
Serve as subject matter resource in the area of Farm Business and Agriculture issues utilizing existing subject matter resources and connection to Cornell faculty, Regional Cornell Teams (i.e. NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team, Cornell Vegetable Team, etc.), local organizations and partner agencies.
Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, media, newsletters, electronic technology, internet, and distance learning to deliver program.
Foster acceptance of program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Interact with program participants representing CCE in a professional manner at all times.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities in a professional manner as part of program delivery.
Program Direction - 5%
Assist with establishing program goals and priorities.
Assist with identifying activities and resources, including financial, necessary to implement initiatives and projects.
Assist in identifying community and fiscal resources for program continuance and enhancement.
Provide supervisor with program related information to assist the budget development process.
Assist with development of marketing and promotion of agricultural resources through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and agricultural organizations to reach target audiences and meet program objectives.
Program Coordination - 80%
Compile existing resources into educational program materials.
Plan and implement the established program schedule.
Collect evaluation data from program participants and collate results for supervisor review and reporting.
Transport self and materials to program delivery sites including workshops, fundraisers, and special events and outreach activities.
Apply existing subject matter knowledge to maintain and prepare teaching materials.
Maintain communication with constituents and the community through variety of methods such as newsletters, e-mails, social media, website postings and content.
Prepare and submit expense reports.
Assist with coordination of marketing and promotion of agricultural resources through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and agricultural organizations.
Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
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.
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.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applies 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.
Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension to the public, community leaders, colleagues, volunteers, members of Cornell University faculty and staff, government officials and the general public in a professional manner.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association policies, procedures and Cornell Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.
At all times act in a professional Customer Service manner including but not limited to business-like demeanor, tactful communications, cooperative, helpful, positive and receptive manner.
This is a full time, non-exempt, 37.5 hours per week, benefits eligible position. Compensation paid at the rate of $18.68 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 Sullivan 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 May 1, 2019.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: email@example.com.
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 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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