This position will serve as the Community Food Systems Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Tioga County and will provide program implementation and outreach education to the Tioga County agriculture and general community including youth and adults. This position is responsible for conducting and/or coordinating community food system educational programs including ag production, distribution, and marketing as well as community and school ag awareness and gardening programs. This position will utilize existing program resources and materials in program work, and will utilize a wide variety of delivery methods, including, but not limited to: one-on-one sessions, farm visits, and group workshops, community displays and presentations, to assist in the delivery of innovative educational programs as assigned. This position work as a team member under the direction of the Ag and Horticulture Program Leader. This position will refer questions to appropriate CCE educators and specialists within the local association and region as well state-wide Cornell Cooperative Extension System when appropriate, including Regional Specialists, or to other agencies (i.e. Tioga County Soil and Water, USDA Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tioga Ec Dev. & Planning, and Farm Net) as needed.
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All applicants must apply by close of business on December 14, 2017 to be considered for this position. All applicants must complete an application packet, 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 Tina Murphy, Association Operations Coordinator at 607-687-4020 with questions.
This position is a part-time non-exempt position - Hours will range from 20-30 hours per week. 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 or equivalent education (Associate's Degree and 2 years of transferrable program/functional experience).
Experience relevant to the role of the position, including agriculture and community education.
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 will include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Current Federal and State Pesticide Certification, or the willingness to obtain certification within one (1) year.
Knowledge of production agriculture as practiced in Tioga County.
Demonstrated initiative, reliability and dependability.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients and staff.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technologies for educational and communication purposes.
Delivery - 70%
Utilize established program resources and materials in program work.
Occasionally apply subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to deliver educational programs.
Assist in the teaching of innovative educational programs in Ag and Horticulture as defined, to include, but not limited to: ag production, distribution, and marketing as well as community and school ag awareness and gardening programs.
Foster acceptance of the Ag and Horticulture Programming area and program offerings, including methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Provide established Agriculture educational programs via multi-media.
Serve as subject matter resource in Agriculture and Horticulture and provide standard responses to questions and inquiries including, but not limited to: ag production, distribution, and marketing as well as community and school ag awareness and gardening programs.
Based on established program framework, refer questions to appropriate Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators, Regional and Cornell Cooperative Extension Specialists, and to other agencies as appropriate.
Utilizing existing program materials, familiarize agricultural producers and general community, including both youth and adults, with educational programs and services of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County and other area agencies.
Utilize a wide variety of delivery methods and educational technologies and strategies in program implementation, teaching and outreach efforts to include but not limited to: in-person calls, one-on-one sessions, farm visits, and group workshops, community displays and presentations to support and serve agricultural producers and the general public in Tioga County and effectively reach target audiences.
Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association, 4-H and Agriculture and Horticulture Program staff to achieve Association program delivery goals.
Evaluation - 5%
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Interact with program participants to obtain program evaluation information.
Assist in analyzing collected evaluation data.
Communicate evaluation data and evaluation results and findings to constituencies.
Assist in making recommendations for program improvements based on evaluation findings.
Applied Research - 5%
Under the direction of the Supervisor and/or Association Executive Director, assist in conducting applied research in conjunction with assigned Land Grant University Faculty, when identified/required.
Collect and process diagnostic lab samples, if needed.
Direction - 5%
Provide input in the planning of the structure of delivering Agriculture and Horticulture programs via various delivery methods.
Provide input to the planning of the Ag/Horticulture program budget based on program needs.
Provide input to the planning of the marketing/communication strategy for Agriculture and Horticulture Outreach Education.
Management - 5%
Work to solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the operation of the Agriculture and Horticulture Program area, in compliance with established procedures, policies and protocol.
Assist with Volunteer recruitment and involvement, specifically with Master Gardener Program Volunteers.
Assist in providing guidance to Master Gardener Volunteers in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocol.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
Provide moderately complex administrative tasks to support the delivery of established Agriculture and Horticulture Education Program goals.
Organize and coordinate programming and activities related to Agriculture and Horticulture programming efforts, including, but not limited to: ag production, distribution, and marketing as well as community and school ag awareness and gardening programs.
Coordinate, compile and organize existing program resources and program materials for use in program work.
Provide administrative support for fund development activities as identified.
Maintain effective communication and professional relationships with other agencies, businesses, and organizations that promote effective communication and facilitate continued Agriculture and Horticulture programming efforts.
Under the oversight of the Supervisor and/or Association Executive Director, participate as the organizational liaison to agriculture and/or local foods coalitions and/or groups as assigned.
Assist in utilizing effective marketing strategies in the promotion of Agriculture and Horticulture programming efforts to include, but not limited to: print media, news media, social media, and multi-media efforts. Assist in the promotion of major public events and programs, including, but not limited to: Tioga County Fair, Sundaes at the Farm and Taste of Tioga
Coordinate and assist with projects and outreach efforts in the area of Agriculture and Horticulture as identified.
This program may require the transport of program participants and/or program materials and resources, and will exercise care when utilizing any Association owned property and/or resources while performing position responsibilities.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 5%
In cooperation with the Supervisor and/or Association Executive Director, 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.
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 Extension programs and other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied 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 - 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.
Be aware of, and adhere to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Tioga County policies and procedures.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.
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