The Educator will be responsible for the planning, development, delivery, evaluation, coordination, and management of the Agricultural Stewardship Program in Suffolk County. This person will be responsible for administrative and programmatic supervision of staff and will effectively manage resources available to the program. Target communities are the commercial agriculture and ornamental horticulture enterprises. Program's focus is on the development, implementation and education of environmentally sound agriculture practices to minimize the impact of agricultural inputs on surface water and groundwater. The Educator will identify Agricultural Stewardship Program needs and set goals and priorities with program advisory committees, program participants, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) staff, Cornell faculty, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District personnel, and other partner organizations and associations. In cooperation with CCE Resource Educators, this individual will coordinate applied research and on-farm demonstration projects as well as provide assistance to on-going projects. This individual will also develop and assist with educational and outreach materials and programs specifically oriented to Long Island agriculture. The Educator will maintain direct linkage with Cornell and county extension staff to develop and enhance relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, and other groups on a local, regional and statewide basis in the area of agricultural environmental stewardship.
Program Assessment: 15%
Apply subject matter knowledge to identify gaps and trends in the agricultural community regarding agricultural stewardship.
Develop program needs assessment and analyze program needs.
Recommend programmatic offerings, enhancements, and improvements.
Maintain links with Cornell University, program advisory groups, other supporting organizations and associations, and program participants to identify program needs.
May have linkage with other university or associations for program assessment and guidance
Program Development: 15%
Develop educational and outreach materials specifically designed for the needs and conditions of Suffolk County
Apply subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies.
Create innovative educational program.
Research, identify, and select existing resources for the program.
Work with multidisciplinary team efforts to develop program to address priority issues.
Develop well-integrated Association educational efforts.
Develop programs to meet changing local issues.
Make programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes.
Assist in the application of high-level of disciplinary subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies and programs to meet regional issues.
May assist in development of program to meet changing multi-association issues.
Program Delivery: 20%
Conduct educational programs through meetings, seminars, committees and individual counseling on agricultural environmental stewardship, with a focus on minimizing the impact of agricultural inputs on surface and groundwater.
Serve as subject matter expert in discipline to program committees, CCE staff, and clientele, including agencies and other groups on a local, regional and statewide basis.
As a team member, serve as a resource expert and support to other Cornell staff in cooperative projects and programs.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
Deliver program utilizing a variety of educational methodologies.
Provide educational program efforts via mass media, when appropriate.
May be involved in multidisciplinary team efforts and/or multi-association team efforts to deliver program.
Ensure program delivery is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Program Evaluation: 10%
Apply subject matter knowledge to evaluate educational program.
Design or create program evaluation framework.
Implement program evaluation.
Analyze collected program evaluation data.
Make recommendations for improvements.
May be involved in multidisciplinary team and/or multi-association team efforts to design or analyze program evaluation.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units for program evaluation guidance.
May have direct linkage with other universities or associations for program evaluation guidance.
Interpret evaluation data to the constituencies.
Communicate evaluation results and findings.
Interact with various constituencies to obtain their evaluation of programs
Applied Research: 10%
Conduct applied research projects including on-farm research and/or demonstration projects in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension Specialists, Cornell faculty, and program participants. Emphasis is on minimizing the impact of agricultural inputs on surface and groundwater and encouraging the adoption of best management practices regarding pest and nutrient management.
Provide assistance to on-going Agricultural Stewardship and Sustainable Agriculture program projects.
Interpret Association and Cornell University program direction in planning the delivery of established program goals.
Plan delivery of programs via various media and methods.
Plan financial budgets based on program needs.
Effectively identify financial resources to accomplish program objectives.
Plan effective publicity and outreach about programs.
May plan effective strategic external and internal program communication and marketing efforts.
May assist in developing and/or enhancing relationships with appropriate agencies, community leaders, and community partners for program function.
Make recommendations to staffing plan development process.
Plan applied research projects including on-farm research and/or demonstration projects in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension Specialists, Cornell faculty, and program participants. Emphasis is on minimizing the impact of agricultural inputs on surface and groundwater and encouraging the adoption of best management practices regarding pest and nutrient management.
Assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Monitor program to ensure that educational content conforms to policies, and objectives of the Association and is research-knowledge based.
Monitor income and expenses, to ensure spending is within budget.
Manage financial budgets based on program needs.
Effectively allocate financial resources to accomplish program objectives.
Guide the implementation of communication strategies.
Effectively allocate human resources to accomplish program objectives.
Supervise and guide staff activities to achieve program objectives, including performance reviews.
Compile existing resources into educational program materials.
Collect evaluation data from program participants based on existing framework.
Collect applied research data based on existing framework.
Collect program needs assessment data based on existing framework.
Coordinate program implementation, planning, and activities efforts.
Prepare reports on the progress and accomplishments of the Agricultural Stewardship Program.
Communicate results, findings and recommendations to program participants, Cornell Cooperative Extension staff, agencies and other groups as needed.
Prepare and submit proposals for grants or other funding, when appropriate.
Complete required reports and financial documentation for grant or funding source.
Implement established staffing plan to ensure program needs are met.
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 performother 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 Suffolk 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.
Specify required minimum equivalency for education, experience, skills, information systems knowledge, etc.
Masters Degree in agriculture, horticulture, environmental science or a related science with emphasis in pest and / or nutrient management.
Relevant experience in Cooperative Extension, similar educational fields, or agricultural environmental stewardship.
Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels.
Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks with minimum supervision.
Ability to work as a team member and to work with staff, cooperating agencies and organizations.
Willingness to learn new tasks and ability to work independently.
Proficient computer skills such as the Microsoft Office Suite.
Ability to practice sound, ethical judgment when representing CCE Suffolk to ensure that all protocols and procedures adhere to legal and safety requirements.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Specify preferred specialized education, field and/or certifications.
Course work in soil science, agronomy, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, pest and / or nutrient management.
Experience working with environmental stewardship as it relates to the commercial agriculture / horticulture industry.
Two or more years' experience in Cooperative Extension or similar educational fields preferred.
Experience working with other researchers, educators and other extension staff in developing and delivering community and environmental horticulture educational programs.
Knowledge of local county needs and the services provided by other agencies related to agricultural environmental stewardship.
Experience in grant writing and overseeing budgets.
Experience with planning, teaching, and evaluating adult educational programs.
Equal Opportunity Employment: Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
This is an exempt, full-time position, 40 hours per week. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including paid holidays, vacation, sick and personal time, health and dental insurance, Retirement, Disability Insurance and more.
HOW TO APPLY:
Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until qualified pool of candidates is obtained.
Applicants need to attach/upload a cover letter, resume and three (3) references to the online application ineither Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the
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