Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County has an opening for a part-time (35hrs/wk) Farm Business Management Educator.
This Farm Business Management Educator will assist with program development, delivery, evaluation, direction, management, and coordination for farm business management and agriculture programming, agriculture economic development, farmland protection, and food systems efforts for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County under supervision of the Executive Director.
Master's degree in farm business management, agriculture, agricultural business, agricultural economics or related discipline. (Bachelor'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 which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Ability to transport supplies and equipment, climb stairs, with or without accommodation.
Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write) in English.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
Familiarity and/or experience with grant writing.
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
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.
Ability to generate a credible media presence in the community.
Program Development - 20%
Assist Supervisor with development of agriculture, agriculture economic development, farmland protection, and food systems programming to meet identified needs within the county and support local farm business profitability and ecological sustainability.
Assist Supervisor with development of educational programs to enhance local and regional agriculture and food systems understanding and connection to consumers.
Assist Supervisor in research, identification, creation and/or selection of resources necessary to implement initiatives.
Assist Supervisor in making programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes and to meet changing local priorities.
Program Delivery - 50%
Deliver high quality farm business management, agriculture, agriculture economic development, farmland protection, and food systems educational programs to enhance and increase awareness, viability and sustainability of local agriculture. 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 * Farmland protection and farmland access * Succession planning for farmers
Collaborate with community organizations and agencies as requested or required community agencies to provide resources or facilitate agriculture and/or farm business programs and activities.
May be involved in multidisciplinary and/or multi-Association team efforts to deliver program.
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. Harvest NY, Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, Cornell Vegetable Program, 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.
Facilitate awareness of, and promote agricultural producers involvement with, the Regional Agriculture Teams (Cornell Vegetable Program, Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, Harvest NY etc.).
Assist with promoting and creating linkages between food consumers and agricultural producers.
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 Evaluation - 10%
Assist in the creation of program evaluation framework.
Interact with program participants, association staff, program committees, county/community leaders, and other key stakeholders to collect evaluation data for improving programs.
Assist in analyzing collected program evaluation data for reporting and program improvement purposes using standard, established policy, procedure and methods.
Communicate evaluation results and findings.
Assist with making recommendations for change(s) to strengthen and improve programs.
Administrative Direction - 5%
Assist with establishing program goals and priorities.
Assist with identifying activities and resources 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.
Administrative Management - 5%
Assist in monitoring program to ensure that educational content conforms to policies and objectives of the association and is research based.
Assist with monitoring program financial status to ensure compliance with funding requirements, program budget, grant specifications, and adherence to association strategies/plan of work.
Assist with effectively managing program budget allocations.
Assist with identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources within the Association.
Make recommendations to Supervisor regarding program budgetary needs.
Assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise within the program utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Administrative Coordination/Operation - 5%
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.
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 data and 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.
Prepare and submit expense reports and/or vouchers in a timely manner per established policy and procedures.
Maintain confidentiality of participant information and data collected.
This position may require the transport of self and/or program materials/resources in performing position responsibilities.
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
Conduct all programming and activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Act, Title IX Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act, and local, state, and regional affirmative action plans.
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.
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-00017735
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