This position will serve as the Farm to School Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Cortland County. The Farm to School Educator will be responsible for assisting with program delivery and evaluation along with administrative direction, management, and coordination for raising awareness of the need of volume and variety of local farm products procured by schools/districts for inclusion in school meal programs. This position will improve awareness of and demand for locally produced foods in schools through hands-on experiences such as providing tastings at community events. This position will work with local farms to facilitate education about where and how food is grown to students, teachers and administration. This position will coordinate and implement taste tests in school cafeterias which will provide exposure to and demand for local products.
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All applicants must apply online by close of day on February 21, 2019 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 Heather Birdsall, Agriculture Program Leader at 607-391-2660 with questions.
This position is a full-time non-exempt position - 100% FTE, 40 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 in Agriculture, Biology, Nutrition, Education or closely related field or Equivalent Education (Associate Degree and Two (2) years of transferrable program/functional experience).
Agriculture Background and experience relevant to the role of the position.
Knowledge of Farm to School programs.
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.
Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
Ability to transport/move supplies and equipment, climb stairs with or without reasonable accommodation.
Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and tactfully through verbal, written and electronic methods.
Ability and willingness to work with a high degree of integrity, accuracy, organization, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential, sensitive information.
Ability to organize, manage, and prioritize multiple tasks, deadlines, requirements, and priorities to complete work in a timely manner and within established deadlines.
Experience, ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with groups, committees, community and funding partners.
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Experience working with farmers and/or with schools, educating children and/or adults in multiple settings, adapting and developing curriculum, and procuring foods preferred.
Experience with food preparation, current ServSafe certification, or food preparation/food demonstration knowledge.
Delivery - 75%
Deliver high quality established educational programs about required food safety certifications, the bid process, and scaling up production for farmers in the region.
Deliver high quality established educational programs and events directed at educating target audience and partners on the importance of increasing the volume and variety of local specialty crops procured by schools/districts for inclusion in school meals programs in-line with grant requirements.
Deliver established educational programming, including taste tests and Harvest of the Month program, in schools for youth and community events.
Collaborate with food service staff, teachers and administrators to deliver and implement an established Harvest of the Month meal program featuring local foods.
Interact with program participants representing CCE in a professional manner at all times.
Work to foster acceptance of the Farm to School Program, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Serve as subject matter resource in Farm to School Programs and provide standard responses to questions.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities in a professional manner as part of program delivery.
Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association and Agriculture Program staff to achieve Association program delivery goals.
Evaluation - 10%
Implement program evaluation as designed and assist in multi-disciplinary team efforts to design or analyze program evaluation.
Interact with farmers, school food service youth and community members to obtain program evaluation information for the Farm to School Program according to evaluation framework.
Assist in analyzing collected evaluation data.
Communicate evaluation data, results and findings to constituencies.
Assist in making recommendations for program improvements based on evaluation findings.
Direction - 5%
Provide input in the planning of the structure of delivering Farm to School programs via various delivery methods to promote locally sourced food in the cafeteria and the integration of the Farm to School Curriculum.
Provide input to the planning of the Farm to School program budget based on program needs.
Assist with identifying activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects.
Assists with the planning of the grant program narrative based on data collected and knowledge of the program and initiatives.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
Provide moderately complex administrative tasks to support the delivery of established Farm to School Program goals.
Schedule, coordinate and facilitate project-related meetings and conference calls as required or as needed.
Complete evaluation submission and reporting requirements following established grant criteria/plan.
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 professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication to 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 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 Cortland County policies and procedures.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.
Equal Opportunity Employment
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
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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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