This position will serve as the Farm to School Program Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Essex County and will provide program development, implementation, administrative management, coordination and evaluation to the Farm to School Program. This position will plan, develop, coordinate and implement programming for a menu of Farm to School programs and program activities. This position will work with farms to facilitate food procurement for schools and will work with schools to develop curriculum and connect with classrooms and teachers. This position will assist in the development of school gardens and publicize farm to school efforts through multiple methods. This position will engage in sustainability work to ensure farm to school programming into the future. This position will include multi-county responsibilities.
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All applicants must apply online by close of day on March 28, 2019 to be considered for this position. All applicants must complete an online application, 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 Laurie Davis, Association Operations Coordinator at 518-962-4810 with questions.
This position is a full-time non-exempt position - 100% FTE, 37.5 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.
Two (2) years volunteer or related work experience.
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 may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Experience working with Cornell Cooperative Extension and/or general farm to school educational programs.
Demonstrated ability to plan, teach and evaluate informal educational programs through a variety of delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
Demonstrated ability to function as a team member working with volunteers and staff.
Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse audiences.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technologies for educational and communication purposes.
Development - 20%
Apply subject matter knowledge in the development of innovative Farm to School educational programming and strategies.
Create program materials and develop programs and program activities that foster a robust Farm to School Program.
Develop and compile curriculum aligned with Harvest of the Month utilizing approved Cornell resources and materials.
Assist the Association Executive Director in developing programs to meet multi-association needs and changing priorities when needed/appropriate.
Research, identify and select program resources in coordination with Program Advisory Committee, program participants and Cornell Program Units.
Structure programs to meet the diverse needs of program participants and meet changing local and/or regional issues.
Develop/maintain Extension/Cornell University faculty connections for guidance with program development.
Work with Association Executive Director to make program changes as needed based on evaluation outcomes.
Delivery - 50%
Teach existing educational programs with high level of discretion.
Utilize a wide variety of proven educational methodologies in program delivery efforts.
Apply in-depth subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans necessary to deliver high-quality educational programming.
Serve as subject matter expert in the area of Farm to School Program to staff and participants, community organizations and the general public.
Work to foster acceptance of the Farm to School program, methods and policies while addressing community and individual needs and considering diverse audiences.
Implement and facilitate a menu of Farm to School educational programming and activities.
Utilize established program resources and materials in program work.
Facilitate ‘Harvest of the Month’ to establish pricing and availability of local farm produce.
Facilitate regular Food Service Director meetings to support food service in their commitment to local purchasing.
Provide school garden education including, but not limited to: template growing plans, procuring seeds, coordinating bulk purchases, consulting on garden plans, and distributing grant and curriculum opportunities.
Provide educational program efforts via mass media.
Deliver educational programs as part of multi-association efforts when identified/appropriate.
Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association and Farm to School Program staff to achieve Association program delivery goals.
Evaluation - 10%
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Apply subject matter knowledge to evaluate educational program offerings.
Based on program parameters, interpret and analyze evaluation data.
Make recommendations for improvement.
Design/re-design or creation of the program evaluation framework.
Management - 5%
Assist the Association Executive Director in implementing the program area's budget and oversee the program area's financial transactions.
Assist the Association Executive Director in managing Farm to School fund development activities as appropriate.
Provide guidance and assist with problem solving when needed in accordance with established practices and procedures.
Troubleshoot delivery challenges.
Recruit volunteers, interns and/or part-time staff to support curriculum integration in classrooms.
Coordination/Operation - 10%
Assist in organizing and coordinating all program activities related to the Farm to School Program.
Provide administrative support to farms and schools on the bidding process.
Coordinate and facilitate regular Food Service Director meetings to support food service in their commitment to local purchasing.
Establish faculty leaders in schools and offer professional development opportunities in Farm to School programming for all teachers.
Schedule classroom time with teachers to provide administrative support for Farm to School efforts including, but not limited to: access to visiting experts, adequate supplies, working with art classes to create promotional materials, and facilitating the annual mini-grant process.
Coordinate the fundraising, purchasing, assembling and distribution of curriculum kits.
Effectively maintain professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
Assist in the coordination of effective marketing strategies in the promotion of programming efforts to include, but not limited to: print media, news media, social media, and multi-media efforts.
Compile existing resources into educational program materials.
Collect evaluation data and program needs assessments from program participants based on existing evaluation framework and guidelines.
Assist tin the preparation of reports on program process and accomplishments of Association programming for local, state and federal use.
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 adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Essex 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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