Please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references (at least 2 previous employers) as one document when applying. All candidates who are current employees of CCE Tompkins must apply as internal applicants. Please note that changes cannot be made to an application once it is submitted. This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified, however resume review will begin on 4/24/19. For more information about how to apply and benefits, please see the message at the bottom of this posting.
This position is full time, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with a starting rate at 18.00 per hour, which may be higher based on education and experience.
This individual is responsible for assisting with development, providing delivery of educational programming in the field of community agriculture and local foods awareness as part of the CCE Tompkins Agriculture program. This individual assists the Agriculture Issue Leader to coordinate with county and town government, and with local agricultural and environmental groups and agencies to identify issues of concern to agriculture producers and local communities and help develop action plans to address key needs. This person participates in applied research by gathering relevant information and data to prepare agriculture status reports to share with key stakeholders and interested parties involved in program development. This person is responsible for supporting the work of the Tompkins County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board in implementing the goals of the Tompkins County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan. In addition, this person works with all towns on matters related to farming and land use, supports the work of town agriculture committees where they are operating. assists Issue Leader in securing grants to help implement county and town agriculture goals, and works closely with local agriculture organizations such as Farm Bureau, Tompkins County Soil & Water District, USDA NRCS and others serving the agriculture community.
This individual collaborates with Agriculture and Food Business Development staff and Nutrition staff and key stakeholder groups in the county to support local food systems in the county, identifying issues of concern for both producers and consumers and working with all parties to address key needs.
A key function of this position is to increase public understanding and appreciation of agricultures' contributions to the local economy, local foods, and the environment by coordinating local farm and food tours, ag awareness events and educational programs, panels and forums, media outreach and publications.
This individual is a member of the Agriculture and Horticulture team of CCE Tompkins and will work closely with nutrition and 4-H ag educators. In addition, this individual works closely with the regional dairy and field crops team serving Tompkins County, and with relevant Cornell faculty and staff. The position may supervise students, staff and volunteers.
Bachelor's Degree plus 4 years' transferrable relevant evidence based research experience. (Masters Degree preferred)
Coursework in agriculture, land use policy, environmental studies, natural resources and local food systems, adult education.
Knowledge of key issues impacting agriculture and local food systems.
Experience working with formal and informal committees and groups providing guidance on setting goals and developing action plans to achieve results.
Experience working with local government.
Ability to plan, organize, deliver, and evaluate meetings, workshops, conferences, and other such education and outreach programs.
Experience with data collection and analysis and with preparing reports.
Excellent interpersonal skills and skills in oral and written communication.
Experience preparing outreach materials using a variety of social media.
Demonstrated ability to work with audiences with diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.
Ability to delegate and supervise tasks to staff and volunteers.
Ability to participate effectively in professional team efforts.
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.
Understanding of land use regulations and agriculture district law.
Demonstrated competency using computers for data management and analysis.
Experience leading/chairing and supporting groups to carry out their specific tasks.
Experience organizing community events.
Experience writing grants.
Experience operating a farm.
Responsibilities/ Essential Functions:
Program Development (5%):
Assist supervisor with development of specific programs as relevant to the position.
Assist supervisor to collaborate with local food system stakeholders and CCE staff to develop programming to address barriers and opportunities in local food systems
Program Delivery (60%):
Facilitate program delivery as relevant to the county and town ag plans in collaboration with the County Agriculture Protection Board, Town Ag committees, and Farm Bureau.
Guide the work of town ag committees to protect and promote agriculture by advising and directing them to relevant educational resources for delivery to their communities.
As a subject matter resource, respond to public questions pertaining to agriculture and the ag district law as part of program delivery.
Educate Town officials about agriculture in their community, the impact of local laws and the ag district law, and ways to promote agriculture through economic development and farmland protection.
Facilitate the County agricultural districts review process including outreach to towns officials, farmers and rural residents.
Implement educational public outreach efforts such as Ag in the classroom, Ag Literacy week, Agstravaganza, Farm City Day, Legislative farm tour and other events targeted at educating youth and families about agriculture.
Develop lesson plan materials from existing resources and outreach efforts in support of local foods promotion/buy local campaign.
Using a variety of outreach methods, write about agriculture's contribution to the community as part of delivery efforts.
Program Evaluation (5%):
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Assist supervisor to develop program evaluation tools.
Applied Research (5%):
Collect and process agriculture related data and samples as needed to document agriculture's impact and provide information for reports.
Assist supervisor with development of information and reports pertaining to agriculture status and benefits.
Assist Ag Issue Leader and Ag team members to develop the agriculture plan of work
Assist supervisor and the County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board to prioritize annual work plan.
Support supervisor in the research of grant opportunities and assist supervisor to develop grant proposals.
Recruit, train, and supervise work-study students and volunteers to participate in outreach efforts.
Seek sponsors for ag education and outreach efforts.
Assist supervisor to monitor program and grant funds.
Develop and prepare reports as required by CCE and funders.
Arrange programs, prepare written communications, and promote program events via media.
Coordination/ Operation (10%):
Arrange and attend monthly Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) meetings. Coordinate meeting agendas, take minutes and support board communications and general operation.
Report to County Legislative committees to communicate about agriculture status and needs.
Maintain working relationships with Farm Bureau, Dairy Princess Program, Soil and Water District and other agricultural groups and agencies to ensure communication and coordination of outreach and program efforts.
Coordinate outreach activities with other CCETC program staff and volunteers including nutrition and 4-H youth development.
Organize farm tours, career days and other events that raise student awareness and appreciation of agriculture as part of community agriculture education.
Work with agriculture educators training youth and young adults to develop a pathway to farm careers.
Collect and compile data as required for state certification.
Maintain a current database of farmers and relevant agriculture professionals serving the county.
Maintain a land-linking database of individuals seeking land to farm and landowners seeking to transfer their land.Assist in the process of farm transition planning.
Professional Improvement and other Duties as Assigned (5%):
In cooperation with 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 priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension 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):
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 Tompkins County policies and procedures.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
Long-term Disability Insurance
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
Voluntary Auto and Homeowner's Insurance
Voluntary Pet Insurance
Voluntary New York's College Savings Program
Vision Access Program
Employee Assistance Program
How To Apply:
Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations other than Tompkins) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
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