Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County has an opening for a full-time, Horticulture Program Team Leader based out of the Rochester, NY office.
The Horticulture Team Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Monroe County is responsible for providing leadership in the assessment, development, planning, delivery and evaluation of horticulture educational programming as well as administrative direction, management and coordination of programming efforts.
* Master's Degree in horticulture or related discipline relevant to the role of the position. * 2 years volunteer or related work experience. * Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position. * Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate. * Ability to transport/move supplies and equipment, climb stairs with or without reasonable accommodation. * Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English. * Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity. * Experience with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, and Excel. * Knowledge of the principles, theory, research, and application of subject-matter appropriate to area of horticulture. * Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual channels using traditional methods as well as electronic technology. * Demonstrated experience in effective supervision and management. * Demonstrated experience and ability to work independently and as part of a team with internal and external partners at multiple levels within organizations and across communities. * Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement and evaluate informal education programs for diverse audiences. * Ability to effectively lead, manage, and participate in professional team efforts and highly functioning work teams. * Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community, professional leaders and clientele groups. * Ability to identify and make use of program resources within the community and to establish a leadership role within the community and association. * Ability to identify and secure funding that supports programs, including grant writing, developing public and private partnerships. * 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 and/or background with Cooperative Extension. * Background or course work in leadership, management, education, and/or grant writing/management. * Ability to generate a credible media presence in the community. * Experience in guiding and collaborating with volunteers. * Ability to identify and develop volunteer leadership.
Program Assessment - 5% * Lead the application of subject matter knowledge to identify needs, gaps, and trends in the community in collaboration with supervisor, program committees, staff, Cornell faculty, agency partners, and other community constituents within scope of the Association and Statewide Plan of Work. * Analyze program needs based on assessments and input from community groups, staff and other interested parties. * Make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements, and/or improvements based upon assessment. * Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty/program units, and other Land Grant Universities as appropriate, for program assessment guidance related to horticulture programming efforts.
Program Development - 20% * Lead the application of subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies for the horticulture programming area. * Develop high quality educational programs and materials to address the needs of the program and program participants in the horticulture area using proven educational methodologies as well as innovative techniques to reach diverse target populations within the community and region. * Ensure that program development and related activities are within scope of the Association Plan of Work and are within the mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension. * Research, identify and select existing resources for use in horticulture offerings. * Based on program evaluation data, formulate and implement specific strategies to improve overall program quality, deliverables and impact and meet the need of diverse program participants. * Develop relationships with partner agencies, organizations, industries, community leaders and other stakeholders to obtain their assistance in program development and ensure that stakeholders are engaged in the program development process. * Maintain direct connection with Cornell University faculty and other Land Grant Universities as appropriate, for guidance in program development. * Participate in multidisciplinary and multiassociation team efforts to develop programs to address priority issues as appropriate.
Program Delivery - 10% * Serve as subject matter expert in the area of horticulture for staff, volunteers, participants, community organizations, general public and professionals working within the county and the region. * Participate in delivery of innovative and multi-disciplinary program efforts utilizing a variety of teaching methods, including formal and informal workshops, seminars, social and mass media consistent with identified educational needs. * Consult and utilize target audiences/stakeholders, collaborators, organizations, agencies, government, and other key partners in program delivery efforts. * Foster acceptance of programs, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences. * Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty, program units and other Land Grant Universities as appropriate for program delivery guidance. * Ensure program delivery is within the scope of the statewide and Association Plan of Work. * Represent CCE before the public, participants, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities in a professional manner as part of program delivery.
Program Evaluation - 5% * Develop program evaluation framework to measure program impacts and gain input/insight for continuous improvement. * Lead the application of subject matter knowledge to evaluate educational programs by engaging constituents within the framework of local and state Plans of Work. * Communicate outcomes and recommendations to the Executive Director, leadership team, Board, program advisory committee, Cornell faculty, county and community leaders. * Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units for program evaluation guidance.
Applied Research - 5% * Collaborate in the applied research process in conjunction with Cornell University faculty as identified and opportunities become available to design, create or implement applied research collection framework. * Collect and process soil, plant and insect diagnostic lab samples. * Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units for guidance in applied research. * Communicate social and economic changes to Cornell University Specialists that may be studied and/or acted upon. * Ensure applied research is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Administrative Direction - 20% * Provide leadership to the planning of the delivery of horticulture educational programs in order to efficiently meet established program goals. * Provide leadership in budget development, budget implementation and fiscal management of the horticulture educational program area. * With the guidance of the Supervisor, initiate and develop grant or other funding proposals to secure additional funding, actively involving Executive Director, Committees, Board of Directors, Cornell faculty and Extension Administration as appropriate. * Assist in the design of a system of ongoing involvement of citizens which expresses the demographics of the community. * Propose program area budgets based on established financial guidelines or procedures and by anticipating expenses. * Assist in developing relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders for program/function. * Provide leadership in budget development for the horticulture program area. * Provide leadership for the development of staffing plans that support educational programming efforts. * Plan effective strategic external and internal communication and marketing efforts to reach target audiences and meet program objectives through public relation initiatives including networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and community organizations. * Plan promotion of public events and programs including, but not limited to, assisting with mass media efforts related to upcoming events and programs.
Administrative Management - 20% * Provide moderately complex administrative management support of established educational program goals and to the overall organization. * Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the operation of the unit, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures. * Assist with identifying activities and resources needed to carry out program priorities and goals in consultation and collaboration with supervisor, advisory committees, staff, agency partners, and other key community constituents. * Monitor program to ensure that educational content conforms to policies and objectives of the association, is research knowledgebased and aligns with University program direction, local and state Plans of Work. * Identify, develop, enhance and engage networks of volunteers and volunteer leaders. * Effectively manage program budget allocations. * Provide fiscal management to ensure expenditure of funds is in compliance with funding requirements, grant specifications, and adherence to Association strategies/Plan of Work. * Ensure grant funding and reporting requirements are met. * Effectively allocate human resources to accomplish program objective based on established staffing plan. * Supervise, manage and direct the work of educators and assigned support staff in the delivery of appropriate, established educational programs to achieve program objectives and meet the needs of the target population. * Provide continuous feedback, coaching, performance management and annual reviews to horticulture area educators and staff. * Ensure volunteer direction and management procedures are followed according to established policies and procedures (VIP) by providing guidance, leadership and resources for volunteers and volunteer leaders including recruitment, screening, orientation, training, evaluation, and management.
Administrative Coordination/Operation - 10% * Coordinate program implementation activities and planning efforts with program staff. * Provide administrative leadership to the coordination of assessment, development, delivery, research and evaluation of established educational program goals. * Collect program needs assessment data based on existing framework. * Complete grant and funding proposals to sustain and grow horticulture program areas. * Provide leadership to develop program unit staffing plan. * Utilize effective marketing and communication strategies in the promotion of horticulture programming to include, but not limited to, print media, news media, social media, multi-media efforts and the environmental change initiatives. * Actively serve on appropriate regional, state and national committees and task forces that support overall educational and organizational efforts of the Cornell Cooperative Extension system. * Prepare and submit required reports related programming activities and accomplishments to communicate results to appropriate stakeholders. * Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses to facilitate continued programming efforts. * 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. * 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. * Provide data and information to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as requested. * 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. * Regular and predictable attendance and punctuality. * 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.
Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including: * Vacation, Sick and Personal time * Paid Holidays * NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance) * NYS Retirement * 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
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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