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. For more information about how to apply, pay rate, review process and benefits, please see the message at the bottom of this posting.
Provide assistance in development, and provide direct delivery/ oversight of delivery, evaluation, research, and direction / management of educational programming that focuses on Food Business Development in the Southern Tier (Tompkins, Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties), to include farm-based and factory-based food and beverage manufacturers.
This position provides administrative support, program guidance (with assessment and development oversight provided by the Executive Director), manages and supports a Food Business Development programs (FOODBD) team in their delivery of programs in communities, negotiates and develops program agreements and policies that affect FOODBD programs, and provides support to the FOODBD Advisory committee.
This position is responsible for recruitment and hiring of educator, casual employees and interns in consultation with stakeholders and oversees work assignments, training, supervision, staff development, and performance appraisal for educator.
This position functions within the policies and procedures of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCETC) and those of the FOODBD programs and must be able to work effectively with colleagues and community stakeholders, Association personnel, volunteers, and local committees. This individual represents CCETC and FOODBD programs to the public, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell University. This person also receives on-going guidance, support and supervision from the Executive Director, and works collaboratively with Issue Leaders and extension educators in delivery of programs.
Bachelors Degree in Agriculture, Marketing, or related field.
Ability to create and manage complex budgets with multiple funding sources, including grants.
Knowledge and experience with emerging issues in the food processing industry and its regulatory environment.
Dynamic team leader, highly organized, motivated.
Self-directed and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously.
Strong supervision skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage complex programs.
Ability to collaborate and work effectively with stakeholders.
Ability to negotiate and manage contracts and insurance requirements.
Ability to multi-task.
Ability to communicate effectively orally, in writing, and with electronic technology and be able to apply those skills to grant writing and/or review.
Appreciate, respect and embrace diversity and inclusion in all interactions with colleagues, staff, volunteers, and the public.
Computer literacy to generate documents, manage databases, and spreadsheets.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to oversee the writing of and management of multiple grants.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Experience in regulatory environment of food processing in the Northeast and/or New York State.
Knowledge of existing agencies and business development service systems in the County or related experience from another area.
Experience or course work in business development education.
Experience in web page support/maintenance.
Experience in working in a team environment.
Responsibilities/ Essential Functions:
Program Development (5%):
Participate in the collaboration between CCE Tompkins, Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD) and other outside partners, other Cooperative Extension associations, successful food/beverage entrepreneurs, and others to assist Executive Director to identify food sector business development resources and to develop programming based on needs and resources.
Support Executive Director in the research, identification, and selection of resources for the program.
Assist Executive Director to participate in multidisciplinary program development efforts alongside other CCE programs and community programs that provide similar education.
Provide input toward changes to program based on evaluation outcomes.
Apply subject matter knowledge to provide input toward the Executive Director's development of content for the online portal including an asset map and data base of food processing sector resources and information.
Assist supervisor to create written program materials utilizing identified resources, such as brochures that can be given directly to food businesses and distributed through partner agencies and CCE Associations as handouts.
Program Delivery (25%):
Serve as subject matter resource in Food Business Development for the Southern Tier.
Apply subject matter knowledge and identified resources to create innovative lesson plans that will be delivered to the community.
Utilizing pre-existing program materials and resources, provide business development educational support to small and start-up food processors who have demonstrated a willingness and potential to expand their businesses to serve multi-state regional and/or national markets.
Teach innovative programs related to food business development with discretion.
Represent the project in a variety of educational, business, community and governmental settings as part of program delivery.
Speak to relevant organizations about the program as part of program delivery.
Program Evaluation (5%):
Interact with various constituencies to evaluate the program.
Based on program parameters, interpret evaluation data to constituencies.
Make recommendations for improvement based on evaluations.
With discretion, plan the delivery of established FOODBD programs.
Plan the structure of program via various methods.
Assist in the design of a system to build relationships with new partners in order to develop effective strategies for program goals and initiatives.
Assist in developing a brand awareness surrounding food business development.
Develop marketing strategies in the generation of an appropriate public image for the FOODBD program.
Plan the strategies for program financial planning and for searching for and developing proposals for grants and contracts to supplement program funds.
Provide program related information to the budget development process and allocate FOODBD budget amounts.
As part of the FOODBD Team contribute to setting FOODBD and association goals with support from Executive Director.
Develop processes and write procedures that affect all FOODBD employees within CCETC.
Under the support from the Executive Director, plan comprehensive training program for all FOODBD employees and interns.
Identify staff development needs for the FOODBD program.
Develop professional development trainings for FOODBD staff.
Develop system for recruiting and training volunteers for the FOODBD program.
With initiative and discretion, provide leadership and management to FOODBD staff and interns for all delegated and assigned functions of the FOODBD program.
Ensure program activities conform to the Association and FOODBDP's Plan of Work.
Provide management and oversight regarding program implementation, best practices, plans of work, CCETC and FOODBD guiding principles, FOODBD program goals and ethics, and performance management for FOODBD staff.
Provide direct supervision to assigned staff, including regular individual and group meetings, evaluations, hiring and termination processes as necessary.
Ensure content on FOODBD website portal is updated by assigned staff.
Take a lead effort in supporting the program (Advisory) committee for FOODBD.
Investigate and recommend administrative policies and procedures within FOODBD program.
Monitor and manage a complex program budget including payroll based on the strategic plan.
Provide consistent feedback and performance evaluations and provide access to in-service education to ensure success of FOODBDP programs as well as enhance the skills and abilities of paid and volunteer staff.
Recruit, train and engage FOODBD volunteers.
Lead the management of FOODBD volunteers, including recruitment and involvement, ensuring program adheres to appropriate policies.
Create a system for tracking and maintaining food business development program issues and ongoing research to guide team in developing yearly goals.
Contribute knowledge regarding program needs and goals to grant/contract operations and proposals.
Coordinate completion of administrative reports as assigned by the .
Coordinate compliance of activities and reporting with CCETC and FOODBD administrative guidelines.
Act as liaison with agencies/college/University offices, community stakeholders, supporting agencies, and collaborators.
Implement professional development training for FOODBD staff.
Update content on FOODBD website portal as needed.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned (5%):
In cooperation with 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 CCETC 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 (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
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