Association Subject Eductor II, Agriculture Educator - Bath, NY
August 10, 2017
Ithaca, New York
Full-time - Experienced
Higher Education Institution
Serve as a member of the Agriculture team to deliver established programs, coordinate activities and to educate growers and the public about production practices in the areas of dairy, livestock, and/or field crops, local foods, and other general agricultural programming. This position will also assist the Executive Director with development, evaluation, administrative direction and management in the area of agriculture-related educational programs and activities in accordance with the Agriculture Program Area's plan of work. Under the guidance of Association leadership, the position will coordinate the Agriculture Program Advisory Committee.
Master's Degree in animal science, agriculture, plant science, or a related field. (BS/BA plus 4 years transferrable relevant evidence based research experience may substitute.)
Experience relevant to the role of the position
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.
Ability to transport/move supplies and equipment, climb stairs with or without reasonable accommodation.
Ability to speak, read and write effectively in English.
Experience with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
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.
Ability to present effective and relevant educational lessons to target audiences (one-on-one and group) and work with diverse audiences of all ages maintaining cultural sensitivity.
Ability to communicate effectively through verbal, written and visual channels using traditional methods and educational tools, as well as electronic technology (e.g., video, audio, computers, etc.).
Ability to keep client information and records confidential.
NYS Pesticide Certification
Familiarity with the community in which the work will take place (Steuben County) as well as with the needs of farmers and producers.
Experience working in extension or similar non-traditional educational work
Experience working with producers and diverse program participants.
Experience in guiding and collaborating with volunteers.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
Program Development- - 10%
Assist the Executive Director with development of agricultural programs to meet identified needs and diverse interests of participants and volunteers utilizing input from Program Advisory Committee.
Assist the Executive Director in research, identification and selection of existing resources.
Assist the Executive Director in creation of program materials to address identified needs.
Assist the Executive Director in making programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes and to meet changing local priorities.
Assist the Executive Director in structuring programs to meet the needs of diverse program participants.
Program Delivery - 60%
Deliver high quality agriculture education programs, with topics including but not limited to dairy, livestock, field crops, farm business management, and agriculture economic development, to adult, youth, and seniors that address identified programming priorities within scope of the statewide and/or Association Plan of Work.
Utilize local experts to assist in teaching classes and workshops and volunteers to assist with events and programs.
Teach innovative educational programs when local and grant-funded opportunities arise.
Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, media, newsletters, electronic technology, internet, and distance learning to deliver program.
Identify and select existing resources and teach the existing educational program as defined.
Apply existing subject matter knowledge to create new lesson plans to deliver educational programs.
Foster acceptance of program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
May be involved in multi-disciplinary team efforts within the Association or regionally to deliver program, including Program Work Teams (PWT) as directed.
Represent CCE before the public, participants, community leaders, government officials
Program Evaluation - 5%
Assist in the creation of program evaluation framework.
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Interact with various constituencies to obtain their evaluation of programs.
Assist in analyzing collected program evaluation data for reporting and program improvement purposes using standard, established policy, procedure and methods.
Communicate evaluation results and findings.
Assist with making recommendations for change(s) to strengthen and improve programs.
Administrative Direction - 5%
Assist with identifying activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects including Farm City Days.
Assist in identifying community and fiscal resources for program continuance and enhancement.
Provide the Executive Director with program related information to assist the budget development process.
Administrative Management -10%
Support the Executive Director in ensuring that volunteer direction and management procedures are followed according to established policies and procedures. Provide guidance, leadership and resources for volunteers and volunteer leaders including recruitment, screening, orientation, initial and on-going training, evaluation, and on-going management.
Assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise within the program utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Assist in identifying and recommending program needs (i.e. program supplies and materials)
Assist in monitoring program to ensure that educational content conforms to policies and objectives of the association and is research based.
Assist with monitoring program financial status to ensure compliance with funding requirements, program budget, grant specifications, and adherence to association strategies/plan of work.
Assist with effectively managing program budget allocations.
Assist with identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources within the Association.
Make recommendations regarding program budgetary needs.
May assist in monitoring program to ensure that educational content conforms to research base, policies and objectives of the association and is research knowledge-based as it relates to applicable program staff, e.g. temporary summer assistants and program educators; May collaborate with other Subject Educators
Administrative Coordination/Operation - 5%
Apply existing subject matter knowledge to coordinate, compile, and organize existing program resources and program materials.
Schedule volunteer events, meetings and trainings to foster contact and relationship building within volunteer base as well as with programming participants.
Maintain effective professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication to facilitate continued programming efforts.
Assist Communications Coordinator in utilizing effective public relations and marketing strategies in to promote programming efforts including, but not limited to: print media, news media, social media, and multi-media efforts; networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
Provide moderately complex administrative tasks to support the delivery of established educational program goals.
Accurately collect, prepare and maintain paperwork, participant files and database(s) as required by supervisor, Association and funding source requirements.
Maintain confidentiality of participant information and data collected.
Provide data and information to assist with preparation of reports (local grants and federal reporting), impact statements, and success stories for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as requested.
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.
POSITION DETAILS: This is a non-exempt, full-time position, 40 hours per week. Annual Pay equates to $41,000 DOE. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including paid holidays, vacation, sick and personal time, health and dental insurance, Retirement, Disability Insurance and more.
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete online application, including the following materials: cover letter, resume and three (3) references in PDF or Microsoft Word format. All applications must be submitted online by. Contact Kathy at email@example.com with questions.
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