This position will serve as the Soldiers and Veterans in Agriculture Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County and will be responsible for implementing and evaluating agriculture education with a focus on the Farm Ops Program. The Farm Ops Program provides multi-faceted agriculture programming for veterans and transitioning service members. This position will perform targeted outreach and will utilize high quality, evidence-based programs to provide hands-on and immersive agriculture experiences via individualized and unique pathways. The goal is to assist participants in securing successful careers in the food and agriculture sector through educational outreach. This position will teach in both group and individual settings utilizing a variety of delivery methods, to include, but not limited to: workshops, seminars, demonstrations, interest groups, newsletters, farm visits, and mass media. This position will serve as the frontline staff building strong customer relations in assisting producers in the agriculture industry. This position will work as an Association team member in addressing local, regional, and statewide programming priorities as appropriate.
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All applicants must apply by close of day on May 18, 2021 to be considered for this position. All applicants must submit an application online, 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 Jane Pearson, Association HR Coordinator at 315-788-8450 with questions.
This position is a full-time exempt position - 100% FTE. Annual salary is $42,000 to $45,000 commensurate with experience. This position, based on eligibility, offers a comprehensive benefit package, to include: health and dental insurance, NYS retirement, vacation, sick and personal leave.
One (1) year volunteer or related work experience.
Valid NYS driver's license and the ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Familiarity of subject matter appropriate to area of programming.
Experience with Cooperative Extension, Fort Drum and the military lifestyle, agriculture and agricultural business development.
Experience in agriculture production, management and marketing.
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach and evaluate informal education programs through a variety of program delivery methods to reach individuals and groups; adults and youth.
Ability to participate in professional team efforts.
Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
Ability and willingness to work with a high degree of integrity, accuracy, organization, sound professional judgement, and the ability to handle confidential, sensitive information.
Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and tactfully through verbal, written and electronic methods.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders including veterans, transitioning service members and agricultural producers.
Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with immediate supervisor.
Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
Program Delivery - 90%
Deliver agriculture educational programming, and create linkages between food, consumers and agricultural producers. Topics include, but will not be limited to:
Dairy and Livestock management including, but not limited to the following topics: nutrition, herd health, reproduction, production records, milking management, replacements, animal facilities, quality assurance, animal comfort and welfare, health and animal production best practices.
Promotion of Agriculture/local food systems.
Critical agricultural issues.
Implementation of agriculturally based economic development strategies.
Beginner/new farmer. (Interact and collaborate with small, beginning and veteran farmers to provide support as a means to increase productivity and connect them to available resources for success.)
Implement educational programs through workshops, seminars, demonstrations, interest groups, newsletters, farm visits, mass media and agri-business contacts utilizing established resources and per established program parameters, and apply agriculture subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to deliver these educational programs as appropriate.
Implement a comprehensive communication and marketing plan including the promotion of a broad set of online and in person workshops.
Deliver ongoing agricultural related workshops and classes consistently achieving all funding specifications. Reach includes transitioning service members, veterans in the community, career counselors and others in the role of providing employment and career guidance to transitioning service members and veterans.
Provide on-farm and in-field immersion experiences based on best practices, research and participant interest. Topics range broadly including but not limited to: raising livestock, poultry, specialty crops, soil science, supportive agriculture businesses, agriculture related technologies and careers.
Provide access and scholarship information to online classes through the Cornell Small Farms Farm Ops program.
Involve area farmer veterans, experts and partners to ensure a wide reach of topics and experiences.
Work to foster acceptance of the Agriculture program, methods and practices while addressing needs in the agriculture community and considering diverse audiences.
Deliver educational programs as a part of multi-association and/or regional efforts when identified/appropriate.
Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association and the Agriculture Program staff to achieve Association program delivery goals.
Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County in a professional manner and communicate and cooperate with the public, agribusinesses, veterinarians, feed dealers, government officials, community leaders, Cornell and/or other land grant universities as a part of program delivery.
Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, media, newsletters, electronic technology, internet, social media, Facebook, Twitter, and distance learning to promote and deliver program.
Facilitate awareness of, and promote agricultural producers' involvement with, the Regional Agriculture Teams
Serve as subject matter resource in the area of Agriculture to connect staff and clientele, including schools, agencies, producers, consumers, and other groups (as identified) with relevant agricultural resources to enhance and improve Agriculture awareness.
Program Evaluation - 5%
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Interact with program participants to obtain evaluation data.
Assist Issue Leader in the process of analyzing evaluation data, and based on that analysis, make recommendations for program offerings.
Communicate evaluation findings to constituents as appropriate.
Assist the Regional Agriculture Team in evaluating and analyzing industry education needs.
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.
This position may require the transport of program participants and/or program materials and resources in performing position responsibilities.
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.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson 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 supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
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