CCE of Albany County is seeking full time educator to serve as a team member in developing, planning, implementing and evaluating the 4-H youth (primarily animal science) and local/county agriculture programs.
The Educator also serves as a subject matter expert for key Albany County based agriculture initiatives including but not limited to youth agriculture; agriculture and farmland protection; farmers' markets and local food initiatives; County pest management and Ag based emergency preparedness. Responsible for identifying and assessing program needs, developing program goals and objectives, planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs.
This position also provides support and management for program volunteers, staff and interns as needed. Works as an Extension Association team member in addressing local, regional, and statewide programming priorities. Interacts with the public through delivery of programs and through individual participant assistance.
The Educator collaborates with partners including Cornell University, local/county government and officials, and community agencies for program development, delivery, assessment, and evaluation guidance.
This position receives direct supervision and 4-H oversight from the 4-H Issue Leader and receives local agriculture oversight from the Association Executive Director.
Please include a cover letter, resume and three references(at least one who is a current or former supervisor or teacher).
Once your application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.
Internal Applicants: Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are internal applicants; please refer to Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) for additional guidance.
All applications must be received on-line by November 19, 2018. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Master's degree in agriculture, animal science, education, or related discipline plus experience relevant to the role of the position.
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
Ability to meet the frequent travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for Association insurance coverage are required.
Ability to meet acceptable background check requirements.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts and supervise staff.
Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional educational tools and methods. Ability to frequently and effectively communicate verbally and in writing with program participants' employees and others.
Ability to read and write in English. Ability to read and interpret documents such as instructions, safety and procedure manuals.
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.
Ability to identify and make use of program resources within the community and to establish a leadership role.
Ability to generate a credible media presence in the community.
Ability to identify and secure funding that supports programs, including grant writing, developing public and private partnerships.
Demonstrated ability to recruit, engage and motivate volunteers.
Demonstrated ability to successfully market program though social, print and other media, resulting in robust program participation.
Ability to perform the following functions with or without reasonable accommodation: regularly work in agricultural and outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat, precipitation and cold – especially during the growing and fair seasons; frequently lift, move or transport program materials.
Ability to work in an office setting, with occasional to frequent distractions and opportunities to demonstrate positive collaboration amongst staff, visitors and the public; and by operating office equipment like a computer, copy machine, etc. without or without a reasonable accommodation.
Experience with grant management, evaluation and implementation.
Knowledge of the geography, demographics and unique needs of county.
Knowledge of and experience/skills in: Youth development; Policy, environmental and systems change approaches; Healthful lifestyles for youth; Cultural competency, disability awareness; Strategic planning, program development, coordination and management; Leadership, communication and writing
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Assessment - 15%
Develop methodology in collaboration with supervisor, the Association Executive Director, staff, community partners, and other stakeholders to assess the 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture programs.
Identify program gaps and emerging needs and make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements or improvements.
Ensure program assessment is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work and in-line with any funder's guidance.
Use subject matter knowledge to conduct needs assessments and analyze program needs.
May be involved in multidisciplinary and multi-Association team efforts to assess program.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University and possibly other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program assessment guidance.
Program Development - 20%
Apply subject matter knowledge to develop well-integrated 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture educational strategies related but not limited to: animal clubs, animal science ‘camp’ programs, summer and school gap programs, Day on the Farm events, local agriculture and food systems, etc.
Develop the 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture programs to meet changing local issues. May assist in development of 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture programs to meet changing regional and multi-Association issues.
Make programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes.
Use a system of ongoing involvement of citizens in the 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture development process which expresses the demographics of the community.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University and possibly other Lang Grant University faculty and program units for program development guidance.
Research, identify and select existing resources for the program. Create program materials to address 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture needs.
Create innovative educational programs.
Interpret Association and University program direction to create 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture educational programs.
Ensure program development is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work. Structure programs to meet the need of diverse program participants.
May be involved in multidisciplinary and multi-Association team efforts to develop program to address priority issues.
May assist in application of a high level of disciplinary subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies.
Program Delivery - 20%
Serve as subject matter expert for 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture programs and committees; provide highly complex nonstandard responses. Committees include but are not limited to Albany County Animal Response Team (CART), farmers markets, Albany County Agriculture District Committee, statewide beef initiatives, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), water quality, agriculture and farmland protection, urban agriculture, Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), agriculture/producer focused initiatives, local 'go green' agriculture projects. etc. Programs include but are not limited to animal science clubs and ‘camps,’ County and State Fairs, vet science, dog obedience, Day on the Farm, etc.
Interact with program participants as part of the program delivery process.
Represent CCE Albany and the 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture programs before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
Foster acceptance of the 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture programs, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Meets or exceeds targeted 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture program goals as assigned by the supervisors.
Teach the existing related educational programs as defined. Teach the innovative related educational programs with discretion.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University and possibly other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program delivery guidance.
Apply in-depth subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to deliver educational program.
Ensure program delivery is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Provide educational program efforts via mass media.
May be involved in multidisciplinary team and multi-Association efforts to deliver program.
Utilize a variety of proven educational methodologies.
Program Evaluation - 10%
Apply subject matter knowledge to evaluate 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture educational programs.
Make recommendations for 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture program improvements.
Design or create and implement program evaluation framework and analyze collected program evaluation data.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University and possibly other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program evaluation guidance.
Interpret and communicate evaluation results and findings to the constituencies.
Ensure program evaluation is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
May be involved in multidisciplinary and multi-Association team efforts to design or analyze program evaluation.
Applied Research - 5%
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 and in-line with the local Plan of Work.
Assist in conducting applied research in conjunction with Cornell University and possibly other Land Grant University Faculty as outlined in CCE program definition and standard.
Assist in the collaboration with Cornell faculty to design or create applied research collection framework.
Direction - 10%
Program Direction - Provide complex administrative tasks to plan the 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture educational programs. Collaborate with key organizations that work on local food and agriculture initiatives, drawing upon local programs and resources that serve the same audiences (i.e. farm service, soil and water conservation, Agriculture and markets, county planning and health departments, etc.) to plan the direction of established educational program goals. Interpret Association and University program direction to plan related educational programs. Plan the structure of delivering educational programs via various methods. Assist in the design of a system of ongoing involvement of citizens which expresses the demographics of the community.
Financial Direction - Provide input to the planning of the 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture budgets. Initiate and develop fundraising, grant or other funding proposals in order to secure ongoing or new funding to support and enhance educational program offerings.
Communications/Marketing Direction - Provide planning for mass media efforts related to 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture programs. Plan effective strategic external and internal program communication/ marketing efforts. Assist in developing and/or enhancing/ expanding relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders. Assist in developing the 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture marketing efforts, keying in on successes, research initiatives and flagship programs.
Staffing Direction - Perform moderately complex tasks related to supervisory responsibility as applicable. Assist in planning organizational leadership development strategies. Make recommendation to staffing plan development process
Management - 10%
Program Management - Monitor 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture programs to ensure that educational content conforms to research base, policies and objectives of the Association, and is research knowledge-based. Manage the promotion of 4-H Youth Development and volunteer recruitment efforts including enrollment campaigns, public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations. Meets or exceeds targeted 4-H volunteer recruitment goals through self or subordinate staff as assigned by the supervisor. Support volunteer recruitment and involvement.
Staffing Management - Provide support to and manages volunteers, seasonal program staff, and interns as needed. Directly supervises regular and seasonal staff in the 4-H programs. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Association's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, and hiring staff; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Jointly develop and review progress of assigned staff development plans as needed to increase staff competency. Assures positive, team-based employee relations.
Financial Management - Provide moderately complex administrative tasks in guiding the implementation of the 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture program budgets. Manage 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture grants or other funding proposals in order to secure ongoing or new funding to support and enhance educational program offerings. Lead, oversees and carries out scholarship solicitations, fund development and fundraising efforts related to 4-H animal science, local agriculture, and Association general fundraising activities (in collaboration with other Association staff fundraising efforts). Monitoring income/ expense to ensure the spending is within budget constraint. Effectively allocate financial resources to accomplish program objectives.
Communications/Marketing Management - Guide the implementation of communication strategies that relate to 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture programs.
General Management - assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise in the 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture programs, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
Implement established 4-H animal science and local/county agriculture program schedules. Assist in coordinating program activities for city farm days, urban youth programs, large and small animal trainings, etc.
Create and maintain a database and inventory of all agriculture producers in Albany County by commodity. Collect, input and update data, provide reports, graphs and charts as needed.
Complete required financial documentation to meet program budget requirements. Coordinate various fundraising events. Submit appropriate grant or other funding proposals, including financial documentation that may be required. Prepare expense reports.
Travel to various locations in an effort to meet program material and marketing needs. Examples include but are not limited to purchasing and/or delivering program materials, taking pictures and notes, etc.
On a frequent basis transports self, and/or youth program participants (for example, to Cornell University, State Fairgrounds, etc.) in Association or personal vehicles.
Frequently lifts, moves, or transports program materials and resources to program settings.
Provide administrative support for program design and for the implementation of the assessment, development, delivery, research and evaluation of established educational program goals.
Compile existing resources into educational program materials.
Collect evaluation and program needs assessment data from program participants based on existing framework.
Support mass media efforts.
Schedule, coordinate and facilitate project-related meetings and conference calls as required or as needed.
Complete evaluation submission and reporting requirements following established grant criteria/plan.
Professional Improvement - 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 and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with 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 Albany County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
This is a full time, exempt position. Compensation paid at the rate of $47,000 annually.
Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Paid time off including: 21 Vacation days, 12 Sick days and 3 Personal days annually
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
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
NYS Capital Region – a great place to live & work.
Albany County is located in the upper Hudson Valley/Capital District of New York State within a few hours' drive of New York City, Boston and Montreal.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-2117, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail email@example.com or phone (518) 765-3503.
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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