This position will serve as the Oneida County Farmers Market Manager for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Oneida County and will work under the direction and supervision of the Ag Economic Development Specialist to assist in the planning of educational programs and activities. This position will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Public Market and Market Readiness Programming and will work with the Friends of the Market committee per the established Plan of Work. This position will work with the agricultural community to enhance the economic vitality of agri-businesses in Oneida County and the surrounding region. This position will utilize established resources to support, manage and coordinate educational programming efforts provided to farmers and vendors regarding marketing of products that will increase access to local agricultural markets. This person will provide overall market management and outreach to agriculture producers, new food entrepreneurs, new/beginning farmers and the general public. As the Oneida County Ag Incubator Manager this person will assist entrepreneurs participating in the Farm & Food Business Incubator Program to develop products and business models to serve emerging markets. This position will coordinate specialized workshops and programs to help these new businesses navigate the unique challenges of the agricultural and food industries.
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education (Associate's Degree and 2 years transferrable program/functional experience may substitute).
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Coursework in agriculture, agriculture business or agriculture economics.
Training in Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs) curriculum.
Understanding of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) rules and regulations.
Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards, community, and community funding partners.
Demonstrated ability to plan, initiate, coordinate and organize informal educational programs.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technologies (i.e. computers, internet, social media) for outreach and communication purposes.
Demonstrated ability to participate in professional team efforts.
Demonstrated strong leadership skills, time management and motivational skills.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Administrative Direction - 10%
Provide input to support the planning of educational programs to include, but not limited to planning the delivery of established educational program goals and planning the structure of delivering educational programs via various methods.
Provide input in anticipating or planning for Farmers Market Program expenses.
Assist the Association Lead Executive Director with anticipating or projecting program expenses.
Assist the Association Lead Executive Director by providing program related information to the budget development process and assist the Association Lead Executive Director in allocating budget amounts.
Assist the Association Lead Executive Director in the planning of Farmers Market fund development activities as appropriate.
Provide moderately complex administrative assistance to include, but not limited to, planning for mass media efforts related to the Farmers Market Program; assisting the Association Lead Executive Director in planning effective strategic marketing efforts, including major public affairs events and functions.
Assist the Association Lead Executive Director by providing Farmers Market Program related information to the staffing plan development process.
Assist with creating linkages between wholesale food buyers and the agricultural community for the purpose of establishing and expanding current markets.
Assist the Association Lead Executive Director in the writing and development of grant applications to secure funding for ongoing/expanded programming efforts.
Administrative Management - 75%
Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the Farmers Market Program utilizing appropriate policies and procedures, as needed.
Assist the Association Lead Executive Director in ensuring Farmers Market Program activities conform with the Association's Plan of Work.
Support the allocation of program resources to accomplish Association program objectives within the Farmers Market Program.
Assist the Association Lead Executive Director with the monitoring of Farmers Market Program income/expenses to ensure spending is within the program budget constraint.
Assist in providing existing guidance to Farmers Market Program volunteers in accordance with established practices and procedures.
Ensure the Farmers Market Programs meet health, safety and other licensing standards and provide quality Farmers Market Program experiences.
Provide management (including recruitment and selection) and supervision (including guidance, performance feedback and annual performance reviews) to designated staff and provide oversight for program volunteers in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocol.
Provide regular staffing updates to the Association Lead Executive Director as required.
Monitor and schedule staff time to ensure program needs are met.
Administrative Coordination/Operation - 10%
Organize and coordinate all program activities related to the Farmers Market and Market Readiness Programming, such as: scheduling of subject-matter specific workshops (including Market Readiness training, GAPs/FSMA, wash water, etc.), farm visits to provide support in a successful GAPs audit, and others as defined by funder.
Maintain relationships with constituents and the community by utilizing various methods of communication such as writing newsletters, sending emails, updating social media, and creating website postings and content in support of Farmers Market and Market Readiness Programming.
Coordinate, compile and organize existing program resources and program materials.
Assist in the procurement of grant funds for program development and expansion.
Coordinate and support the Advisory Committee consisting of local producers, agri-businesses, and community members to assist with program implementation and planning.
Collect evaluation data and program needs assessments from program participants based on existing evaluation framework and guidelines.
Under the direction of the Association Lead Executive Director, provide moderately complex administrative support to prepare materials for report submission to meet grant/contract funding requirements, including, but not limited to: impact statements and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board of Directors and others as requested.
Under the direction of the Association Lead Executive Director, provide moderately complex administrative support to accomplish financial goals within the Farmers Market/Market Readiness Program to include, but not limited to: preparing materials for grant/contract proposal submission and providing required information needed in the financial documentation to meet the grant/budget requirements.
Under the direction of the Association Lead Executive Director, coordinate and assist with Farmers Market/Market Readiness projects and outreach efforts as instructed.
Coordinate effective marketing strategies in the promotion of programming efforts to include, but not limited to: print media, news media, social media, and multi-media efforts.
Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
This position may require the transport of program participants and/or program materials and resources in performing position responsibilities.
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 Oneida 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.
Be sure to enter your full name and contact information (address, email, and phone) in your online application.
Include a cover letter, resume and three references (at least one who is a current or former supervisor or teacher).
Please note, 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.
This is a full-time, exempt position.
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
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
For additional questions please contact Lori North, Association HR Manager, [email protected] .
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.
Internal Number: WDR-00019602
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