Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties operates the Taste NY Store located at the New Baltimore Travel Plaza in Hannacroix, NY.
Taste NY Market Store Clerks work under the direction and supervision of the Taste NY Market Manager and Taste NY Assistant Market Manager. Primary responsibilities include assisting with management of inventory, operation of cash register, cash controls, transportation of inventory to the store, customer service, food service and record keeping.
Under the guidance of the supervisor, helps to keep the store visually distinctive and impeccably maintained - cleaning, preparing product demonstrations, restocking, refilling supplies, etc.
Clerks also discuss Columbia & Greene County agriculture and local foods with customers to engage them in these areas and to provide information upon request about the food and farm products sold in the store.
These are grant-funded positions.
High School Diploma or equivalent education.
Ability to effectively work in an informal, educational-based retail environment, performing positive public educational and customer service experiences.
Communication Skills - Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and tactfully through verbal, written and electronic methods. Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
Ability to constantly work flexible hours related to the Market schedule, including early mornings, nights, weekends and holidays.
Ability to constantly work in a retail setting - ability to maneuver around the sales floor, stockroom, and office, ability to operate point of sale register, office computer and other equipment.
Ability to frequently lift, move and/or transport Market products, supplies and equipment with or without reasonable accommodation.
Math Skills - Ability to complete basic math functions in a fast paced environment.
Ability to meet regular travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license and ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required. Must be able to drive personal or Association vehicle for pick-up and delivery of products. Hand-carts or dollies may be used for transportation purposes.
Ability and willingness to work with diverse public audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Familiarity with windows-based software including use of internet-based communications and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
Ability to follow procedures and written instructions.
Ability and willingness to work with a high degree of integrity, accuracy, organization, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential, sensitive information.
One (1) year retail sales experience.
Experience working in customer service and retail environments.
Understanding of basic marketing.
Ability to handle multiple tasks.
Proficiency with internet based communications.
Knowledge of the organization, operation, philosophy and objectives of Cooperative Extension.
Knowledge of agriculture and agricultural practices.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Coordination/Operation - 95%
Provides customer service - greets, assists and serves the needs of Taste NY store customers. Describe the local farms, produce, food and products displayed.
Operates point of sale cash register, makes change, etc. Cash Controls - follow all procedures for proper management and handling of cash.
Stock and replenish store supplies and inventory. Track product inventory.
Prepares product and food demonstrations.
Assist in cleaning and maintaining a visually distinctive and impeccably maintained store.
Assist with store opening and closing procedures.
Quickly notifies supervisors of any unique or emergency situations.
Assist with store inspection, organization and recordkeeping.
Receive and log scheduled deliveries.
Assist with promotion of agri-tourism in Columbia & Greene Counties.
Maintain equipment, troubleshoot if necessary and call for repair as directed.
Regularly transport self, and/or Market materials and resources related to the Taste NY Market and/or program.
Frequently lift, move and/or transport Market products, supplies, and equipment
Prepare and submit accurate expense reports, receipts/supporting documentation, and/or vouchers in a timely manner per established policy and procedures.
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 Columbia & Greene Counties 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.
Compensation paid at the rate of $15 per hour. Hours may vary (part time and full-time).
Benefits may be available based on eligibility, (depending upon hours worked and length of employment) including:
Paid time off
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.
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To be considered for this position, you must:
(1) Complete *ALL* sections of the online application including your name, full contact information, experience and education. DO NOT JUST ATTACH DOCUMENTS!
(2) Attach a Resume (PDF or Microsoft Word format).
(3) Attach names and addresses of at least 3 Professional References (at least one who is a current or former supervisor or teacher) in PDF or Microsoft Word format.
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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: [email protected]
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail [email protected] 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.
Internal Number: WDR-00016484
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