The Agriculture and Horticulture Educator serves as the association's program contact for government representatives, Cornell University representatives, and farmers and producers in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, and agribusiness, enhancing the growth, development, and sustainability of agricultural and horticultural, agritourism, and value-added enterprises, and providing timely information to the general public.
The educator is responsible for assessing, planning, developing, organizing, delivering, and evaluating the association's program efforts in areas of conventional and alternative agriculture and horticulture methods, agricultural economic development, consumer horticulture, and the master gardener volunteer program. The Senior Resource Educator will guide and supervise assigned program staff and oversee master gardener volunteers.
The educator ensures producers' access to program specialists with the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program (ENYCHP) and Central New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crop Program (CNYDLFCP) Teams. The educator works with external organizations, including the county agriculture and farmland protection board, and with volunteers, including master gardeners. The individual embraces the Skills for Success behaviors as outlined on page six, including health and safety, job skills, inclusiveness, adaptability, self-development, communication, teamwork, service-mindedness, stewardship, and innovation.
Master's degree in agriculture, horticulture, animal science, agronomy, farm business management, agricultural education or related disciplines and two years related experience.
Ability to plan, manage, and implement projects and educational programs.
Demonstrated ability to provide leadership, supervision, and guidance to a variety of groups and individuals including staff and volunteers; to lead and delegate staff members; to participate effectively in professional teams; and to work assisting internal and external customers.
Ability to secure and administer grants and contracts.
Ability to meet frequent travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with an acceptable DMV driver's record is required.
Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and work as an effective team member.
Ability to work flexible hours including nights and/or weekends.
Ability to read and write in English.
Skilled in computer word processing, spreadsheets, and database management programs.
Ability to work in outdoor/agricultural environments under varying conditions including hot and cold weather.
Ability to carry supplies and equipment, including by stairs and in outdoor/agricultural settings with or without reasonable accommodation.
Ability to identify and utilize program resources within the community.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual means, using traditional and innovative technologies (e.g., digital, computers, audio, video, etc.).
Ability to complete short- and long-term goals while managing day-to-day deadlines.
Ability to organize and manage tasks under changing priorities.
Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with diverse audiences in individual and group settings and ability to work effectively with advisory boards, committees, community, and funding partners.
Balance work efforts appropriately between program, outreach, and professional services.
Experience in diverse agricultural and horticultural enterprises
Knowledge of Schoharie and Otsego Counties' people, land, climate, and farm enterprises.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Assessment - 20%
Apply in-depth subject matter knowledge to identify program gaps and agricultural trends in the community.
Develop program assessment tools for farmers, agri-business operators, master gardeners, and others to evaluate and determine the direction of agriculture/horticulture programs delivered by staff and in partnership with the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program (ENYCHP) and Central New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops (CNYDLFC) Teams.
Support multidisciplinary team efforts to assess program. Make recommendations for program offerings, enhancements, and improvements.
Seek guidance from Cornell University agricultural, horticultural, energy, business, and master gardener specialists and faculty on program assessments.
Ensure program assessment is principally focused within the scope of the statewide plan of work and to a lesser degree with local unique needs.
May assist in multi-association team efforts to assess programs.
Partner with the Cornell Program Team members in assessing the association's agriculture and horticulture programs.
Analyze program needs and make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements, and improvements.
Program Development - 20%
Apply in-depth subject matter expertise to develop educational strategies and innovative educational programs.
Develop agriculture, food systems, agritourism, ag business, consumer horticulture, master gardener volunteer programs and research, identify, and select new or existing resources for program use.
Create program materials to address client needs as may be required. May assist in development of program to meet changing multi-association issues.
May be involved in multidisciplinary and/or multi-association team efforts to develop programs to address priority issues. Develop program strategy for maximizing the program participation of the association in partnership with the ENYCHP and CNYDLFC Regional Teams. Based on program assessment, develop or expanded program efforts which complement the regional teams.
Work with Cornell University specialists/faculties and program units for program development guidance.
Interpret association and university program directions to create educational programs which align within the scope of the statewide plan of work.
Structure programs to meet the needs of diverse program participants.
May have direct linkage with other land-grant university faculty and program units for program development guidance.
Develop well-integrated association educational efforts, which should reflect existing and changing regional needs.
Use a system of ongoing involvement of citizens in the program development process which reflects the demographics of the community. Make programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes.
Program Delivery - 10%
Serve as a subject matter expert to provide program delivery in the area of existing and proposed collaborations with the ENYCHP and CNYDLFC regional teams.
Deliver educational meetings and producer information to support the development of diverse traditional and emerging agricultural, horticultural, value-added, and agri-tourism initiatives.
Foster acceptance of program methods and policies to address community and individual needs.
Serve as subject matter expert in discipline; provide highly complex nonstandard responses including but not limited to assisting in development of farm and business plans for local producers.
Distribute program information through media including newspaper, radio, publication, social, and other outlets.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
May be involved in multidisciplinary team efforts to deliver programs.
Serve as the direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units for program delivery guidance.
Program Evaluation - 15%
Apply in-depth subject matter knowledge to evaluate association agriculture, horticulture, agriculture economic development, agri-tourism, agriculture food systems, consumer horticulture, and master gardener volunteer educational programs.
Design or create program evaluation framework. Implement program evaluation. Analyze and interpret collected program evaluation data.
Make recommendations for improvements.
May be involved in multidisciplinary team efforts to design or analyze program evaluation.
Serve as the direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units for program evaluation guidance.
Interact with various constituencies to obtain their evaluation of programs. Interpret evaluation data to various constituencies. Communicate evaluation results and findings
Ensure program evaluation is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Applied Research - 15%
May collect and process diagnostic laboratory samples.
Maintain direct linkage with program teams and Cornell University faculty and program units for guidance in applied research.
Communicate social, economic, and environmental changes to Cornell University specialists who are engaged in research of interest.
Ensure applied research is within scope of the statewide plan of work.
Administrative Direction - 5%
Assist in the design of a system of ongoing involvement of citizens who represent the demographics of the community including but not limited to:
Ag and Farmland Protection Boards
County Soil and Water Conservation Districts
IDA, NYS Farm Bureau
County Planning and Economic Development Agencies
Jointly develop and review progress of staff development plans as needed to increase staff competencies.
Make recommendations to staffing plan development process.
Make program related recommendations to the budget development process.
Administrative Management - 5%
May assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Monitor program to ensure that educational content conform to policies and objectives of the association and is research knowledge-based.
Provide guidance and oversight for the master gardener volunteer program
Monitor program incomes and expenses to ensure funds are within program budget.
Allocate financial resources effectively to accomplish program objectives.
Allocate human resources effectively under the established staffing plan to accomplish program objectives.
Provide supervision to assigned program staff. Supervise staff in accordance with the association's policies and procedures. Responsibilities include training staff; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining staff in consultation with the Executive Director; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Assure positive, team-based employee relations
Provide support and appropriate regional connections to the association's master gardener volunteer program efforts. Ensure that the volunteers are supported and that volunteer efforts are clearly aligned with overall association program priorities.
Provide leadership to the association's governance agriculture program advisory committee and other program committees as requested.
Administrative Coordination/Operation - 5%
Compile resources on agriculture/horticulture program information for distribution to program participants and the public.
Compile existing resources into educational program materials.
Implement established program schedule.
Collect evaluation data from program participants based on existing framework.
Collect applied research data based on existing framework
Collect program needs assessment data based on existing framework.
Assist in coordinating program implementation activities and planning efforts.
Submit program report to meet funding agency requirements.
Prepare and submit grant proposals to secure additional funding.
On a regular basis transport self, carrying program materials and resources to program sites.
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 & Safety - Applied to all duties and functions
Support the association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar and strive to follow applicable federal, state, local regulations and the association health and safety policies, procedures, requirements, and standards.
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.
Know and adhere to established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schoharie and Otsego 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.
Application review begins March 31, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.
All applications must be submitted online.
This is a full time, exempt position, 40 hrs./week .
Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Paid Vacation & Sick
NYS Health Insurance Program (including FREE Dental Insurance)
NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity Plan
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
ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions
For additional questions please contact Don Smyers, Association Executive Director, email [email protected] .
To be considered for this position, all applicants must:
(1) Complete *ALL* sections of the online application
(2) Upload/attach a cover letter (Word or PDF format)
(3) Upload/attach a Resume (Word or PDF format)
(4) Upload/attach names and contact info for at least 3 professional references (Word or PDF format)
Please note that you should upload documents at the beginning of the application process. READ THE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS BELOW TO BE SURE YOU ARE UPLOADING DOCUMENTS AS REQUESTED.
Internal Applicants: Apply via Workday under the "Career, Talent and Performance" section.
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 607-255-6120 or via email at: [email protected]
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