New York FarmNet supports farm families and agricultural businesses by providing both financial and personal consulting to improve the farm business and family communications.
Requirements/Qualifications: The financial consultant position requires a BS in agricultural economics or related field. Significant, successful experience performing farm financial and management analyses, working with lenders and directly with agricultural producers is required. Computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel and ability to learn data entry into the FarmNet data base is also required. Strong communication skills are critical for success in this position. A valid driver's license and ability to travel are required.
The areas where we would like to recruit for financial consultants are:
Hudson Valley - 1 consultant
Western NY - 1 consultant
Southern Tier - 1 consultant
Northern NY - 1 consultant
Leatherstocking Region/Mohawk Valley - 1 consultant
1) Provide Timely Response to phone messages or e-mails so cases can be assigned in a timely manner. Consultants will provide timely response to case assignments. The family is to be contacted by phone within 24 hours of the case assignment so as to obtain preliminary information and arrange for face-to-face meeting as deemed necessary by the consultant.
2) Provide Farm Financial Consultation with families to make an initial assessment, assist in identifying, gathering and analyzing data and information to identifying problems and assist in identifying and prioritizing alternative solutions based on the farms needs and resources, and assist in developing and enacting an ‘Action Plan’. Financial skills required are the ability to perform partial budget analyses, pro-forma income statements and cash flow statements, as well as balance sheets.
3) Facilitate Networking is encouraged and includes but is not limited to appropriate local agencies and resources that can assist the family in carrying out their alternative solutions and decisions. Included are the FarmNet office, Cooperative Extension, Lenders, Milk Cooperatives, Dispute Resolution, Veterinarians, Nutritionists.
4) Maintain Records of Services Provided includes obtaining a ‘Consent Form’ as provided by the FarmNet office from the farm family on the first visit. Anyone over the age of 18 who is working with the consultant must sign the form. In the case of long-term cases, or re-opened cases this form must be updated annually. Also, timely and accurate case entries into the FarmNet data base must be accomplished as well as other data from cases as required by FarmNet office staff.
5) Training and Professional Development is provided by FarmNet and organizes 2-3 in-service training sessions a year - generally in March, July, and November. Consultants are required to attend these sessions. Consultants are expected to also seek out and participate in professional development opportunities related to their responsibilities, with consultation and approval of NY FarmNet office staff.
6) NY FarmNet Outreach is an important component of the position. Occasionally consultants may be offered opportunities to provide program outreach - such as hosting a booth at a farm show, making a brief program presentation at a local agency or business, or collaborating with agriservice on making a workshop presentation.
Support and Supervision is provided by the NY FarmNet office staff. Consultants are encouraged to contact the office and other consultants when assistance and/or information is needed. Consultants are encouraged to make use of the FarmNet extensive resource library. Direct supervision is provided by the Executive Director of FarmNet
Duration of Appointment is an annual reappointment on April 1 based on job performance approval and funding availability.
Compensation for financial consultants is hourly as Casual Employees of Cornell University, and are subject to the rules and regulations of Cornell Payroll. Pay is competitive and must average less than 20 hours per week. An independent consultant option is available for those who qualify.
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