This position will serve as the Dairy and Livestock Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County and will be responsible for developing, planning, implementing and evaluating agriculture education with a focus on Dairy and Livestock programs. This position will teach in both group and individual settings utilizing a variety of delivery methods, to include, but not limited to: workshops, seminars, demonstrations, interest groups, newsletters, farm visits, and mass media. The Dairy and Livestock Educator will also be responsible for identifying and assessing educational program needs, developing program goals and objectives, and the evaluation of all program offerings. This position will serve as the frontline staff building strong customer relations in assisting producers in the dairy and livestock industry. This position will work as an Association team member in addressing local, regional, and statewide programming priorities as appropriate.
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All applicants must apply by close of day on March 10, 2020 to be considered for this position. All applicants must submit an application online, which includes: cover letter, resume and three (3) references.
All External Applicants (including applicants currently employed by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Associations other than the Association advertising this career opportunity) must submit his/her application materials via the "APPLY" button located within this job posting.
All Internal Applicants (current employees working for the Association advertising this career opportunity) must apply online via his/her Workday account, which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/.
Please contact Jane Pearson, Association Regional HR Coordinator at 315-788-8450 with questions.
This position is a full-time exempt position - 100% FTE. Annual salary is $45,000 to $48,000 commensurate with experience. This position, based on eligibility, offers a comprehensive benefit package, to include: health and dental insurance, retirement, vacation, sick and personal leave.
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.
Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and tactfully through verbal, written and electronic methods.
Ability and willingness to work with a high degree of integrity, accuracy, organization, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential, sensitive information.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
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.
Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
Experience in grant writing.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
Assessment - 15%
Develop methodology to assess the Dairy and Livestock program, including frequent interaction with producers through but not limited to farm visits, and ensure that comprehensive program and strategic needs of the Association are being satisfied.
Ensure program assessment is aligned with the statewide Plan of Work and the Association Plan of Work.
Develop program needs assessment.
Apply subject matter knowledge to identify program gaps and emerging needs and make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements or improvements.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program for program assessment guidance.
Development - 20%
Apply subject matter knowledge to develop Dairy and Livestock educational programming, materials and activities to meet identified needs, goals and objectives within the county.
Develop Dairy and Livestock educational programs, activities and materials to enhance local and regional agriculture understanding and connection to consumers in identified areas of program concentration to include industry and youth audiences.
Structure programs to meet the need of diverse program participants and meet changing local and/or regional issues.
Make programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes.
Maintain linkages with Cornell faculty and other subject matter specialists for guidance in program development.
Work collaboratively with programs developed through the North Country Regional Ag Team.
Delivery - 20%
Deliver Dairy and Livestock educational programming, and create linkages between food, consumers and agricultural producers. Topics include, but will not be limited to: Dairy and Livestock management including, but not limited to the following topics: nutrition, herd health, reproduction, production records, milking management, replacements, animal facilities, quality assurance, animal comfort and welfare, health and animal production best practices; Promotion of Agriculture/local food systems; Critical agricultural issues; Implementation of agriculturally based economic development strategies; Beginner/new farmer. (Interact and collaborate with small, beginning and veteran farmers to provide support as a means to increase productivity and connect them to available resources for success.)
Implement educational programs through workshops, seminars, demonstrations, interest groups, newsletters, farm visits, mass media and agri-business contacts utilizing established resources and per established program parameters, and apply dairy and livestock subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to deliver these educational programs as appropriate.
Work to foster acceptance of the Dairy and Livestock program, methods and practices while addressing needs in the agriculture community and considering diverse audiences.
Deliver educational programs as a part of multi-association and/or regional efforts when identified/appropriate.
Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association and the Agriculture Program staff to achieve Association program delivery goals, including subject matter expert for 4-H.
Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County in a professional manner and communicate and cooperate with the public, agribusinesses, veterinarians, feed dealers, government officials, community leaders, Cornell and/or other land grant universities as a part of program delivery.
Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, media, newsletters, electronic technology, internet, social media, Facebook, Twitter, and distance learning to promote and deliver program.
Facilitate awareness of, and promote agricultural producers' involvement with, the Regional Agriculture Teams
Serve as subject matter expert in the area of Dairy and Livestock to connect staff and clientele, including schools, agencies, producers, consumers, and other groups (as identified) with relevant agricultural resources to enhance and improve Agriculture awareness.
Evaluation - 10%
Develop program evaluation framework and tools based on subject matter knowledge to measure program impacts and gain input/insight for continuous improvement.
Interact with program participants, the community, Cornell faculty, and staff to collect evaluation data for improving programs.
Analyze and evaluate collected program evaluation data and communicate results and findings.
Recommend program changes to strengthen and improve programs.
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 and Association Plan of Work.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units for guidance in applied research.
Direction - 10%
Determine Association program priorities and goals in consultation and collaboration with Program Committee(s), community agencies, and/or other stakeholders.
Provide input to the Issue Leader for the planning of the program budget.
Assist with development of marketing and promotion of agricultural resources through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and agricultural organizations.
Initiate and develop grant or other funding proposals in order to secure ongoing or new funding to support and enhance educational program offerings.
Assist in identifying, developing, and securing community and fiscal resources for program continuance and enhancement, including grant funds for program development and expansion.
Assist in developing and/or enhancing/expanding relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders for the program.
Management - 10%
Manage administrative and program activities, as required.
Assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise within the program utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Manage and allocate program resources needed to carry out program priorities and goals in consultation and collaboration with Issue Leader, Program Committee(s), community agencies, and/or other stakeholders.
Monitor program to ensure compliance with policies and objectives of the Association, funding requirements, and adherence to Association strategies/Plan of Work.
Effectively manage and allocate financial resources to accomplish program objectives. Assist with identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources within the Association.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
Maintain communication with constituents and the community through variety of methods such as newsletters, e-mails, social media, website postings and content.
Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County on local Agriculture committees/boards, etc. as appropriate
Coordinate marketing and promotion of agricultural resources through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and agricultural organizations.
Coordinate meetings and events in assigned program areas.
Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Submit appropriate grant or other funding proposals, including financial documentation that may be required.
Write educational articles as assigned.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 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 Jefferson 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.
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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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