CCE of Washington County is seeking a Farm to School Program Coordinator to serve as a member of the Association team to effectively coordinate and deliver Farm to School related programs in the communities of Washington County.
This position will effectively market and provide strong ongoing support for Farm to School related programs by working closely with farmers, schools, program participants, and other program staff to help ensure robust, sustained program participation.
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All Internal Applicants: Those who are currently employed by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting must apply online via their employee Workday account, which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
All applications must be received on-line by February 5, 2021. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Bachelor's Degree in related field. Associate Degree in related field and two years' transferrable program experience may substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Travel Requirements - Ability to meet the regular travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for Association insurance coverage are required. Regularly uses personal and/or Association vehicles.
Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Coordination Skills - Ability to effectively coordinate program efforts including data management and reporting, scheduling and coordinating programs and events, compiling and maintaining materials and resources, following financial reporting requirements.
Program Skills - Ability to effectively deliver related programs and training. Serve as an effective resource for farmers, schools and others. Maintain program participant and volunteer data confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with farmers, schools, program participants, employees and others through a variety of media. Ability to effectively market program through social, print and other media, resulting in robust program participation. Ability to recruit farmers, producers, schools and others for the program. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Computer Skills - Proficiency or ability to learn and effectively use software including use of the internet, program related software, and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Work Environment - In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works in a typical office environment. In addition, the position regularly lifts, moves, or transports program related materials and equipment. The position regularly works in outdoor weather conditions including heat and cold, precipitation, and in environments like farms, schools and community events.
Coursework in agriculture, food systems, or related areas.
Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Delivery - 10%
Delivery existing educational programs in the areas of Farm to School as assigned and in collaboration with nutrition and Ag In The Class education staff.
Foster acceptance of program, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Utilizing established materials, serve as subject matter resource in discipline? provide standard responses.
Interact with program participants as part of program delivery.
Represent CCE of Washington County before the public, community leaders, government officials, or Cornell as part of program delivery.
May assist in creation of lesson plans to deliver educational program.
May assist in teaching innovative educational programs.
Direction - 5%
Working under the established guidelines, develop and enhance relationships with farmers, producers, schools and others to recruit new program partners in the communities of Washington County.
Assist with establishing program goals and priorities.
Assist supervisor with the planning of educational programs.
Assist with development of marketing strategies, public affairs and special events to reach target audiences and meet program objectives.
Assist in identifying community and fiscal resources for program continuance and enhancement, including for grant applications.
Provide supervisor with program related information to assist the budget development process.
Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise within Farm to School programs utilizing appropriate policies and procedures and with supervisor guidance as needed.
Assist with identifying, anticipating, recommending and planning for program needs/supplies.
Assist with effectively managing the program budget and grant requirements.
Assist in identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources.
Coordination/Operation - 70%
Survey farmers regarding produce they can offer schools (when, how much, price, etc.).
Share results with school cafeteria managers to determine product interest.
Meet with school cafeteria and fiscal staff to coordinate an memorandum of agreement (MOA) on procurement (with Association Executive Director) - to help determine the quantity and price point the school is interested in purchasing.
Survey farmers and schools to determine what equipment is needed to process fresh produce (then purchase equipment).
Coordinate trainings (with Association nutrition educator) for food service staff on processing and nutritional value of fresh produce.
Coordinate a plan to support storing, processing, and transporting fresh produce.
Coordinate meal plans with cafeteria managers featuring locally produce farm products in collaboration with the Association nutrition educator.
Coordinate farmer visits and taste testing events at local schools for students, faculty, and administrators to connect consumers directly to the producers providing the food. Taste tests will be in collaboration with the Association nutrition educator.
Compile existing resources into educational program materials.
Implement established Farm to School program schedule.
Effectively maintain existing relationships with volunteers, program participants, outside organizations, and others to help ensure robust and sustained program participation and program success.
Maintain communication with constituents and the community through variety of methods such as newsletters, e-mails, electronic technology, internet, social media, website postings and content.
Coordinate promotion of program efforts through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
Provide information for preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Draft standard and nonstandard communications, requiring only occasional guidance from supervisor.
On a regular basis transport self and program related materials in vehicles.
On a regular basis lift, move, and/or transport program materials.
Collect evaluations and other data from program participants.
Prepare and submit expense reports.
Perform event set up and break down (room set up, tables, chairs, cleaning up, etc.).
Book rooms and other locations for assigned programs.
Perform data entry, program and event registrations, and complete paperwork for assigned programs.
Order and maintain inventory of programs materials and supplies. Communicate with supervisors if materials are needed.
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 Washington 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.
This is a full time position, 37.5 hours/week. Compensation of $17.94 per hour. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Paid Vacation, Sick & Personal leave
NYS Health Insurance Program (including FREE Dental Insurance)
NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Total Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
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
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
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@example.com.
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
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