LOCATION The University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture, Extension, Department of Animal Science, Knoxville, TN
EFFECTIVE DATE Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with training and experience. This is a grant-funded position. Continued
employment is contingent upon performance and funding. Benefits include group hospitalization and
life insurance, State Employees Retirement; Workers' Compensation; sick and annual leave; numerous
University of Tennessee and state benefits programs, including liberal time off for holidays and longevity
pay after three years of service; reimbursement for official travel
The Extension Specialist I will provide support for Dr. Liz Eckelkamp and the Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives (DBII) project. This position is expected to develop strong working relationships with Extension agents and partners, as well as coordinate with counterparts in North Carolina and Kentucky. This person will coordinate program evaluation efforts to provide continuous program quality improvement such as tracking program delivery, collecting success stories/impacts and other qualitative program evaluation data, and compiling reports. Deliver current, research-based subject matter information and educational training to dairy producers, dairy businesses, and Extension agents. Author publications for public distribution to support the educational programs. Assist Program Coordinator with liaising with producer awardees. Support the DBII by planning and conducting workshops and conferences and developing publications. Plan, conduct, implement and evaluate assigned educational programs in such a manner that they meet the needs of all participants. Address current needs and anticipate upcoming needs in a manner that problems can be solved in a proactive manner. Develop and prepare appropriate training materials and programs for Extension personnel and clientele and deliver them in the most effective means possible while modeling exemplary teaching methods. Keep current in assigned subject matter area and strive for professional improvement by means of study, seminars, professional meetings, and self-evaluation.
Assist in planning and conducting workshops and conferences, teaching at workshops, making farm visits, collecting survey data, making farm visits to inspect equipment purchased with Producer Subawards and developing reports.
Track numbers required to report Outcome Indicators for participants in the grant project.
Use Excel to organize and analyze data.
Prepares program evaluations in QuestionPro or Qualtrics.
Coordinates with North Carolina and Kentucky Dairy Development Council counterparts to collect program evaluation and outcomes for their producers.
Perform training for agents and producers including the appropriate training methods including face-to-face and online.
Serve as a contact for Extension specialists, agents, and county-level partners on programmatic efforts.
Assist with preparing reports for University of Tennessee and USDA.
Orders and manages publications for usage, prepares educational materials for workshops, assists with preparation of newsletters, brochures, quarterly reports, maintains and distributes to newsletter/email lists, maintains peer reviews and printing authorization for publications.
Maintains media library for DBII.
Develop and prepare appropriate training materials and programs for personnel and clientele and deliver them in the most effective means possible while modeling exemplary teaching methods.
Collect data needed for program evaluation efforts related to evaluating the effectiveness of programs.
Develop flyers and other recruitment materials through programs such as Canva.
Assist in maintaining value-added dairy processor webpage on UT Dairy website
Keep current in assigned subject matter area and strive for professional improvement by means of study, seminars, professional meetings and self-evaluation.
Internal Number: 211547
About Institute of Agriculture
The Institute’s four major units are the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension. The Institute contributes to improving the quality of lives and enhancing the agricultural, economic, environmental and social well-being of Tennessee. Our clientele include students, families, farmers, 4-Hers, agribusiness and the general public.