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Who We Are
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
Cornell's Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) group focuses on developing methods to understand and enhance the sustainability of plant production in indoor growing environments to support commercial production for local food systems. A position is available within the Cornell CEA group to advance efforts of the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) Consortium. GLASE is a new and unique association of New York scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs from academia, industry and government representing multidisciplinary expertise on efficient greenhouse operation and the related industry supply chain. The Consortium is focused on energy-efficient greenhouse lighting, lighting-control technology and greenhouse system integration market opportunities as well as addressing the associated barriers to commercialization of all facets of the rapidly expanding greenhouse environmental control systems industry. The project's overarching objectives are to transform lighting and systems management in the greenhouse industry by optimizing energy efficiency, crop yield and crop quality by performing research and demonstrations of improved lighting and control prototypes, products and integrated systems. Further, the Consortiums seeks to become financially self-sustaining by bringing together academia and marketplace knowledge and experience sufficient to secure continued funding from government and industry-focused on continuous improvement energy-efficient technologies and best operating practices in the greenhouse industry.
An activity of the GLASE consortium is the New York State Greenhouse Database and Benchmark tool, which is a NYSERDA sponsored project to promote the development and implementation of an action-oriented benchmark process for greenhouse growers in NY. The database and benchmark tool will allow growers to identify energy efficiency opportunities, prioritize investments and make comparisons with other facilities. Utility companies will benefit from the aggregated data to identify industry standard practices and trends, market projections, and energy load and demand planning. NYS government agencies will be able to gain industry insights to foster the adoption of energy efficient technologies aimed at strengthening the CEA agriculture sector through improved economic, environmental, and social outcomes.
What You Will Do:
This is a two-year, 32 hours per week position. The candidate will provide support to both the GLASE consortium and the NYS Greenhouse Database and Benchmark tool project. In coordination with the GLASE Executive director and the GLASE PIs at Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the successful candidate will serve as the coordinator between all project participants. The candidate will have the opportunity to interact with state and national industry stakeholders, for-profit executives, regulatory agencies and commercial CEA growers
Overall activities and responsibilities include:
Strategic engagement with industry stakeholders to recruit new industry members and project participants
Build strategic connections with industry stakeholders and identify potential project collaboration opportunities
Grow and expand on-going projects in the CEA industry
Prepare meeting agendas, meeting minutes, meeting results, and planning documents
Prepare and apply industry surveys for project evaluation
Coordinate strategic marketing activities to promote industry awareness and support the consortium growth
Coordinate outreach and educational programs to inform and educate the CEA industry and facilitate CEA specific technology/knowledge transfer
Maintain both projects' websites; develop periodic newsletters; coordinate webinar and technical bulletin series
Coordinate the development, design and distribution of industry impact reports and coordinate the development and execution of industry short courses.
The candidate should be capable of working remotely and independently.
2 YEAR TERM POSITION; EXTENSION CONTINGENT UPON SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE & AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.
What We Need:
We are looking for someone with the following qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in business development, non-profit administration or other related discipline, with at least two years' experience in Cooperative Extension or related public education organization.
Project management experience with the demonstrated ability to prioritize, multitask and meet deadlines.
Experience interfacing with the public, excellent communication skills (oral and written).
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple activities.
Demonstrated examples of innovative, high quality interactions with outreach/extension programming.
Proficiency with website maintenance software (ex: WordPress), email marketing software (ex: MailChimp), Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop, and Google Drive.
Willingness to learn, engage and stay current in innovative outreach approaches that may include video production, webinars, project management software, and other emerging social media tools for reaching community leaders and industry stakeholders, and building networks among them.
Must be able to work independently and remotely while supporting the efforts of an overall team.
Ability to develop effective working relationships with a diverse group including: faculty, staff, State and Federal level agencies, for-profit companies and CEA growers
Occasional travel (4-8 times annually) to attend state and national trade shows and conferences may be required for which maintaining a valid driver's license is a must.
If you possess these experiences and skills this may be the role for you! There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, to include:
Experience with managing large projects with many members.
Business experience including business plan development and execution.
Experience in the greenhouse, controlled environment agriculture, or broader agriculture industry.
Holistic/systems view of the relevant markets and industries across the entire CEA product supply chain.
Rewards and Benefits:
We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.
Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25th through January 1st.
Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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