Agricultural Economic Development Specialist - Kingston, NY
Location: Kingston, New York
Internal Number: WDR-00031511
The Agricultural Economic Development Specialist will serve as an Association Resource Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Ulster County and will promote and develop programs that will enhance the economic viability of agricultural enterprises in Ulster County. The focus of educational and programming efforts will be for agricultural marketing, business development, tourism, and public relations issues. This position will develop and deliver educational programs in Agricultural Economic Development to clientele in cooperation with CCE staff and volunteers, the Ulster County Office of Economic Development, other Ulster County Governmental Departments, and other outside agencies and organizations. This position will be responsible for planning, priority setting, and evaluation functions with input and guidance for Agriculture and Economic Development in the County, and for coordinating local programs with regional and statewide issues and resources. The primary target audience for programming will include agricultural producers and service providers, new entrepreneurs, processing, and ag-related businesses including ag tourism and community members. Work with County economic development staff as well as existing business planning and economic incentive programs. Educational efforts should lead to impacts including product diversification, direct marketing strategies, promotion of local product labels, value-added opportunities by linking with available expertise, and understanding access to local, state, national, and international market channels. This position may include some regional work with the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture team throughout the Mid and Lower Hudson Valley.
Master's Degree from accredited institution with emphasis in agriculture economics, marketing, public policy, hospitality management, or a closely related field.
Graduate level coursework in agricultural economics, economic development, or economics
Experience or course work relevant to the position.
Valid NYS Driver's License and the ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Basic understanding of business financials and demonstrated numeracy skills
Experience teaching adults.
Experience working with the public.
Experience understanding and carrying out education program tasks and objectives.
Ability to deliver factually accurate, science-based educational programming.
Ability to communicate clearly verbally and electronically.
Ability to research a technical topic and prepare referenced written educational materials.
Ability to prepare reports of program activities, methods and outcomes.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability to understand and implement written and oral instructions.
Ability to lift 20-50 lbs occasionally.
Moderate to advanced computer skills.
Two (2) years as a Cooperative Extension educator or equivalent professional experience in teaching or education in an academic or business setting.
Additional training in ag economics.
Agricultural background, agri-business or farm experience, computer education and /or computer experience.
Ability to find, use, and correctly cite academic research and have experience in academic research and writing
Experience with administrative program management tasks, including coordinating events.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to plan, teach and evaluate informal educational programs through a variety of delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse audiences.
Demonstrated ability to work with youth and adults, including volunteers.
Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technologies for educational and communication purposes.
Program Assessment - 15%
Apply subject matter knowledge to identify gaps and trends in the community.
Develop program needs assessment and analyze program needs.
Make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements or improvements.
Ensure program assessment is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Participate in multidisciplinary team efforts to assess program.
Assist in multi-association team efforts to assess program as needed.
Program Development - 15%
Develop a collaborative relationship with the Ulster County ag and farmland protection board, Ulster County planning staff, Ulster County Office of Economic Development, tourism director, chamber of commerce, farm bureau and others to develop programs that link agriculture with the broader county efforts directed at tourists and business.
Plan programs and develop materials in the area of ag business development and marketing.
As part of program development, develop and maintain relationships within Cornell and external partners to identify, promote and share resources and opportunities for local businesses.
Program Delivery - 25%
Apply in-depth subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to deliver educational programming.
As part of program delivery, facilitate the implementation of the Ulster County Office of Economic Development and Ulster County Tourism Offices Initiatives linked to Agriculture
Based on collaborative development With the Ulster County Ag & Farmland Protection Board, Ulster County Planning Staff, Ulster County Office of Economic Development, Tourism Director, Chamber Of Commerce, Farm Bureau And Others, deliver programs to help bolster agriculture in the community.
Facilitate educational activities for farm operators, agri-business representatives, and government agencies in response to emerging issues.
Join other paid staff and volunteers as requested to conduct programs and support total CCE programs within the mission, such as county fair, dinners and exhibits.
Serve as subject matter expert to producer groups, government agencies and associated agri-business groups.
Provide education on business start-up, identifying opportunities and resources to improve current operations, expand or diversify into new enterprises or markets.
Encourage and educate about cooperative buying and marketing arrangements that improve market access and business viability.
Educate growers to enhance their promotion of agriculture and locally grown ag products to consumers through media, speaker's bureaus, participation in ag-based organizations, relationships with other county agencies to increase purchases of locally produced ag products.
Provide education and support to strengthen and expand existing farmer's markets.
Program Evaluation - 10%
Apply subject matter knowledge to evaluate educational programs.
Design or create program evaluation framework.
Implement program evaluation, analyze collected data and make recommendations for improvements.
Interact with various constituencies to obtain their evaluation of programs.
Communicate evaluation results and findings to constituents.
Regularly analyze and evaluate programs and make recommendations to issue leader, advisory committee, extension director, and Cornell faculty for strengthening and improving programs.
Applied Research - 10%
Conduct applied research in conjunction with Cornell and/or other Land Grant University faculty and staff as outlined in CCE program definition and standard.
Collaborate with other Cornell and/or other Land Grant University faculty and staff to design or create applied research collection framework.
Prepare written materials for research publications as needed.
Lead economic impact assessment for agriculture, food and beverage industries in Ulster County; may include survey and assessments, subcontracting consultants, collecting and analyzing data, generating reports and presentations.
Conduct program marketing including written materials, media outreach, and website development as part of the research endeavors.
Direction - 5%
Utilize subject matter knowledge to plan the delivery and structure of delivery for established educational programs.
Assist in the design of a system of ongoing involvement of citizens which expresses the demographics of the community.
Plan effective strategic external and internal program communication/marketing efforts.
Seek grants and contracts to support the goals and objectives of the program.
Make recommendations for the staffing development plan process.
Management - 10%
Monitor grant expenses.
May assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise in the operation of the CCE Ulster Ag programs, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures and with Issue Leader involvement as needed.
Monitor income/expense to ensure the spending is within budget and effectively allocate financial resources to accomplish program objectives.
May provide moderately complex administrative management of established Ulster Ag educational program goals.
Monitor program to ensure that educational content conforms to research base, policies and objectives of the association and is research knowledge based.
Give guidance to support staff and/or interns, including those performing similar work.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
Coordinate a comprehensive Ag Economic and Development program in cooperation with local and statewide resources
Coordinate educational activities for farm operators, agri-business representatives, and government agencies in response to emerging issues.
Participate in meetings with staff and volunteers, clientele and Cornell faculty related to the direction and work of the organization.
Provide up to date calendar and schedule information as well as program content and availability details to office personnel.
Assist support staff and program colleagues by planning work in a timely manner.
Facilitate program reporting process and provide information as requested for annual reports, Association Board of Directors, government, and the public.
Prepare reports and communicate impact of programs to funders, appropriate committees with CCE, Cornell faculty/administration, and the community.
Prepare reports on program progress and accomplishments of multi-county programming for local, state and national use.
Collaborate with the Agriculture and Horticulture staff as appropriate.
Work in concert with other team members to present a "whole farm" approach when appropriate.
This position may require the transport of Association materials and/or resources.
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 Ulster 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, benefits eligible, exempt position. Compensation starting at the rate of $ $52,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
Long-term Disability Insurance
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
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
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All applications must be received on-line by July 7, 2022.Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
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. For additional questions or if you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Leah Cadwallader, Regional Human Resources Manager, e-mail LC267@cornell.edu or (845) 340-3990x314.
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