Extension Support Specialist I (Band E -Exempt) Cornell Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Western New York
Who We Are
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 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 Cooperative Extension (CCE) provides the educational outreach functions for Cornell University's role as New York State's Land Grant University. Programmatically, Cornell Cooperative Extension connects the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Human Ecology (CHE) with 55 off-campus Associations, Integrated Pest Management, New York State Sea Grant, Area Specialists, and CCE New York City.
Harvest New York is an innovative Cornell Cooperative Extension team that focuses on workforce development and business expansion projects that increase profitability and investment in key sectors of New York's agriculture industry throughout the State. Harvest New York Specialists respond to emerging issues and develop new opportunities using the research of Cornell University (both in Geneva at Cornell AgriTech and the Ithaca campus), the resources of Cornell Cooperative Extension and relationships with partnering organizations statewide. The six project areas covered by Harvest New York are: Dairy Food Processing and Marketing, Local Food Distribution and Marketing, Urban Agriculture, Farm-Based Beverages, Emerging Crops, and Farm Strategic Planning.
What You Will Do
As the Farm to Institution Coordinator, you will be responsible for contributing to the program development, delivery, assessment, and evaluation to support the increased volume and variety of local foods purchased by institutions. You will provide guidance to local producers on required food safety certifications and institutional bid processes. You will work with intuitional buyers to help them identify and utilize local farm products. Create innovative educational programs to meet changing local needs. You will work across a wide geography in New York State and contribute to Harvest's New York's existing farm to institution programmatic work. Specific duties include:
Facilitating business-to-business relationships between supply chain partners that result in increased procurement of local farm products.
Delivering high-quality educational programs, workshops, and events that educate the target audience regarding the importance of local food and farm products.
Making programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes.
Developing regional trainings between supply chain stakeholders to further advance farm to institution programming.
Analyzing and evaluating program evaluation data.
Supporting efforts in the planning and implementation of events and conferences directly related to the project.
What We Need
We are looking for an individual that excels at building relationships with multiple stakeholders to identify and address industry needs. Initiative and independence are also essential to success. We need someone who has an appreciation for agriculture in New York State and realizes the importance of building relationships with producers and processors. Experience working in local food systems and in developing educational programming. We need an individual that has strong customer service skills with a focus on excellence. Additionally, we need someone who has:
Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture, Biology, Nutrition, Education or closely related field and 2+ years of relevant work experience relevant in food systems such as food processing, food procurement or food supply chain management or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proficiency with Windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with diverse audiences in group and one-on-one settings; working effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
Strong leadership and teamwork skills.
Proven organizational and time-management skills.
Ability to lift up to 20 pounds.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including having reliable transportation or having and maintaining a valid New York State driver's license.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
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:
Master's Degree in Agriculture, Biology, Nutrition, Education or closely related field.
3+ years of experience in food systems such as food processing, food procurement or food supply chain management.
Knowledge of Farm to Institution programs.
Successful experience obtaining new funding including grants and industry support.
Experience working with farmers and/or with schools/institutions, educating children in multiple settings, adapting and developing curriculum, and procuring foods.
Experience with food preservation, serve safe certification, or food preparation/food demonstration knowledge.
Experience developing and leading regional trainings on various farm to institution related topic areas.
Appreciation of agriculture as a business and as a lifestyle.
Knowledge of the philosophy, objectives, and operation of an informal education system such as Cornell Cooperative Extension.
This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in Western, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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