Please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references (at least 2 previous employers) as one document when applying. All candidates who are current employees of CCE Tompkins must apply as internal applicants. Please note that changes cannot be made to an application once it is submitted. For more information about how to apply, pay rate, and benefits, please see the message at the bottom of this posting.
This role is part time, 32 hours per week, with an hourly rate that starts at $18.00 per hour, with higher rate possibly available depending on qualifications. This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified, however resume review will begin February 14, 2019.
The Farm to School Educator II will be responsible for assisting with program development, delivery and evaluation along with administrative direction, management, and coordination for supporting the increase of volume and variety of local farm products procured by schools/districts for inclusion in school meals programs in Tompkins County.
This position will work with a collaborative of local school district food service staff, teachers and area nonprofits who will provide support around menu planning and promotion, as well as other educational activities to promote student awareness and consumption of fresh, local ingredients.
This position is a NYS grant-funded, through December 2020.
Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in in Agriculture, Biology, Nutrition, Education or closely related field; Master Degree preferred.
Agriculture background and experience relevant to the role of the position, including fiscal management
Knowledge of Farm to School programs.
Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Ability to transport/move supplies and equipment, climb stairs with or without reasonable accommodation.
Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and tactfully through verbal, written and electronic methods.
Ability and willingness to work with a high degree of integrity, accuracy, organization, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential, sensitive information.
Ability to organize, manage, and prioritize multiple tasks, deadlines, requirements, and priorities to complete work in a timely manner and within established deadlines.
Experience, ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with groups, committees, community and funding partners.
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Experience working with farmers and/or with schools, educating children and/or adults in multiple settings, adapting and developing curriculum, and procuring foods preferred.
Experience with food preparation, or food preparation/food demonstration knowledge.
Responsibilities / Essential Functions:
Program Development (5%):
Assist supervisor and collaborators to develop the educational strategies to implement innovative programming in response to needs.
Assist supervisor to make program adjustments based on evaluation.
Program Delivery (65%):
Deliver high quality established educational programs about required food safety certifications, the bid process, and scaling up production for farmers in the region.
Deliver high quality established educational programs and events directed at educating target audience and partners on the importance of increasing the volume and variety of local specialty crops procured by schools/districts for inclusion in school meals programs in-line with grant requirements.
Deliver established educational programming to food service staff related to utilization of locally sourced specialty crops in season and proper use of preparation and storage techniques staff may not be familiar with.
Deliver established educational programming, including taste tests and Harvest of the Month program, in schools for youth.
Collaborate with food service staff, teachers and administrators to deliver and implement an established Harvest of the Month meal program featuring local foods.
Interact with program participants representing CCE in a professional manner at all times.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities in a professional manner as part of program delivery.
Program Evaluation (10%):
Assist in the creation of evaluation framework.
Implement Program Evaluation as designed.
Interact with farmers, school food service, and youth to obtain evaluation of the farm to school program according to evaluation framework.
Assist Issue Leader with analyzing program evaluation data
Communicate evaluation results and findings.
Administrative Direction (5%):
Assist with developing initiatives to promote locally sourced food on the menu in the cafeteria and the integration of the Farm to School Curriculum.
Assist with identifying activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects.
Assist with development of grant program narrative based on data collected and knowledge of the program and initiatives.
Assist Marketing & Communications Coordinator with social media and mass media promotions of Farm to School.
Administrative Management (5%):
Monitor monthly budget statements and ensure spending stays within the allocated budget.
Assist supervisor to manage the Farm to School Grant including monitoring goals, deliverables, and reporting.
Write success stories for use in marketing of the program.
Administrative Coordination/ Operation (5%):
Provide administrative support for program design and for implementation of the assessment, development, delivery, research and evaluation of established educational program goals.
Schedule, coordinate and facilitate project-related meetings and conference calls as required or as needed.
Complete evaluation submission and reporting requirements following established grant criteria/plan.
Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned (5%):
In cooperation with the Supervisor, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes in programming and Association priorities.
Participate in all required orientation, training, and/or in-service meetings and trainings as scheduled/required.
Pursue personal growth through expanding personal knowledge of the total organization and through updating techniques and technical skills relating to the position.
Carry out assignments and other duties as assigned by supervisor, including but not limited to local fairs, community activities, etc.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension including but not limited to attendance at staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff, general marketing of Cooperative Extension programs and other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety (Applies to all duties and functions):
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar 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 (Applies 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.
Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension to the public, community leaders, colleagues, volunteers, members of Cornell University faculty and staff, government officials and the general public in a professional manner.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension policies, procedures and Cornell Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.
At all times act in a professional Customer Service manner including but not limited to business-like demeanor, tactful communications, cooperative, helpful, positive and receptive manner.
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
Vision Access Program
Employee Assistance Program
How To Apply:
Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations other than Tompkins) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
IMPORTANT! All applicants must submit a COVER LETTER (please reference the position you are applying for), a RESUME and indicate in your cover letter, resume or other document three individuals who may be contacted as REFERENCES.
Please consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting.
This posting will be open until a suitable candidate is identified, however application review will begin on February 14th, 2019.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The successful candidate must pass criminal background, sex offender registry, and driver history checks.
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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.
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