The Organic Grain Resource and Information Network (OGRAIN) is seeking applicants for two Outreach Specialist positions. OGRAIN offers an educational framework for supporting organic grain production in the Upper Midwest. OGRAIN works with farmers, university researchers, Extension experts, and community partners to develop and share resources, build relationships, and connect with farmers, agricultural professionals, and other organic grain stakeholders. OGRAIN is led by Dr. Erin Silva, UW-Madison Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Organic Agriculture.
The Outreach Specialists will assist with planning and implementation of OGRAIN programs, including on-farm field days, virtual workshops, peer-to-peer education groups, and a winter conference. The Outreach Specialists will also be responsible for developing written and video-based educational materials related to organic grain production and marketing.
OGRAIN strives to expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services to diverse audiences. Primary programmatic areas will include education, research, and collaborative initiatives that are aligned with strengthening and expanding organic grain production in the upper Midwest, including support of peer-to-peer learning models.
Besides working closely with other members of the OGRAIN team, CALS colleagues, and Extension colleagues, ongoing collaboration with farmers, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations is expected
Delivers and assists with planning outreach program activities, strengthens partnerships, ensures adherence to policy, and assists with program administration to promote stable and productive relationships between the university and local community. Strives to expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services to diverse audiences. May assist with tracking and managing the outreach program budget.
20% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program
20% Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program
20% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
20% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
10% Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
5% May assist with the monitoring of outreach program budget spending
5% Leads the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures through oversight of day-to-day activities for program staff and student and community volunteers
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Preferred Bachelor's Degree Specialization in Agronomy, soils, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences or other related field.
Required Qualifications: - Two years relevant field and work experience in the area of grain production, preferably organic grain production - Ability to communicate effectively using a variety of methods and technology such as cloud-based meeting/learning platforms - Ability to work cooperatively with other agencies, specialists, and organizations to address educational needs of organic grain farmers and agricultural professionals - Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional work environments - Knowledge and skills to effectively interact with people from different backgrounds - Demonstrated skill in interpreting, utilizing, and applying evidence-based information and research findings - Demonstrated success in developing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs for diverse audiences utilizing a variety of educational techniques, methods, and modes - Demonstrated experience developing effective partnerships or coalitions with community partners and local governments
Preferred Qualifications: - Successful experience obtaining funding through grants, contracts, gifts, and/or revenue generation. - Experience with program evaluation - Experience with working in and engaging with Land Grant Institutions and Extension Programs. - Ability to manage work responsibilities with flexibility, including ability to multi-task
This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $42,600 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications
The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff. At CALS, we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism, and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all.
Apply online at "Jobs at UW" (http://jobs.wisc.edu) under job number 289043. Applications must be received through UW Madison's online application system. You will be asked to upload the following as one document: Please include a cover letter describing how your personal and work background contribute to your ability to undertake this position, as well as a resume/CV and the names and contact information for three professional references.
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Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
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