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Urban Ag Curriculum Development Specialist
Extension Support Specialist II
Band F - Exempt
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
New York, New York
Who We Are
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.
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. CCE puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being. We bring local experience and research-based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.
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. More information on the team can be found at https://harvestny.cce.cornell.edu/ .
What You Will Do
As the Urban Ag Curriculum Development Specialist, you will develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs for service providers, including USDA FSA Urban Agriculture County Committees in New York and nationally. You will provide expertise and support for developing federal programs to support urban agriculture. In addition, you will develop educational materials supporting educational programs (e.g., production guides, fact sheets, and newsletter articles). Specific duties include:
Providing leadership and delivery of educational programming related to urban agriculture.
Identifying community-specific environmental justice issues with community members and developing appropriate responses.
Coordinating on-site regional trainings across the United States.
Developing collaborative relationships to facilitate learning to support urban agriculture communities.
Creating innovative educational programs that meet programmatic and community needs and changing regional, statewide, and national issues.
Preparing quarterly reports and yearly impact statements on program progress and accomplishments.
Individually and collaboratively exploring additional funding sources to enhance and extend program opportunities.
Implementing educational programs utilizing various methods, including workshops, formal classroom teaching and small group experiences.
What We Need
We are looking for a talented individual who builds and maintains effective relationships with multiple stakeholders. We need someone who understands the needs of urban and community gardeners. You will work across New York State and contribute to multiple teams while developing educational programs. Additionally, we need someone who has the following:
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in agriculture, urban agriculture, education and community development or a closely related field, and 3+ years of experience in horticulture or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and wellbeing.
Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Proven experience in communicating effectively, both written and oral.
Experience working with audiences and volunteers from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
Experience that demonstrates creativity, reasoning, and solution-finding techniques.
Ability to work well with a diverse group in a professional and respectful work environment.
Knowledge of how to balance conflicting priorities, make informed choices, and use sound judgment in completing urgent tasks.
Knowledge of current technology as a management and program delivery tool (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Internet, Social Media, and Web development).
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver’s license.
Be able to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
Demonstrated ability to establish and communicate goals and objectives and to plan, market, implement, and evaluate meaningful and achievable program plans.
Knowledge of adult and extension education, farm service agencies, and how to apply programming in Urban communities.
Demonstrated experience in building positive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
Experience teaching and facilitating both online and in person.
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, including:
Master’s Degree in curriculum development, horticulture, agriculture, nutrition, community development or related field.
This position is full-time (35 hours/week) and will be located in New York, New York. This is a one-year appointment with likely extension depending on funding and performance.
Travel (about 30%) will be required throughout New York State and the United States, particularly to the 17 urban counties identified by the USDA FSA.
Rewards and Benefits
We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, well-being, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Salary is based upon experience/qualifications and is within the range of $72,00 to $74,000.
You can also view additional information regarding job competencies and staff skills for success .
Cornell has a comprehensive total rewards program that offers several benefits options to meet your needs. More information on our wonderful programs can be found at https://hr.cornell.edu/jobs/your-total-rewards .
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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University Job Title:Extension Supp Spec II
Job Family:Academic Support
Pay Rate Type:Salary
Pay Range:$68,792.00 - $89,244.00
Remote Option Availability:Hybrid Remote
Contact Name:Janet Camilli
Number of Openings:1
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