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University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
UNH Cooperative Extension Food and Agriculture Program Team Leader

Location: Durham, NH

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Brief Description: UNH Cooperative Extension Food and Agriculture Program Team Leader Job Announcement
https://jobs.usnh.edu/postings/20786

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is seeking highly motivated, innovative and entrepreneurial candidates for the position of Food and Agriculture Program Team Leader. Under the direction of the Associate Director for Programs, the successful candidate will lead the development and implementation of Extension’s Food and Agriculture educational programming, including comprehensive needs assessment and all aspects of program development, delivery, evaluation and annual impact reporting. The program team leader will work closely with Extension’s leadership team, subject area teams, and campus and external partners to ensure that impactful research-based education is delivered to the people of New Hampshire. Other areas of responsibility and oversight include:

• Supervision and performance management for Food and Agriculture Area of Expertise chairs, state specialists, field specialists and state program coordinators, totaling 30 direct reports among the 36-person team;
• Programmatic involvement of under-served and under-represented audiences;
• Compliance with civil rights, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action (AA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies and procedures;
• Effective use of technologies in educational program delivery, interpersonal communication, marketing and dissemination of program impacts to university and external partners and stakeholders; and
• Budget management and oversight of the Food and Agriculture Program.

Minimal Qualifications
• Ph.D. or terminal degree preferred, with at least one degree in an agricultural science (plant, animal, soil, agricultural business management, farm food safety). A strong candidate with a Master’s Degree in an agricultural science (see above) and extensive experience will also be considered.
• Demonstrated ability designing, implementing, and evaluating strategic programs.
• Demonstrated experience managing a team and supervising employees.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills necessary for building substantive partnerships with state, regional and federal agencies and organizations.

Application Deadline: 04/18/2017


Colorado State University Extension
Extension Agent - 4-H Youth Development - Livestock

Location: Douglas County, Castle Rock, CO

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Brief Description: # 05-17 Job Vacancy
Extension Agent
4-H Youth Development - Livestock
Douglas County, Castle Rock, CO

Douglas County is the best of both worlds—where the desire to serve others is met with a professional work environment and the resources needed to excel in your field. Douglas County is recognized as one of the most pro-business, fiscally healthy and effective local governments in the United States where over 300,000 residents call home. Located south of Denver, the county is among the fastest growing communities in the United States for the past 30 years, luring professionals with an exceptional quality of life enhanced by diverse housing options, proximity to first-rate arts and cultural amenities, world-class sports franchises, and some of the best recreation opportunities in the world. The county provides unique opportunities for its residents to enjoy elements of a rural lifestyle while remaining in reasonable proximity to jobs, shopping, and a variety of activities and amenities typically found in urban and suburban communities.

Colorado State University Extension (CSUE) and Douglas County work cooperatively to provide Extension programming and engagement in the county. The direction Extension programming takes is locally driven. CSUE contributes onsite and campus-based expertise, university and land grant system resources and connections across the state to enhance local programming efforts. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to extension.colostate.edu. The Extension staff consists of the director, three agents (one horticulture/natural resources and two 4-H agents), two support staff, and seasonal 4-H and Fair staff. In 2015, 6,386 unique youth participated in the Douglas County 4-H program: 575 as 4-H club members, 78 in special projects, 45 as day campers, 5211 in 4-H School Enrichment and 550 in out of school programs. Douglas County has a rich agricultural heritage and is interested in developing programs to engage youth, residents, partners and communities in urban agriculture, ag appreciation, small farm operations and small acreage management.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: All materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday February 14. Please submit the following to https://jobs.colostate.edu to apply:
• Resume
• Cover letter
• Transcripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.
• Special Required Documentation:
o Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the “Required” and “Preferred” criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file.
For questions regarding the application process, contact https://jobs.colostate.edu/help. For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact JoAnn Powell, (970) 491-7887, joann.powell@colostate.edu.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: This individual will have primary responsibility for leading the 4-H club program with specific responsibilities for shooting sports and the 4-H Livestock program including small animals. This individual may also contribute to 4-H youth outreach and urban agriculture programming for adult and community audiences as appropriate. Other members of the county 4-H team include a 4-H agent - outreach who has primary responsibility for Cloverbuds and the 4-H outreach program, and who also provides support for 4-H advisory groups and committees and family and consumer science and table top projects and activities; and an administrative assistant and several temporary summer staff. It is expected that duties may shift as staff skills and expertise are identified.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: The individual in this position works as a member of the local county Extension team and the 4-H team and Extension office to provide an inclusive, diverse and experientially rich 4-H Youth Development program for Douglas County. This individual will work as a local representative of Colorado State University Extension and under the guidance and supervision of the Douglas County Extension director. The successful candidate will:

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: (40%)
• As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership for planning, developing, delivering, and evaluating the Douglas County 4-H Youth Development club program, and reporting program outcomes to stakeholders that demonstrate the growth and development of life skills among both youth and adult audiences.
• Develop and maintain productive working relationships with local partners, such as CALF, Douglas County and community and industry partners to support youth and urban agriculture programming efforts.
• Work enthusiastically and cooperatively with the county, fairboard, volunteers, community and youth to implement the 4-H elements of the Douglas County Fair.
• Actively participate in one or more Extension work teams to support program development, delivery and evaluation efforts statewide.
• Work cooperatively with colleagues in the office, adjacent counties, the region and state to coordinate and share program delivery and expertise.
• Support 4-H Youth Development outreach programming and serve as a resource for urban agriculture.
• Participate in professional development, evening and weekend events, and periodic activities requiring overnight stays.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management: 40%
• As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership for active, ongoing, adult and youth volunteer programs including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education and training, motivation, evaluation, recognition and support.
• Prepare volunteers to take on increasing leadership, management, and public education/information roles.
• Create an environment that inspires volunteers to grow, serve, participate in and contribute to the development of youth, the 4-H program, community, self and others.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 10%
• In partnership with the 4-H agent – outreach, provide leadership and support for engaging a broad range of stakeholders through various 4-H and youth development advisory councils and committees in the work of identifying and addressing priority 4-H and community youth development needs.
• Foster effective communications with Colorado State University and Douglas County staff and colleagues, community leaders, agencies and institutions to enhance local 4-H youth development and urban agriculture programming.
• Work with the State 4-H office to ensure the Douglas County 4-H program complies with state policies and procedures and implements best practices.
• Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Administration and Supervision: 10%
• Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the 4-H team and program.
• Seek out, develop and manage external partnerships and funding sources to support programming efforts.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

SALARY: Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Salary range will be $47,500 - $63,000.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
• Completed bachelor’s degree in education, agriculture, animal sciences, youth development, or a closely related field. A master’s degree is preferred (see below) and an organizational expectation. A candidate who is hired without a completed master’s will be required to complete a master’s degree relevant to their Extension position within five years from the start of employment. Failure to do so may result in termination.
• Background, coursework, degree, or professional experience in livestock/animal sciences.
• Five years’ background and/or professional experience in youth development programming.
• Two years’ professional experience managing a volunteer program.
• Experience assessing community needs/interests, planning and developing educational programs, effectively delivering programs and evaluating outcomes.
• Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups to develop successful relationships with other professionals and organizations.
• Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter.
• Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
• Demonstrated experience resolving conflicts and facilitating interpersonal and public discussions.
• Demonstrated use of technology in managing, delivering, and/or evaluating educational programs.
• Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE PREFERRED:
• Completed master’s degree in education, agriculture, youth development, human development, family and consumer sciences, natural resources, non-profit management, or a closely related field.
• Background, coursework or professional experience in urban agriculture.
• Demonstrated entrepreneurial experience; looks for opportunities to develop and leverage support and resources to enhance educational programs.
• Experience working with advisory committees.
• Experience working with the social media and web-based information and education delivery systems.
• Bi-lingual English - Spanish.

BENEFITS: Based on full-time employment. Twenty-four working days vacation each year, 15 days sick leave. Enrollment in group health, life and accident insurance, various retirement plans, work injury benefits, and disability insurance are all available. Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided. A full description of benefits is available at: http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University Extension operates in compliance with the same laws and executive orders as the University as administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As a part of the USDA regulations, the Extension Equal Employment Opportunity representative may be contacted at 1311 South College Avenue, Room 102, Colorado State University.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Application process and additional information may be obtained at: https://jobs.Colostate.edu/postings/40831.
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Deadline 11:59 pm Mountain Time 2/14/2017

Application Deadline: 02/14/2017


Michigan State University Extension
Extension Educator – Field Crops

Location: Lenawee County

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Brief Description: Michigan State University Extension will expand their capacity to serve the Field Crops industries in Michigan. A new Extension Educator positions will be added to the existing core of 17 Field Crops Educators providing education and service to the Michigan Field Crops industries. The position will be located in the crop intensive region of southeast Michigan and be based in Lenawee County. Michigan State University Extension encourages self-motivated people trained in this area who are eager to work with crop farmers to improve the profitability, viability and sustainability of Michigan agriculture to apply for these positions.

As part of Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute, this position will provide local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in field crop production. Located in Adrian, Michigan (Lenawee County), this position will have both local and state-wide focus, will collaborate across work teams, Institutes and community groups, and work with faculty, specialists and educators for overall advancement of Michigan agricultural industries. Southeast Michigan is major field crops production region with over 340,000 acres each of corn and soybean production within Lenawee and adjoining counties. The successful applicant will design, implement and evaluate educational programming, that is research based, will address the needs of clientele groups; ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods including multi-media, personal education and written articles; provide growers and agri-business professionals with the knowledge to profitably produce agricultural products, contributing to the short and long-term viability of farms, and the economic well-being of Michigan citizens; and serve as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITES
• Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs;
• Communicate and interact with community groups to evaluate the needs of the clientele;
• Serve as an information resource to clientele, partners and Extension staff;
• Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to conduct and evaluate programming efforts;
• In concert with the MSUE work team(s), work with federal, state and county agencies to complete needs assessment of the community and develop effective programming;
• Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Agriculture and AgriBusiness Institute;
• Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational articles;
• Develop and utilize appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information, research results, and relevant industry updates, as well as a schedule of current and future activities;
• Actively participate in professional development opportunities;
• Gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSUE, the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute and the work group aligned with;
• Work to ensure that community needs assessments, program development and recruitment efforts include the engagement of Michigan’s diverse residents across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;
• Understand and implement Civil Rights policies and procedures;
• Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Master's degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to crops science, horticulture, soil science, entomology or plant pathology preferred; Candidates with a Bachelor's degree in field of study related to crops science, horticulture, soil science, entomology or plant pathology and associated experience considered with expectation that the selected candidate will complete a Master's degree within a specified time frame as discussed with hiring manager prior to employment;
• Experience in Extension program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred);
• Ability to create and carry-out a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up;
• Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs;
• Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
• Experience and proven ability working productively with a team;
• Proficiency in use of technology (e.g. web research, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.) for day-to-day work and educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications and overall management;
• Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities including but not limited to race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;
• Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach;
• Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards;
• Ability to regularly travel within the assigned area and surrounding communities, as well as occasional statewide travel in order to perform duties of this position;
• Ability to lift and carry 25lbs. as a regular part of this position.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
• Understanding of and/or experience working with the field crop industry.
• Experience in designing, establishing and analyzing field research projects conducted with grower cooperators.
• Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:
Applicants should include the names and contact information (including email addresses) of four professional references with the cover letter.
For full consideration applicant materials must be submitted by January 17, 2017.

Parties interested this position should go to www.jobs.msu.edu and search for posting number #4579.
This position is a full-time, end-dated appointment renewable annually.

Application Deadline: 01/17/2017


Michigan State University Extension
Extension Educator; Viticulture Production

Location: Leelanau County

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Brief Description: Title: Extension Educator; Viticulture Production
Institute: Agriculture and Agribusiness

BASIC FUNCTION/RESPONSIBILITY
As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute, this position provides local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in viticulture production. The position will be located in Leelanau County, and will work across Northern Michigan providing education and support for grape and small fruit growers. This region of Michigan has a vibrant grape and wine industry. The successful applicant will collaborate across work teams and Institutes including working with faculty, specialists and educators to achieve efficient, profitable and sustainable viticulture and overall advancement for the Michigan viticulture industry.
The successful applicant will design, implement and evaluate educational programming based on basic and applied research and the needs of Michigan growers and viticulture industry groups; ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, personal education and written articles; provide growers, processors and agri-business professionals with the knowledge to profitably produce their crop while minimizing environmental impact; serve as an informational resource for Extension Personnel and clientele. This is a full-time, fixed-term position, renewable on an annual basis.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
• Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative research-based educational programs that meet current and projected needs of Northern Michigan and statewide growers, processors, and agri-business professionals;
• Assist MSU Extension’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI) in determining research and programmatic needs of the Northern Michigan growers, as well as statewide needs through interaction with state commodity groups and associations and communicate those needs to county commissioners, campus-based academic units, and research partners;
• Communicate and interact with commodity groups to evaluate the needs of Michigan’s viticulture industry and determine research and educational programming goals;
• Serve as an information resource for viticulture personnel throughout Michigan, and work with statewide AABI workgroups to effectively plan and implement relevant programming;
• In collaboration with the MSUE Grape & Wine, and Small Fruit Work Group, provide pest management and horticultural leadership for Northern Michigan in collaboration with the Michigan fruit industry.
• Conduct Integrated Crop Management training sessions to encourage adoption of new technologies and techniques in fruit horticulture and pest management.
• Consult with industry leaders, consultants, educators, and other appropriate advisory persons to develop an extension and applied research plan of work, which will include the planning, implementation and evaluation to measure change in knowledge for production management, as well as economic, environmental and/or social impacts;
• Collaborate with campus researchers in appropriate MSU departments (Plant Soils, and Microbial Science, Horticulture, Entomology, etc.) to develop relevant research related programming.
• Author/co-author, produce, and submit research results, reports, and educational articles in appropriate venues including University publications and websites, industry publications, and scientific journals;
• As part of the planning, implementation and evaluation process for Extension programming, assess improved clientele knowledge on production management, as well as economic, environmental and/or social impacts;
• In concert with the MSUE work team(s), interact with federal, state and county agencies that support agriculture industries to determine research, demonstration, and programmatic needs of the region as well as the state and communicate those needs to county commissioners, campus-based departments, and research partners;
• Develop and utilize appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information and relevant industry updates, as well as a schedule of current and future activities;
• Actively participate in professional development opportunities;
• Gather and report programming outputs and impacts to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSUE and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute;
• Work to ensure that community needs assessments, program development and recruitment efforts include the engagement of Michigan’s diverse residents across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;
• Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute;
• Understand and implement Civil Rights policies and procedures;
• Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director

SUPERVISION RECEIVED FROM
Institute Director

WORK ENVIROMENT
This position requires driving as a regular part of the position; carrying educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Minimum of a Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to horticulture, entomology, plant pathology or crop science, must be earned by date of hire;
• Knowledge of and experience with horticulture practices related to viticulture production;
• Ability to create and carry-out a project plan from development of initial concept to project completion and follow-up/impact assessment;
• Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
• Experience and proven ability working productively with a team;
• Proficiency in use of technology (e.g. web research, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance delivery/communication technology, etc.) for day-to-day work and educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications and overall management;
• Demonstrated success in, or commitment to, program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities including but not limited to race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;
• Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach;
• Understanding of, and ability to implement, Civil Rights principles and compliance standards.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Three-years’ experience in Extension program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred);
• Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs;

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to regularly travel within the assigned area and surrounding communities, as well as travel outside the assigned area in order to perform duties of this position.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:
Applicants interested in applying for this position should go to the Michigan State University jobs page at https://jobs.msu.edu and search for posting #4506.
Application deadline is January 22, 2017.
Applicants should include the names and contact information, including email addresses, of four professional references with the cover letter.

Application Deadline: 01/22/2017


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