Regional Farm to School Coordinator (Cornell Cooperative Extension); New York City, New York

Cornell NYC Tech

United States

February 5, 2022

Description

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Regional Farm to School Coordinator

Extension Support Specialist I Band E - Exempt Cornell Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

New York City, 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. 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. The three project areas covered by Harvest New York are: Food and Beverage Systems, Urban Agriculture, and Emerging Crops. More information on the team can be found - https: // harvestny.cce.cornell.edu/.

What You Will Do

The Harvest New York Farm to Institution Program strives to strengthen New York's food and farming industry, and to increase school and institutional knowledge of New York agriculture, food systems, and nutrition. You will deliver high-quality educational programs, workshops, and events on the importance of increasing local food and farm products procured by schools. You will collaborate with distributors and farmers to determine the most efficient and affordable supply chain. Additionally, you will identify program gaps and emerging needs and make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements, or improvements. Specific duties include:

  • Developing peer-to-peer learning opportunities between school food purchasers across the region.

  • Creating innovative educational programs to meet changing local needs.

  • Educating and providing guidance to local producers and food supply chain partners on how to successfully sell products to schools.

  • Analyzing and evaluating collected program data.

  • Supporting efforts in communication with stakeholders and partners through newsletters, quarterly reports, news releases, etc.

  • Helping to develop program needs assessments (surveys).

  • Assisting partners in finding and applying for grants that will facilitate their ability to procure/sell New York food products.

  • Facilitating business-to-business relationships between supply chain partners.

  • What We Need

    We are looking for a talented individual that excels at building and maintaining effective relationships with multiple stakeholders. We need someone who has an appreciation for agriculture and wants to increase the use local farm products within New York State schools. In this role, you will work across the New York City area and contribute to multiple teams while developing your unique program. Additionally, we need someone who has:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture, Nutrition, Food Studies, Hospitality Management, or closely related field and 2+ years of relevant work experience 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 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.

  • Ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community-based organizations, 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, including evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position.

  • 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, including:

  • Master's Degree in Agriculture, Nutrition, Food Studies, Hospitality Management, 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 School programs.

  • Successful experience obtaining new funding, including grants and industry support.

  • Experience working with farmers and/or schools, educating children in multiple settings, and procuring foods.

  • Experience developing and leading regional trainings on various farm-to- school-related topic areas.

  • Appreciation of agriculture as a business and as a lifestyle.

  • Ability to learn 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 in New York City. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

    Two positions are available:

  • Central New York: https:// tiny.cc/SchoolCentralWDR29268

  • New York City: https:// tiny.cc/SchoolNYCWDR29269

  • 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.

  • Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.

  • Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25 through January 1.

  • Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Part-time Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.

  • We invite you to follow this link to get more information: https: // hr.cornell.edu/summaries-benefits.

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

    Life. Changing.

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    University Job Title:

    Extension Supp Spec I

    Job Family:

    Academic Support

    Level:

    E

    Pay Rate Type:

    Salary

    Company:

    Contract College

    Contact Name:

    Janet Camilli

    Number of Openings:

    1

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