Agriculture and Food Systems Professional

The Agriculture and Food Systems Professional position in Oxford County is responsible for implementing educational programs in support of the over 550 commercial farms in the county. This work will often be done in partnership with county based colleagues and statewide commodity (potato, dairy, vegetable) or subject specialists (water quality, pest management, food safety) within Cooperative Extension. The professional will also respond to the needs of home gardeners and have overall responsibility for the county Master Gardener Volunteer program. Salary range for this position is $41,000 to $44,000.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Design and implement a Plan of Work that aligns with Cooperative Extension's mission and addresses high priority issues in the Maine Food System, including commercial agriculture and horticulture.
Develop, deliver, and evaluate educational programs focused under the food systems umbrella including workshops, short courses, fact sheets, newsletters, and press releases individually and as part of teams. Audiences include small and large commercial agriculture businesses, families, beginning and limited resource farmers, other agency and organization professionals, and UMaine faculty and Extension colleagues.
Involve partners, clients and citizens in defining priority program needs (e.g. using advisory groups and needs assessment techniques), and creating opportunities for collaboration to enhance program impact.
Provide leadership for the coordination and management of the Oxford County Master Gardener Volunteers program.
Supervise and direct a part-time Community Education Assistant that will provide program support.
Share supervisory responsibilities and other reasonable office and volunteer management duties with others in the Oxford County office.
Develop and maintain professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
Work in partnership with colleagues on relevant Extension Program Leadership Teams.
Report regularly on outcomes of programs, events and activities to stakeholders including entries into UMaine Extension's reporting system.
Use educational technology to enhance program expansion and reach new audiences.
Seek ways to reach under-served and under-represented clients while ensuring compliance with affirmative action, equal opportunity and civil rights guidelines and requirements.
Seek external funding to support educational programming efforts. Manage grants and contracts received.
Contribute to overall Cooperative Extension marketing initiatives as part of an individual plan of work.
Provide timely and accurate information in response to public requests for information.
Develop and sustain a professional development plan that includes ongoing knowledge of current research and trends in topics within the broad area of food systems.
Participate in UMaine Extension Oxford County staff and Extension Association meetings as a member of the county staff as appropriate.
Contribute skills and insights for effective office management with co-workers in the Oxford County office, including serving in the office's County Coordinator role.
Serve on organizational committees as appropriate.
Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
This position requires:
Master's Degree with a focus in agriculture, horticulture, or closely related discipline.
Experience in teaching/training with adult audiences.
Ability to communicate effectively using oral, written and electronic methods.
Demonstrated computer and educational technology skills.
Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks in an autonomous work environment as well work effectively as part of a team, and able to achieve and document measurable results.
Demonstrated management, organizational, and facilitation skills, including the ability to handle conflict.
Demonstrated skills at collaborating with other agencies and organizations.
Ability to travel both in and out-of-state normally requiring a valid driver's license.
Ability to occasionally lift 30 to 50 pounds.
This position prefers:
Knowledge of University of Maine Cooperative Extension and its educational programs.
Demonstrated skills in designing and delivering community-based educational programs with an emphasis on subjects related to agriculture or Food Systems.
Demonstrated ability to acquire external funding.
Demonstrated experience in supervision.
Demonstrated experience working with diverse audiences and knowledge of equal opportunity, affirmative action and civil rights.
Experience with computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
Experience working with diverse audiences and supporting equal opportunity, affirmative action, and civil rights goals.
Work Environment/Dynamics: Position will be housed in the Oxford County Cooperative Extension office in South Paris, Maine, and will also participate in programming at University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Frequent travel throughout the county, and some state and regional travel is expected.
Work Schedule: Normal UMaine Cooperative Extension office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To meet the needs of the program some schedule flexibility will be necessary, including some evening and occasional weekend work throughout the state. The employee will establish regular office hours and in consultation with the supervisor, adjust the work schedule as necessary.
Position Type: On-going, full-time, base budgeted.
Schedule for Evaluation: In the initial six months of employment then annually thereafter in accordance with UMS-UMPSA Agreement.
Salary: $41,000 to $44,000
Start Date: June 1, 2018
Review of applications will begin April 12, 2018 thru April 20, 2018. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position." You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter and a resume which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered.
The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
UMaine is a tobacco-free campus. For more information and to apply online go to https://umaine.hiretouch.com/
Fiscal Year (12 Months)
Required Documents:
Cover Letter, References, Resume/CV

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