Extension Educator 2 (Specialty Crop and Fruit Industry Marketing and Market Development)
Penn State University
- Penn State Extension
- Date Announced:
- Date Closing:
- open until filled
- Job Number:
- Level/Salary Band:
- 02 – G – Exempt
- Work Unit:
- College of Agricultural Sciences
- Penn State Extension: Energy, Business and Community Vitality, Adams County
- Full/Part Time:
The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an entrepreneurial-minded individual, with the drive to make a positive difference, an innovative spirit, technical proficiency and a passion for specialty crop and fruit industry business innovation, emerging consumer trends, and business profitability education and research, to join our nationally recognized Penn State Extension - Energy, Business and Community Vitality Unit. Overview: On behalf of the Unit, the individual will connect local issues and opportunities associated with specialty crop and fruit industry business innovation, emerging consumer trends, and profitability to sound education and research. Educational programs and applied research activities should result in measurable improvements for farm, food, and natural resource-based businesses and non-profits. Improvements will be measured in terms of positive practice changes made by stakeholders in efficiency, growth, competitiveness, innovation, job creation and more. Success will allow Pennsylvania businesses and non-profits to improve their allocation of resources, evaluate planning and development activities, assess project impacts, increase overall capacity, and enhance positive workforce investment. Program Responsibilities: The successful candidate will primarily serve Adams County and focus on key programs important in Adams County which may include specialty crop business development and marketing, fruit industry business development and marketing, artisan beverage business and marketing, immersive educational programming, value added production, expansion, diversification and more. The individual will develop and support a strong program portfolio focused on needs-based program development, planning, implementation/delivery and evaluation strategy. Based on participation; market trends; needs assessment; return on investment; stakeholder, faculty and educator input; and program evaluation, the individual will annually review and recommend updates to the Adams County and state program and project portfolio. To grow and support the program, the successful candidate will be expected to both develop and oversee a robust and diverse external funding portfolio (e.g. grants, contracts, program revenue, development, etc.) in support of local and Unit’s programs. The individual will enhance stakeholder relationships and engaged scholarship through personal connectedness, program relevancy and demonstrated program impact. In support of program planning and development, the individual will work both individually and collaboratively to conduct needs assessment, establish learning objectives, develop educational materials, host educational events, utilize evaluation to measure program success and develop appropriate impact documentation to illustrate the value and relevancy of quality programming. In support of educational programs, team members will work to conduct applied research relevant to target audience needs. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher (Master's degree preferred) plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to candidates with degree(s) in marketing, ag business management, business, horticulture, entrepreneurship, finance, or economic and community development or related disciplines, and those that have related work experience. Team members are expected to work closely with University faculty to develop educational programs and products and conduct applied research relevant to stakeholder needs. Beyond degree and experience requirements, candidates must possess effective communication skills (verbal and written), interpersonal skills, and the ability to build effective working relationships. The candidate must be very organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Desirable experiences include teaching, facilitation, curriculum development, evaluation, grant management, project management, research, business or non-profit management, or involvement in food, agriculture and/or natural resources. The successful candidate must be proficient in use of modern computer software packages, such as Microsoft Office, and possibly ARC GIS and/or statistics software. Quality Microsoft Excel skills or advanced database skills and fluency in Spanish are a plus and highly encouraged. Relational & Pedagogical Responsibilities: The successful individual must enjoy and be able to work effectively independently, or as a member of one or more program teams. Successful educators must engage effectively with diverse and underserved audiences across the Commonwealth. To develop and conduct educational programs and applied research, the candidate should be comfortable with innovative and/or entrepreneurial team collaborations which reach across multiple stakeholders, disciplines, departments, colleges, institutions, non-governmental organizations, independent businesses and possibly state and local governments. To accomplish team and individual goals, the candidate must utilize educational tools such as online courses, videos, mobile apps, and electronic publications, in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations. Some travel (including some overnight trips) may be required, as program, project and applied research activities occur at a variety of locations across Adams County and the Commonwealth. As such, the job responsibilities require the candidate to possess a valid driver's license and have use of a private vehicle. As the position requires operating a motor vehicle as part of the job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check is required, as well as, standard background checks. Additionally, the diverse program locations and materials needed for program delivery and research require the candidate to be able to carry equipment and educational materials and supplies, with or without accommodation. Penn State Extension is an organization on the move and a leader in research and learning innovation. We welcome all applicants interested in working together to create new and innovative programs capable of making a lasting and positive difference for the residents of Pennsylvania and beyond. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.
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