Education Program Associate (Financial Analyst)
Penn State University
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 agriculture, business, education and applied 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 food, agriculture and natural resources-based business finance and management to sound education and research. Educational programs and applied research activities will likely focus on financial planning; financial statement and ratio analysis; budgeting; business and enterprise analysis; financial literacy and decision-making. Programs should result in measurable improvements made by stakeholders in efficiency, growth, competitiveness, innovation and job creation. Success will allow Pennsylvania businesses 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 serve as food, farm and natural resource financial analyst. The analyst will regularly work with 75-150 food, farm and natural resource-based businesses each year depending on the level of information required and location quotient for businesses in the sectors. The analyst will collaborate with other educators, the program area leader for finance and management and all relevant state specialist to create key financial benchmarks for Pennsylvania operations. Beyond individual businesses, 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. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Preference will be given to candidates with degree(s) in economics, agricultural economics, business administration, business, agricultural business management, finance 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 commercial lending, finance, business planning, accounting, teaching, 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, specifically Microsoft Excel. Additional skills that are viewed as a plus but not required: ability to speak Spanish; FINPACK, ESRI ARCMap, banking, and statistical analysis. Relational and 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 analysts 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. Travel and Clearances: Significant travel (including some overnight trips) may be required, as program, project and applied research activities occur at a variety of locations across 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. Office Location: The position is based in Somerset County (6024 Glades Pike, Suite 101, Somerset, PA 15501). 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.
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