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Cornell Cooperative Extension Program Director - Liberty, NY in Liberty, New York

This position will serve as the Program Director for Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) and will provide administrative direction, management and coordination for assigned human resources, business, program, and facilities responsibilities for assigned program areas under the direction and guidance of the Executive Director. This position will provide high-level staff support, including coordination, collaboration, and initiation of projects assigned by the Executive Director. They will collaborate on high-level administrative tasks in multiple areas, including personnel, facilities, grants and contract, budgetary/finance, Shared Business Network assignments, Cornell Cooperative Extension Administration directives, specifically the statewide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative, in coordination with and under the supervision of the Executive Director, and Extension Administration DEI staff as required. The oversight, management, initiating, and monitoring of successful grants and contract development will also be required. The position is also responsible for the overall management of the planning, implementation, assessment, coordination of CCESC's educational programs and supervision of staff in the Youth & Family Development, Nutrition & Healthy Families, and Community Energy Engagement Program areas. Required Qualifications: * Master’s Degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Education, Community Development, or closely related areas (or) Master’s Degree in Management with Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Education, Community Development or closely related field. * Minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience, including at least four years in a leadership capacity relevant to role of position. PhD may substitute for 2 years of experience. * Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position. * Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate. * Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English. * Ability to transport/move supplies and equipment, climb stairs with or without reasonable accommodation. * Experience with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, and Excel. * Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual channels using traditional methods as well as electronic technology. * Demonstrated experience in effective supervision and management. * Demonstrated experience with fund development, management and grant writing. * Demonstrated experience and ability to work independently and as part of a team with internal and external partners at multiple levels within organizations and across communities. * Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement and evaluate informal education programs for diverse audiences. * Ability to effectively lead, manage, and participate in professional team efforts and highly functioning work teams. * Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community, and professional leaders and clientele groups. * Ability to identify and make use of program resources within the community and to establish a leadership role within the community and association. * Ability to identify and secure funding that supports programs, including grant writing, developing public and private partnerships. * Ability and willingness to work with a high degree of integrity, accuracy, organization, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential, sensitive information. * Ability to organize, manage, and prioritize multiple tasks, deadlines, requirements, and priorities to complete work in a timely manner and within established deadlines. Preferred Qualifications: * Knowledge and background in Human Resources preferred. * Demonstrated ability to write effectively for a variety of materials including but not limited to: procedures, reports and business letters. * Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive materials and information and maintain confidentiality. * Demonstrated ability to organize reference materials for programming purposes. *Responsibilities/Essential Functions:__ _Program Responsibilities_: Program Assessment - *5%* * Provide program leadership to the application of subject matter knowledge to identify needs, gaps, and trends in the community in collaboration with supervisor, program committees, staff, Cornell faculty, agency partners, and other community constituents within scope of the Association and Statewide Plan of Work. * May be involved in multidisciplinary team efforts to assess program. * Make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements, and/or improvements based upon assessment. * Maintain direct linkage with contract agencies, Cornell University and/or other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program assessment guidance as appropriate. * Ensure program assessment is within scope of local and statewide Plans of Work. Program Development - *10%* * Provide strategic program leadership in the application of subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies based on community needs. * Develop high quality educational programs and program materials to address the needs of the program and program participants using proven educational methodologies as well as innovative techniques to reach diverse target populations within the community and region. * Research, identify and select existing resources for programs. * Develop relationships with partner agencies, organizations, industries, and community leaders in order to obtain their assistance in program development. * Based on program evaluation data, formulate and implement specific strategies to improve overall program quality, deliverables and impact and meet the need of diverse program participants. * Ensure that program development and program structure are within both the Association and the state-wide Plan of Work and that they meet the diverse needs of program participants. * Maintain direct connection with Cornell University faculty and other Land Grant Universities as appropriate, for guidance in program development. * Provide strategic leadership for multidisciplinary and/or multi-Association team efforts to develop program to address priority issues. Program Delivery - *10%* * Provide leadership to the process of program delivery and delivery strategies based on community needs. * Serve as subject matter expert in the area of nutrition for staff, volunteers, participants, community organizations, general public and nutrition professionals working within the county and the region. * Participate in delivery of innovative and multi-disciplinary, multi-Association program efforts utilizing a variety of teaching methods, including formal and informal workshops, seminars, and social and mass media consistent with identified educational needs and requirements of funders. * Consult and utilize target audiences/stakeholders, collaborators, organizations, agencies, government, and other key partners in program delivery efforts. * Foster acceptance of programs, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences. * Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty, program units and other Land Grant Universities as appropriate for program delivery guidance. * Ensure program delivery is within the scope of the statewide and Association Plan of Work. * Represent CCE before the public, participants, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities in a professional manner as part of program delivery. Program Evaluation - *10%* * Provide leadership for and, as needed, develop program evaluation to measure program impacts and gain input/insight for continuous improvement. * Interact with program participants, advisory committees, Cornell program specialists and faculty, county and community leaders to obtain evaluation data for programs. * Apply subject matter knowledge to analyze and interpret collected program data for reporting and program improvement purposes using standard, established policy, procedure and methods. * Communicate evaluation data, results and findings to Executive Director, committees and/or other constituents as appropriate. * Make recommendations for improvements. * May be involved in multidisciplinary and/or multi-association team efforts to design or analyze program evaluation. * May maintain direct linkage with Cornell University and/or other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program evaluation guidance. _Administrative Responsibilities_: Administrative Direction - *30%* * With high initiative and discretion, plan for delegated and assigned administrative, staffing and facilities functions for the Association. * Provide leadership to the creation of the Association Plan of Work, within the scope of the CCE statewide Plan of Work, to guide programming and desired outcomes of Association programs. * Provide leadership to the process of interpreting Association program direction to assess, develop, plan and evaluate educational programs. * Provide leadership for the program development process, including the establishment of priorities, staffing plans, resource acquisition and allocation, and the evaluation process, to assure program quality, consider the diversity of the community, and to meet Equal Program Opportunity guidelines. * Determine program priorities and goals in consultation and collaboration with Executive Director, Board of Directors, program committees, staff, Cornell faculty, agency partners, and other community constituents. * Identify activities and resources needed to carry out program and Association priorities and goals in consultation and collaboration with Executive Director, Board of Directors, program committees, staff, Cornell faculty, agency partners, and other community constituents. * Develop and/or enhance/expand relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders that help advance the mission and goals of CCE. * Lead the development of shared Association vision, building understanding around the mission and developing appropriate goals and strategies to advance the mission. * Serve as Interim Executive Director with support from the Ag & Food Systems Issue Leader in the Executive Director’s absence to plan for the overall administration of the Association and provide continuity of leadership. * Support and oversee professional development initiatives to ensure staff have the knowledge, skills and resources to effectively carry out their assigned job responsibilities. * Establish grant and contract fund development strategies in compliance with Association strategies/Plan of Work and in partnership with Executive Director, Board of Directors, and appropriate staff. * Provide highly complex, specialized, administrative leadership in research, planning and preparation of grants and contracts. * Provide leadership in budget development, budget implementation and fiscal management of assigned program areas and overall Association. Administrative Management - *25%* * Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the operation of the Association, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures. * Implement and administer policies established by Executive Director and/or Board of Directors. * Ensure the adherence to all applicable local, state and federal laws and CCE policies. * Support effective management and monitoring of Association resources in compliance with CCE standards and policies, in partnership with Executive Director, Board of Directors, and appropriate staff. * Ensure proper stewardship of funds through appropriate oversight including established internal and external audits as necessary. * Manage the implementation of the communications/marketing plan, including overseeing marketing and promoting program participation. * Support and lead the process to select, orient, lead and manage program and non-program staff as appropriate. * Support and manage human resource policies established by the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Cornell Cooperative Extension, state or federal law. * Ensure non-exempt staff timecards are reviewed and approved be deadlines. * Ensure staff leave time records are accurate and reconciled in a timely fashion. * Supervise, manage and direct the work of assigned staff. * Provide continuous feedback, coaching, and performance management to assigned staff. * Evaluate performance and conduct annual performance reviews assigned staff. * Provide supervision to assigned staff in all aspects of job responsibilities to include orientation and performance development. * Provide continuous feedback, coaching, and performance management to staff. * Evaluate performance and conduct annual performance reviews of assigned direct reports. Ensure performance reviews are conducted at least annually for all Association staff. * Oversee the maintenance of Association facilities and assets, such as property, vehicles, etc. including compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, delegating implementation as necessary. * Lead and guide staff, using a high level of administrative and subject matter expertise, in effective program development, delivery, and evaluation methods. * Implement policy and programmatic changes to address identified gaps/needs in the community, county and/or region. * Effectively manage program budget allocations. Provide fiscal management and budget development leadership to ensure expenditure of funds to ensure compliance with funding requirements, grant specifications, and adherence to Association strategies/Plan of Work. * Negotiate contracts (insurances, equipment and services) for approval by Executive Director. * Manage new and existing grants and funding opportunities including research and analysis, internal reporting systems, monitoring expenditures, and working with staff to ensure each project or program is meeting proposal outcomes and expectations. * Oversee and support preparation of Association budget and required financial reports for review by Executive Director and the board. Administrative Coordination/Operation - *5%* * With substantial initiative and discretion, perform a moderate amount of highly complex tasks to support the administration of the Association. * Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses to promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts. * Actively serve on appropriate local, regional, and state committees and task forces that support overall educational and organizational efforts of the Cornell Cooperative Extension system. * Schedule, coordinate, facilitate and/or participate in meetings, trainings and conference calls as required or as needed. * Provide training to staff related to specific job responsibilities and/or areas of improvement as necessary. * Prepare and submit grants and contract proposals to secure funding actively involving Executive Director, finance staff, and program staff as necessary. * Prepare and submit required reports related programming activities and accomplishments to communicate results to appropriate stakeholders. * Serve as Right to Know, American Disabilities Act, Affirmative Action and Diversity Plan representative; provide guidance and assistance to staff to ensure compliance. * Represent the Association in the Executive Director’s absence as necessary. Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - *5%* * In cooperation with the Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes in programming and association priorities. * Participate in all required orientation, training, and/or in-service meetings and trainings as scheduled/required. * Pursue personal growth through expanding personal knowledge of the total organization and through updating techniques and technical skills relating to the position. * Carry out assignments and other duties as assigned by supervisor, including but not limited to local fairs, community activities, etc. * Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension including but not limited to attendance at staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff, general marketing of Cooperative Extension programs and other duties as assigned. Health and Safety - *Applies to all duties and functions* * Support the association to maintain a safe working environment. * Be familiar and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard. * Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified. EEO/EPO and Policy - *Applies to all duties and functions* * Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public. * Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences. * Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension to the public, community leaders, colleagues, volunteers, members of Cornell University faculty and staff, government officials and the general public in a professional manner. * Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association policies, procedures and Cornell Skills for Success. * Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner. * At all times act in a professional Customer Service manner including but not limited to business-like demeanor, tactful communications, cooperative, helpful, positive and receptive manner. This is a full time, exempt, benefits eligible position. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including: * Vacation, Sick and Personal time * Paid Holidays * NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance) * NYS Retirement * Long-term Disability Insurance * Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity * Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts * Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance * Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance * Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance * Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance * Voluntary Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance * Voluntary Pet Insurance * Voluntary New York’s College Savings Program Please be sure to read the Notice to Applicants found on the Jobs with CCE page: How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: For details on how to apply, visit: All applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, resume and indicate three individuals who may be contacted as a reference. Please consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting. All applications must be received on-line by June 24, 2021. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs. No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available. The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at 607-255-6120, or via email at: For additional questions please contact Leah Cadwallader, Regional Human Resources Manager, e-mail or (845) 340-3990x314. Job Title: Association Program Director Level: No Grade - Annual Pay Rate Type: Salary Company: Contract College Contact Name: Leah Cadwallader Number of Openings: 1 Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University. *Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell Cooperative Extension as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. * Posted 12 Days Ago * Full time * WDR-00026344