Regional Dairy Processing and Marketing Specialist
Extension Support Specialist II Band F -Exempt
Cornell Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Eastern New York
Who We Are
Cornell University's 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. Harvest New York Specialists respond to emerging issues and develop new opportunities using the research of Cornell University, the resources of Cornell Cooperative Extension and relationships with partnering organizations statewide. The six project areas covered by Harvest New York are Dairy Food Processing and Marketing, Local Food Distribution and Marketing, Urban Agriculture, Farm-Based Beverages, Emerging Crops, and Farm Strategic Planning.
What We Are Looking For
We are looking for someone with an agricultural / farm background or a strong demonstrated interest in agriculture and/or dairy foods processing. This includes but is not limited to: applicants raised on farms, those with agricultural experience, experience with dairy foods processing, and those that would enjoy working with both large scale dairy plants and small on-farm processors. Someone who has an appreciation for the agricultural lifestyle and realizes the importance of building relationships with producers and managers. Experience working in dairy foods processing, marketing, regulatory compliance and in developing educational programming.
Roles and Responsibilities as a member of the Harvest New York Specialist Team:
Provide leadership for planning and developing educational programs that emphasize the production and market of dairy products.
Develop a formal program that supports the small artisan cheesemakers in New York State as well as established large scale processors in the region.
Implement educational programs utilizing a variety of methods.
Deliver one-on-one consultations with key producers and industry partners.
Communicate evaluation results to program partners and funders.
Define and implement reporting mechanisms from the programmatic efforts.
Build and maintain effective relationships with the producers, consultants, and other industry representatives.
Participate in collaborative research projects with University and extension faculty and staff as well as other agencies and organizations.
Support communication efforts with stakeholders through newsletters, quarterly reports, news releases, evaluation plans, etc.
Participate in workgroups related to the work of Cornell University, Cooperative Extension, and the Commercial Dairy Processing Industry.
This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located at a CCE office in Eastern New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.
The successful candidate can live within Eastern New York near cities such as Albany, Kingston, or Utica. There is flexibility in location, however, travel throughout New York State is required.
Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science or closely related discipline from an accredited institution and 3+ years of relevant work experience in dairy production and processing and the overall dairy food chain with particular emphasis in cheese making and production of fermented dairy foods (cheese, yogurt) or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with diverse audiences in group and one-on-one settings.
Work effectively with industry, economic development groups, advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners and other stakeholders.
Proven organizational and time-management skills.
Able to work in a fast-paced environment and to quickly adjust to change and changing priorities.
Ability to interpret and communicate applied research and demonstration projects.
Strong leadership and teamwork skills.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Fundamental competence utilizing current technology as a management and program delivery tool (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Internet and Web development).
Must be able to meet the extensive travel requirements of the position, and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license.
Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
Masters or Ph.D. in Food Science or closely related discipline.
Knowledge and experience in current and emerging issues and production practices related to the dairy industry in New York State.
Experience in food marketing in start-up ventures.
Knowledge of the philosophy, objectives, and operation of an informal education system such as Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Successful experience obtaining new funding including grants and industry support.
Appreciation of Agriculture as a business and as a lifestyle.
Creativity, energy, motivation and positive enthusiasm.
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