The Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County (CCETC) Environment Issue Leader is responsible for providing leadership for the environment program area and serves as a member of the organization's Leadership Team. CCETC Environment Program area leadership includes supervision and programming support for environment team staff who provide education related to composting, climate change and resilience, energy, transportation, water resources and workforce readiness for green jobs.
In addition, the CCETC Environment Issue Leader shall develop and deliver programs in one of the following: Energy, Climate Change and Climate Resiliency, Environmental Justice, Water Quality and Quantity--recognizing that the issues are often cross-cutting. They shall engage with, develop and facilitate local community groups, networks, and partnerships to address at least one of these high-priority topics. The work includes facilitating awareness, education and critical analyses of pressing and emerging public issues to achieve better-informed decisions and actions.
This person connects with other associations, Cornell faculty, and regional teams to develop collaborative projects and conduct research related to Extension's mission and priority community issues.
The CCETC Environment Issue Leader shall provide a broad range of high-level administrative direction and management functions for program area. This person is responsible for securing program funds and effective management of resources available to the program unit including maximizing the use of resources to bolster community and economic development. They are responsible for assuring accountability and equity and inclusions standards are met within the program unit and, as a member of the Leadership Team, across the association.
This person represents the CCETC Association with the public, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell University in achieving the vision and mission of the association.
This person is supervised by the Executive Director, operates as an educational and managerial professional, and is subject to association policies. Guidance and direction are provided by the Environment Program Advisory Committee, Board of Directors and the Executive Director, and with support from other members of the Association Leadership Team.
This is a full time, 40 hour per week, benefits eligible exempt position.
The search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
Master's degree with appropriate subject-matter specialization and at least four years of progressively responsible experience in Cooperative Extension or equivalent professional education experience in an academic, human service, or industry setting. A relevant PhD may substitute for two years' experience.
Demonstrated ability to effectively engage a diversity of stakeholders, committees or consultants in the development of program direction.
Demonstrated experience in facilitating community-engaged processes, building collective agreement, and achieving results, especially for underserved audiences.
Ability to recognize, understand, value and incorporate diverse perspectives held by participants and collaborators/stakeholders
Ability to manage and work with conflict in a constructive manner
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, and evaluate informal and innovative educational programs using a wide variety of program delivery methods.
Demonstrated skills in effectively communicating complex information through oral, written, and visual channels.
Knowledge of statewide and/or national initiatives related to program area.
Demonstrated ability to provide supervision and guidance to staff and volunteers.
Demonstrated ability to secure, develop, and manage resources.
Demonstrated ability to lead and participate effectively in professional team efforts.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders, and to work effectively with people of varying ages and socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.
Demonstrated initiative, reliability, and dependability.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Coursework in research methodology, education, and management experience highly preferred.
Training in strategic planning processes and outcome based program development and delivery.
Diversity and inclusion training or experience.
Experience working in a shared leadership structure
Program Assessment - 5%
Provide leadership for continual or frequent processes of analyzing community and stakeholder needs in environment-related issues, and assessing current programs' capacity to meet those needs, and communicate outcomes and recommendations to the Executive Director, leadership team, Board, program advisory committee, Cornell faculty, county and community leaders. Secure input to use for future program development.
Program Development - 30%
Carry out short- and long-range program development with program advisory committee, Executive Director, the association leadership team, and other associations using the strategic plan, plan-of-work, program evaluation, impact reports, and other issue identification and priority setting instruments.
Develop and enhance relationships with partner agencies, organizations, industries, and community leaders.
Provide leadership to staff in effective program development methods.
Engage stakeholders (target audiences, collaborators, organizations, agencies, key partners, etc.) that reflect the diversity and demographics of the community in the program development process. Ensure involvement/participation of key stakeholders/constituents and reach out to underserved communities to build and enhance relationships that result in improved outcomes for individuals, families and the community.
Ensure educational programming has multi-level foci with individuals/families, community organizations and businesses, and systems/policy decision-makers.
Partner with Cornell faculty and administrators to ensure program content is consistent with policies and objectives of the association and the mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Provide leadership for association-wide cross-program initiatives as well as multi-association, regional, and statewide programs to address priority issues.
Program Delivery - 10%
Serve as a subject-matter resource educator taking leadership for key program area issues that require scientific analysis; a comprehensive, collaborative response; and that are of concern to many people.
Involve target audiences, collaborators, organizations, agencies, government, key partners and other staff as active partners in program delivery. Program outcomes shall include impacts at multiple levels - individual, family, community, and policy.
Use program delivery and communication strategies and methods that consider the diversity of the community.
Assure good marketing strategies are used in the promotion and delivery of programs, while maintaining or enhancing an appropriate public image.
Program Evaluation - 5%
Evaluate change and impacts and use this information to direct future work:Based on program evaluation data, formulate and implement specific strategies to improve overall program quality, deliverables and impact.
Develop required written reports on activities and accomplishments and communicate results to appropriatestakeholders
Applied Research - 5%
Develop research partnerships with Cornell University and other university faculty in topic areas related to the Association's Strategic Plan and programming priorities.
Direction - 20%
Work with other Association Issue Leaders and the Executive Director in a shared leadership role (Leadership Team) to provide appropriate direction in identifying, prioritizing and developing organization operational and system needs that improve overall program delivery, operational efficiencies, and organizational culture in line with the organizational strategic plan.
As part of the Leadership Team, provide input and information and generally support the policy development and strategic planning work of the Association Board of Directors and standing committees of the Board
Provide leadership to the program advisory committee that allows them to provide effective input and program direction ensuring programs address audience needs.
Work with Association Leadership Team to develop a culture of collaboration, innovation, and accountability and which promotes inclusiveness.
Seek out, prepare, and submit grant proposals, and develop other funding streams to support program and association priorities with active involvement of the Leadership Team, Association Director, Program Advisory Committees, Board, Cornell faculty and Extension Administration.
Management - 15%
Provide direct supervision and support to program coordinators in assigned program area.
Manage and direct the work of educators and program assistants in implementing educational programs, policy, systems and strategies related to program priorities.
Evaluate performance and conduct annual performance conferences with educators, other program staff, and clerical staff. Review and obtain input from Executive Director, program advisory committee, and key constituents/collaborators. Provide frequent feedback, coaching, and performance management to staff.
Manage funds of program including review of account statements, allocating funds to cover staff salary, and year end reconciliation.
Coordination / Operation - 5%
Coordinate with other senior leadership to identify and recruit staff and volunteers and provide orientation, instruction, and leadership development to enable them to better serve the community; and coordinate with other senior leadership to maintain and continually improve the staff and volunteer development systems.
Serve as an active member of the Association Leadership Team, on special committees and assignments as approved by supervisor.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 5%
In cooperation with Supervisor and/or 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.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform 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.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Tompkins County policies and procedures, and Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
This is a full time, 40 hour per week, benefits eligible exempt position.
Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
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
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