CCE of Columbia & Greene Counties Environment & Natural Resources Team Leader – Acra, NY
September 21, 2018
New York State, New York
CCE of Columbia & Greene Counties is seeking a full time qualified and experienced incumbent responsible for overall leadership and management in the Association's Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) regional program areas including forestry, agroforestry, watershed, invasive species management, biodiversity preservation, and energy conservation. The Team Leader supervises a team of program staff with additional oversight to a large team of volunteers. Key responsibilities include program assessment, development, delivery, evaluation, and research with particular emphasis on administrative responsibilities including program direction, management and funding.
The Team Leader oversees the Association's relationships and collaboration with key partners including Watershed Agriculture Forestry Program, New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Environmental Protection, and other partners.
Please include a cover letter, resume and three references (at least one who is a current or former supervisor or teacher).
Once your application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.
Internal Applicants:Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are internal applicants; please refer to Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) for additional guidance.
All applications must be received on-line by October 24, 2018. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Master's Degree in Environmental and Natural Resources or related field and 4 – 5 years related experience 3 years supervisory experience is required.
Familiarity with theory and practice of the environment and natural resources.
Demonstrated ability to sustain substantial program funding through successful grant research, writing and management.
Ability to work with diverse stakeholders.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, database and internet software including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels and educational tools.
Ability to develop, initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
Ability to identify and involve stakeholders and partners in determining program direction.
Ability to effectively lead and supervise professional team efforts.
Familiarity with a variety of program delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
Ability to read and write in English.
Ability to successfully market program through social, print and other media, resulting in robust program participation.
Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
Ability to plan and organize individual and subordinate staff work responsibilities.
Ability to regularly work in outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat and cold.
Ability to regularly lift, move or transport supplies and equipment, including climbing stairs and/or in outdoor/natural environmental settings with or without reasonable accommodation.
Ability to meet occasional travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required.
Ability to meet acceptable background check requirements. .
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Preferred training and experience in Forest Management, Forest Ecology or Agroforestry
Experience in both educational program design and delivery
Two years of experience with volunteer oversight
Knowledge of the philosophy, organization, and operation of Cooperative Extension system
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Assessment - 10%
Provide program leadership in the application of environment and natural resource subject matter knowledge to identify gaps and trends in the community.
Lead the development of the program needs assessment of the ENR Program Areas.
Make recommendations for programmatic offerings, enhancements or improvements.
May be involved in multidisciplinary and multi-Association team efforts to assess program.
May have direct linkage with other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program assessment guidance.
Ensure program assessment is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Program Development - 15%
Lead the application of subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies.
Guide the Association in program development that fits the goal of sustaining the ecological, economic, and aesthetic values of rural landscape in the Catskill Mountain/Hudson Valley region in New York State.
Provide overall program leadership in the application of Environment and Natural Resource subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies.
Provide leadership to support Association efforts to engage in regional collaborations related to forest stewardship, water quality, biodiversity preservation, and energy conservation to develop education strategies.
Apply high level disciplinary subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies in support of the ENR programming.
Develop educational programs designed to encourage sustainable stewardship of privately owned natural resources including forests, watersheds and related topics, such as invasive species, in the targeted region.
Ensure program structure meets the need of diverse program participants.
Make programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes.
Develop program resources designed to help the targeted community adopt sustainable economic development in the area of natural resources.
Create innovative or alternative (to existing delivery models) educational programs that meet programmatic and community needs, and changing regional and statewide issues.
Use a system of ongoing involvement of citizens in the program development process which expresses the demographics of the community.
Interpret Association and University program direction to create educational programs.
Ensure program development is within scope of the Association and statewide Plans of Work.
Create program materials to address volunteer, adult and/or youth participant needs.
May be involved in multi-disciplinary and multi-association team efforts to develop program to address priority issues.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units for program development guidance.
Working with the Executive Director and other program staff to integrate the existing work and resources of the Association and identify opportunities to create complimentary programming in the future.
Program Delivery - 10%
Provide ENR programming to targeted audiences using a variety of delivery methods.
Serve as subject matter expert in discipline to program staff within the Association, local agencies and other groups as they are identified. Provide highly complex nonstandard responses.
Lead the application of subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to deliver educational program.
Teach the existing educational program as defined. Deliver trainings, including but not limited to presentations, workshops, seminars, conferences, individual consultations, electronic and digital media in support of program delivery.
Teach the innovative educational program with discretion.
Foster acceptance of program, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Provide educational program efforts via mass media.
Interact with program participants.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery and provide engaging and well-prepared presentations.
May be involved in multidisciplinary and multi-association team efforts to deliver program.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University and other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program delivery guidance.
Utilize a variety of proven educational methodologies. Ensure program delivery is within scope of the Association and statewide Plans of Work.
Program Evaluation - 5%
Provide leadership in analyzing and evaluating ENR programs and discuss with the Executive Director and the ENR Team ways for strengthening and improving programs.
Design program evaluation framework and evaluation tools based on subject matter knowledge.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units for program evaluation guidance.
Lead the application of subject matter knowledge to evaluate educational program.
Implement program evaluation process.
May be involved in multi-association team efforts to design or analyze program evaluation.
Provide direct linkage with other Land Grant University faculty and program units for program evaluation guidance.
Interpret evaluation data to the constituencies.
Communicate evaluation results and findings.
Interact with various constituencies to obtain their evaluation of programs.
Ensure program evaluation is within scope of the association and statewide Plans of Work.
Applied Research- 5%
Collaborate the applied research process under the leadership of Cornell University faculty as outlined in CCE program definition and standard.
Collaborate with Cornell faculty to design or create applied research collection framework as outlined in CCE program definition and standard.
Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units for guidance in applied research.
May have direct linkage with other Land Grant University faculty and program units for guidance in applied research.
Communicate social and economic changes to Cornell University specialists that may be studied and/or acted upon.
Ensure applied research is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Direction - 20%
Program Direction - Provide complex administrative tasks to plan the educational program.
Lead the interpretation of Association and University program direction to plan educational ENR programs. Lead the ENR Program Team in planning of the delivery of established educational programs.
Provide leadership to support the planning of educational program and activities for ENR activities, presentations, the Greene County Youth Fair, The Columbia County Fair and other events.
Provide leadership to the planning of the structure of delivering educational programs via various methods. May assist in the design of a system of ongoing involvement of citizens which expresses the demographics of the community.
Financial Direction - Provide leadership for financial direction of program and plan effective strategic funding efforts to include: Research, identify and set goals for grants and to secure funding for high-quality, research based ENR programs. Anticipate or project expenses to develop a budget. Propose or develop program budget based on established financial guidelines or procedures. Develop staff salary allocations by funding source in consultation with the Executive Director and Finance Manager. May assist in establishing financial strategies.
Communication/Marketing Direction - Provide moderately complex administrative tasks in planning for mass media efforts related to program/function. Lead the planning of effective strategic external and internal ENR program communication/marketing efforts. Support the development of a shared Environment and Natural Resources and Association vision, building understanding around the mission and developing appropriate goals and strategies to advance the mission. Lead the utilization of good marketing strategies in the generation of an appropriate public image. Plan for mass media efforts related to program/ function. Assist in developing and/or enhancing/ expanding relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders for the ENR programs. Assist in developing an Association's marketing program, keying in on successes, research initiatives and flagship programs. Assist in planning major public affairs events and functions.
Staffing Direction - Perform complex tasks related to supervisory responsibility as applicable. Assist in planning organizational leadership development strategies. Develop program staffing plan in consultation with the Association Executive Director, Finance Manager & Senior Administrator.
Management - 20%
General Management: Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the operation of the unit, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures. Manage the allocation of resources needed to run high-quality, research-based environmental and natural resource development programs in Columbia and Greene Counties. Provide complex administrative management support to the organization, including leadership to facilitate problem solving and conflict resolution related to program operation. Provide leadership for the management and oversight of the Siuslaw Model Forest.
Program Management - Provide complex administrative management of established educational program goals. Manage the Association's key collaborative relationship with the Watershed Agriculture Forestry Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Environmental Protection, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and other critical partners. Monitor program to ensure that educational content conforms to research base, policies and objectives of the Association and is research knowledge-based. Manage program activities to Association Plan of Work. Identify, develop, enhance and engage networks of volunteers and volunteer leaders. Lead volunteer recruitment and involvement.
Financial Management - Provide complex administrative tasks in guiding the implementation of the program budget. Write grant proposals based on available opportunities and goals of the ENR program.
Provide leadership to and ensure submission of grant and funding proposals. Communicate needed compliance with established financial requirements, including grants and contracts requirements to program staff, volunteers and community stakeholders. Recommend adjustments in budget, when allowed, to realign with changing needs. Assist in reviewing funding opportunities and grant proposals. Monitoring income/ expense to ensure the spending is within budget constraint. Manage allocation of resources according to established financial strategies. Manage compliance to established financial requirements, including grants and contracts.
Communications & Marketing Management- Provide moderately complex administrative tasks in guiding the implementation of communication strategies on the ENR programs.
Staffing Management - Perform complex tasks related to supervisory responsibility as applicable. Provide supervision and guidance to program staff, including those performing similar work, and volunteers. Carries out staff supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Association's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, and hiring staff; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Jointly develop and review progress of assigned staff development plans as needed to increase staff competency. Assures positive, team-based employee relations. Provide leadership for and facilitate program advisory committee meetings. Provide guidance and oversight to ENR volunteers.
Coordination/Operation - 10%
General Coordination - Provide a limited amount of complex tasks related to program needs. Provide orientation and training to ENR program staff and volunteers. Travel to various locations in an effort to meet program material and marketing needs. Examples include but are not limited to purchasing and/or delivering program materials, taking photos, etc. On an occasional basis, transports self also lifting or moving program materials or resources to program settings.
Program Coordination- May provide complex administrative support to the implementation of the assessment, development, delivery, research and evaluation of established educational program goals. Coordinate program activities with the ENR Program team, volunteers and project partners. Carry out ongoing program need assessment. Provide administrative leadership to the coordination of assessment, development, delivery, research and evaluation of established educational program goals. Collect program needs assessment databased on existing framework.
Financial Coordination/Operation - Provide moderately complex administrative support to accomplish financial goals within assigned program/ function. Provide leadership to and ensure submission of grant and funding proposals. Ensure grant and funding proposal completion. Ensure grant-funding requirements are met.
Communication/Marketing Coordination - Provide moderately complex administrative support to conducting mass media efforts related to program/ function. Maintain effective working relations with legislators, local government leaders, community leaders, funding agencies, etc.
Staffing Coordination - Perform moderately complex tasks related to supervisory responsibility as applicable. Provide leadership to implement ENR program unit staffing plan. Track and report program staff salary allocations by funding source.
Professional Improvement - 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 and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with 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 - Applied 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 Columbia and Greene Counties policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension 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, exempt position. Compensation paid at the rate of $60k annually. 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
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) 255-2117, or via email at: email@example.com.
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (518) 765-3503.
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