SMALL FARMER OUTREACH TRAINING and TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB: Under general direction of the Small Farmer Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator will develop, conduct and deliver educational programs to small, minority, and socially disadvantaged farmers. The Small Farmer Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator will develop educational and training materials, in a variety of formats, for use by area and county staff in working with African American and other minority small, and socially disadvantaged farmers. Areas of training should include, but not be limited to, agricultural production, financial management, sustainable agriculture, and environmental conservation. This position will provide necessary training to county-based staff so that they can successfully assist, small, minority, and socially disadvantaged farmers in the Commonwealth. The position will work with USDA and state agencies in outreach to small, minority, and socially disadvantaged farmers. The Small Farmer Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator will supervise the project staff and provide necessary reports.
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY:
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (ex: duties that are essential to performing the job with or without accommodation)
1. Establish and maintain a working relationship with Kentucky Department of Agriculture, USDA agencies, and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Non-Profit Organizations agricultural agents to foster a collaborative working environment in support of socially disadvantaged and African American farmers.
2. Develop educational and training materials, in a variety of formats, for use by area and county staff in working with small, African American and other minority, socially disadvantaged farmers. Areas of training should include, but not be limited to, agricultural production, financial management, and environmental conservation. Provide necessary training to county and area staff so that they can successfully assist small minority and socially disadvantaged farmers in the Commonwealth.
3. Assess the needs of socially disadvantaged farmers in order to develop appropriate educational opportunities and to identify available resources to meet the needs of such farmers. This includes the identification or resources outside of the Cooperative Extension Program.
4. Identify socially disadvantaged farmers throughout the Commonwealth and determine their willingness and ability to participate in programs offered by the Farmers Home Administration. If deficiencies are found that prohibit participation, work with farmers to overcome deficiencies so they can take advantage of FSA opportunities.
5. Prepare monthly reports to be submitted to the Associate Administrator detailing project accomplishments, problems, and opportunities
6. Establish and maintain a working relationship with KSU small farm agents and agents to foster a collaborative working relationship in support of socially disadvantaged farmers.
7. Maintain records of individual participating farmers to document their point of entry status and progress achieved during their participation in the program.
OTHER DUTIES: The position will conduct other duties as required.
• Master’s degree required. The degree must be from an accredited university in agricultural, horticulture, animal science, Extension education, adult education, or closely associated fields.
• Three to five years of relevant work experience in Agribusiness, Livestock and/or Field Crops Production, Cooperative Extension.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Knowledge of Extension program development process, evaluation, and reporting.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
• Ability to develop, maintain, and use spreadsheets and databases.
• Demonstrated time management and organizational skills to coordinate projects and people, prioritize and track multiple projects simultaneously, and meet critical deadlines.
WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT:
• Work could involve some exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
• Requires some standing or walking.
• Ability to lift 40 lbs.
• No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
• Extensive travel required.
KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.