Small Farmer Outreach Training and Technical Assist Coordinator

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Kentucky State University
Location
Frankfort, KY
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

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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.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

•    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.


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Our Mission

Kentucky State University is the state's unique, small, liberal studies institution with the lowest student-faculty ratio in the state system. The University shall serve as a residential institution with a range of traditional collegiate programs appropriate to its unique role.

Geographic Region
Kentucky State University's geographic region shall be state-wide for its liberal studies mission, its land grant functions, and its service to state government. In addition, Kentucky State University's primary service area for commuting students shall be for Franklin and contiguous counties.

Institutional Admission Standards
Kentucky State University shall admit students to the institution under selective admission standards to which exceed the minimum guidelines established by the Council on Higher Education, with only limited exceptions. Institutional policy for admitting under-prepared students, including the removal of academic deficiencies within a specified time frame. Through this approach, the University seeks to provide broad access and high-quality programs.

Degree Levels
Selected associate and baccalaureate degree programs shall be oriented toward liberal studies and selected career opportunities related to state government services. Kentucky State University shall offer selected master's degree programs based on demonstrated need, with priority given to a public administration curriculum to meet the needs of state government.

Strategic Directions/Program Priorities
The University shall focus on liberal studies programming. Drawing upon its African-American heritage, the University will promote the values and methods of interdisciplinary and multicultural education in its liberal studies offerings. All students shall participate in common curricula that explore the liberal studies. Drawing upon the multicultural strengths of the University, emphasis shall be placed on preparing minority students for careers in education and in other selected professions including business, computer science, nursing, human services, and public services. These strategic priorities translate into a core of liberal arts baccalaureate degree programs, in addition to degree programs at the associate [A], baccalaureate [B], and master's [M] levels that may include the following: education [B]; business [B]; computer science [A,B]; nursing [A]; home economics [B]; human services [B]; and public administration [B,M].

Enhancement of Instruction
The University shall emphasize teaching. Meeting student needs shall be paramount. The University shall focus on the needs of its students, which include, but are not limited to, full-time and part-time residential students, commuting students from its primary service area, and state governmental employees.

Service and Research Functions
Kentucky State University, as the 1890 land grant institution in the system, shall carry out its responsibilities under federal law and participate fully in appropriate U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, in accord with the mission of the University.

Kentucky State University shall be the major repository for the collection of books, records, and artifacts relative to the history and status of African-American citizens of the Commonwealth and elsewhere. The University shall make such materials available for casual and scholarly study.

Kentucky State University shall focus on meeting the applied research and service needs of state government.

Collaborative Ventures
The priority master's degree program offered by Kentucky State University shall be carefully articulated with related doctoral programs offered by the doctoral-granting institutions in the system. The University shall develop and employ telecommunication resources to communicate with other institutions in the fulfillment of its mission. Curriculum development shall emphasize the transfer of credits form other institutions toward degree completion.

Kentucky State University shall promote cost effectiveness in academic programming and institutional management. Strategic planning resulting in the elimination of duplicative or non-productive programs is essential while the development of carefully selected new programs compatible with the mission is appropriate. Measures of quality and performance shall be the foundation of the University's accountability system which promotes the continuous improvement of programs and services.

Efficiency and Effectiveness
Kentucky State University shall promote cost effectiveness in academic programming and institutional management. Strategic planning resulting in the elimination of duplicative or non-productive programs is essential while the development of carefully selected new programs compatible with the mission is appropriate. Measures of quality and performance shall be the foundation of the University's accountability system which promotes the continuous improvement of programs and services.

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