Cornell University, Section of Horticulture

Position ID:Cornell-Section of Horticulture-EA [#21856, WDR-00031642]
Position Title: Extension Associate - Management Development Specialist
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Management and Organizations
Education / Bilingual/Multilingual Education
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/05/31, finished 2022/12/02)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Academic Job Description

Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development

Management Development Specialist

Extension Associate

Who we are?

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second-largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical, and economic well-being. Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development (CAWD) is part of CALS and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) at Cornell University, the Land Grant University of New York State. We work with farmers and agribusinesses to build committed and productive teams. We believe that agricultural work can, and should be, engaging and rewarding for everyone involved.

The Management Development Extension Associate will support extension and research projects focused on solving problems and supporting development of New York’s agricultural workforce in all types of farm production. Primary projects for this position will include developing and teaching leadership and management development courses and workshops for online and in-person delivery.

What You Will Do

As an innovative and experienced educator, you will expand knowledge and access to management development and effective human resource management to all sectors of agriculture. You will interact with and focus efforts on developing Spanish-speaking and ESL agricultural supervisors and managers. You will work collaboratively, across disciplines, and with a variety of stakeholders, to develop, demonstrate, and guide better supervisory leadership across NYS. The state is a national leader milk production and specialty crops such as apples.  You will champion diversity, equity and inclusion by providing unbiased access to world-class research and industry expertise to all New York farmers; and serve as a trusted resource, enabling stakeholders to build knowledge and develop skills to engage employees, build teams and develop an effective workforce. At Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development, we’re developing the people who feed New York families and the world.

What We Need

We are looking for a talented, dynamic and engaging educator and leader, who is passionate about extension, outreach and research, to join our team of agricultural human resource management professionals. This leader will engage with the team on a variety of human resource issues and will take the lead to develop Spanish-language management development programs. A high level of collaboration with faculty, extension educators, and farm and industry personnel across all agriculture sectors is required for success. Ability to engage, excite and work with diverse audiences, building relationships with multiple stakeholders to identify and address the key issues affecting agriculture in the state is required. Significant input and support for the position will come from agricultural industry organizations and directly from farm personnel. Direct supervision is provided by the CAWD Director.


Anticipated Division of Time

Program Development: 25%

Program Implementation: 30%

·         Provide research-based knowledge through educational activities for extension educators, private consultants, industry representatives, growers and others through a variety of means including but not exclusive to direct teaching through group experiences (meetings, workshops, etc.) and mass media (webinars, podcasts, print, etc.)

Applied Research: 20%


Program Evaluation: 15%


Professional Development: 5%

·         Participate in related regional, statewide, and national professional organizations as appropriate.


Supervision: 5%

·         May provide direct supervision for project personnel, interns, etc. as needed.


Required Qualifications


Preferred Qualifications

1.       Experience leading and supervising.

2.       Experience developing educational materials and teaching.

3.       Research experience.

What We Offer

This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position. Flexible working location could be considered but should permit regular access to the main agricultural areas of NY and the Cornell Ithaca campus. This is non-tenure track position with an initial three (3) year appointment. Reappointment is contingent upon available resources and successful performance.

Cornell takes pride in offering generous benefits to support and enhance your health, wealth and wellness, including generous time off, competitive health insurance, retirement plans and a tuition assistance program. Here’s a quick overview of the kind of benefits that have made us an award-winning employer of choice:

Applications: Applicants should submit a cover letter that addresses the requirements above, a curriculum vitae, a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the names and contact information for three references via Academic Jobs Online. Applications will be reviewed beginning in July and the position will remain open until filled.

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law. 

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
134 Plant Science Building
236 Tower Road
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853