Cornell University, Animal Science

Position ID:Cornell-Animal Science-EA1 [#21966, WDR-00032090]
Position Title: Extension Associate - Dairy Business Management Specialist
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Agriculture
Business Management
Dairy Management
Appl Deadline:2023/05/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/06/24, finished 2023/08/23)
Position Description:    

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

Extension Associate – Dairy Business Management Specialist
Department of Animal Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

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

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. 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. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world.

Position Function

This individual will be a Dairy Business Management Specialist with the PRO-DAIRY program in the Department of Animal Science. As a member of the Farm Management Team within PRO-DAIRY, this individual will assist in coordinating activities associated with the dairy discussion group effort within PRO-DAIRY. Utilize experiences and appropriate data tools, such as the Dairy Profit Monitor and Dairy Farm Business Summary program, in working directly with dairy farms to support business management education programs and the discussion group program. Build relationships with current and new farms involved in programs, and facilitate discussion group meetings, with a focus of on-farm activities in the eastern half of New York State. Develop and conduct activity analysis projects in support of applied research and extension programs focused on costs and performance of dairy farms. Provide leadership in development of distance education programs with a focus on business and financial management. Provide input and support to the overall PRO-DAIRY program and the farm management effort within PRO-DAIRY, consisting of but not limited to involvement in program development, educational material preparation, speaking at meetings and conferences, working with local and regional extension educators to meet the educational needs of dairy producers across the state.

This position is full-time and will be based in Ithaca, New York, with options for being housed elsewhere if appropriate. Extensive travel (approximately 35% of time) and over-nights will be required throughout New York State.  This is a three-year appointment.

Anticipated Division of Time

Program Leadership: 40%

In collaboration with PRO-DAIRY Farm Management Leader and other staff, provide strategic leadership and program design for initiatives that span the farm management component of the PRO-DAIRY Program.

Examples of program activities may include:
  • Coordination and development of virtual based management education programs.
  • Facilitate current and new discussion group meetings.
  • Produce original first drafts of PRO-DAIRY applications (request for funding) and reports (post-award and progress reports).
  • Serve as a subject matter resource for farm level financial decision making and analysis, including Dairy Farm Business Summary and Dairy Profit Monitor programs.
  • Continuously and proactively participate in professional meetings, seminars, and trainings to enhance skillsets. Stay abreast of research by reading current literature and publications.
  • Independently develop presentations, press releases, and workshop materials for use within discussion groups. Share materials with other faculty for use in educational programs.
  • Conduct applied research programs.

Program Management: 30%
  • Develop materials to support virtual educational programs.
  • Build and maintain extension relationships with individual businesses by providing educational information for better understanding of financial data generated by Dairy Farm Business Summary, Dairy Profit Monitor, and Activity Analysis Projects.
  • Respond to data collection or understanding inquires via e-mail, phone, and in person as appropriate.
  • Be an integral part of the team in delivering educational programs centered on extension meetings and articles about management and financial information relevant to current issues facing the dairy industry.
  • Independently develop presentations and workshop materials to assist in the educational delivery.
  • Present educational information at meetings for all audience groups: Producers, agri-service, and the public.

Data Analysis/Assessment: 20%
  • Utilize applied research tools within the discussion group program.
  • Collect farm level activity and financial data needed for applied research and use within discussion groups.
  • Identify new opportunities for applied research and provide leadership in development of said projects.
  • Track and evaluate extension program impacts.
  • Prepare impact statements for use in grant reporting requirements and grant proposal development
  • Publish extension bulletins and other formats reporting the results of applied research projects

Collaboration: 5%
  • Participate in planning meetings, help develop program materials, and attend events as needed in support and collaboration with other PRO-DAIRY staff or regional teams on programs of mutual interest.

Personal and Professional Development: 5%
  • Seek out and attend educational seminars and workshops of interest or as identified by Supervisor.
  • Continuously maintain all required educational/position qualifications to fulfill job requirements.
  • Maintain good communications with supervisor, co-workers, temporary staff and other collaborators within Cornell and at other institutions.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in dairy management or business with an agricultural background and 2+ years of experience.
  • Proficiency in use of computer programs such as Excel, PowerPoint and farm financial analysis software.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Possess strong data analytical skills.
  • Strong understanding of farm budgets including structure, preparation, calculation, and review.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • A commitment to quality service, collaborative decision making, and teamwork.
  • Ability to deliver creative solutions.
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group in a professional and respectful work environment.
  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Ability to set priorities and anticipate potential issues.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and manage competing deadlines.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including having reliable transportation and maintaining a valid driver’s license.
  • Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.

Preferred Qualifications

Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, or Ph.D. preferred.
Strong interest in participating in industry-based research in cooperation with commercial dairy farms.

To apply

Please apply via Academic Jobs Online at Qualified candidates should submit a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the website. Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified.

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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:
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Further Info:
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Cornell University
Department of Animal Science
149 Morrison Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853