Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-Cornell Cooperative Extension-AGRICULTURALWORKFORCESPECIALIST [#9741, WDR-00012121]
Position Title: Agricultural Workforce Specialist (Extension Associate or Senior Extension Associate - Cooperative Extension); Ithaca, New York
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Law
Labor and Employment
Business Management
Human Resources (more...)
Starting Date:2017/09/08
Appl Deadline:2017/10/15* finished (posted 2017/09/08, finished 2017/12/11, listed until 2017/10/15)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Agricultural Workforce Specialist
Extension Associate / Senior Extension Associate
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

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 Cooperative Extension (CCE) provides the educational outreach functions for Cornell University’s role as New York State’s Land Grant University.  Programmatically, Cornell Cooperative Extension connects the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Human Ecology (CHE) with 55 off-campus Associations, Integrated Pest Management, New York State Sea Grant, Area Specialists, and CCE New York City.

The Agricultural Workforce Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the Associate Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension with an involved and engaged Advisory Council of stakeholders comprised within the Agriculture Workforce Development Council (AWDC).   The AWDC is a group of agricultural organizations, dedicated to the proactive promotion of positive on-farm employment practices. Work with farm employers to understand and address the farm human resource management expectations from consumers and the food supply chain. Provide high quality educational programs to enhance the overall performance of farm owners as employers and effective Human Resource Managers. 

The job duties include:

  • Provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating of high-quality educational programs that address Human Resource Management education, Agricultural Labor regulations and related needs and opportunities. 
  • Provide producers and industry with a framework to analyze human resource management practices and the impact of evolving agricultural labor regulations on various agricultural industries in New York State.
  • Plan, implement and lead educational programs utilizing a variety of methods including direct teaching through group experiences, mass media, newsletters, electronic technology, use of the internet and distance learning. 
  • Analyze and evaluate major program efforts with the input of all program partners and make recommendations for enhancing these efforts.
  • Prepare quarterly reports, impact statements, and yearly success stories on program progress and accomplishments.
  • Initiate and conduct in-depth applied research projects appropriate to the needs of the agricultural workforce of New York State.
  • Define and implement reporting mechanisms for producer-focused “measurable” outcomes.
  • Participate in regional, statewide and national work groups related to the work of Cornell University, Cooperative Extension and the New York State Agricultural Industry.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities, conferences and workshops appropriate to program and personal skill enhancement.

This position is full-time and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters or MBA in business management, human resource management, labor law, public policy or a related area.
  • 3+ years of relevant work experience in Agricultural Workforce Issues, Human Resources, Cooperative Extension, or closely related fields. 
  • Experience in conducting, interpreting, evaluating and communicating the results of applied research.
  • Knowledge of the philosophy, objectives and operation of an informal education system such as Cornell Cooperative Extension.
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in working with farm business managers.
  • Ability to develop public education efforts that describe progressive employment practices on modern farm businesses.
  • Strong group and educational facilitation skills.
  • Skilled at establishing and maintaining professional work relationships and networks.
  • Ability to work with College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) faculty along with faculty in other schools and colleges at Cornell University to develop applied research projects necessary to support a strong Extension program.
  • Ability to work across all sectors of labor-intensive agriculture including dairy, fruit, vegetables, and commercial horticulture.
  • Ability to incorporate revenue generation into appropriate educational program initiatives including, but not limited to, program fees, partnership development and grant writing.
  • Experience in budget development and management.
  • Experience with website management and social media.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
  • Experience in writing grant proposals.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including having reliable transportation or having and maintaining a valid New York State driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD, JD or terminal degree in business management, human resource management, labor law, public policy or a related area.
  • Coursework in Economics of Production, Adult Education, and Communications. 
  • Ability to read, write and speak Spanish proficiently.

In order to be considered for an appointment as a Senior Extension Associate, minimum requirement includes a Master’s degree with 6 years’ experience, however a PhD or JD is preferred.

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line (

Qualified applications should submit a cover letter, résumé, names of at least three individuals who can be contacted to provide letters of recommendation.

Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Tom Overton at  

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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