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The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County Environment &Horticulture Program Leader provides leadership for broad, innovative environmental and horticulture program areas in Rockland County including stormwater management, watershed protection, energy conservation and horticulture. The Program Leader is responsible for program development, implementation and administration, including grants development, execution and tracking, marketing, evaluation, and applied research to address local and system initiatives. The Program Leader maintains Cornell University connection (administration and faculty/area teams), including research connection with faculty, as well as developing and maintaining local, regional, and community liaisons. The Program Leader works with the local environmental leaders, government officials and other environmental groups on issues of local environmental policy and education. The Program Leader identifies local/regional priorities and program direction as part of the management team with Executive Director and state/local Program Leadership and Program Work Teams and connects with other Associations and Cornell faculty/area teams to examine and develop regional efforts in program and research related to Extension's mission, priority programs and issues. This position supervises Environment and Energy Program staff to deliver quality programming as well as offer input, coach and evaluate each staff member on job performance and program goals.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree with appropriate subject-matter specialization and at least four years of progressively responsible experience in Cooperative Extension or equivalent professional education experience in an academic, , non-profit, government or industry setting. A relevant PhD may substitute for two years’ experience. At least two years in a supervisory position is required.
  • Environmental experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to sustain substantial program funding through successful grant research, writing and management.
  • Volunteer management experience and program/personnel management experience.
  • Good verbal, written and Internet communication skills with web-based research ability.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently.
  • Ability to work with diverse people and groups.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts.
  • Ability to manage long-term goals within a context of day-to-day deadlines. Ability to organize work and set priorities; ability to handle multiple tasks; ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to creatively solve problems. Ability to gather, assemble, consolidate and analyze facts and draw conclusions.
  • A high degree of accuracy, integrity, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional educational tools and methods. Familiarity with electronic technology (e.g., video, audio, computers, etc.). Proficiency with programs such as Microsoft Office and Internet-based communications.
  • Must learn, know and abide by Association personnel policies.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Horticulture experience
  • Familiarity with GIS
  • Knowledge of the philosophy, organization and operation of Cooperative Extension system

Responsibilities/Essential Functions:
Program Responsibilities:

Program Assessment - 5%

  • Provide program leadership to the application of subject matter knowledge to identify gaps and trends in the community.
  • Develop program needs assessment and processes and analyze to make recommendations that reflect the community’s diversity and priorities.
  • Maintain direct linkage to Cornell University faculty and program units for guidance.
  • Ensure program assessment is within scope of statewide Plan of Work.
  • May be involved in multi-Association team efforts to assess program.

Program Development - 15%

  • Provide overall leadership in the application of high-level subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies and to create innovative educational programs meeting changing local issues.
  • Provide leadership to support Association efforts to engage in local and regional collaborations related to program development for stormwater management, and horticulture and other areas that may be identified such as watershed protection and energy conservation.
  • Ensure program development direction includes Cornell and local Association Committees/Staff input and is within the guidelines of overarching organizational mission, Plans of Work, policies and procedures.
  • Seek input from the Cornell faculty, Association staff, program committee and clientele in the development of educational programs that are diverse and address the needs of the community.
  • Develop programs that reflect the diversity of the Cornell Cooperative Extension System and the diverse program participants, coordinating with staff from other program areas in the Association, the region and state.
  • Make programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes.

Program Delivery - 5%

  • Serve as a subject matter expert to staff and clientele, including schools, agencies and other groups, as they are identified.
  • Responsible for implementing and conducting educational programs that address critical local needs as identified through needs assessments. This may include meetings, special training seminars, roundtable discussions, etc.
  • Participate in mass media effort related to program including newsletters, magazine articles, press released and web-based and social media communication.
  • Professionally represent the Association with the public, community leaders, government offices and Cornell University.
  • Ensure program delivery is within scope of statewide Plan of Work.

Program Evaluation - 10%

  • Analyze and evaluate program impact and make recommendations to supervisor, program committee, and advisory committees for strengthening and improving programs.
  • Manage and assist with evaluation of educational programs of assigned staff.
  • Analyze evaluation data and provide evaluation reports that include impact/outcome measures utilizing a variety of evaluative methods.

Applied Research - 10%

  • Collaborate in the applied research process in conjunction with Cornell University faculty as identified and opportunities present to design or create applied research collection framework.
  • Communicate social and economic changes to Cornell University Specialists that may be studied and/or acted upon as identified.
  • Maintain direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units to for guidance in applied research as appropriate.
  • Ensure applied research is within the scope of the statewide and Association Plan of Work.

Administrative Responsibilities:

Direction - 20%

  • Responsible for short and long range program planning that address critical local needs as identified through needs assessments. This may include meetings, special training seminars, roundtable discussions, etc.
  • Provide high-level leadership for program planning and team efforts with other program areas and Associations to address priority issues.
  • Provide leadership and commitment to seek out and secure grants/alternative funding sources to support Environment and Horticulture Program priorities.
  • Investigate, develop and prepare proposals to secure additional funds for programs and support of the overall Association.
  • Work with Fiscal Staff and Executive Director on the development and allocation of program budget.
  • Lead the planning of effective strategic external and internal program communication efforts.
  • Lead the development of expanding relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, and community leaders.
  • Develop staffing plans for program area and assist in planning organizational leadership development strategies.
  • Design a system of ongoing involvement of citizens which expresses the demographics of the community.
  • Assist in the creation of an Association Plan of Work within the scope of the statewide Plan of Work.

Management - 25%

  • Provide leadership for the Environment and Horticulture Program Staff Team including ongoing supervision, guidance for program planning and implementation, employee development and training.
  • Evaluate and conduct annual performance reviews of Environment and Horticulture Program staff.
  • Responsible for all aspects of the Environment and Horticulture Program.
  • Monitor program to ensure that educational content conforms to research base, policies and objectives of the Association and is research knowledge-based.
  • Manage a volunteer supported system for programming and outreach that promotes and involves local residents.
  • Responsible for management of Environment and Horticulture Program grants/contracts including evaluation of grant/alternative funding programs and all required reporting, salary allocations and expense vouchering.
  • Review funding opportunities, grant proposals and assume lead in preparing grant applications.
  • Develop annual budgets for each grant based on established financial guidelines, manage allocation of staff and resources, monitor income and expenses to ensure spending complies with budget, monitor grants to assure compliance with grant and contract requirements.
  • Work with Human Resource Staff and Executive Director re: staffing plans, new staff searches and orientation for Environment and Energy Program staff.
  • Provide guidance to program volunteers and interns.
  • Provide leadership and address and resolve Environment and Horticulture Program personnel, volunteer and administrative issues utilizing appropriate policies and procedures. Work and communicate with Executive Director re: resolution strategies and any critical situations/issues.

Coordination/Operation - 5%

  • Cooperatively participate as a member of the Association’s leadership team re: Association issues, priorities, etc., providing reports, etc. as needed.
  • Prepare required statistical reports as required by Cornell University and by state, federal and county funding agencies.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with legislators, local government leaders, community leaders, funding agencies, etc.
  • Perform tasks related to supervisory responsibilities.

Professional Improvement - 5%

  • In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
  • Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.

Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.

  • Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
  • Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.

EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions.

  • Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
  • Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
  • Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Rockland County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.

This is a full time, exempt position. Compensation paid at the rate of $64,000.00 per year. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Vacation, Sick and Personal time
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
  • Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
  • Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
  • Voluntary Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Voluntary New York’s College Savings Program

How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/

All applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, resume and indicate three individuals who may be contacted as a reference. Please consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting. For instructions, visit:


All applications must be received on-line by June 28, 2018. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.

The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-2117, or via email at: cce.recruitment@cornell.edu.

For additional questions please contact Leah Cadwallader, Regional Human Resources Manager, e-mail LC267@cornell.edu or (845) 340-3990x314.

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Association Issue Leader



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Contract College

Contact Name:

Leah Cadwallader

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Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Last updated July 26, 2019