POSITION TITLE: Extension Educator – Farm Management
Fixed Term, Renewed Annually
COUNTY: Based in Chester County, works with educator and faculty across the state
Office Location: Penn State Extension Chester County
Government Services Center
601 Westtown Road Suite 370
PO Box 370
West Chester, PA 19380-0990
BRIEF SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
This individual will be a member of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship & Economic/Community
Development State Extension Team (SET) providing education related to farm management. (Possible
areas of expertise include agricultural accounting, record keeping, and financial management.) Specific
program responsibilities include planning, execution and evaluation of impact of educational
programming regarding farm business record keeping systems, financial analysis, and financial decision
making. The successful candidate will develop programs that will be relevant to a variety of farm
enterprises including dairy and livestock, horticulture, agronomy, and direct marketing, including direct to
consumer and agri-tourism. In carrying out these duties, the individual will be responsible to the
Extension Program Leader and receive support and direction about local responsibilities from the District
SPECIFIC PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES
1) Identify educational needs of clientele and stakeholders by maintaining dynamic working relationships
with existing and prospective agricultural business owners, county advisory groups, agencies, and
agribusiness organizations to strengthen and extend impact of agricultural programs. (Target audiences
also should include limited resource and female farmers and cooperatives.)
2) Actively participate in the Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Economic/Community Development
State Extension Team (SET), contributing to statewide programming and enlisting team member support
for local program implementation. Additionally, the individual may collaborate with members of other
SETs, particularly those focused on agricultural production.
3) Develop and utilize appropriate educational materials and programs to meet identified needs.
Development of materials may include the use of printed items (e.g., fact sheets), newsletters, website,
blogs, videos, and social media.
4) Provide education directly to audiences through methods such as small group presentations, one-to-one
guidance, webinars, and social media. Content may include technical demonstrations, hands-on training,
and tours to increase farmers’ awareness of agricultural opportunities.
5) Increase public awareness of the various contributions of farms to the community – self-employment
and job creation, farm sustainability, agricultural preservation, food security and local economic roles.
6) Seek local, state and national grant funding opportunities as appropriate; serve as a team member for
SET projects to ensure that farmers can benefit from larger-scale educational programs.
7) Evaluate and report results and impact(s) of programs to continually improve educational efforts.
Maintain up-to-date and accurate records and reports, articulating impact of work done in Agricultural
Entrepreneurship, to contribute to the Extension Program Activity System (EPAS), Affirmative Action
file, and other reports specific to grant funding.
8) Maintain and expand personal knowledge of agricultural business creation and management through
continued professional development. Pursue scholarship opportunities, contributing as appropriate at
professional meetings and in scholarly publications.
9) Demonstrate an ability to use technology, including personal computers, presentation equipment, and
audience polling units as these items apply to educational program activities. As needed, develop MS
Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and data bases.
10) Ensure compliance with the affirmative action plan. Through public notification and “All Reasonable
Efforts,” make all programs accessible to clientele without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability or
handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
11) Perform other reasonable duties as a member of the District Team as overseen by the District
Candidates need to have a Bachelor Degree related to business management, food and agribusiness
economics, or finance. A Master’s degree is preferred. Candidates must possess teaching, program
development and evaluation skills, demonstrate positive human relation skills, effective communication
skills, and the ability to work with a wide range of clientele. Applicants should have a basic knowledge
of, and commitment to food and agriculture, a strong work ethic, be detail-oriented, and enjoy the
challenge of working as a part of a team on a wide variety of tasks. Candidates should possess clear,
effective and demonstrable oral, phone and written communication skills; strong interpersonal,
organizational and record-keeping skills; problem solving, proofreading, and the ability to handle
multiple, high priority projects along with strong customer service and relationship building abilities.
Desired experience includes: writing formal reports, managing grants including budgets and reports,
writing newsletters or blogs and press releases, coordinating and collaborating with individuals and
groups, teaching/ coordinating adult learning and creating outreach material. Proficiency in use of office
software: Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint and Web searches necessary. Must have the ability to
carry audio/visual equipment, educational materials and supplies up to 30 pounds and be able to travel on
a daily basis. Must have a valid driver’s license and use of a private automobile.
RANK /SALARY: Salary and educator rank commensurate with education, training and experience.
To Apply: Applicants should visit http://psu.jobs/ to apply and for details, position #39639. Click - Job
Opportunities. Click - Search Jobs. ” The closing date for applications for this position is July 26, 2013,
or until a suitable candidate has been selected.
Penn State Cooperative Extension offers a competitive and liberal benefits package. This is a fixedterm
appointment, renewed annually based on availability of funding.
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