POSITION X2187 Extension Specialist, Value-Added Agriculture Marketing
LOCATION University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture, Extension, Center for Profitable Agriculture. The Center for Profitable Agriculture is headquartered at the Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia, Tennessee. The preferable office location for the position is at the CPA headquarters, however, the office location may be flexible within Tennessee and will be determined at the time of hire.
EFFECTIVE DATE Screening of applicants' credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with training and experience. Benefits include group hospitalization and life insurance, State Employees Retirement; Workers' Compensation; sick and annual leave; numerous University of Tennessee and state benefits programs, including liberal time off for holidays and longevity pay after three years of service; reimbursement for official travel. Flexible work is allowable according to UT guidelines.
The Center for Profitable Agriculture is a department within UT Extension and a partnership with the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. The Center staff work to help farmers analyze and develop value-added agriculture enterprises across the state. The Extension Specialist - Value-Added Agriculture Marketing is a full-time, non-tenure track, 100% Extension position. Success in this position necessitates a high level of individual initiative and in-person collaboration, teaching and consultation prompting overnight travel and work beyond the normal work schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
To achieve the mission of the Center, the Extension Specialist - Value-Added Agriculture Marketing will:
Develop a statewide Extension educational program based on marketing fundamentals in support of value-added agriculture enterprise development.
Plan, develop, implement, evaluate and report value-added educational programs with a focus on the marketing needs of clientele including general business and enterprise-specific regulations.
Provide leadership for market analysis and development in various value-added agriculture program and project areas.
Provide leadership in the development of Extension educational programs and participate in educational programs in various functions such as planning team member, coordinator, speaker, moderator, etc.
Provide training in value-added enterprise development for Extension agents and Extension specialists.
Secure external funding for programs through grants, contracts, sponsorships, gifts and/or fees.
Evaluate and report inputs, outcomes, impacts and accomplishments.
Assist in departmental public relations and marketing efforts by contributing to client/partner e-news list, departmental social media sites, website content, departmental reports, exhibiting opportunities, promotional items, etc.
Stay informed of current information in the area of marketing value-added products through professional development activities such as attending seminars and professional meetings.
Provide leadership for a program of activities that meets the needs of eligible clientele regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal law.
The Institute’s four major units are the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension. The Institute contributes to improving the quality of lives and enhancing the agricultural, economic, environmental and social well-being of Tennessee. Our clientele include students, families, farmers, 4-Hers, agribusiness and the general public.