UW-Madison's Division of Extension serves the people and communities of Wisconsin by addressing local, statewide and national issues, improving lives through research-based education, fostering partnerships and action, and facilitating positive impacts. The Agriculture Institute is one of six Institutes in the Division.
About the Agriculture Institute's Crops and Soils Program:
The Agriculture Institute's Crops and Soils Program works hand-in-hand with row crop, forage, fruit and vegetable producers to implement best practices for every aspect of the growing phase. The Crops and Soils program provides timely resources and information to help crop producers and their agricultural consultants manage crops efficiently and profitably.
About this Position:
Extension has been working with farmers for more than 100 years, and we've diversified our staffing portfolio to meet the evolving needs of our clientele. The Direct Market Vegetable Educator is an exciting new position in the UW-Madison Division of Extension, designed to incorporate research findings into outreach to direct-market producers. This position is specifically focused on growers selling into the Racine/Kenosha market.
Smaller-scale, direct market vegetable farms make up the fastest growing sector within the state's agriculture industry. Despite this growth, these farms often lack access to the community and critical support services they need locally. This Educator will work with internal and external partners to create connections, identify needs, and develop and maintain robust, high-quality outreach education programs for direct market growers.
Specific roles of the position will include:
- Working with partners and clientele to identify educational opportunities and needs related to the success of direct market farms such as crop production and management and business and marketing support
- Developing and delivering timely and relevant resources and training to farmers, service providers, and other stakeholders
- Connecting direct market vegetable growers through the robust network of farmers and service providers
The ideal candidate will have experience with developing and evaluating educational programming and a track record of building positive relationships.
The Division of Extension has a deep and profound commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements to eliminate disparities and expanding access for all. As Extension, we acknowledge the need for strategic and coordinated actions that help us form a more equitable, anti-racist, non-biased, and inclusive organization. (https://blogs.extension.wisc.edu/oaic/call-to-action/) As such, all Extension employees are expected to foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.
|Delivers and assists with planning outreach program activities, strengthens partnerships, ensures adherence to policy, and assists with program administration to promote stable and productive relationships between the university and local community. Strives to expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services to diverse audiences. May assist with tracking and managing the outreach program budget. |
- 20% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program
- 5% Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program
- 20% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
- 20% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
- 20% Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
- 5% May assist with the monitoring of outreach program budget spending
- 10% Communicate plans, activities, and achievements to Program Managers, partners, and relevant stakeholders
Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion
Bachelor's Degree in a field related to this position's focus
Master's Degree in a field related to this position's focus
- Three or more years of relevant professional experience;
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, through a variety of technologies; and
- Demonstrated ability to effectively work with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.
- Demonstrated skills in interpreting, utilizing and applying evidence-based information and research findings;
- Strong interpersonal relationship and problem-solving skills in a team setting;
- Demonstrated experience with building diverse, collaborative partnerships; and
- Demonstrated ability to write grants and establish partnerships that pool or leverage public and private funds in support of the Institutional mission.
Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $54,550 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at (https://hr.wisc.edu/benefits/)
- The primary accountability relationship for this position is the Area 22 (Kenosha County and Racine County) Area Extension Director for supervision, compensation and benefits, and performance reviews.
- This position's primary programming focus is Kenosha County and Racine County; however, some programming may also be conducted over a broader geographical area.
- Reliable transportation to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions are required.
- Some evenings or weekends work as needed to meet programming needs. Flexible scheduling is available to accommodate evening and weekend work.
- Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.
How to Apply:
We are eager to learn more about how your experience and passion may align with this position. Please submit a cover letter referring to your related work experience and a resume detailing your educational and professional background. Please keep in mind, applicants need to articulate all required qualifications in their cover letter and/or resume. Applicants who have preferred qualifications should share those too in the cover letter and/or resume. The application reviewers will be relying on written application materials to determine who may advance to preliminary interviews.
Pamela Behrndt Larson
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