Farm Food and Enterprise Development â Education Extension Specialist I
Professional & Scientific
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Driverâs Licenses- Travel throughout the state, and potentially the nation, Driverâs Licenses- Travel throughout the state, and potentially the nation Bachelorâs degree and 2-3 years related experience in food systems projects or other leadership roles within an organization A degree in Supply chain, community regional planning, business, agriculture Familiar with the Farm Food and Enterprise Development Unit Knowledge and Competency in facilitating groups Knowledge and Experience related to local food supply chains Research design and research methods experience Ability to concisely describe projects and discuss concepts Education in human sciences and understanding of inter-personal networks Ability to write grants Understand collective impact, strategic doing or other strategic planning methods.
The Food Systems Team, within the Farm Food and Enterprise Development (FFED) Unit of Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking qualified candidates for the position of an Education Extension Specialist I.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is heavily involved in local food system development in Iowa through on campus research and programming as well as technical assistance and support in communities in Iowa and nationally. The Food Systems Team supports the development of community food systems and farm to school work through research, education and outreach in collaboration with diverse partners across areas of production, processing and distribution as well as consumption and marketing aspects.Â This also includes direct connection with community development and planning in efforts to understand and identify opportunity for increased equity and inclusiveness, education, economy, wellness, policy, and environment.Â The Food Systems Team works collaboratively with the Small Farms Team and Enterprise Development teams within FFED.Â Â
The Education Extension Specialist I will support the food systems team and small farms team with facilitation and programming for areas involving local food supply chains, including but not limited to food hubs, niche processing and distribution, and farm to school. They will also support programming for community food systems facilitation, coordination, and project assistance. Responsibilities of this position include supporting local food and farm businesses in their efforts to understand their communities and develop resilient strategies for their businesses and collective community efforts to increase local food systems.Â Â
The Specialist will be a resource for program partners in state and nationally.Â They will perform investigative research for program materials and projects.
The Specialist will assist in research of grant opportunities and potential project partners and funders.
The Specialist will seek new and develop new and existing partnerships regionally and nationally for purposes of expanding networks and building opportunities for successful collaboration.
The successful candidate will possess strong organizational skills along with the ability to organize and manage multiple projects. Excellent written and verbal communication skills will be necessary in order to professionally communicate with university and non-university colleagues. The candidate will be competent working in teams both internal and external to Iowa State. The candidate will also demonstrate the ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment and discretion.
The Specialist will represent FFED and Extension and Outreach to internal and/or external audiences at meetings and conferences where needed.
This is a term position through 6/30/2022, with possibility of renewal based on funding availability. All accrued vacation must be used during the appointment or will be forfeited.
Example of Duties â¢ Functions as an effective educator. â¢ Responds to programming and information using routine sources and materials, matching relevant information and programs with audience needs. â¢ Provides subject-matter support to local networks and coalitions to build community capacity (brings added value to producers, addresses environmental issues, and improves education and service for youth, community or families). â¢ Participates in needs assessment activities; evaluates major program efforts; and completes system reports when due. â¢ Sets goals related to reaching targeted under-served and under-represented audiences. â¢ Secures resources (volunteers, contracts, and grants) to support identified needs at a county level. Â
Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)
Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
June 30, 2022
Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period
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1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
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Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
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