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DIRECT MARKET VEGETABLE EDUCATOR

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 263064-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Department:EXT/SOUTH/AREA 22 AED
Location: Racine County
Categories: Engagement and Outreach

Job Summary:

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. This position will specifically work closely with the FairShare CSA Coalition to connect producers in the Racine/Kenosha area to the extensive and supportive network of FairShare growers and resources. The FairShare network is primarily comprised of growers utilizing organic production practices and, as such, this position will help growers understand and learn about organic systems.

This position will be a part of Extension's Horticulture program and will focus on:
- Connecting direct market vegetable growers through the robust network of farmers and service providers
- Delivering educational programs and outreach relevant to the success of direct market farms such as crop production and management and business and marketing support

Responsibilities: 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.
  • 25% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program
  • 10% Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program
  • 20% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
  • 10% 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 Area Extension Director, 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

Education:

Required
Bachelor's Degree

Qualifications:

Required
- Two years relevant professional experience;
- Demonstrated skills in interpreting, utilizing and applying evidence-based information and research findings;
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively;
- 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.

Preferred:
- Strong interpersonal relationship and problem-solving skills in a team setting
- Demonstrated experience with building diverse, collaborative partnerships
- Demonstrated ability to communicate in written and verbal forms for a variety of lay and other audiences
- Demonstrated ability to utilize technology to communicate effectively
- Demonstrated ability to write grants and establish partnerships that pool or leverage public and private funds in support of the Institutional mission.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-5086. Please visit https://covidresponse.wisc.edu for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Ongoing/Renewable

Salary:

Minimum $50,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Additional Information:

- 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/)
- A Flexible schedule based on hours worked, and strong learning and development culture are major benefits of this position.

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.

We are committed to reducing bias in the recruitment process and utilize a redacted application process, which is the practice of removing personally identifiable information from application materials, before the screening of applicants begins. This may include, but is not limited to, name, gender, age, education, address, dates (such as graduation dates), photos, references, links to personal webpages, supervisor names, and/or citizenship.

Contact:

Teresa Ward
teresa.ward@wisc.edu
262-684-6732
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )



Official Title:

Outreach Specialist(OE009)

Department(s):

A472990-EXTENSION/SOUTH/AREA 22 AED

Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:

263064-AS

  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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