Farm to School Education Coordinator – Binghamton, NY in Binghamton, NY 13905

Cornell Cooperative Extension

This position will serve as the Farm to School Education Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Broome County and will provide program and administrative support for the educational initiatives of the Farm to School Program. This position will work with schools to connect with administrators, teachers, food service directors, farm to school committees, and school garden leaders (teachers or volunteers) to support the development of school garden programs. This position will organize the purchasing of school garden materials and the development of farm to school committees. This position will collaborate with AmeriCorps members and Binghamton University students in the creation of school garden educational materials. This position will collaborate with the Rural Health Network and Broome-Tioga BOCES on farm to school programming including taste tests, NY Thursday events, and using student-grown produce in the cafeteria. This position will coordinate several training opportunities for school garden leaders. This position will assist in the preparation of outreach materials to support identified projects, including program flyers and social media posts. This position will conduct direct programming as needed to facilitate the training of interns and volunteers and the educational programming they provide at schools.



All applicants must apply online by close of day on September 7, 2023 to be considered for this position. All applicants must complete an application online, which includes: cover letter, resume and three (3) references.

All External Applicants (including applicants currently employed by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Associations other than the Association advertising this career opportunity) must submit his/her application materials via the “APPLY” button located within this job posting.

All Internal Applicants (current employees working for the Association advertising this career opportunity) must apply online via his/her Workday account, which may be accessed here:

Please contact Carol Fetterman, Association Sr. Administrative Assistant at 607-772-8953 with questions.


This position is a Full Time non-exempt position – 100% FTE, 37.5 hours per week. The hourly rate for this position is $21.00. This position, based on eligibility, offers a comprehensive benefit package, to include: health and dental insurance, retirement, vacation, sick and personal leave.


Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education (Associate’s Degree and 2 years of transferrable program/functional experience).
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Valid NYS Driver’s License and the ability to meet the travel requirements of the position.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Ability to perform and direct hands-on garden work and work in outdoor conditions that can be challenging due to heat, sun, rain, etc.
Ability to prepare food in a commercial kitchen and serve in schools.
Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working with experiential learning programs.
Demonstrated ability to plan, teach and evaluate informal educational programs through a variety of delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
Demonstrated ability to function as a team member working with volunteers and staff.
Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse audiences.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
Demonstrated ability to utilize technologies for educational and communication purposes.


Program Responsibilities:

Delivery – 5%

As part of program delivery, train new interns and volunteers on subject matter.
Train school garden leaders on the use of growing towers and growing racks and planting raised beds.
Teach existing educational programs as defined.
Utilize established program resources and materials in providing information and resources to program participants.
Provide educational programming via mass media.
Interact and communicate with program participants, schools, and volunteers in a variety of ways, including face to face, e-mail, telephone, and social media in order to answer questions, facilitate learning and develop and maintain good rapport.
Work to foster acceptance of the Farm to School program, methods and policies while addressing community and individual needs and considering diverse audiences.
Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association and Farm to School Program to achieve Association program delivery goals.

Evaluation – 5%

Implement program evaluation as designed.
Assist in the interaction with program participants to obtain evaluation data, to include evaluating effectiveness of programs and initiatives within the Farm to School Program.

Administrative Responsibilities:

Direction – 5%

Provide input to schools in planning and assessing the delivery of Farm to School educational programs.
Work with supervisor to create work plans with clear instructions for the staff, school partners, interns, and volunteers to track outcomes.
Provide limited-complex administrative tasks in the planning of educational programs.
Assist Supervisor and other program staff with the planning of the delivery of established educational program goals.
Assist Supervisor with identifying, anticipating, recommending, and planning for assigned program needs/supplies.

Management – 5%

Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in program area in accordance with existing policies and procedures.
Provide oversight and guidance to program volunteers.
Provide low-complexity administrative management of established educational program goals.
Assist in guiding the implementation of the program area budgets.
Provide low-complexity administrative tasks in guiding the implementation of communication strategies to support program efforts.

Coordination/Operation – 75%

Organize and coordinate program activities for the Farm to School Program.
Coordinate the development of and attend district farm to school committees monthly.
Coordinate with farm to school committees and school districts on the development of individualized farm to school action plans.
Assist with program evaluation to include collecting evaluation and needs assessment forms from program participants for all assigned program areas as appropriate.
Coordinate, compile and organize existing program resources and program materials.
Coordinate with AmeriCorps members and Binghamton University students on the development of farm to school program resources and materials.
Organize the purchasing, delivery, and set up of school gardens including growing towers, racks, and raised bed materials.
Collaborate with Rural Health Network and Broome-Tioga BOCES on student-grown produce use in school cafeterias, taste tests, and NY Thursday events.
Collaborate with Ag in the Classroom to align teaching schedule with farm to school program needs.
Coordinate two live virtual field trips to local farms for youth and two in-person field trips for school garden leaders.
Coordinate a New York State Ag in the Classroom training for school garden leaders.
Support schools in development and evaluation of garden-based STEAM lessons.
Coordinate the development of a learning community between district garden programs that meet virtually twice per year.
Coordinate and participate in farm to school events including open houses, summer activities, and open farm days.
Under the direction of the Supervisor, coordinate and assist with special projects and outreach efforts as instructed.
Assist in the coordination and implementation of multi-media efforts in the promotion of programming.
Assist in preparation of reports, presentations and outreach materials.
Assist with administrative support for the preparation of grant applications.
Draft communications, flyers, program brochures and correspondence.
Post to social media and websites to promote and provide updates on Farm to School programming and resources.
Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agriculture agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
This position may require the transport of program participants and/or program materials and resources in performing position responsibilities.

Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned – 5%

In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.

Health and Safety – Applied to all duties and functions.

Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.

EEO/EPO and Policy – Applied to all duties and functions.

Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Broome County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Job Title:
Association Program Coordinator II


Pay Rate Type:

Seasonal College

Contact Name:
Jerilynn Cross

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

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