Specialist, Sustainable Agriculture
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Position open until filled.
Originally posted on 08/29/2014
|Hours||Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Must be able to periodically work evenings and weekends|
|Position Focus||Sustainable agriculture|
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To coordinate the development, implementation, management and evaluate the ACC Sustainable Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Program at the ACC Elgin Campus.
Director, Community Programs
Description of Duties and Tasks
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Develops and implements the Sustainable Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Program with the goal of achieving national recognition.
- Works with the Industry Advisory Committee to develop a comprehensive plan for the Program including short and long-term goals.
- Develops curriculum, hires instructors and schedules classes.
- Assures that the Program is included in all appropriate ACC publications and promotions.
- Promotes the Program within the larger community to build enrollment and enhance its availability and presence.
- Oversees all operations and functioning of the Campus farm; maintains farm records; works with instructors.
- Works in collaboration with area farmers to facilitate learning trips and on-farm training days.
- Coordinates the development and implementation of the ACC Campus Farm including maintaining detailed farm records, including soil sample results, inputs, crop rotation, and organic fungal and pest treatments used.
- Facilitates the organic certification of the ACC Campus Farm.
- Establishes and maintains communication with administration, faculty, maintenance workers regarding the build out and ongoing development of the Campus Farm; purchases all farm supplies and seeds.
- Collaborates closely with other programs and activities related to the regional food system and in the city of Elgin.
Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
- Knowledge of organic and sustainable farming practices, particularly vegetable production.
- Experience working directly with farmers.
- Knowledge of curriculum development and teaching.
Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
- Effectively using organizational and planning skills with attention to detail and follow through.
- Ability to organize, lead, and instruct all types of people with varying levels of farming experience.
- Effectively interacting with media to promote programs and ideas.
- Ability to present information to large groups of people.
- Ability to work and meet goals independently.
- Marketing classes and course offerings.
- Maintaining confidentiality of work related information and materials.
- Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
- Maintaining an established work schedule.
- Effectively using interpersonal and communications skills including tact and diplomacy.
- Demonstrated proficiency using standard office software applications.
- Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, kneeling, pushing and pulling
- Occasional lifting of objects and materials up to 40 lbs.
- Work is routinely performed in both indoor and outdoor environments.
- Two years related work experience, including experience working directly with farmers and with sustainable agriculture as a farmer or gardener.
- Experience working on a sustainable farm.
- Experience in the community college setting.
- Bachelor's degree.
- Master's degree.
- Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.
ACC Benefits Overview
Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 90 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.
ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.