Small Farm Outreach and Technical Assistance Program Coordinator
VA State University Coop Ext & Agri - Chesterfield, VA

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Coordination of state-wide daily field activities of the technical assistance agents/ technicians of the Small Farm and Technical Assistance Program. Serving as the principal program and agricultural resource for the field staff, the incumbent will provide administrative and technical expertise in support of daily activities to include workshop development and implementation, research and development of training materials. The incumbent will plan, development in usage of appropriate software applications for project staff and clients. Provides leadership in planning and coordinating regional workshops, conferences, field tours and other special program activities for socially disadvantaged farmers, and small and limited resource farmers, landowners and agriculture professionals who work with underserved audiences; and works closely with Extension specialists and other stakeholders in carrying out the objectives of the program.

VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, AND VETERANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

Minimum Qualifications

Considerable knowledge of major crop and livestock enterprises, production practices, marketing and farm business management principles and practices. Working knowledge of USDA's farm programs, including the loan process is required; skills in the use of personal computers, including word processing and database management. Demonstrated ability to work with small and disadvantaged farmers to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive agriculture education program for adults in formal and informal settings; to establish and maintain close working relationships with a broad diversity of individuals, groups and organizations; to develop, market and promote program goals and objectives; and, to communicate with individuals and groups that work with socially and economically disadvantaged people. B.S. in an Agricultural Science and a Masters degree in Economics, Community or Human Resource Development or a related field are preferred or an equivalent combination of education and training. Must be a current employee of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Preferred Qualifications

Special Requirements

Must be a current employee of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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