Overview

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population.  As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

About the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA):

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) was established as a separate state agency by the Legislature in 2005. Administratively, ISDA reports to the Lt. Governor, who also serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. Major responsibilities include advocacy for Indiana agriculture at the local, state and federal level, managing soil conservation programs, promoting economic development and agricultural innovation, serving as a regulatory ombudsman for agricultural businesses, and licensing grain firms throughout the state.

Salary:

The typical starting salary for this position is $47,476 per year but may be commensurate with education and/or experience.

About the Job:

The FFA Assistant Director works with the FFA Director to provide statewide management and leadership for the Indiana FFA Association. This position will serve the 215 chapters and more than 11,600 members of the Indiana FFA Association. The Assistant Director and Director will work extensively to develop and enhance the organizations’ budgets, goals, communication strategies, recruitment participation strategies, promotional events, and communication with Indiana FFA Advisors and members.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Work as a member of the leadership team, collaborating with the Indiana FFA Director to accomplish the goals and objectives of the FFA.
  • Plan initiatives to advance participation in FFA and agriculture education.
  • Recommend implementation strategies for any new programs or activities.  This may require self-study of any new program to determine needs and develop long range plans.
  • Manage financial components of the Indiana FFA Association which includes financial internal control measures, accounting practices, budget planning, review of financial status reports, and other state and federal financial requirements.
  • Promote and assist local school personnel in developing new and maintaining existing FFA chapters.
  • Develop and present FFA district training programs for Agriculture Educators/FFA Advisors and lead them in establishing district goals, identifying objectives and related activities and distributing FFA information within the district.
  • Manage application development and submission to state and national FFA contests.
  • Serve on the convention development and management team for the annual State FFA Convention.  Serving on this team requires management over portions of the four day convention.
  • Assist in management of the State Officer Candidate Selection Process.
  • Assist in selection and preparation of Indiana’s National Officer Candidate for interviews at National Convention.
  • Manage leadership training programs and in-service and pre-service activities.
  • Manage the online FFA Roster System and all subprograms within the roster system.
  • Collaborate with Director to manage the development and day to day operations of the Indiana FFA State Fair exhibit.  During this time you will manage state officer and volunteer work schedules (potentially hundreds of volunteers), and all programs presented during the Fair.  This requires 35 continuous days of onsite management and 24 hour on call availability.
  • Assist with management and the professional development of the Indiana FFA State Officers (7 full time interns).
  • Serve on the Board of Trustee and Foundation Board meetings.
  • Co-manage the Indiana Delegation at the National FFA Convention.
  • Serve as liaison between Indiana FFA and National FFA to inform fellow staff, teachers, and members about initiatives and new programs from National FFA.
  • Lead initiatives with Chapters, Teachers, Fellow Staff, and State Officers to raise FFA Awareness in the Public and State Government through the development and preparation of promotional materials, budget, participation, and other reports for internal and external customers.
  • Serve as the FFA Advisor and/or FFA Executive Secretary Treasurer.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You’ll Need for Success:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural field of study.
  • Experience in Agricultural Education highly desirable.
  • Three (3) years or more teaching experience desired.
  • Experience as a local FFA advisor preferred.
  • Knowledge of agricultural education, Indiana FFA Association, National FFA Association, as well as working knowledge of secondary education in Indiana and nationally.
  • Knowledge of the role/relationship of career-technical student organizations to career-technical education curriculum.
  • Knowledge and understanding of leadership development, particularly as it relates to young adults.
  • Proven ability to work with adolescent students and understand their lifestyles and interests.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) with groups of varying age levels and backgrounds, including students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
  • Ability to develop, implement and track annual plans for the Indiana FFA Association budget, incorporating accounting principles and procedures, as applicable with IRS and Indiana tax law.
  • Ability to motivate students and teachers and to generate enthusiasm for FFA organizations and activities.
  • Ability to design competency-based competitive events and experiences that develop leadership skills.
  • Ability to organize work on different projects simultaneously, meeting different expectations and deadlines.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a team member with other CTSO advisors, ISDA staff, IDOE staff and FFA Center staff.
  • Ability to design and review applications submitted for funding local curriculum and professional development activities.
  • Proven ability with InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Technical graphics and design ability to produce video and social media post.
  • Ability to quickly learn new software and implement into the program.
  • Ability to travel as required by the position.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.
Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave
  • Free Parking
  • Free LinkedIn Learning

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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