Overview

The primary purpose for this position is to help coordinate Purdue University’s Extension efforts through the diversification of Indiana agriculture. This individual will work closely with the Assistant Program Leader for Diversified Farming and Food Systems, Faculty leaders, Extension specialists and educators as well as connect with farmers, governmental and non-governmental organizations across the state to provide support for their operations. Additional duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating strategic planning efforts surrounding certified or non-certified organic agriculture Extension programs
  • Guiding the development of program objectives and fostering grant proposals including salary support to build a Purdue agriculture Extension and applied research program around organic practices
  • Collaborating with Extension specialists, educators and research faculty to encourage and/or develop research and demonstration at Purdue Agricultural Centers (PACs) and with collaborating organic farmers (on-farm research)
  • Coordinating the organic certification paperwork at the different PAC locations
  • Identifying key professional development opportunities to build Extension’s capacity to deliver local programming on organic certification, production, and marketing and related aspects of diversified agriculture
  • Coordinating and leading development of professional development programs for Extension educators and specialists and partner agency personnel in these areas
  • Supporting signature program development for stakeholders interested in diversified farming systems and delivery to enhance capacity in organic and diversified agriculture
  • Mentoring and assisting county educators with client consultations on organic and diversified agriculture
  • Visiting stakeholders across the state to develop relationships
  • Coordinating an annual Indiana Organic Grain Farmer meeting
  • Professional development in the areas of organic certification, organic production, organic marketing, farm diversification and other areas pertaining to stakeholder needs

Required:

  • Master’s degree in a field relevant to positions responsibilities
  • 4 years of related experience
  • 2 years of direct experience in organic agriculture
  • 2 years of experience in Extension, teaching or coordination of educational or grant programs

Tagged as: EARLY CAREER, MID TO SENIOR LEVEL