University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Agriculture Institute

Farm Financial Management Outreach Specialist

Posted on June 27, 2024
University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Agriculture Institute

Position Overview

About Extension:
UW-Madison's Division of Extension serves the people and communities of Wisconsin by addressing local, statewide and national issues, improving lives through research-based education, fostering partnerships and action, and facilitating positive impacts.

About the Farm Management Program:
Farm Management Program is part of the Division of Extension's Agriculture Institute and works with the agriculture community to develop research-based information, resources and tools that help inform decisions for profitable, healthy farm businesses. Agriculture is central to a prosperous Wisconsin. Financially viable, healthy farm businesses are essential to Wisconsin's $100 billion agriculture economy.

About this Position:
The Farm Financial Management Outreach Specialist position is designed to incorporate research findings into outreach to producers and agribusiness professionals across the state. This position will provide outreach education to commodity and specialty crop farms in the areas of financial management, and will focus on identifying financial risk and opportunity resulting from variability of prices received, access to new markets, prices of inputs, and new technologies and practices affecting both yield and quality. The Outreach specialist will:

- Collaborate with Extension colleagues and stakeholders to identify needs and develop and maintain robust, high-quality outreach education programs to find solutions to the most critical farm management issues facing Wisconsin producers
- Develop and maintain specific expertise in farm management related to new and financial management issues that present a risk opportunity for farm businesses.
- Build trust-based relationships with stakeholders
- Work with the Program Manager to facilitate programmatic efforts, maintain strategic direction, build partnerships, and seek a diverse funding portfolio to support the work.

The ideal candidate will have experience with developing and evaluating educational programming and a track record of building positive relationships.

Division of Extension headquarters are located within Madison, WI but the position location is flexible and will be determined based on programmatic needs, successful candidate's preferences, and availability of suitable space.

The Division of Extension has a deep and profound commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements to eliminate disparities and expand access for all. As Extension, we acknowledge the need for strategic and coordinated actions that help us form a more equitable, anti-racist, non- biased, and inclusive organization. As such, all Extension employees are expected to foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion. See our Call to Action: Extension's Strategic Commitment to Inclusivity & Anti-Racism Work (https://blogs.extension.wisc.edu/oaic/call-to-action/).

Responsibilities

Delivers and assists with planning outreach program activities, strengthens partnerships, ensures adherence to policy, and assists with program administration to promote stable and productive relationships between the university and local community. Strives to expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services to diverse audiences. May assist with tracking and managing the outreach program budget.

 25% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program
 10% Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program
 20% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
 15% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
 20% Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
 5% May assist with the monitoring of outreach program budget spending
 5% Communicate plans, activities and achievements to Program Manager, partners and relevant stakeholders

Qualifications

Education:
Required - Bachelor's Degree in a field related to this position's focus
Preferred - Master's Degree in a field related to this position's focus

Qualifications:
Required:
- Three or more years relevant professional experience
- Demonstrated skills in interpreting, utilizing, and applying evidence-based information and research findings
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, through a variety of technologies
- Demonstrated ability to effectively work with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity

Preferred:
- Education or experience with agricultural economics, strategic business management, including financial and risk management, marketing, and/or agriculture policy
- Strong interpersonal relationship and problem-solving skills in a team setting
- Demonstrated experience with building diverse, collaborative partnerships
- Demonstrated ability to communicate scientific materials in written and verbal forms for a variety of lay and other audiences
- Demonstrated ability to write grants and establish partnerships that pool or leverage public and private funds in support of the Institutional mission

Preferred Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree, in a field relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of the position

Benefits Offered

Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off;competitive insurances and savings accounts;retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at (https://hr.wisc.edu/benefits/).

Compensation/Salary

$70,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications

How to Apply

e are eager to learn more about how your experience and passion may align with this position. To begin the application process, click the "apply now" button. You will be prompted to upload the following documents:
-Resume
-Letter of Qualifications (cover letter)

Please submit a cover letter referring to your related work experience and a resume detailing your educational and professional background. Your cover letter should communicate your interest in the position and how your skillset aligns with the role. The application reviewers will be relying on written application materials to determine who may advance to preliminary interviews.

Application deadline: July 18, 2024


Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/