University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 232899

Position Summary:
The Horticulture Outreach Specialist is an integral part of the UW-Madison Division of Extension and works alongside the people of Wisconsin to improve lives and communities. 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. This position is a part of the Division of Extension's Agriculture Institute. The Agriculture Institute facilitates and develops research-based educational programs and informational materials around agricultural and horticultural topics for farm businesses, individuals, and families in Wisconsin.

The Horticulture Outreach Specialist will utilize research-based information to provide horticulture education and outreach. This is done through assessment of needs and designing, delivering, and evaluating research-based educational programming and services to meet these needs.

This position is a part of the Agriculture Institute's Horticulture Program and will specifically focus on:
- Horticulture diagnostics, including engaging and training volunteers that participate in diagnostics support
- Horticulture content development and delivery, including but not limited to consumer horticulture and green industry audiences

The ideal candidate will be adept at building and maintaining trust-based relationships, engaging stakeholders and applying an equity lens towards transforming lives and communities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Principal duties:
Programming (60%)
- Develop relevant educational programs relevant the positions emphasis;
- Provide technical assistance and expertise related to programmatic emphasis;
- Contribute to program planning efforts by providing specialized content/focus area expertise and insight;
- Evaluate and report on the effectiveness of programming to ensure appropriate organizational learning and adaptation; and
- Expand access by reaching and engaging diverse audiences and ensuring full access to programs and educational services;

Collaboration & Relationships (30%)
- Develop and/or support partnerships and community coalitions/groups that inform programming and extend programmatic reach to expand impact;
- Collaborate with statewide colleagues within and across organizational structures to develop and adapt standardized and relevant programming and;
- Promote Extension and its programs to build greater access, visibility and value

Programmatic planning, reporting and communication (10%)
- Communicate plans, activities and achievements to Area Extension Director, Program Manager and relevant stakeholders;
- Create an annual plan of work that identifies audiences, describes the programming to meet needs and connects to the larger program objectives of the Division of Extension Agriculture Institute;
- Submit quarterly reports that summarize the impact of programming and meet the requirements, policies, and established practices of the Division of Extension and partners, including federal Civil Rights requirements.

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