University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 236092

Position Summary:
The Horticulture Outreach Educator 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.

The primary purpose of the Horticulture Outreach Educator is to be a leader in providing horticulture programmatic instruction. In order to implement effective programs, this position will apply research findings, support partners and Extension faculty and academic staff with education and outreach efforts related to horticulture programming. This is done through assessment of local, regional and statewide needs and designing, delivering, and evaluating research-based educational programming and services to meet these needs.

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 businesses, individuals and families in Wisconsin.

This dynamic position has an emphasis in delivering Horticulture Programing including:
¿ Community Horticulture: such as but not limited to community gardens, horticultural therapy, display gardens, and outreach programming to targeted audiences (i.e., vulnerable populations).
¿ Coordinating a consistent framework for horticulture diagnostic services
¿ Assist with education delivery and coordination of the Master Gardener Program, as appropriate

The ideal candidate is 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:
Program Development and Implementation (60%)
- Develop relevant horticulture programmatic resources;
- Utilize programmatic expertise related to horticulture to teach and provide assistance to partners for relevant content;
- Contribute to program planning efforts by providing specialized horticulture content/focus area expertise and insight;
- Teach program content to partners
- Enhance the development of evaluation tools relevant to horticulture programming;
- Evaluate and report on the effectiveness of horticulture programming to ensure appropriate organizational learning and adaptation; and
- Expand access by reaching and engaging diverse audiences and ensuring full access to programs, facilities, and educational services;

Collaboration & Relationship development to enhance program delivery (30%)
- Develop and/or support partnerships and community coalitions/groups that inform programming and extend programmatic reach to expand impact;
- Collaborate with local colleagues to promote a positive office environment, determine local needs, and share resources;
- 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 local audiences, describes the programming to meet their need and connects to the larger program objectives of the Division of Extension Agriculture Institute and assesses programming effectiveness;
- Submit quarterly reports that summarize the impact of local 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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