UNH Extension seeks Program Manager for New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom

This position is based at the Farm Bureau office in Concord

Training session in a field

The Extension Program Manager, New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom (NHAITC) Education Director coordinates efforts to fulfill the mission of NHAITC. The successful candidate will work as part of a team to support agricultural literacy development in K-12 youth and educators in N.H. This is a full-time, benefited position located at the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Office in Concord, N.H., that requires office and field work. It is a one-year grant-funded position with the possibility of continuation dependent on funding. The position is supported by the University of New Hampshire Extension and the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.

NHAITC provides educational resources and opportunities that support the integration of agriculture, food, and natural resources into classrooms for K-12 students and teachers. By connecting agricultural literacy to curricular concepts, these programs promote awareness and understanding of the food, fiber, and fuel systems on which we all depend. To learn more about NHAITC, please visit https://newhampshire.agclassroom.org/

UNH is a federal contractor within the meaning of the Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This position may require that you be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the future, unless you apply for and receive a religious or medical exemption. 

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Duties / Responsibilities
Communication and Outreach
  • Utilize effective communication and collaboration skills to interface with diverse audiences, including school officials, educators, staff, volunteers, local elected officials, partners, and others to maintain professional relationships.
  • Maintain an accessible database of available NHAITC resources.
  • Manage listserv and other communication lists including participating educators and supporting volunteers.
  • Develop and implement volunteer recruitment, training, and retention strategies to provide classroom support.
  • Develop partnerships and collaborations with agricultural organizations, schools, and other partners.
  • Network with and attend meetings and conferences of local agricultural organizations and relevant committees.
  • Act as the program leader liaison to the National Agriculture in the Classroom program.
    • Participate on committees as requested and appropriate.
    • Attend all virtual and in-person meetings.
  • Develop promotional materials to promote the program, events, services, and available resources.
  • Develop press releases communicating the presence and impact of NHAITC efforts.
  • Assist with website and social media maintenance, including identifying and vetting relevant high-quality content to meet user and audience needs, ensuring content remains up to date and accessible, and organized with attention to user access.
  • Publish regular issues of the electronic newsletter.

Workshop, Trainings, and Event Coordination 
  • Plan and coordinate virtual and in-person events, including a robust annual workshop calendar, farm to school series, other educational programs, and recognition events.
    • Coordinate and schedule volunteers for events as needed.
    • Send reminder emails, distribute workshop materials, as well as complete post-workshop follow-up to attendees.
  • Participate in state and regional conferences providing professional development opportunities and offer other teacher trainings.
  • Secure funding for workshops, trainings, and events if necessary and in accordance with USNH policies.
  • Develop, implement, and manage a post-workshop evaluation process that maintains engagement with attendees, supports further learning, and helps AITC to refine and enhance training.
  • Provide technical support to participating classrooms to assist with the integration of agriculture, food, and natural resources into the classroom.

Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation
  • Coordinate the development or acquisition of new educational units and material that are aligned with state standards.
  • Develop and/or identify appropriate program evaluation tools and instruct program users on their usage to collect data on program effectiveness and impact.

Fundraising Coordination
  • Assist in procuring funding through grant writing, assisting NHAITC Committee members with fundraising activities, sending donation request letter, and soliciting sponsorships.

Administrative Details
  • Develop plan of work prioritizing goals and setting tasks in coordination with UNH Extension supervisor and NHAITC Executive Committee. Report to NHAITC Committee on a regular basis.
  • Report to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) as needed.
  • Maintain office in an organized manner so that others can find educational units, event planning information, correspondence, etc. 

Professional Development
  • Identify individual professional development goals and seek training in subject area expertise and essential skills.

Other Duties
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline, education or human services and two years of experience in work related to administering educational programs. A strong candidate with related experience in an appropriate discipline may be considered.
  • Must be willing and able to collaborate with coworkers and partners.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel for work. Mileage will be reimbursed at the current federal rate.
  • Must demonstrate effective human relations and communication skills.
  • Computer skills as required by department.

Additional Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in promotion of educational programs for varied audiences
  • Knowledge of agriculture systems and practices
  • Experience working in K-12 education or coordinating with educators
  • Strong computer skills using Windows including Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe products including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat
  • Experience with grant writing

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The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status, genetic information, and political orientation. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S. 

Author(s)

Michelle Bersaw-Robblee
4-H Youth Development and 4-H Horticulture Field Specialist
Asst Field Specialist
Phone: (603) 255-3556 ext. 804
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824