Provides educational leadership in the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of research based, integrative statewide Extension programs that meet the needs of limited-resource and socially-disadvantaged audiences. Delivers training and educational support materials for Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agents, technicians and their clientele/customers in urban agriculture (sustainable agriculture and food systems), consistent with the philosophy, policy and overall mission, goals and educational objectives of Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. This position works both individually and collaboratively to plan, deliver, and assess the effectiveness of Extension programs relating to urban agriculture (sustainable agriculture & food systems) with a primary focus on addressing the historical and current inequities that impact these systems. Secures external research funding for programs to engage underserved and limited-resource audiences in the revitalization and profitability of small farms.
This position provides: 1) innovative leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating statewide educational programs that address the needs of small, part-time, and limited resource farm audience related to urban agriculture (sustainable agriculture & food systems); 2) leadership in identifying and conducting staff development opportunities, training and technical assistance in hydroponic and alternative agriculture production techniques and related areas for Extension professionals, paraprofessionals and non-Extension persons; 3) program accomplishment reports to share with internal and external audiences and assist with marketing the organization and its impacts; 4) collaboration with College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences (CAES) faculty, other Extension specialists, and research scientists to develop relevant research-based hydroponic and alternative agriculture production technique program initiatives; and 5) actively promotes diversity within Extension programs and with audiences. The Urban Agriculture Production Specialist reports to the Assistant Administrator – Agriculture and Natural Resources of Cooperative Extension.