| Job Description – |
Title: Agronomy and Soil Science Education Manager
Status: Full-time, exempt
Reporting Relationships: Reports to Director of Professional Development and Business Relations
Primary Focus: Responsibilities: Manage teaching and delivery aspects of the educational programs including: • Develop, deliver and evaluate agronomy and soil science oriented continuing education programs that are of importance to certified professionals in agronomy and soil science. The goal for the educational programs is to be net revenue producing for the organizations. • Be able to implement effective online education programs. • Develop a team of guest instructors/speakers to expand educational offerings. • Identify non-traditional funding sources including grant writing. • Work with committees as identified and needed.
Outreach • Write articles for society publications related to agronomy and soil science.
Educational and Knowledge Requirements: Understanding of the needs and challenges of the agronomy and soil science professional including certification/licensing, the educational development process including on-line course development, knowledgeable in effective online education delivery, student communications, and follow-up. The successful Education Manager has strong communication skills both written and verbal, the ability to work effectively with many different types of audiences, initiative to identify opportunities and challenges, and work with the appropriate staff to maximize these opportunities and address challenges.
Work Experience Requirements: Minimum of five years working in the agronomy and/or soil science field with experience advising, consulting and/or teaching both online and in person is required. Familiarity with an association organization working within membership, education, certification/licensing programs, online education delivery systems and management preferred.
General/Special Knowledge and Skills: MS or PhD in agronomy, crop science or soil science or closely related area. Should be certified or licensed as a CCA, CPAg and/or CPSS or willing to become so within two years of being hired. Ability to understand and relate to diverse audiences within the areas of the agronomy and soil science professions (academic, private consulting, and government), should have experience in agronomy and/or soil science consulting work and/or teaching/training experience. Familiarity with certification or licensing programs and their requirements preferred. Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Travel is considered part of the job and may require trips out of the office of up to 7 days. In addition, as much as 25% travel may be expected.