Job Specifications

DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT

Job Code: 089430

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 29

Occupational Category: Management

Effective Date: 06/25/2017

Class Definition:

Managerial, administrative, grants administration, consultative and development work at a professional level for the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. The role involves development of agricultural businesses, food systems, food safety and agricultural development policy to enhance agriculture in the state of Vermont. Manages the development and implementation of an educational and outreach program and marketing and promotional programs for agricultural development, food systems and food safety. Supervision is exercised over a staff including an agriculture development section chief, agriculture development coordinators, grant administrators and office staff who will cover the state of Vermont. Work is performed under the direction of the Deputy Secretary with direct liaison to the Secretary on policy, development, food system and food safety issues. Significant interaction occurs with State Agencies and Departments, Federal Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration, and statewide food and funding organizations for agricultural development.

Examples of Work:

Develops, administers, and evaluates long-range programs and plans for agricultural business development and food systems. Develop and lead a program for either business development, food systems or food safety at a statewide level. Responds as needed to internal, federal and independent auditors.

Recommends laws, and drafts and implements policies and procedures to implement agricultural development, food safety and food systems programs. Attends legislative committee hearings and provides testimony concerning agricultural business development, food safety and food systems as requested by the Secretary or Deputy Secretary.

Assists the Secretary in compiling reports for Legislature and news media on agricultural development, food safety and food systems issues.

Develops and maintains records and reports as necessary. Represents the Agency at a variety of public and private hearings to explain and defend program policies and action, including grants administration and funding. Participates in regional and national associations on agricultural business development, food systems and or food safety issues.

Directs the administrative services functions for the development division of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets. This includes but is not limited to strategic planning, policy, personnel, facility, fleet, information technology and telecommunications areas.

Develops and monitors the budget for the agricultural development division. Work involves reviewing administrative management policies and procedures, goals and objectives; assisting in the review of administrative operations for conformance to departmental rules and regulations with other directors at the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

Performs related duties as required.

Environmental Factors:

Work is performed in a standard office setting.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of agricultural business development, food systems and or food safety. Incumbent will need considerable knowledge of farm production practices that can impact business development or food systems activities.

Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of business administration to include budget development, human resources management, procurement of goods and services, principles of department organization and theories of organizational development and grant/contract administration.

Working knowledge of the use of computer information systems, word processing, data base and spreadsheet software.

Understands basic technological systems and programs; ability to integrate technology into the workplace in an efficient and cost-effective manner to improve office, department or agency performance.

Considerable knowledge of the principles and techniques of supervision.

Ability to understand and apply the statutes, regulations and union contracts governing administrative processes and organizational unit programs.

Ability to work under pressure with a high degree of independence; set and adhere to time constraints.

Ability to determine and establish operating needs, priorities, policies and procedures.

Ability to plan, direct and coordinate the work of others and to lead groups to consensus.

Ability to develop accurate budget projections with subsequent administration of expenditures.

Ability to analyze situations accurately, including transactional and policy problems, to develop, recommend and implement solutions, prepare comprehensive reports and persuade others to take action.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with staff and the public.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships among a variety of professional disciplines, governmental bodies, and the public.

Education and Experience:

Master's degree or higher in agriculture, agriculture business management, business or economics or a closely related field AND one (1) year or more of professional level experience in program development, analysis or budgeting INCLUDING one (1) year or more supervising (directly or indirectly) administrative functions for a moderate sized office, department or agency.

OR

Bachelor's degree in agriculture, agriculture business management, business or economics or a closely related field AND three (3) years or more of professional level experience in program development, analysis or budgeting INCLUDING one (1) year or more supervising (directly or indirectly) administrative functions for a moderate sized office, department or agency.

OR

Seven (7) years or more of professional level experience in program development, analysis or budgeting INCLUDING one (1) year or more supervising (directly or indirectly) administrative functions for a moderate sized office, department or agency.

Preferred:

Experience with agriculture and food systems in Vermont.

Experience in developing and implementing educational and outreach programs and marketing and promotional programs for agricultural development, food systems and food safety.

Special Requirements: n/a