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Economic Development Program Specialist 1 (Agriculture), G-18

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Communications, Marketing and Public Relations

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Job Description

As an Economic Development Program Specialist 1 (Agriculture), you would:

Deliver and administer food and agricultural business development programs.

Provide technical assistance and solve economic development problems for NYS food producers, processors, agri-businesses, buyers, and customers.

Create, maintain, and distribute agriculture-specific economic development program applications and materials.

Determine potential participants eligibility for various agricultural economic development funding programs.

Administer competitive grant programs that award funds to agricultural businesses, government entities and not-for-profits.

Monitor agricultural economic development program performance including execution of contracts.

Identify and assist in the development of new and expanded economic development programs and funding for agricultural business development.

Research and compile fiscal, contract or programmatic data and create and maintain forms, records, and reports on the State's agricultural economic development programs.

Administer farm product marketing orders and assists in the establishment of new farm product marketing orders to market and promote farm products, and support market and farm production research.

Administer food and agricultural product marketing and promotion programs.

Identify, plan, and conduct agricultural outreach, marketing and promotion programs with food and agriculture industry, buyers, vendors and government agencies.

Represent and promote the State's agriculture industry at trade shows, festivals and agriculture producer site visits.

Develop, prepare, and maintain information that promote and market NYS agricultural commodities and products (e.g., Taste NY and NY Grown and Certified programs) to consumers, wholesalers, retailers and the food industry.

Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.

Bachelor's or higher degree and two years of experience in agriculture, economic development, natural resource management, regional planning, manufacturing or food service fields that include business or program management, domestic or international marketing, conducting research, event planning or coordination, or developing or implementing strategies.

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Candidates may also be appointed to a traineeship to this job title from the PCO eligible list. See the Generalist Job Titles description for more information. For further appointment information, see the Appointments tab in the PCO Overview.

To Apply

To apply for the examination for this PCO Select Job Title you must apply for the PCO examination by February 22, 2017, fill out and submit the PCO Questionnaire by April 5, 2017, and take the PCO written test in April of 2017. The application for and information about the PCO examination is at: