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Richland Community College  (District 4)  - Outreach Coordinator for Agricultural Programs

Richland Community College - Outreach Coordinator for Agricultural Programs

Due to swift growth in agricultural program enrollments, Richland Community College, which is located in the agribusiness capital of world – Decatur, is currently seeking an Outreach Coordinator for Agricultural Programs.

Position Summary: This position will be responsible for implementing effective outreach efforts with K-12 educational partners and the agriculture business community which will support the continued growth and success of the agricultural and related programs.  This position will have the opportunity to teach agriculture courses, as needed.

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s in Agriculture or a related field, required.  Master’s degree in Agriculture (or a Master’s degree in a related discipline with 18 graduate credit hours in Agriculture) is preferred.  Three years minimum Agriculture industry experience is preferred.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to work effectively with faculty, coordinators, the Dean, and the administrative assistant.  Must be able to organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines.  Possess strong verbal, written, analytical, presentation, and interpersonal skills.  Must maintain a professional demeanor and be able to work cooperatively with a diverse group of interests in the community, industry, and the College.

Essential Functions: Plans, organizes and manages all aspects of student competitions, programs, initiatives, and events offered and/or hosted by the Richland Community College agriculture program. 

Coordinates closely with high school agriculture teachers within the Richland Community College district to offer student focused events designed to enhance career and leadership development.  In addition to serving as a resource to high school agriculture programs with the goal of enhancing the success of their FFA chapters.

Recruits students via visits to high school schools and by conducting and/or hosting other events for high school students.

Tracks prospective students and follow-up to assist with the enrollment process. 

Coordinates with the marketing department to complete public relations activities such as the development of press releases, brochures, and other marketing materials. 

Represents Richland Community College at agriculturally-related career fairs and other similar events.

Networks within both the agriculture and education communities in order to create and maintain a broad range of positive relationships with partners and stakeholders and develop strong strategic relationships for Richland in the field of agriculture.

Maintains active memberships and participation in professional organizations in the field.

Contributes to Richland’s professional connections in agriculture, including but not limited to: the Community College Alliance for Agriculture Advancement, Women Changing the Face of Agriculture, and Progress City USA.

Teaches agriculture coursework as needed.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Expected Hours of Work: 12 months per year with work hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Some flexibility in hours is allowed. There may be irregular hours periodically including weekend and/or evening hours for agriculture program activities or recruiting events.  Summer hours may vary. 

Travel: Travel to area high schools, local events, and local businesses is expected in order to effectively assist and ensure the success of the high school agricultural programs and thus our program’s success.  An occasional regional or national agricultural or educational event may necessitate some out-of-state travel.  

Physical/Mental Demands and Work Environment:  Must be able to receive, process, and provide visual and verbal information.  Must be able to work effectively in stressful situations.  Provide timely response to externally/internally imposed conditions and deadlines.  Respond to concurrent, multiple, non-related issues.  Work is routinely performed in an office environment.  Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, kneeling, pushing and pulling, using hands and fingers, stooping and occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.

Customer Service Statement: Consistently performs duties with concern, courtesy, and respect for all persons in a prompt and timely manner.  Must work cooperatively with students, staff, and community members and be sensitive and respectful to issues of student and staff diversity. 

Consistently exhibits responsiveness to others in the organization at all levels and responds to requests for assistance from students, staff, and community members in a helpful and timely manner.

Risk Management Responsibilities: Assist with daily supervision of College division ensuring that the safety needs of faculty and students are communicated and met and that the risk is reduced by monitoring conditions, events, and circumstances present through daily operations in the accomplishment of job position tasks and functions.

Provide careful supervision and protection of college’s real and personal property.

The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the essential functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all of the work requirements which may be inherent in the position.

Application Procedure: Richland Community College, located in Decatur, Illinois is a comprehensive college with a tradition of educational excellence, offering baccalaureate, associate, technical, and continuing education programs that serve over 11,000 students per year in eight central Illinois counties.  Richland Community College values diversity in all its dimensions and is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff through dynamic recruitment of candidates who would contribute to the racial and ethnic diversity of the College.  Under-represented groups, including persons with disabilities, are especially encourage to apply.

To apply, you must submit the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Employment Application (attached or available at this link -
  3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  4. Transcripts (unofficial copies will be accepted during application stage)

Employment materials can be emailed to or sent by mail to:

Richland Community College
Human Resources Department
One College Park
Decatur, IL 62521

Review of all applications will begin August 16h and will continue until this position is filled.

Contact Person

For more information and/or if you have questions, feel free to contact:

Jess Smithers
Richland Community College
Director of Agricultural Programs
Office: 217-875-7211 Ext. 6223
Call/Text: 217-430-3920


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