New York FarmNet supports farm families and agricultural businesses by providing financial and personal consulting to improve the farm business and family communications.
Requirements/Qualifications: The family consultant position requires an MSW, LCSW, masters in counseling, or equivalent degree/certification. Significant, successful experience working with clients on communications skills, interpersonal relationships, goal setting, and/or addiction, family, and mental health counseling. Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel, and ability to learn data entry into the FarmNet database are also required. Strong communication skills are critical for success in this position. A valid driver’s license and ability to travel are required.
1) Provide Timely Response to phone messages or e-mails so cases can be assigned appropriately. The client requesting services from NY FarmNet is to be contacted by phone within 24 hours of the case assignment so as to obtain preliminary information and arrange for a meeting (phone/video conference, face to face) as deemed necessary by the consultant.
2) Provide Farm Family Consultation by making an initial assessment; assisting in identifying problems; guiding to identify and prioritize solutions based on needs; and assisting in developing and enacting an “Action Plan”. Skills required include active listening, motivational interviewing, and needs/problem assessment.
3) Facilitate Networking with appropriate local agencies and resources that can assist the family in carrying out their alternative solutions and decisions. Including but not limited to the FarmNet office, Cooperative Extension, County Mental Health Offices, Primary Care Physicians, Department of Social Services, local Counseling agencies, etc.
4) Maintain Records of Services Provided by obtaining a signed Consent Form (as provided by the FarmNet office) from the farm family on the first visit. A Release of Information form is required if a third party will be involved. Timely and accurately detailed case notes must be entered into the FarmNet data base after each meeting with a client, as well as other information as required.
5) Training and Professional Development, is provided by FarmNet as three in-service training sessions a year – generally in March, July, and November. Consultants are required to attend these sessions. Consultants are also expected to seek out and participate in professional development opportunities related to their responsibilities, with consultation and approval of NY FarmNet office staff.
6) Outreach. Consultants may be offered opportunities to provide program outreach – such as hosting a booth at a farm show, making a brief program presentation at a local agency or business, or collaborating with agri-service providers on making a workshop presentation.
Support and Supervision is provided by the NY FarmNet office staff. Consultants are encouraged to contact the office and other consultants when assistance and/or information is needed. Consultants are encouraged to make use of the extensive FarmNet resource library. Direct supervision is provided by the Executive Director of FarmNet.
Duration of Appointment is an annual reappointment on July 1 based on job performance approval and funding availability.
Compensation for personal consultants is hourly as Casual Employees of Cornell University, and are subject to the rules and regulations of Cornell Payroll. Pay is competitive and must average less than 20 hours per week. An independent contractor option is available for those who qualify.
For more information contact:
350 Warren Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
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