Employment

The Center for Farm Financial Management is an industry leader in providing a variety of educational programs and applications to help agricultural professionals address real-world business concerns head-on in the areas of financial and business planning, credit analysis, risk management, and commodity marketing. Center programs cater to the needs of producers, educators, lenders, public agencies, private businesses, and other agricultural professionals across the United States. Our diverse client base requires a talented team with a broad range of backgrounds, strengths, and interests to support the dynamic needs of the both the industry as a whole and our individual users.

We are always looking for skilled professionals to join our team. Some of the key characteristics we seek are:

  • Background or interest in agriculture
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse professional audiences
  • Affinity for navigating new and changing technology
  • Willingness to ask questions and propose creative solutions to emerging challenges
  • Initiative to complete projects quickly and efficiently, both individually and as part of a team
  • Desire to have a positive impact on the agricultural industry

Full-time Positions

Instructional Media Specialist, Center for Farm Financial Management
Department of Applied Economics
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
University of Minnesota

TITLE AND LOCATION
Instructional Media Specialist, Center for Farm Financial Management. Twelve-month recurring appointment. Located in the Department of Applied Economics, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota.

PROGRAM / UNIT DESCRIPTION
The Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM) provides educational programs and software tools that are practical, timely, and applicable to real-world farm situations. Products and training focus on farm financial planning, financial analysis, risk management, business planning, commodity marketing, and credit analysis. CFFM products are widely used by farmers, lenders and educators across the United States. CFFM is an entrepreneurial unit with major support from software sales and grants.

CFFM also provides leadership to several national programs funded by USDA/NIFA including Extension Risk Management Education and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program. CFFM supports the online presence of these programs through development and maintenance of FarmAnswers.org, AgRisk.umn.edu, ExtensionRME.org, FINBIN.umn.edu, and RVS.umn.edu. CFFM has also developed several online tools including AgPlan, AgTransitions, FairRent, Commodity Challenge, and a large quantity of accompanying online training courses. CFFM has a long history of working with historically underserved farmers and ranchers, and work with these communities continues to increase.

The Results Verification System (RVS) was developed by CFFM to help organizations accept and manage grant applications and subsequent reports. Due to increased demand for RVS, CFFM will be developing more training resources for RVS.

CFFM is located in Ruttan Hall on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota. It is a unit in the Department of Applied Economics. It is also a part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension. For more information about CFFM and the scope of its programs, visit http://cffm.umn.edu.

CFFM is currently a hybrid workplace. After a probationary period, CFFM team members work in the office part of the week and are allowed to work remotely the remainder of the time.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The person in this position will work as part of a vibrant team at CFFM to design, develop, implement and deliver training curricula and provide insights that drive program decisions, reporting, innovation and improvements for CFFM projects. Specifically, the person in this position will:

Training and Design (60%)

  • Help the CFFM team further develop and improve online training resources including videos, online courses, webinars and podcasts.
  • Develop and deliver training and demos for users of the Results Verification System (RVS).
  • Design and maintain user guides for RVS.
  • Provide technical assistance to RVS users.
  • Work with the CFFM team and external partners to identify meaningful administrative metrics and reports from RVS.
  • Identify and recommend appropriate platforms and approaches to use for virtual training.
  • Help develop training that addresses the unique needs of historically underserved audiences.

Digital Media (20%)

  • Produce and edit internally produced training videos on a wide variety of topics for audiences that include educators, lenders, farmers, and historically underserved communities.
  • Upload, catalog, and oversee management of video assets on internal servers and external video hosting platforms.
  • Embed videos with content management system for production of online training courses.
  • Maintain and communicate industry standards related to video technology, user experience, content interaction, and accessibility.

Communications (20%)

  • Help develop communication and promotion plans for CFFM products, programs, and events.
  • Identify and develop innovative approaches to increase awareness and use of CFFM products, programs and events.
  • Work with CFFM team to create new and unique approaches to engage new and existing audiences through online content.

QUALIFICATIONS
Essential

  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and marketing, instructional design or a similar discipline, or a combination of related education and work experience to equal at least four years by the appointment start date.
  • Strong initiative and ability to work well both collaboratively and independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize workload and complete projects on time.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills for professional and nonprofessional audiences.
  • Applicants must be able to pass a background check.

Desired

  • Experience and education in educational media design, developing, producing and delivering virtual training, video and audio content (podcasts).
  • Demonstrated experience in writing technical materials, such as instructional manuals or technical reports
  • Adult training and facilitation skills, including developing and delivering training, tools, and other capacity building resources (in-person and virtual).
  • Familiarity with federally funded programs and reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated success in working as part of productive, high-energy, outcome-oriented teams.
  • Evidence of potential to work effectively with project partners.
  • Good organizational skills including accuracy, consistency, and attention to detail.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is competitive and commensurate with the professional experience and qualifications. The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick/medical leave
  • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
  • Disability and employer paid life insurance
  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
  • Student loan forgiveness opportunity
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Employee Assistance Program

For more information regarding benefits: https://humanresources.umn.edu/find-job/benefitsattheu

STARTING DATE: As soon as possible, to be negotiated

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on October 19, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Apply online at: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/351785. Cover letter and CV must be attached online. Other required documents can be mailed or emailed to address listed below.

A COMPLETE application must include:

  1. Letter of application that explains how your career goals, training and experience support your candidacy;
  2. Resume or complete curriculum vitae;
  3. Names and contact information for three individuals who can comment on your abilities and experience.

Email inquiries about the position are welcome, but formal application process is required. Send all materials that cannot be submitted online to:

Darla Schroeder

Center for Farm Financial Management

University of Minnesota

1994 Buford Ave., Rm 130

St. Paul, MN 55108

schro077@umn.edu

The University of Minnesota is committed to policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation.

University of Minnesota Students Positions

CFFM employs 2-3 undergraduate students each semester.

All majors are welcome. Preference given to those in applied economic, agricultural and food business management, or agricultural communication and marketing degree tracks.

To learn more about available student positions, please contact Katie Carr at katiec@umn.edu.