Department: Transportation and Agriculture Services
Pay range: $39.17 to $48.96 per hour ($71,289.40 to $89,107.20 per year)
Hours: 35 hours per week
Are you an energetic people person who thrives in building relationships as the foundation to meeting objectives? The Agriculture Initiatives Specialist is a key member of the team that plays an important role in planning and implementing agricultural service initiatives in collaboration with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Reporting to the Senior Advisor, Agriculture Initiatives, this position coordinates ongoing research and public engagement processes by preparing and facilitating studies, strategies and required policies.
Forge, develop and maintain relationships with administrative staff, stakeholders, and the public
Develop ongoing plans and strategies in support of the Agriculture Master Plan (AMP)
Liaise with other internal departments for public engagement, joint planning, data analysis and communication of initiatives
Prepare reports, policies and master plans for internal and external stakeholders
Review and implement existing agricultural strategic documents
Aid in creation and implementation of AMP initiatives
Participate in ongoing consultation with departments, communication and promotion of AMP priorities
Create, negotiate and manage contracts for research and planning projects.
Prepare requests for proposals including public engagement and planning needs
Using the County's Public Engagement Policy Framework, develop, and evaluate engagement and communications plans for key public messaging
Conduct research seeking new agricultural service opportunities
Ongoing analysis and synthesis of internal & external data, market and trend analysis
Keep abreast of industry activities as they pertain to agriculture service initiative planning
Skills and Abilities
Excellent customer service skills to deal with a diverse group of external and internal customers at various levels of authority
Superior communication skills, both verbal and written, and strong presentation skills
Keen organization and project management skills with the ability to work under pressure within strict timelines
Leading effective and efficient working teams/ groups (comprised of internal/ external stakeholders) to identify core/ underlying issues, set realistic and meaningful objectives, determine implementation methods and strategies
Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience with online data collection tools, data analytics and social media applications would be an asset
University degree in Agricultural Business, Commerce or related area with 2-4 years of experience within related work areas (agriculture business, agriculture industry, local government, project management, events management) OR a Business or Agribusiness diploma and 5-7 years of experience within related work areas
Working knowledge of regional, provincial and national trends within broad agricultural industries is an asset
Project management training would be considered an asset
Equivalencies of education and experience may be considered.
This competition may be used to fill future vacancies for similar positions within the next 6 months.
Competition #113-2022-EXT-TAS closes March 13, 2022
Thank you for your interest in Strathcona County. We only contact candidates selected for interviews.