Series established September 19, 1989
This series specification describes two levels of line classes used in the Department of Food and Agriculture.
This series specification describes two levels of classes in the�Department of Food and Agriculture that perform the major development and program implementation functions necessary to increase California's agricultural exports through expanding the number of exporters, opening new markets and increasing sales in current markets. Incumbents perform analytical and consultative duties requiring an overall comprehension in agricultural marketing.
Incumbents administer a matching funds program which includes review, evaluation and selection of applications submitted; conduct program compliance audits of programs selected for funding; monitor progress of cooperators' marketing programs; develop and maintain trade leads management information system; research trade leads and export opportunities; evaluate export marketing projects and analyze the effectiveness of export programs; develop and implement marketing plans and promotions; serve as technical assistants to California producers on foreign marketing, distribution channels, agent selection, and advertising; provide consultative assistance, develop and disseminate information through market research, newsletters, workshops, and trade shows.
This is the entry and working level of the series. Positions at this level work under general supervision and perform work of average difficulty and complexity in the analysis, evaluation, and implementation of agricultural export programs. Incumbents are assigned duties and responsibilities commensurate with their background and training.
Work at this level typically involves the review and analysis of the less complex and sensitive agricultural marketing proposals. Incumbents may serve on a team to evaluate and audit cooperators, or under general supervision, evaluate the less complex cooperators; provide consultative and technical assistance to exporters; develop and implement marketing plans and promotions.
This is a one position class and the full journey level of the series. The incumbent has responsibility for direction of the Agricultural Export Matching Funds Program and works independently in the performance of the full range of analytical and consultative duties. The incumbent reviews proposals for program funding and develops final staff recommendation for approval by the Agricultural Export Program Advisory Committee. Work at this level also involves independent program evaluations and audits. The incumbent may serve as the representative of the Agricultural Export Program to industry and provide technical assistance to exporters, and may also serve in a lead capacity to Export Specialists, technicians and clerical staff.
Experience: Two years of professional agricultural marketing experience that provided an understanding of agricultural production. (Experience must include at least one year at a level of responsibility equivalent to a Staff Services Analyst, Range B.) and
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with a degree in Agriculture, Marketing, or a related field. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.) (A Master's Degree in one of the above fields may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)
Experience: One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of an Export Specialist. (Promotional candidates who are within six months of satisfying the experience requirements for this class will be admitted to the examination, but they must fully meet the experience requirement before being eligible for appointment.)
Experience: Three years of professional agricultural marketing experience that provided an understanding of agricultural production. (Experience must include at least one year at a level of responsibility equivalent to a Staff Services Analyst, Range C.) and
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with a degree in Agriculture, Marketing, or a related field with a minimum of 12 semester units in economics or agricultural economics. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.) (A Master's Degree in one of the above fields may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)
Knowledge of: Production agriculture; agricultural economics (macro and micro); agricultural marketing; basic computer applications; the California agricultural industry; and principles of basic financial and statistical analyses.
Ability to: Analyze financial proposals and conduct studies to determine viability of agricultural marketing plans; write and speak effectively; gain and maintain the confidence of members of the California agricultural industry; and manage budgets.
Knowledge of: All of the above, and barriers to trade with foreign countries, including tariffs and customs of the people.
Ability to: All of the above, and assign and review work; and evaluate feasibility of proposed levels of agricultural production and delivery.