Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

This is a 12-month, full-time professional staff position with a full benefits package provided by the University of Maryland with funding from the USDA.

Position Description

The Associate Director for the NRCCO works directly with the SARE National Director at NIFA to manage many aspects of SARE’s national-level program coordination and communication. Job responsibilities include communication with the SARE National Director and SARE’s regional offices, assisting with grant administration and project reporting, representing SARE at local and national meetings, and facilitating interaction with other programs relevant to sustainable agriculture. The Associate Director will also provide leadership and oversight for the staff of the national SARE Outreach office that currently includes a content coordinator, outreach coordinator, information technology coordinator, three content specialists, and a business manager.

Specific areas of responsibility include:
• Working with SARE’s regional offices on regional grant administration, including application review and reporting protocols; oversight of SARE’s grant reporting system; and ensuring project report data is publicly available.
• Aggregate, evaluate, and communicate project results and programmatic impact for the national SARE program.
• Leadership and oversight of SARE’s national communications efforts, including working with NRCCO communications staff to develop annual plans of work; ensure that NRCCO’s communications efforts align with SARE’s national and regional priorities; provide scientific/technical oversight of new content; and report on NRCCO activities to SARE’s regional offices.
• Administration of the NRCCO program at the University of Maryland: Manage UMD staff and contractors; manage program budgets; set up and manage procurement contracts; and generate financial reports.
• Management of other national initiatives such as support of the SARE Operations Committee activities, program evaluation, special educational initiatives, and other tasks as requested.

Required Qualifications

● Applicants should have demonstrated capacity to administer programs, experience in agricultural research and extension, and proven ability to work with and lead diverse groups to successful outcomes. ● Applicants will be engaged with a national network of producers and producer organizations, researchers and extension specialists, federal and state agencies, agribusiness, non-governmental and community-based organizations. ● Applicants should have demonstrated commitment to sustainable agriculture science through prior research, education, extension, or administrative work. ● Applicants should have demonstrated ability to convene and facilitate meetings, and manage budgets. ● Applicants should be knowledgeable of SARE’s current communications portfolio including books, bulletins, fact sheets, websites, and social media; and should be knowledgeable of the SARE projects database and the IT capacity necessary for continued upgrades and support. ● M.S or Ph.D. in agriculture or related discipline. ● Understanding of sustainable agriculture principles and commitment to interdisciplinary research and education is strongly preferred. ● Experience with writing and administering grants is desirable. ● Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential. ● Ability to travel

Application Instructions

See https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/82240 for a full job description, responsibilities, qualifications and application guidelines. Submit applications by the best consideration date of 05/14/2021.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

About Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

SARE is funded and administered at the national level by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), headquartered in Kansas City, MO. NIFA works cooperatively with four universities that serve as competitively selected regional host institutions. These host institutions fund competitively selected sustainable agriculture research, education, and extension programs in their respective regions. NIFA also funds the competitively selected NRCCO through a cooperative agreement with the NRCCO’s host institution. This office serves a core role to help administer the SARE program, support research and educational functions, and perform program outreach.