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Agriculture Manager I

THIS IS A RE-ADVERTISEMENT OF THIS POSITION.  THE POSITION WAS ORIGINALLY ADVERTISED IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2017.  THOSE POSTINGS OF THIS POSITION HAVE BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE OF CHANGES IN SALARY, IN MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, AND IN PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS.  THE CURRENT DATE OF CLOSING FOR THIS POSITION IS FEBRUARY 22, 2018.

Duties and responsibilities

The School of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Department, seeks a qualified candidate to provide leadership for the Harding Street Urban Agricultural Center (UAC) Research Project and Demonstration Site. The Research Center Coordinator will provide leadership in researching the effectiveness of innovative methods of indoor production, sustainable environments and energy practices; provide education and outreach, and implement a system of mobile farmer’s markets.   

Management
Plan, direct, coordinate and lead activities of the Harding Street Urban Agricultural Center (UAC) to ensure that the goals and objectives are accomplished.   Provide oversight and direction to the staff, students, consultants and/or others in the Center in accordance with the organization's policies and procedures.  Provide on-going development of operational protocols. 

Supervision
Provide supervision, work assignment, and work/performance evaluation of all full and part time staff, student workers, consultants and all planning/administrative staff assigned to the project.

Data Collection and Analysis
Provide program direction for formal data collection and analysis leading to coordination of services and resources to be provided to citizens in the surrounding neighborhoods.   For the purposes of compliance with the mission of the UAC, data or original information which is collected, stored, accessed, or used during the course of the research must be translated into reports and/or presentations for the College of Agriculture and for partners in the project.

Outreach and Education
Work with public officials, community leaders and residents and potential partners to build relationships that will advance the mission of the UAC.  Develop and conduct educational programs in urban agriculture, marketing, nutrition and entrepreneurship.  Develop a system of mobile farmer’s market units to deliver produce to underserved communities.

Seek and Obtain External Funding
Research and obtain local, state and federal grant funding opportunities.

Required qualifications

The successful candidate must demonstrate knowledge and experience in managing all aspects of a community research and/or educational program including planning, implementing and evaluating program content and delivery and must have the ability to understand and assist with developing and maintaining budgets.

This candidate must have experience in extension-type work that involves non-formal education programs and programs that work with diverse and/or at-risk community volunteers.

The successful candidate must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and must demonstrate workable skills in the use of information technology and social media and its appropriate and effective use in the development and delivery of educational programs.

The successful candidate must possess advanced skills in data collection and analysis. Based on analysis of methods for food production in the research facility as well as in the surrounding neighborhoods, develop and present methods for sustainable gardening for all age groups. Experiential training provided must involve the presentation of the nuts and bolts of hands-on gardening to ensure transfer of knowledge to citizens living in the immediate area.

The successful candidate must have a work record that demonstrates the ability to work both independently and as a part of a team. While the Center is not located on the campus of VSU, the staff and programs are an integral part of meeting the mission of Cooperative Extension.

Preferred QUALIFICATIONS

A Master’s Degree is preferred; however, an equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for a Master’s Degree.  Past experience working with STEM/STEAM programs is desirable as is bilingual abilities. 

Special Instructions to Applicants

Virginia State University will only accept applications through the online Recruitment Management System (RMS) at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com.   Resume do not substitute for a completed online application.  Faxed, e-mailed, and mailed applications will not be accepted.  Interested persons must attach a letter of interest/cover letter, a current resume/vita, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses (if available) of three professional references (identified in RMS as Documents that MUST be attached by the applicant –Required Documents -Other document). Copies of transcripts and three (3) letters of references must be attached to the online application. 

Your name and the position number (FO619) must be clearly identifiable on each item submitted. An official transcripts and three (3) letters of reference will be required prior to employment. Applications will be accepted until the closing date of the position (October 31, 2017) and on November 1, 2017 the review of the applications will begin.

Selected candidate must pass a Criminal Background check, including fingerprinting and must complete a Statement of Personal Economic Interest as a condition of employment, if applicable.

VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  WOMEN, MINORITIES, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, AND VETERANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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