PROGRAM COORDINATOR, AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

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REPORTS TO:           Director, Agricultural Affairs 

DEFINITION

This position supports the coordination of the agricultural and environmental research program and the industry’s strategic investment in research and outreach. This position will focus on managing the administration of research grants, including tracking and reporting, communication with researchers, assistance with organization of research sessions at conferences and meetings, and some administrative support.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This non-exempt position is distinguished by strong organizational skills, including project management, web-based workflow within a team, and complex scheduling with internal and external stakeholders.  In addition, this position requires strong communication skills to work as a member of the team, work across the Almond Board programs, and communicate with researchers and other external industry members. This role is located in Modesto, CA.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

The following duties are typical of those performed by employees in this job title; however, employees may perform other related duties.

·         Maintain files for the research program including proposals, grants, and reports

·         Serve as the primary contact with researchers and university grant administration units to ensure timely reporting, managing grant agreements, including drafting agreements and reminders of reporting requirements

·         Assist in the planning, organization and conduct of committee and work group meetings that provide strategic input to the priorities and review of research activities

·         Support the planning and execution of the Almond Conference, and other events, to include relative speaker and conference logistics

·         Assist with the planning and conduct of outreach to growers on research, including through webinars, tours, meetings, printed materials and research sessions

·         Support the maintenance of the research database and requests for information and analysis of Almond Board research 

QUALIFICATIONS 

Knowledge of:

Agricultural systems and/or farming and the almond industry in California. This is a growth opportunity for candidates with an interest in agriculture and research

Skill in:

  • Communicating clearly with diverse audiences
  • Principles and practices of effective written and oral communications, including report preparation, correspondence, English grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Project management, which includes the discipline of planning, organizing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals, objectives and deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Effectively managing several issues and projects at one time in order to meet personal and departmental work deadlines.
  • Interacting and collaborating with a wide array of internal and external stakeholders and group.
  • Utilizing Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and ability to learn, use and manage SharePoint, databases, and other software

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to travel within California and domestically
  • Demonstrated experience in task management and capacity to assist in the development and use of electronic management tools
  • Occasionally requires ability to perform work-related activities outside of normal business hours; i.e., conference calls to other time zones, ag field visits, meetings/conferences, etc.

ILLUSTRATIVE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A typical way to obtain the above knowledge and skill is a combination of education and experience equivalent to: 

BS degree in agricultural or related sciences with 1-3 years related experience.  An interest and understanding of agricultural research is strongly preferred.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: The physical abilities involved in the performance of essential duties are:

  • Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time
  • Vision sufficient to read handwrit­ten and printed documents and computer screens
  • Speech and hearing sufficient to communi­cate by phone and in-person
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to use a variety of office equipment and tools, computer key­boards, and to manipulate papers
  • May lift up to 30 pounds and manipulate heavier objects using dollies
  • Occasional field visits with exposure to noise, dust, odors, and compounds commonly used in a farm/food processing setting, and mechanical equipment in the orchard and processing environment 

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