SARE Seeks Applications for Associate Director Position

April 21, 2021
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The University of Maryland seeks an Associate Director for the National Reporting, Coordination and Communications Office (NRCCO) of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. 

This Associate Director position is appropriate for both experienced and early career professionals. See for a full job description, responsibilities, qualifications and application guidelines. Submit applications by the best consideration date of 05/14/2021.

The Associate Director for the NRCCO works directly with the SARE National Director to manage many aspects of SARE program coordination and communication. The Associate Director works with the regional offices to ensure project reports are completed and project information is publicly available. The NRCCO also works with national staff to aggregate, evaluate and communicate project results and programmatic impact for the national SARE program. Job responsibilities include communication with regional offices, assisting with grant administration, producing reports, representing SARE at local and national meetings, and facilitating interaction with other programs relevant to sustainable agriculture. The Associate Director also provides leadership for an experienced staff (content coordinator, outreach and promotions coordinator, IT coordinator, multimedia coordinator and a business manager). 

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. Questions regarding this position should be directed to [email protected].

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. 

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.

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