Advertised Employing Department: Value Added Agriculture and Local Foods Program
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Value Added Agriculture and Local Foods program unit of the Iowa State University Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Extension and Outreach is seeking qualified candidates for a Program Coordinator III – Business Development Services.
The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach at Iowa State University is heavily involved in rural development in Iowa through the Local Foods and Value-Added Agriculture Programs. The Programs support the development of resilient and healthy rural communities through research, education and outreach in collaboration with diverse partners.
The Program Coordinator III will implement Value Added Agriculture Business Development Projects; foster relationships, build business research databases; expand and nurture relationships with businesses; and support projects and consulting programs offered through the Value Added Agriculture Program. In addition, this position will provide training and technical assistance to support development of value added agricultural business enterprises and/or businesses through providing education and support to: businesses and Rural Development projects in their business development processes; the development of business assistance interactive material. The Program Coordinator III will also assist with identified funding opportunities that are consistent with the mission and focus of the Value Added Agriculture program.
The Program Coordinator III will provide leadership, outreach and education initiatives. These opportunities will be directly related to ISU Extension and Outreach involvement in the state's rural development and value added agricultural opportunities. This position will initiate, deliver, and lead programming efforts related to business development, value added agriculture, and overall rural development.
The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently and manage multiple programs and grant projects simultaneously. The ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing, with a wide variety of internal and external audiences and to seek new and enhance existing partnerships will be important to the incumbent's success. The program coordinator also will have the ability to understand the complexities and intricacies related to rural development including, but not exclusive of business development, as they will work with multiple partners and develop place-based opportunities for rural development and value added agricultural opportunities. Excellent networking and partnership development skills are essential as well as strong project management, organizational, and communications skills.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 3 years of related experience; OR a combination of education and/or related experience totaling 9 years unless otherwise specified under supplemental required education and experience. Experience must be at a comparable level and directly related to the duties of this position.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Additional years of experience.
Experience working with business development.
Experience developing and marketing programs to business clients
Experience developing partnerships and collaborative efforts among stakeholders
Contact management software experience
Training coordination and experience with contact management software
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.