Research Coordinator

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
01 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

DARE centers its research, teaching and outreach activities in defined areas of excellence: agricultural education, agribusiness management and finance, livestock systems, consumer choice and the economics of water, land and environment. We are dedicated to, and appreciated for, engaging stakeholders in high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, as well as the ability to effectively communicate findings to the public and peers. Excellence in teaching and mentoring students is created with thoughtful and innovative curricular design, emphasizing experiential learning where appropriate and fostering student achievement. We strive for a positive and collaborative environment in which stakeholders are highly valued and supported.

Position Summary

This position presents an exciting opportunity to manage a large, interdisciplinary research program in food systems at Colorado State University. We are looking for an energetic individual who will be responsible for overseeing grant management, event planning, and outreach associated with on-going and future food systems activities.

Required Job Qualifications

  • BS/BA completed at time of application plus 1 year of relevant experience
  • Experience with or ability to plan, coordinate, and execute large events
  • Experience with or interest in working with CSU Extension
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Effective professional interpersonal relationship skills in sensitive and confidential situations
  • Ability to work part-time to full-time dependent upon project portfolio.
  • Ability to participate in limited, in-state travel for event planning and staffing.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one, or access to a licensed driver by the start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • MS/MA in an agricultural-related degree
  • Graphic and website design experience
  • Experience working with wordpress
  • Demonstrated experience working as a project administrator with a large, inter-disciplinary team
  • Experience managing a budget
  • Demonstrated educational or professional experience in food systems work

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Project Management, Coordination & Oversight Duty/Responsibility

Organize quarterly webinars and annual meeting in Denver. Ensure that team members are meeting regularly, and take notes at all meetings so that larger team stays informed/up to date. Work with leadership team and subteams to create project plans, schedules, and budgets. Monitor progress on project plan, deliverables, schedules and budgets. Prepare draft updates and reports for funders. Create and maintain project documentation. Foster partnerships with stakeholders.

Percentage Of Time 70% Job Duty Category Communications with Internal/External Stakeholders Duty/Responsibility

Develop and implement overall communications strategy for combined food systems research and Extension activities. Manage project website. Develop content and provide to website consultant. Respond to general inquiries. Maintain social media accounts. Develop fact sheets and other written materials highlighting research successes. Create summaries of outreach and engagement activities, including graphics.

Percentage Of Time 30%

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by Friday, April 20, 2018. Applicants should upload the following: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications; (2) resume; and (3) contact information of three professional references, one of who is/was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of an applicant’s professional abilities. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Optional Documents which you created and can provide evidence of your written communication effectiveness (websites, fact sheets, policy briefs, newspaper articles, postcards) may also be uploaded. For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair For additional information about Colorado State University’s Food System Initiative, consult the university’s website at

Search Contact Becca Jablonski;

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.