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Project Assistant, Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: CALS Global
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science, Administrative / Clerical, Program/Project Management

Job Description

The Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture is a coalition of organizations, led by Virginia Tech, which will implement an $80 million, three-year project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS). This project will be implemented across four states – Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Virginia – and will feature payments to farmers to adopt climate-smart agriculture practices to increase resilience and climate adaptation. Farmer payments and enrollments will be managed by implementing partner organizations in each of the four states and a number of non-implementing partners will support the program in various ways. Virginia Tech faculty will conduct a rigorous research agenda to evaluate the efficacy of implementation. Under the three-year pilot program, Virginia Tech and its partners will help producers in the four states prove the value of paying farmers and ranchers $100 per acre or animal unit for stewardship practices that deliver public value through carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas reduction, improved soil health, water quality, water conservation, and other environmental services. We aim to create a national model for incentivizing and rewarding farmers for adopting climate-smart practices. More information on the program can be found at this link:

The Project Assistant will provide administrative support to the project and carry out other tasks as assigned by the Project Director.

The base location for this position is Blacksburg, VA. Travel to Blacksburg on a routine basis will be required. The position is opened to hybrid or remote; however, the remote location must be within a reasonable commuting distance (i.e. Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington D.C., West Virginia).

Key responsibilities include:
• Assist with producer agreement management
• Assist in managing the MS Teams environment of the Alliance
• Assist with report generation from online Alliance producer application portal
• Assist in compiling data and preparing reports for submission to USDA
• Assist with Human Resources-related tasks to support the Project Director
• Manage calendars and schedule meetings for Project Director and Associate Director
• Organize travel and enter travel pre-approvals and expense reports for Alliance team
• Maintain inventory and place orders for supplies through HokieMart
• Assist Communications Manager with management of social media accounts, email address, and blog, as needed
• Record meeting notes

This position is restricted to a three-year timeframe and contingent on funding.

Required Qualifications

Experience in an administrative support role in a professional office environment.
Experience in MS Teams, MS Excel, MS Word and ability to learn other software as needed.
Must be able to independently set priorities, manage tasks, meet deadlines, and maintain attention to detail and accuracy.
Experience with social media management
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in relevant field
Experience working in higher education
Working knowledge of Virginia Tech’s human resources and fiscal policies
Experience in Virginia Tech applications such as HokieMart, PageUp, Chrome River, and Banner.

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Salary Information

$42,000 - $50,000; commensurate with experience

Review Date

December 4, 2023

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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