Visiting Research Specialist - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (A1700229)

Champaign, IL
Apr 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position: Visiting Research Specialist- Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Background: The Gardner Agriculture Policy Program is a coordinated research, analysis and outreach effort to serve agriculture from the farmer to the policymaker. The program seeks to also elevate the University of Illinois, College of ACES's contribution to topics timely and relevant for the 2018 Farm Bill, including farm risk management, conservation, and international export markets in today's global agriculture. The program will use a coordinated team approach led by four ACE faculty to deliver on the goals of the program, expand intellectual capacity and increase national exposure.

Primary Position Function/ Summary: The primary function of the Visiting Research Specialist is to work with the faculty leads by leading research efforts, writing articles, memoranda and related policy materials, as well as oversee program planning activities and managing the program.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Define, in collaboration with the Program Director and program fellows, the agricultural policy portfolio of the Gardner Program including managing existing partnerships, building new partnerships, managing current and incoming investments and designing programs to enhance agricultural policies in direct relation to the Gardner Program.
  • Research and analyze data for policy memorandum and write articles on current topics for publication in journals, websites and grant proposals.
  • Oversee data compilation efforts adhering to U.S. Agricultural policy needs and efforts.
  • Coordinate outreach events to enhance the Gardner Program goals for effective outreach to farmers, agri-businesses and Federal policymakers.
  • Lead communications and outreach strategies for the program, including social media efforts and through traditional media outlets.
  • Manage all reporting, monitoring, and evaluation duties of Gardner Program portfolio to funders, external funders, other stakeholders and University of IL community.
  • Write reports and prepare presentations focused on program activities, progress, new projects and outputs and outcomes to program team and stakeholder groups.
  • Represent Gardner Program in domestic meetings, workshops, conferences, and symposia as directed by Director.
  • Coordinate all communications with the agricultural policy community including defining scope and objectives for current and trending agricultural policies.
  • Lead implementation of Gardner Program conferences, workshops, symposia and seminars.
  • Develop promotional materials for the Gardner Program.
  • Supervise hourly and student employees including hiring, training, approving time/leave, and assigning/reviewing work.


Minimum Education Required: Bachelor's degree in agricultural economics, public policy or a related field.

Education Preferred: Master's degree in agricultural economics or a related field.

Experience Required: At least 1 year of data analysis experience. Experience with or knowledge of U.S. Agricultural policy. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Position: The position is classified as a 100%-time visiting appointment. This position may become non-visiting at a later time, dependent upon funding and programmatic needs.

Salary/Appointment: Commensurate with education and experience. The starting date will as soon as possible after the closing date.

Procedures: Candidate profiles should be created and letters of application and resume uploaded at To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by May 5, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. For further information, candidates may contact Melissa Warmbier, 217-333-8859,

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

College Name or Administrative Unit: ACES
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Visiting Research Specialist - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (A1700229)
Open Date: 04/14/2017
Organization Name: Agr and Consumer Economics


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