Urban Agriculture Program Development and Community Outreach Specialist (Part-Time)

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Requisition Number STA - 201000000623
Job Title Urban Agriculture Program Development and Community Outreach Specialist (Part-Time)
Job Description

The University of North Texas at Dallas invites applications for the position of Part-Time Urban Agriculture Program Development and Community Outreach Specialist.

This summer position begins on June 1, 2018. The successful candidate will be expected to achieve excellence in program design, facilities development, and outreach to the community. As a part of this urban agriculture initiative, UNT Dallas has partnered with El Centro College, Dallas, TX, to develop a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree that includes undergraduate agricultural training and advances students' STEM skills. This effort is being supported at UNTD by a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Education.
We are particularly interested in student-centric, innovative, and energetic candidates who can help support UNTD's urban agriculture program through design and installation of garden beds and greenhouses, outreach to educational and community organizations, and academic program development. The successful candidate will assist in purchase of materials and equipment (tractor, implements, plants, building materials, etc.) and take a leadership role in preparing the beds for student use and educational activity in the Fall of 2018. This new staff member will be responsible for developing presentations, demonstrations, and classroom activities for the emerging Urban Agriculture program. They will also build collaborative relationships with community gardeners and other urban agriculture entities and spearhead efforts to establish internships and other urban agriculture workplace opportunities for undergraduate students.

UNT Dallas offers faculty and staff the unique opportunity to help shape the character of a 21st century, learner-focused, urban comprehensive university. Our goal is to offer undergraduate and graduate level training that enhances our students' lives, helps them succeed in the workplace, and makes a difference in their communities.

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Agriculture or a closely related field and four years of professional related experience
  • Knowledge of effective managerial methods and techniques on how to establish and maintain an effective workforce
  • Ability to plan, assign and supervise the work of subordinates
  • Thorough knowledge of University policies and procedures related to functional area (or ability to rapidly assimilate)
  • Thorough knowledge of Texas rules and regulations related to functional area (or ability to rapidly assimilate)
  • Ability to plan and conceptualize and make sound business decisions
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations verbally and in writing
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of safety and security precautions appropriate to work performed

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in financial aid, preferably at the graduate school level
  • Exceptional service orientation
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of internal constituents; including the Dean, faculty and administrators of UNT Dallas, and counterparts in other organizations within the University
  • Knowledge of financial aid funding mechanisms, regulations, methods for assessing need, accounting principles relevant to financial aid
  • Experience with maintaining computerized financial aid database using specialized software
  • Knowledge and experience as to data analysis, reporting, and institutional effectiveness
  • Knowledge and experience as to other areas of student services and software relating to those services
  • Higher Education experience
  • PeopleSoft skills experience
  • Ability to plan and conceptualize and make sound business decisions
  • Strong presentation skills

Physical requirements necessary to perform essential job functions
Work is primarily sedentary. Sits comfortably to do the work; however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, or lifting items weighing up to 15 pounds.

Driving University Vehicle? No
Work Schedule
Substitution of Experience/Education Yes
Start Date
Ending Date (if temporary)
Special Instructions to Applicants

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  3. * Are you currently employed at the University of North Texas at Dallas?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. References
  2. Veteran Preference (DD-214)





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Posted: 5/25/2018
Application Due: 6/2/2018
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