Extension Associate - Crop and Soil Sciences

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Extension Associate - Crop and Soil Sciences

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday / 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (additional evenings and weekend hours as needed)

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

About the Department:

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences encompasses diverse disciplines in research extension and teaching. The department’s mission is to develop future leaders in crop, soil and environmental sciences, improve crop plants and products, devise effective and sustainable crop production systems, devise effective and sustainable soil management techniques in both agriculture and urban settings; and disseminate crop, soil, and environmental science knowledge for the benefit of users and producers of food, feed turf, biofuels and fiber in North Carolina, the nation and the world.

Essential Job Duties:

The primary purpose of this Extension Associate position is to provide comprehensive support of the Organic Cropping Team/Lab activities of CEFS. The Extension Associate will collaborate with and support a team of faculty members, research assistants, research associates, and graduate students working on a variety of organic cropping projects, as well as oversee the coordination of North Carolina’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NC SARE) Program that was established with the goal of supporting farmers, researchers, and educators as they explore practices that improve stewardship, profitability, and the social and economic health of farm communities. The position’s primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • With advice from the Faculty Coordinators, oversee the management of the NC SARE program including, but not limited to:
    • Generate and responding to communications with the SARE advisory board.
    • Provide board meeting support.
    • Generate notifications and oversee monitoring of scholarship recipients.
    • Organize and facilitating the processing of SARE communications to the appropriate inter-disciplinary and inter- institutional faculty and staff members.
    • Respond to inquiries from the public and producers on the program.
    • Maintain the NC SARE website which is the hub for communications and outreach of the NC SARE program.
    • Compile data from participants for conducting analytics and reporting.
    • Oversee the completion of the annual SARE reports.
  • Manage and oversee operations for the Organic Cropping Systems Lab at NC State including; purchasing process, materials & supplies handling, HR support for new hires and on boarding, provide administrative support for lead PI and current team of post-docs.
  • Provide financial support to lead PI with the creation of all budget and budget justifications for new awards withing the unit. In addition, facilitating communication with Pre-Award and Post-Award teams at the University to ensure timely delivery of documents and supporting application materials for all proposals.
  • Supervise team of temporary bi-weekly employees and visiting research scholars that support the ongoing research in Cover Crops and Plant Breeding.
  • Monitor and manage grants within the unit to ensure project objectives are being met, compliance with all purchasing of supplies and equipment is in line with initial agreements, and interfacing with various university, extension units and outside funders in order to coordinate inter agency collaboration.

Other Responsibilities:

Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience and Education:

  • Master’s degree in agricultural business management, business administration, public administration, or related field, or a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural business management, business administration, public administration, or related field and 3-5+ years of relevant experience.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Require post-baccalaureate credentials or a bachelor’s degree, with at least 3 years of alternative or equivalent professional training and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated success and familiarity with grant funded projects and reporting.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, decision making, computer and data management skills, project management skills.
  • Must be capable of working independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral).
  • Excellent problem solving ability and careful attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agricultural business management, business administration, public administration, or related field.
  • Familiarity with university grant and accounting systems.
  • Knowledge of general food and farming systems, issues, and key players.
  • Knowledgeable of North Carolina food systems.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

  • A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.

Position Number:


Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

110901 - Crop and Soil Sciences


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at www.wes.org or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.




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Posted: 11/13/2020
Application Due: 1/12/2021
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