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Temporary CEFS Climate Change Program Assistant

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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This position has three main duties. The primary responsibility will be to provide support and organization for the Symposium on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Systems on August 11th hosted by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). This will involve providing logistics support, communication among speakers and participants, organizing planning committee meetings, and being a liaison among the CEFS events and communication teams and the symposium planning committee. The second responsibility will be to provide leadership and organization for the CEFS Climate Change and Food System Innovation Hub, a CEFS initiative and group among interested CEFS faculty, staff, students and our community stakeholders. This will involve organizing meetings, developing meeting agendas and helping carry out hub initiatives related to climate change agriculture and food systems issues, such as uploading resources on our CEFS website, or assisting with developing educational or other materials that support the hub. Third, this position will help develop a funding and sponsorship database tool that supports CEFS programs, events and initiatives broadly. This position will report directly to the Interim Director of CEFS at NC State and is estimated for 20 hours a week until the end of December 2022. Remaining hours may be picked up as funding allows to support the CEFS Events Team and participate in the logistics of CEFS events. This position will work closely with the CEFS Events Team and may also work with the CEFS Communications Team.

Major job responsibilities include:

  • Event coordination and logistics for the CEFS Symposium on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Systems planned in person on August 11th at NC State.
  • Communication with a wide range of CEFS colleagues, stakeholders and the general public via email, Zoom, and phone for symposium. This will entail invitations to speakers, participants, communication about event logistics, as well as communication with event planning committee, support personal, and sponsors.
  • Organization and development of event communication and advertisement materials online (website, social media) and in print brochure for symposium and hub activities; coordinate these activities with CEFS Communications team.
  • Management of various events and activities simultaneously.
  • Management of existing materials, material requests, as well as assisting with material development for CEFS Climate Hub
  • Consistent follow up to ensure NC State University forms and paperwork related to symposium are carried out successfully.
  • Development of funding and sponsorship database tool that supports CEFS programs, events and initiatives broadly. This will involve various means of researching organizations with listservs, websites and direct communications with organizations and then summarizing funding initiatives, application requirements and timeline and matching with potential CEFS programs and activities.

This position is about 50% doing active events based work and 50% processing desk based paperwork. This position will work under the guidance of the CEFS Interim Director. Assignments will often be delivered remotely via email and the candidate will need to prioritize based on upcoming deadlines. Superior organization, clear communication and time management skills are necessary. Attention to detail, excellent follow-through, ability to think on your feet, and communicate effectively are vital to success in this position. Candidate must be able to hit the ground running, and be ready to jump into a busy team. Only candidates with an exceptional work ethic will be considered. for more information on CEFS.

Work Schedule:
20 hours a week. Some nights, early mornings and weekend work will be required during scheduled Climate Change Symposium event. Most events are scheduled ahead of time. With exception to certain event blackout dates, the schedule is flexible.

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Raleigh, NC



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Temporary CEFS Climate Change Program Assistant

Work Schedule:

20/hrs per week

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  • n/a

Minimum Experience/Education:

  • BA/BS in Agroecology, Business Administration, Accounting, Communication, Marketing, Sustainability, Environmental Science, Horticultural Science, Agriculture or related field (Students graduating in Spring 2022 will be considered)

Department Required Skills:

  • Excellent organizational, communication, follow-up, time management and computer and database management skills
  • Must have an interest in sustainable agriculture, food systems and climate change
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds and stand or sit for extended periods of time
  • Possess an excellent work ethic and genuine interest in the work of CEFS
  • Must be an expert in Google Suite products and Zoom

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

  • Well rounded individual with the ability to solve problems under stressful event situations
  • Experience in a busy office setting and event planning
  • Reliable and a team player

Required License or Certification:

  • Valid driver’s license

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