Project Associate (Cornell AgriTech); Geneva, New York
August 10, 2018
New York State, New York
The College of Agriculture and Life Science is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we prove and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
Reporting directly to the Director of Cornell AgriTech and the Director of the New York Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture (CoE), in collaboration with the Center for Regional Economic Advancement, working closely with Cornell stakeholders particularly at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and collaborating with regional and state stakeholders, the Project Associate will serve as a coordinating agent and representative for the CoE's activities throughout the state to support the growth of the food and agriculture sector.
Areas of specific emphasis will include:
Organizing and coordinating the Center of Excellence's (CoE) activities, providing staff support to the Executive Director to support outreach with CoE clients including researchers, universities, public agencies, entrepreneurs, farmers and corporate partners
Assisting and facilitating inter-regional collaboration around food and agriculture development priorities
Supporting the development of the CoE during its launch, including assisting in developing intake and tracking processes
Supporting planning and execution of Executive Director projects
Writing and shepherding of relevant grant proposals and reporting of the CoE's activities to New York State
Facilitate attraction of food and agriculture industry to New York State through CoE services
Assisting in maintaining partnerships with New York State food and agriculture resource providers
Organizing and coordinating the CoEs' activities to support the development of a food and agriculture innovation strategy in New York State
The incumbent will represent the Center of Excellence to a variety of stakeholders, and must be able to understand, track, and follow up on the intricate details of multiple projects and agreements. Success will be driven by a high degree of organizational diligence and aptitude, combined with thoughtful interpersonal and diplomatic skill to advance priorities to a diverse set of groups, entities, and individuals around New York State. The position will involve supervision of one or more student employees and interns to assist in achieving programmatic objectives.
Work closely with director under general supervision, keep supervisor informed of progress. Responsible for making some decisions, which require consideration of various criteria. Assist in researching for articles and preparing grant proposals, especially in experimental approaches and techniques to be used. Resolve questions and issues when they arise in absence of PI. Prepare written and oral research reports.
This is a one-year term appointment with possibility of renewal dependent on successful performance and continued funding.
Bachelor's degree with more than 3 years of related experience required, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proven ability to work independently and proactively while using sound judgment in decision-making.
Highly effective written and oral communication and public outreach techniques.
Excellent organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail.
Proven ability to work collaboratively and enjoys building relationships with diverse groups and individuals.
Proficiency and comfort with MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Google Docs, Adobe and similar programs.
Passion for food and agricultural innovation.
Ability to speak confidently and concisely particularly in group situations.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
Establish goals and objectives and determine methods to accomplish these goals using effective time management.
Demonstrate skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and proper judgment in accomplishing tasks whether acting independently or participating effectively on a team.
Must have excellent customer service skills.
Must be comfortable with multitasking and adapt to competing priorities.
Ability and desire to learn and adapt to new technology.
Must have an maintain a valid driver's license
Master's degree in business, urban studies or urban planning, agriculture, public affairs, public policy, or other economic development related field preferred.
Experience successfully writing grant proposals
No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
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Project Associate II
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