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Key Function: Responsible for coordinating all aspects of the undergraduate and graduate student programs, including the Grad Student Leadership Conference, Society-Wide Student Competitions, SASES, and Golden Opportunity Scholars Institute. Also, collaborate with early career member and diversity committee activities, and assist with the K-12 outreach programs.
Overview: The Manager of Student and Early Career Programs will effectively coordinate the programs for students (undergraduate and graduate) and early career members to increase use, value and satisfaction of membership in the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. All of these activities require the manager to work with member committees. Management of the programs also includes promotion, financial management, evaluation, and the use of technology for communications – both to our member audiences and outside audiences. The effective staff member will have a strong knowledge/understanding of diverse member needs (or willingness to learn), understand the opportunities that many different technologies present for effective communications, exhibit a high-level of attention to detail, and ability to work with many different members, staff, and vendors to ensure successful programs.
Location: Madison, WI (after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted)
Education: College degree in management, marketing or the agronomic/crop science/soil science/environmental sciences fields.
Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in program management or association/non-profit experience preferred but not required.
Special Skills/Knowledge: Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required, along with creativity for continuing development of new programs and services. Keen organization and project management skills are necessary to manage simultaneous, diverse assignments. Understanding of membership needs and web/electronic technologies for communications are a must. A strong work ethic, willingness to see projects through to completion, team-oriented attitude and flexible aptitude are valued in our fast-paced, continually changing environment.
Abilities: Ability to interact, establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, as well as members, other Societies and vendors. The ideal candidate will be able to handle multiple project responsibilities and effectively plan short and long-term project implementation. In addition, they are able to work both independently and collaboratively with many different groups. Finally, this position requires a strong customer-service orientation.
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