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Center for Environmental Farming Systems is seeking a temporary program assistant

This position will support the general Business Office work of the North Carolina Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). This position will be part of the Events Logistics Team and will participate in the logistics of all CEFS events (about 25 small to medium sized events per year and 3-4 being over 500 participants). This position will be part of the Administrative Working Group and will support the CEFS Business Manager in supporting all the business functions of CEFS and the 50+ CEFS employees. This position is critical in keeping all aspects of CEFS running smoothly.

Major job responsibilities include:

  • Management of various projects at once
  • Communicating with a wide range of stakeholders and the general public through email and phone
  • Administrative duties
  • Event planning assistance and logistics for all CEFS events
  • Management and reconciliation of the Event Team credit cards
  • Processing financial paperwork, including paying invoices through the NCSU invoice payment system
  • Management of state travel paperwork for individuals, large conferences, and events
  • Management of existing materials and material requests for individual initiatives and CEFS in general.
  • Constant follow up to ensure paperwork has been processed by the state
  • Daily management of several large listservs
  • Simple yet crucial AV set up for all CEFS events, including maintenance and recommendations of replacement schedule and AV equipment
  • Data entry

This position is about 50% doing active work and 50% processing desk based paperwork.

This position will work under the guidance of the CEFS Business Manager. Assignments will often be delivered remotely from agents in the field via email and candidate will need to prioritize based on upcoming deadlines. Superior organization 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.

Schedule for this position is 40+ hours per week. Some nights, early mornings and weekend work will be required during events or busy seasons (1-3 per month). Some overnight travel will be required for events. Most events are scheduled a year ahead of time. With exception to certain event blackout dates, schedule is somewhat flexible.

Minimum Experience/Education:

  • B.S. in Communication, Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing, Sustainability, Environmental Science, Agroecology, Agriculture or related field preferred.
  • Students graduating in Spring 2018 will be considered

Department Required Skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication, follow-up, time management and computer and database management skills.
  • Must have an interest in sustainable agriculture
  • Must be able to travel, possibly overnight
  • Excellent work ethic and genuine interest in the work of CEFS
  • Must be able to list at least 25 lbs and stand or sit for extended periods of time
  • Extremely reliable and excellent team player

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training, and Education:

  • Experience in a busy office setting is preferred
  • Experience in agriculture related field
  • Sense of humor and pleasant demeanor is helpful as the events team works long days in tight spaces
  • Highly motivated entry level candidates will be considered for this position

Apply at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/100761.  You will be prompted to upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references.

Find this job opportunity on the CEFS website, here.

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