NE SARE Administrative Operations Coordinator @ University of Vermont

NE SARE Administrative Operations Coordinator


NE SARE Administrative Operations Coordinator

The University of Vermont seeks a full-time Administrative Operations Coordinator for the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The Administrative Operations Coordinator oversees internal administrative operations of USDA/NIFA’s Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which funds applied research in twelve Northeast states and the District of Columbia. They co-manage the Northeast regional SARE office, to fulfill the University of Vermont’s obligations as a host institution for the SARE program. This involves: supervising 4 administrative staff located at UVM; collaborating with the Director to manage relationships with UVM departments and administration and to setup the cooperative agreement with NIFA; overseeing contracting processes with all grantees; serving as staffing coordinator for Northeast SARE; coordinating the organization’s policies and procedures; and overseeing the budget of five concurrent cooperative agreements with USDA by monitoring available funds, allocations made by the Administrative Council, operating expenses, and funds awarded in seven different programs.. This is a 12-month, 1.0 FTE position, with a robust benefits package. The salary range for this position is $46,400 to $88,200. The position is housed in the South Burlington office of UVM Extension, or another UVM Extension office where space is available. Remote work may be possible, contingent on candidate needs and UVM telework policy. This position is available on or about January 15, 2024. We at Northeast SARE believe that diversity and inclusion among our staff is critical to our success as an organization , and we seek to recruit, hire, and retain talented applicants from a diverse candidate pool. We are seeking candidates who will share our commitment to our outcome statement. Research suggests that women and BIPOC individuals may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive as the Administrative Operations Coordinator to apply for this role, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in administration, human resources, or equivalent and six to eight years of related experience in a relevant administrative position; or equivalent combination of education and experience in budget management, supervision and staffing, managing contracts, demonstrated ability to supervise people effectively, exemplary written and oral communication skills, and the ability to engage diverse audiences. Experience in agriculture or food systems is desirable.

To apply: Complete an application at, posting # S4716PO and upload the required documents described below. Review of applications will begin on 11/27/23.

Required: Supporting documentation to upload.

  1. Cover letter. Describe your interest in the position, your relevant qualifications and experience.
  2. Statement of experience with diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Describe your experience engaging and working with historically underserved agricultural communities.
  3. Statement of effective administrative management. Describe your experience and approach to managing program administration including effective supervision, developing relationships across departments, managing complex budgets, and attending to regulations, policies, and procedures. 4. Resume with a minimum of three professional references. To avoid conflicts of interest, references are not permitted from Northeast SARE staff, State Coordinators or Administrative Council members.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law.

How to Apply

To apply: Complete an application at, posting # S4716PO and upload the required documents described below. Review of applications will begin on 11/27/23.


South Burlington, Vermont, United States




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