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Assistant Director for Administration

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director for Administration will be an active member of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment’s administrative leadership team overseeing UMass Extension and the Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station. They will support the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) by managing and actively executing operational, regulatory, and compliance policies and procedures. They will interact with the Center’s staff and faculty as well as with relevant University units to insure proper procedures and protocols are followed and to increase the opportunities for the Center’s programs and units to thrive and reach their goals.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Initiate, draft, and complete contractual documentation with program partners, service providers, landlords and others.
  • Interface with University units such as Legal, Procurement, and others to ensure CAFE’s compliance with University, state and federal policy.
  • Ensure the Center’s proper adherence to federal, state, and local advocacy and lobbying laws, conflict of interest regulations, and civil rights compliance and will train staff and faculty on adherence to relevant federal, state and University policies, regulations and laws.
  • Develop, draft, and implement unit policies and procedures and will focus on risk minimization/mitigation within the Center’s units and facilities.
  • Provide internal consultation to program and unit leadership on volunteer and partnership management.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS and CAFE community and across the campus to support the Dean’s and Director’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences and the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in management, education, science, social science, humanities, public policy, or related field) plus more than five years of administrative organizational experience.
  • Demonstrated strong communications skills: written, verbal, and listening.
  • Two years’ experience in an organizational management role.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master's degree in management, education, science, social science, humanities, public policy, or related field.
  • Experience interfacing with legal and financial support services.
  • Experience in compliance review for federal or state level laws and regulations.
  • Experience working in higher education environment.
  • Demonstrated interest and involvement (professional or avocational) in one of the Center’s programmatic interest areas (https://ag.umass.edu/about/research-outreach-interest-areas).
  • Prior experience in a team-based shared leadership model.
  • Skills in mediation, negotiation, and consensus building. 

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment. 

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm 

Salary Information

Level 28

PSU Salary Ranges

 Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, resume, contact information for three professional references, a professional writing sample of 500-1000 words, and a Statement of Diversity (see below). Apply by May 19, 2019 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. Apply at: http://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/499910/assistant-director-administration-cafe

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities.  (https://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion)

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

 


Web Designer/Online Strategist

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

 

Job Summary

Advance the mission of the University of Massachusetts Amherst by conceptualizing, planning, and creating web sites and other online communication and learning systems for the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE), its units and associated faculty. Create educational and informational tools to support the research and educational outreach programs of faculty and staff, develop mechanisms to build public awareness of the University’s academic outreach mission through the work of CAFE and its component units (UMass Extension, UMass Cranberry Station, Mass. Agricultural Experiment Station, Mass. Water Resources Research Center, four UMass research and education farms). Maintain knowledge of new and emerging resources, techniques, and trends for online communication and web presence and work with other senior CAFE leaders and other university staff and faculty to create effective online resources and communication tools that reinforce the positive reputation and public perception of UMass Amherst and provide robust educational resources and tools for the unit's public participants. Provide oversight for content management, strategic web development, and technical maintenance of cluster of web sites that have recently garnered over 2M hits per year.

 

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Plan and execute web sites to support robust functionality, maximize search engine recognition and optimize user experience. Design and build all aspects of new or redesigned websites including designing/theming, site structure, permissions and roles, module configuration, content types, blocks and views. Utilize appropriate web technologies including Drupal CMS, CSS, GIT version control, and SASS. Monitor CAFE websites for timely and appropriate content and functionality.
  • Direct and conduct search engine optimization, competitive analysis and user testing in order to measure and analyze site performance and user experience and behavior.
  • Research the most effective online channels through which to interact with our target audiences and recommend opportunities for growth in existing and new channels and to maximize impact of unit assets. Develop communications strategies for faculty- and staff-led outreach and research programs to promote effective relationships, through partnerships and collaborations with professional audiences and other programmatic stakeholders. Oversee the development of a successful content strategy, user experience and design for websites. Plan for future web development with associated priorities and needs.
  • Direct and manage effective development teams for online communication solutions, utilizing faculty and staff resources, on- and off-campus consultant services and information technology vendors to meet targeted educational goals of faculty and staff. Manage all projects to develop new and revised web sites and other online products. Write RFPs as needed. Analyze bids and project proposals and develop contracts. Develop budgets, timelines, creative briefs and milestone reports. Direct work of vendors and contractors to provide supplemental web design and production services as needed.

 

Other Functions

  • Educate Extension and CAFE faculty and staff in Drupal website maintenance and troubleshoot and resolve unexpected issues related to site performance.
  • Maintain current working knowledge of compliance with federal accessibility standards and best practices, disseminate to faculty and staff and ensure websites remain in compliance.
  • Maintain University web and brand standards for all sites within CAFE and its units. Work with faculty and staff to mitigate violations of standards and educate faculty and staff on university-level best practices.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. In the performance of work, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self-direction. Work in partnership with colleagues within the College of Natural Sciences community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

 

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years of related communications and/or web design experience.
  • 2-3 years’ experience designing and implementing websites. Ability to design, produce, test and launch complex, multi-faceted, and multi-featured new and redesigned websites using the Drupal Content Management System.
  • Demonstrated expertise with CSS, JavaScript, SASS and other client-side scripting tools (with fluency in hand coding).
  • Excellent web design skills, with specific experience with design and illustration software including the Adobe Creative Suite and other design tools, and strong skills in information architecture and usability.
  • Experience working in cross-platform environments including Mac, PC and Linux and cross platform website style standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others to formulate plans and objectives in accordance with overall Center goals.

 

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s degree in web design, communications, computer science, information technology or related field.
  • Skills and experience in graphic design, including typography.
  • Experience in coordinating vendor and contractor web services.
  • Experience in or familiarity with higher education environment.
  • Strong analytical and strategic skills and ability to solve complex digital problems; exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently to organize multiple simultaneous projects and set priorities for action, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self-direction in a fast-paced office environment while maintaining high standards of accuracy and quality.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and ability to interact effectively and productively in establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students who possess varying levels of technical proficiency.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize goals; ability to collaborate well to formulate plans and objectives in accordance with overall Center and college goals; ability to identify and implement process improvements.

 

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment.

 

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm

 

Salary Information

Level 28

PSU Salary Schedule

 

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, resume, Statement of Diversity (see below) and contact information for three professional references.  Apply by August 9, 2019 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.  Please apply on-line at: https://secure.dc4.pageuppeople.com/apply/822/gateway/Default.aspx?c=apply&sJobIDs=501600&SourceTypeID=801&sLanguage=en-us&lApplicationSubSourceID=11230

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. http://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion

 

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.


4-H Extension Educator III

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The 4-H Extension Educator for the central region, located in Worcester, MA, will provide programmatic leadership and management for the Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development Programs. Develop and implement educational programs and resources for youth ages 5-18 while providing support and oversight for collaborating adult volunteers and partner organizations. Supervise training and management systems for volunteers, including those for subsidiary organizations and advisory bodies. Recruit and provide oversight for youth and adult participants and volunteers. The Educator is part of a team that coordinates activities, processes and functions with other 4-H educators and administrators across the state.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Plan, deliver, manage and evaluate youth development programs consistent with the history and priorities of the 4-H Program in Massachusetts and nationally.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative connections with existing and new stakeholders, communities and organizations, including previously unserved and underserved youth populations and target audiences.
  • Routinely assess needs to understand and address local and regional issues related to positive youth development.
  • Support and manage local and regional 4-H club system. Recruit youth participants. Recruit, screen, orient, train and manage volunteer club leaders.
  • Provide guidance and oversight for 4-H advisory bodies, volunteer committees and other subsidiary groups.
  • Serve as the primary linkage between local and regional stakeholders, the Massachusetts Statewide 4-H program, UMass Extension and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ensure adherence to all relevant national, state and university policies to promote and preserve the health and safety of youth participants.
  • Manage the Worcester office 4-H budget and supervise local and regional staff based in the Worcester 4-H office.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues from UMass Extension and the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment to support strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree in youth development, psychology, education, communication or related field.
  • Three years of professional work experience in a youth-related organization that includes working directly with youth.
  • Prior supervisory experience.
  • Ability to work independently, creatively and decisively. Ability to set priorities for individual and collective action and to operate effectively within a complex and fast-paced office environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to interact effectively and work productively in establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with a diverse population of volunteers, faculty, staff and students.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize goals; ability to collaborate to formulate plans and objectives in accordance with organizational goals; ability to obtain continuous feedback, identify and implement process and programmatic improvements.
  • Ability to manage multiple and complex projects simultaneously and to set and meet deadlines while maintaining high standards of accuracy and quality.
  • Experience and competency utilizing internet-based computers and software to achieve programmatic goals and for effective communications.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s Degree in youth development, psychology, education, communication or related field.
  • Prior experience in adult educational programs or environments.
  • Prior experiencing working with and managing volunteers.
  • Prior experience working in higher education.
  • Prior experience or familiarity with 4-H.

 

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds.
  • Ability to maintain program of activities requiring frequent travel around region and state.

 

Additional Details

This position is based in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Work Schedule

Flexible work schedule based on Monday–Friday 8:30am–5:00pm but allowing for frequent meetings and activities outside of these hours.

 Salary Information

Level 27

PSU Salary Ranges

 Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references.  Apply by September 29, 2019 in order to ensure priority consideration.  Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.  Please apply on-line at: https://secure.dc4.pageuppeople.com/apply/822/gateway/Default.aspx?c=apply&sJobIDs=502723&SourceTypeID=801&sLanguage=en-us

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. http://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.