Work Location: This position will be located on the LSU campus, Baton Rouge, LA.
Position Description: The LSU AgCenter is committed to assisting research faculty garner support from external funding sources to achieve the research mission of the organization. Reporting to the Director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station (LAES), the Coordinator of Research Support is responsible for supporting, promoting, and enhancing extramural grant funding for research conducted by faculty within the LSU AgCenter. This position will work to develop and maintain relationships with LSU AgCenter faculty, partnering institutions, private entities, and state and federal funding agencies to connect potential research funding opportunities to LSU AgCenter research goals and objectives.
Responsibilities include: (1) Assist with the acquisition of external research funding to support the various research units within the LAES; (2) Serve as a liaison to Louisiana commodity boards and organizations which provide substantial annual funding for a broad range of agricultural research projects; (3) Assist with tracking and reporting on large, high-impact grants to reduce administrative burden on research faculty; (4) Coordinate grantsmanship training and other support programs for LSU AgCenter research faculty; (5) Proactively identify significant grant opportunities which are multidisciplinary, strategic, and in alignment with the LSU AgCenter mission from federal, state, and private sources including agricultural industry companies; and (6) Provide general support for research programs within the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station at the direction of the Experiment Station Director.
Success with the above areas of focus will require: (a) Relationship cultivation with internal stakeholders, especially faculty members, regional directors, research station coordinators, and AgCenter administration; (b) Relationship cultivation with external stakeholders including producers, commodity boards and organizations, government officials, and industry representatives; and (c) Staying current with trends in agriculture including emerging research areas of climate smart agriculture, digital/precision agriculture, and sustainable agriculture.
Qualification Requirements: A bachelor’s degree plus 2 to 3 years of work experience related to the responsibilities of the position. Excellent communication skills, ability to manage multiple projects at once, and a high degree of professionalism are required. Previous experience in a university setting and completion or progress toward a graduate degree in an agricultural-related field is preferred.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
Date Available: May 1, 2023 or until the selection process is complete.
Application Deadline: February 21, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume including a statement of professional interest and goals, official university transcripts, and two letters of reference. Questions about the online application system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-0324. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except reference letters. They may be sent directly to:
Dr. Michael Salassi, Director
Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station
104 Efferson Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Web site: AgCenter website
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.