NCR-SARE Now Hiring: Associate Director

October 10, 2023

The University of Minnesota seeks a full-time Associate Director for the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to make significant contributions to the advancement of sustainable agriculture.

Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the SARE program has four regions, with the University of Minnesota serving as the Host Institution for the North Central region. North Central SARE advances sustainable agriculture in the 12 upper Midwest states through six competitive grant programs, professional development training, and outreach.

Associate Director Position
Collaborating closely with researchers, producers, regional farming innovators, and our committed staff, the Associate Director will help guide the highly impactful NCR-SARE program. 

While assisting with all NCR-SARE grant programs, the Associate Director will manage the Graduate Student grant program, a competitive grant program to fund graduate student projects that address sustainable agriculture issues. 

This full-time position has a robust benefits package. The start date is negotiable, but an earlier date is preferred.

This position will be at the University of Minnesota, one of the country's largest public research universities. At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues interested in life-long learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and your life outside of work. This can be a hybrid position, with the ability to work part of the time remotely, but the hiree will be required to travel and spend a portion of each week in the NCR-SARE office on the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.

North Central Region SARE is committed to engaging agricultural communities of color and other socially disadvantaged communities. We recognize and value the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching its employees' employment experience and supporting the academic mission. We are especially interested in candidates with demonstrated experience and an ongoing commitment to working effectively with and across diverse communities and identities. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity, visit the U:

Screening of applications will begin three weeks after the position is posted.  However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.  The start date is negotiable, but an earlier date is preferred.

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Related Locations: North Central