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Technical Assistance Program Coord. University of Vermont +1 more

  • Date Posted April 17, 2024
  • Location Burlington, VT
  • Category Education
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description Job description

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program seeks an administrator for our new Technical Assistance Program (TAP). Join the Northeast SARE team and help us launch this exciting new effort!

Northeast SARE is a USDA grant-making program hosted by the University of Vermont (UVM). Northeast SARE currently coordinates six competitive grant programs offered to educators, farmers, graduate students, and scientists in 12 states and Washington DC. See for more information.

The TAP is designed to promote equity in participation and success with our grant programs. The TAP will build on and complement the technical assistance (TA) that staff and state coordinators already provide. Increasing and improving the type and extent of TA we provide to applicants and grantees is a key to the successful implementation of several aspects of our strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ).

This program will initially support applicants and grantees in the new BIPOC Communities Grant Program (BCGP)*. This will be the first program for which expanded TA is available, in late summer 2024. The next phase will be for Farmer Grants and Partnership Grants in 2025, followed by Research and Education (RE), Novel Approaches, Professional Development Program (PDP) Grants. Lessons learned in each phase will be used to improve the program.

Responsibilities of the Position

The Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Coordinator is responsible for developing and maintaining a network of technical assistant service providers to support potential applicants in their proposals for Northeast SARE Grant Programs. The TAP Coordinator has a specific focus on reducing application barriers of historically underserved or marginalized populations.

The TAP coordinator supports Northeast SARE’s diversity, equity, inclusion and justice values and its strategic plan, including engagement with under-served communities. They collaborate to develop and improve policies and procedures in support of Northeast SARE grant program effectiveness and commitment to the organization’s outcome statement.

The TAP coordinator leads Northeast’ SARE’s outreach efforts in recruiting potential applicants for SARE grant programs and diversifying applicant pools. The position has a specific focus on recruiting and nurturing applicants for the BIPOC Communities Grant Program.

The position works with external partners to develop training for technical assistant service providers and leads the Notheast SARE team on policies and procedures for best practices of converting interested parties into grant applicants; they foster the relationships between technical assistant providers and grantees. The position reports to the Northeast SARE Director.

The successful candidate will work with a team of staff and DEIJ stakeholders to coordinate activities including:

Develop and implement mid-to long-range technical assistance program to serve individuals/organizations applying for SARE funding; oversee and provide leadership when building relationships with potential grant applicants; collaborate with a committee to select and recruit an initial group of TA providers; develop intake process for people seeking one-on-one TA with providers; develop a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for paired applicants and TA providers; create and oversee multimedia promotional and instructional materials, specialized publications, related communications, and documentation for the Technical Assistance Program; provide leadership in creating and implementing initiatives designed to provide integrated opportunities, enrichment, and professional development for technical assistance providers and potential applicants; develop the curriculum and provide training, consultation, and support services to provide orientation and guidance materials to TA providers; provide administrative and project reports about the TAP; develop budget projections, monitor expenditures for the TAP; take a leadership role in providing outreach for NE SARE; develop plan to collect data to evaluate the pilot TA program; document challenges encountered by TA providers and recipients along with recommendations for improvement; and support the Administrative Assistant with contracting and final budget amendments for awardees.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree and two – four years of experience related to the responsibilities of the position or equivalent related experience. Ability to: help ensure diverse, equitable, and inclusive programs; manage networks and provide rigorous programmatic oversight; communicate clearly with diverse audiences; manage data and produce reports; use independent judgment, manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, work with a team, and coordinate projects. Proficiency or ability to learn and use grant program software, spreadsheets, word processing. Experience with Microsoft Office is a plus.

Occasional travel required. Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends especially during peak periods of grant administration activity. A background check is required.

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. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.

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