Utah State University

  • Project Coordinator III - Bastian Agriculture Center

    City Salt Lake City
    Posted Date 2 months ago(7/17/2019 7:04 PM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Job Locations
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Classification
    Youth Programs
    Advertised Salary
    Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
  • Overview

    The Project Coordinator will support the planning and fund development of the Bastian Agriculture Center (BAC), a new 100-acre farm facility highlighting 4-H Youth Development, STEM education, urban agriculture, and conference center owned and operated by Utah State University Extension.
    The Project Coordinator will be part of the Extension Youth Programs department. They will oversee further planning and support the fund development team to design and manage the four primary functions and activities of BAC: (1) 4-H Youth Development and STEM Education, (2) Urban Agriculture (3) Food Preservation and Production and (4) Natural Resources.
    The position provides a unique opportunity to lead the development and implementation of a creative and entrepreneurial business plan as the BAC continues to develop both infrastructure and programing. The BAC Director will have numerous opportunities to support programs across multiple areas including 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, STEM education, outdoor recreation, and hospitality. In addition to supervising the day to day operations of BAC, the director will provide leadership to the continued long-term development of BAC as called for by the BAC Advisory Board and USU Administration.


    The Coordinator will work cooperatively with Regional Extension Directors, State 4-H and Youth Program Director, Extension Faculty/Staff, Development Team, and Advancement Board to provide leadership for the planning of the physical and programmatic structure of a new USU Agricultural Center located in Salt Lake County. The person will serve as a project manager, identify and collaborate with a variety of community partners and other responsibilities as assigned. Work with Extension Faculty/Staff, Development Team, and Advancement Board to implement long term vision for the property. Additional duties follow.

    • Ensure the establishment of a research-based youth curriculum that focuses on STEM principles and current educational standards at BAC.
    • Develop business plans for events, hospitality and conferencing.
    • Develop and manage revenue and expense budgets for various projects, enterprises and income streams at BAC.
    • Support the implementation of a $60 million master plan.
    • Identify key work functions at BAC and manage corresponding new positions.
    • Lead the process of recruitment, screening, and hiring highly qualified staff.
    • Develop performance standards for all positions and communicate these standards with staff.
    • Conduct annual performance appraisals for staff members and address other personnel issues as needed.
    • Work with staff to develop and ensure an engaging and educational visitor experience.
    • Work with the USU Advancement staff to identify and cultivate potential philanthropic donors.
    • Build strategic partnerships with other organizations, non-profits, and agencies in the state as well as within Utah State University.
    • Build a community of supporters/volunteers that are dedicated to the BAC's mission and support it by giving of their time, expertise, and/or financial resources.
    • Ensure that gift proposals correspond with the vision and mission of BAC.
    • Identify, pursue, and attain grants to support farm operations and local programs.
    • Lead the development of a promotion and marketing program for all aspects of BAC; including marketing of the farm property as a premier, nationally-recognized facility for 4-H Youth Development and STEM youth education. Other marketing efforts will include the promotion of USU events, private events, hospitality, conferencing, recreation and other youth events.
    • Identify and develop agreements with external partners with regard to marketing and promotion.
    • Provide leadership for a program of activities that meets the needs of all eligible clientele regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, religion or veteran status.
    • Provide general oversight for the development and construction of new infrastructure and facilities at the BAC site.
    • Provide ongoing supervision for all facilities, buildings, and grounds.
    • Develop budgets and priorities for all capital outlay, maintenance and disclosed projects budget requests for BAC in partnership with the Vice President of Extension and Agriculture, Chief Financial Officer, and others as required.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    Minimum Qualifications

    A Master's Degree in a related field or a Bachelor's Degree and at least 2 years' experience in supervision, event planning, business/farm/land management, conference center management, camp operation or developing and implementing educational programs is required.


    The director should also have:

    • Ability to organize, apply sound judgment and complete assignments in a timely manner both independently and as part of a team.
    • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with strong interpersonal skills and abilities to interact and work successfully with a diverse variety of individuals.
    • Ability to attend to details while simultaneously handling multiple projects - ability to analyze, interpret, and apply relevant regulations, policies and procedures.
    • Ability to manage, plan, conduct and evaluate educational efforts in a residential camp/center setting.
    • Preference will be given to candidates who have strong experience in one or more of the following: 4-H Youth Development and STEM Education, Urban Agriculture, Food Preservation and Production, and Natural Resources.
    • Business management and marketing experience.
    • Prior experience with facility construction and management.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience managing not for profit advisory/advancement boards.
    • Ability to manage a community center.
    • Understanding of agricultural topics.
    • Demonstrated success with external fund development.

    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:

    1. Resume to be uploaded in the candidate profile

    2. Cover Letter


    Please do not upload your cover letter.  You will be instructed to type or paste it during your application.


    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    Advertised Salary

    Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


    Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

    University Highlights

    Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation.   As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.


    A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


    The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.


    USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at www.aaeo.usu.edu/non-discrimination. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.


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