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Project Specialist- Urban Agriculture
Title:Project Specialist- Urban Agriculture
Location:All Locations
Administrative Staff (Non-union) Listing

Number of Vacancies: 1

Position Status: full-time, permanent

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: Grade 09, Steps 3-6

Salary Range: $55,127.00-$61,013.00

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location: Van Ness Campus, Washington, DC

Brief Description of Duties

The Project Specialist for Urban Agriculture reports directly to the Director of the Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education, which is one of the land-grant centers of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). The Project Specialist designs, implements, and coordinates research and community education initiatives that advance technological and operational innovations to improve Urban Agriculture of the District of Columbia. These may include initiatives in Ethnic and Specialty Crops, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, and Composting. Key areas of responsibility include program design, oversight, assessment and the coordination and integration of relevant research and extension activities (AES and CES) with the academic programs within CAUSES. The Project Specialist carries out day-to-day activities in close collaboration with the Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education and the Associate Dean of Programs to ensure alignment of all Urban Agriculture initiatives with the strategic objectives of CAUSES. The incumbent must be a team player, work effectively and efficiently with diverse internal and external constituencies, perform all duties with a high degree of independence and initiative, communicate effectively, work well under pressure of deadlines and be familiar (or familiarize themselves) with the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of CAUSES, UDC, and program sponsors


  1. Works closely with the Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education and the AD of Land-grant Programs to identify priorities in Urban Agriculture research and community outreach that meet the needs of DC residents, agencies, and private sector partners;
  2. Teaches one course per semester in the Academic Program of CAUSES or the equivalent in community education programs (extension services);
  3. Identifies priorities in Urban Agriculture related research and community outreach and in Food Systems Education that foster regional, national and international recognition;
  4. Coordinates, implement and report on the impact of the USDA/AMS Specialty Crops Block Grant to Urban Agriculture on the District residents;
  5. Establishes a team approach to work that position Urban Agriculture initiatives as an integral part of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education, Land-grant Programs, and CAUSES.
  6. Designs, implements, and coordinates Urban Agriculture programs that are effective and outcomes-oriented and support the mission, reach and effectiveness of CAUSES;
  7. Communicates program goals and desired outcomes as well as implementation procedures to the Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education, the AD of Land-grant Programs, and CAUSES staff as needed;
  8. Coordinates the Plan of Work with the Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education, the AD of Land-grant Programs as required by sponsoring agencies;
  9. Works with academic and program staff members within CAUSES to foster a collaborative environment conducive to excellence in research, outreach and teaching; and
  10. Represent the Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education and the AD of Land-grant Programs in appropriate internal and external meetings and maintains strong working relationships with internal and external constituencies.

  1. Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) appropriate to the green technology and environmental quality focus of the position.
  2. Four (4) years of experience in increasingly responsible academic, research and administrative positions.
  3. A proven commitment to continuous improvement and to proactive, outcomes oriented work in meeting the responsibilities and duties outlined in the position description.

  1. Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and assess effective programs.
  2. Excellent writing and oral presentation skills.
  3. Demonstrated ability to interact with a broad range of constituencies and stakeholders within CAUSES and UDC as well as outside of the college and the university.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and interests.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as under the pressure of deadlines in a goal-driven, fast paced environment.
  6. Demonstrated ability to exercise judgment, take initiative and exhibit creativity in implementing all responsibilities.
  7. Knowledge or ability to become familiar with the land-grant system, its mission, goals and objectives.
  8. Knowledge or ability to become familiar with federal funding agencies and local, regional and national stakeholder needs.


Information to Applicant

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSME local 2087 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

Employment Benefits
Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity ore expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, genetic information, disability or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act.  In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act.  Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated.  Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference:  Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Residency Preference: The Residency Preference Amendment Act of 1988, D.C. Law 7-203, created a system in which provides that any applicant for employment in the Career or Educational Services who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia may claim a residency reference at the time of application. An applicant selected for an appointment based on District residency will be required to submit no less than eight (8) proofs of bona fide District residency. Bona fide District residency must be maintained from the date of appointment to the position for seven (7) consecutive years. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the (7) year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation.  The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia.  The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources Only.

Contact Information:  All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human Resources at (202) 274-5020.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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