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Assistant Director Administration CAFE

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Center for Agriculture
Union: PSU
Categories: Administrative/Office Support

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

The Assistant Director for Administration will be an active member of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment’s administrative leadership team overseeing UMass Extension and the Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station. They will support the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) by managing and actively executing operational, regulatory, and compliance policies and procedures. They will interact with the Center’s staff and faculty as well as with relevant University units to insure proper procedures and protocols are followed and to increase the opportunities for the Center’s programs and units to thrive and reach their goals.


Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Initiate, draft, and complete contractual documentation with program partners, service providers, landlords and others.
  • Interface with University units such as Legal, Procurement, and others to ensure CAFE’s compliance with University, state and federal policy.
  • Ensure the Center’s proper adherence to federal, state, and local advocacy and lobbying laws, conflict of interest regulations, and civil rights compliance and will train staff and faculty on adherence to relevant federal, state and University policies, regulations and laws.
  • Develop, draft, and implement unit policies and procedures and will focus on risk minimization/mitigation within the Center’s units and facilities.
  • Provide internal consultation to program and unit leadership on volunteer and partnership management.


Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS and CAFE community and across the campus to support the Dean’s and Director’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences and the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in management, education, science, social science, humanities, public policy, or related field) plus more than five years of administrative organizational experience.
  • Demonstrated strong communications skills: written, verbal, and listening.
  • Two years’ experience in an organizational management role.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master's degree in management, education, science, social science, humanities, public policy, or related field.
  • Experience interfacing with legal and financial support services.
  • Experience in compliance review for federal or state level laws and regulations.
  • Experience working in higher education environment.
  • Demonstrated interest and involvement (professional or avocational) in one of the Center’s programmatic interest areas (
  • Prior experience in a team-based shared leadership model.
  • Skills in mediation, negotiation, and consensus building.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment.


Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm


Salary Information

Level 28

PSU Salary Ranges


Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, resume, contact information for three professional references, a professional writing sample of 500-1000 words, and a Statement of Diversity (see below). Apply by May 28, 2019 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities.  (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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