The Manager of Student and Early Career Programs will effectively coordinate the programs and recruitment/retention activities for students (undergraduate and graduate) and early career members to increase use, value, and satisfaction of membership. In addition, the Manager will apply their knowledge of professional development to assist with the design of a “Leadership Academy” for the above member groups.
Management of the programs also includes promotion, financial management, evaluation, and the use of technology for communications – both to our member audiences and outside audiences. The effective staff member will have a strong knowledge/understanding of diverse member groups’ needs (or willingness to learn), understand the opportunities that many different technologies present for effective communications, exhibit a high-level of attention to detail, and ability to work with many different members, staff, and vendors to ensure successful programs.
Reports to: Director of Member Services
Advises and works with the national advisors and student officers with planning the Annual Meeting program for the undergraduate Students of Agronomy Soils and Environmental Sciences (SASES). Manages and implements the students’ contests, committees and awards, and professional development programs. Attends student regional meetings. Works with the National Student Advisory Committee. Works to develop student activities/benefits/communications outside of the Annual Meetings. Coordinates all student social media efforts. Works to increase membership and awareness of the Societies among students.
Advises and works with the graduate student committees to develop exciting and valuable programs for the Annual Meetings and activities/benefits that fall outside of the Annual Meeting activities, including the graduate student leadership conference, webinars, magazine articles, and additional activities as developed.
Advises and works with the Golden Opportunity Scholars Institute program committee. Assists with development of the Annual Meeting program, promoting the Institute to prospective participants, advisors, and mentors; develops articles on the program for CSA News, communicates with current and former scholars as needed for an ongoing flow of information, and tracks success metrics.
Works with and is the liaison to the Early Career Member Committees.
Assists in the design of a professional development “Leadership Academy” concept for the undergraduate, graduate, and early career member groups – to be launched in 2021-2022.
Works with the Diversity in Agronomy, Crops, Soils, and Environmental Sciences Committee with their activities – both for the Annual Meeting and external to the Annual Meeting.
Manages the awards process for all scholarships.
Works with the Certification department to promote certification offerings to students, in coordination with certification marketing activities.
Contributes to all membership-related social media efforts as needed.
Assists with K-12 projects and activities for all three Societies– to develop teacher/student resources (with the assistance of member committees) and ensure effective outreach to these groups.
Assists with budgeting process and analyzes program related expenses to develop recommendations on financial expenditures and cost effectiveness.
Perform project management related activities as assigned and needed to coordinate development and implementation efforts.
Utilize the appropriate technologies in the performance of the above duties.
Assist with special projects as required.
Education: College degree in management or the agronomic/crop science/soil science/environmental sciences fields.
Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in management or association/non-profit experience preferred.
Special Skills/Knowledge: Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required along with creativity for continuing development and of new programs and services. Keen organization and project management skills are needed to manage simultaneous, diverse assignments. Understanding of learning design/professional development is helpful. Understanding of membership needs and web/electronic technologies for communications are a must. A strong work ethic, willingness to see projects through to completion, team-oriented attitude and flexible aptitude are valued in our fast-paced, continually changing environment. Demonstrated professional image.
Abilities: Ability to interact, establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, as well as members, other Societies and vendors. The ideal candidate will be able to handle multiple project responsibilities and effectively plan short and long-term project implementation. In addition, they are able to work both independently and collaboratively with many different groups. Finally, this position requires a strong customer-service orientation.
The Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing management and administrative support services to its founding members: the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The headquarters office for these international Societies is based in Madison, Wisconsin.
The American Society of Agronomy was established in 1907 with the primary goal of enhancing conservation and promoting the wise use of natural resources for the production of food, feed, and fiber crops, while maintaining or improving the environment.
Learn more about ASA at: www.agronomy.org
The Soil Science Society of America was established in 1936 to increase awareness, outreach and education about soil science. Its members also focus on other interests and aspects of soil, including physics, chemistry, microbiology, fertility, morphology, classification, and mineralogy.
Learn more about SSSA at: www.soils.org
The Crop Science Society of America was established in 1955. Members are dedicated to the promotion of public welfare though the advancement of res...earch, extension, and teaching of the crop sciences, along with improvement, culture, management, and utilization of field crops.
Learn more about CSSA at: www.crops.org
The ACSESS organization's three Science Societies represent more than 12,000 individual members around the world. Thirty-three companies and businesses are part of the Corporate Membership program, and more than 90 cooperating societies are linked to ASA, CSSA, and SSSA for collaborating partnerships in the agronomy, crops, and soils science fields.