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Business Associate to CEFS CORE & Educational Programs

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Business Associate to CEFS CORE & Educational Programs

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with Experience ($39,204 - $44,000)

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday; 8am - 5pm (weekends as needed)

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


Center for Environmental Farming Systems

About the Department

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (www.cefs.ncsu.edu), is a partnership between North Carolina State University (NCSU), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS). Its mission is to develop and promote just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

The Committee on Racial Equity (CORE) is a Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) initiative that works a long-term commitment to work internally and collaboratively with community and grassroots groups to address root causes of food system inequities and build collective solutions through the lens of structural racism as an entry point. This work includes:
  • Understanding our role in the historical construction of the racial hierarchy (through higher education, agricultural and food systems work);
  • Acknowledging our role as gatekeepers and being an ally to communities most impacted by food systems disparity;
  • Examining our policies, practices, and procedures and working to make those more equitable.

Essential Job Duties

The Business Associate to CEFS CORE & Educational Programs position will play an important role in the administration of all educational programs, including internships, apprenticeships, and graduate fellowships for the CEFS. The position will report to the Youth Food Systems Coordinator at CEFS.

TheBusiness Associate to CEFS CORE & Educational Programs position essential duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide technical day-to-day customer service and support of the operations of the educational programs affiliated with the CEFS;
  • Provide grant management support services to program staff;
  • Stay up-to-date on program policies and procedures in order to effectively communicate to staff working with the educational programs, and will problem-solve as needed;
  • Maintain accounts and records to support reporting needs for the educational program;
  • Develop and implement external communications of three internship programs at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems;
  • Monitor all internship and apprenticeship program expenses according to pre-determined grant budgets, including ensuring administration (Administrative Assistant) reconciles sponsor income, paperwork, travel, and conference paperwork;
  • Independently develop and implement new long-term tracking programs for all the agricultural education programs for CEFS;
  • Assist supervisor with developing and implementing evaluation plans for all internship and apprenticeship programs.

Other Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned/required.

Minimum Experience/Education

Bachelor’s degree; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Must have an excellent organizational, interpersonal, computer, project management, and writing skills. The applicant must be capable of doing all the described activities independently;
  • Must be knowledgeable of food systems generally, and ideally of North Carolina food systems in particular. In addition, the applicant needs to have some knowledge and awareness of race/racism in the US and the ability to use a racial equity lens in all work and organizational efforts and relationships;
  • Ability to provide excellent verbal and written communication;
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude, organization, and attention to detail while managing multiple projects;
  • Ability to explain and interpret program services, policies, and procedures to various audiences;
  • Understanding of and experience with equitable and local food systems;
  • Ability to provide oversight for, administer, evaluate, and track progress for specific program areas;
  • Ability to problem solve independently and reach out to CEFS Administrative Team for additional support;
  • Ability to develop and maintain productive collaborative work relationships with all clients.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduation from a four-year accredited college or university with a degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Agriculture Education, Biology, Agriculture, or a related degree or equivalent professional training and experience may be substituted for the advanced degree;
  • 2-3 years experience in the area of assignment;
  • Experience with accounting, budgeting, grants management, and/or program management;
  • Knowledge of NCSU accounting and budgeting processes, Wolf Reporting system, NCSU travel regulations, Marketplace, P-card, standard office procedures, and knowledge of contract and grants processes.

Required License or Certification

  • Valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain within 60 days of start.

Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License Required?


Job Open Date


Earliest Close Date---- (Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.)


Notice to Applicants

Please make sure that the work history you list on your application is identical to the work history listed on your resume. The application must be filled out completely, do not use the phrase “see resume.”

Special Instructions

Applicant required documents: Cover Letter, Please attach a copy of your Cover Letter, Resume/CV, and Contact Information for Professional References (at least one current or previous supervisor reference required).

Position Number


Position Type


Position Classification Band Title

University Program Associate

Position Classification Band Level


Position Classification Salary Range

$31,200 - $56,545

Salary Grade Equivalency


Alternate Option

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Time Limited Position


Time-Limited Appointment Length (if applicable)

3 years

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?


Department Id

111502 - Center for Environmental Farming Systems


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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