Northeast SARE Seeks Applications for Communications Professional Position

October 23, 2021

The University of Vermont (UVM) seeks a Communications Professional for the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. With funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Northeast SARE administers six competitive grant programs offered to farmers, researchers, educators, nonprofit staff, graduate students and others in the 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states (Maine to West Virginia) and D.C., with a current annual budget of $9.4 million. The program has been hosted by UVM since its start in 1988.

Primary Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the position include: develop and lead print and digital communications strategy, manage the media budget, and share the work of program grantees—farmers, researchers, extension and other agricultural service providers—with a wide audience.

This position requires: developing short- and long-term communication goals and designing communication to ensure consistency in branding and messaging.

Core work involves the development and implementation of design, content, and tone of web, print and digital media to assure the program message is consistent, clear, and targeted; planning and producing promotional materials for SARE grant programs and educational products; editing grant application and instructional materials; and writing features and news copy to tell the story of Northeast SARE. Additionally, all Northeast SARE team members are engaged in the implementation of our strategic plan to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our organization.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications or related field and four years of experience in writing, public affairs, communications or related field. Experience with marketing and constituent relations. Knowledge of print production, including layout, print technology, and typography. Knowledge of digital media. Web design experience, including knowledge of usability issues, interpretation of site analytics, content management systems, and information architecture. Knowledge of copyright issues, privacy and disclosure issues, list maintenance, and other aspects of information management. Demonstrated ability to independently manage communications projects and budgets. Experience in professional communications through a variety of media, including social media applications, is required.

Northeast SARE is committed to engaging agricultural communities of color and others that are socially disadvantaged in our regional agricultural systems. We are especially interested in candidates of color and candidates with experience working in agricultural communities of color and other socially disadvantaged communities.

Review of applications will begin on Dec. 6, 2021. For more information, and to submit an application, please visit the UVM jobs website


Contact Dr. Vern Grubinger, Northeast SARE Director,

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