Northeast SARE Seeks Applications for Grant Program Assistant Position

October 21, 2021

The University of Vermont (UVM) seeks a Grant Program Assistant 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.

The Grant Program Assistant position will assist individual grant program coordinators, each with unique annual cycles of activities, to coordinate the application process; manage review of applications; and support the setup and management of awarded projects. Additionally, all Northeast SARE team members are essential in the implementation of our strategic plan to address diversity, equity and inclusion in our organization.

Northeast SARE is committed to diversity on our team and 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.

This is a 12-month, full-time position with full benefits package provided by UVM, housed in the South Burlington office of University of Vermont Extension or out of any UVM Extension field office where space is available. While telecommuting for this position is possible, it is likely this position will need to be in the office one day per week, although more is welcome.

The position is available on or about January 24, 2022 depending on finalist’s availability. Apply at, posting # S3166PO. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities of the Grants Program Assistant

The grant program assistant will assist four grant coordinators with the coordination of six competitive grant programs. They will support grant program coordinators to develop calls for proposals; build and test applications in the online grant management system; process applications; coordinate proposal review; set up awards; review funded project reports; support administration of projects; and organize grant program data. The assistant will occasionally research other grant program policies and procedures and provide coverage for grant coordinators.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s degree or equivalent experience. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, to manage and prioritize multiple tasks with different timelines, and to complete projects in a timely manner. Experience using spreadsheets, databases, word processing, Adobe PDF software, mail merge, shared calendars, digital file sharing, Zoom, and online information platforms. Excellent written and oral communication skills, proven attention to detail, and strong organizational skills.

Desirable Qualifications

Experience with notetaking for meetings with complex conversations. Interest in and familiarity with agriculture, natural resources, or food systems. Experience with report writing and copyediting.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by noon on December 17th in order to be considered by the hiring committee. Interviews will take place in mid- or late January.

To apply

Complete an application at, posting # S3166PO and upload the required documents described below. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  1. Cover letter. Include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail. Describe your interest in the position, your relevant qualifications and experience. Northeast SARE is interested in candidates who support our ability to engage with diverse agricultural communities. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
  2. Resume with a minimum of three professional references. Due to conflicts of interest, references are not permitted from Northeast SARE staff, State Coordinators or Administrative Council members.


Please contact Associate Director Heather Omand at

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