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Project Manager

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Project Manager


Campus: Tempe

Project Manager

Job Description

The candidate will work closely with the Swette Center Executive Director and collaboratively with other team members. A primary responsibility will be the management of the implementation of a 5-year USDA NIFA grant designed to train the next generation of food policy leaders. The candidate will work with stakeholders to plan, direct, organize, and execute against project requirements; identify and acquire necessary resources, and coordinate efforts by all parties to ensure timely delivery of project outcomes in accordance with sponsoring source's expectations.

Job Family

Project Management

Department Name

Swette Ctr Sust Food Systems



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is a grant funded position. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$55,510 - $85,400 per year; DOE

Close Date

29-September-2023 - EXTENDED



Essential Duties

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to develop and monitor the daily operations and coordinate project activities
  • Create an innovative teaching event to provide learners with insights on how food and agriculture policy is developed and managed, and the training materials to support the event,  with emphasis on leadership skills
  • Manage coordination of the virtual and in-person food and agriculture policy simulation events
  • Work with faculty tasked with developing learning simulations for a food policy app allowing creative group playing simulations that challenge its users to think and speak about food and agriculture issues
  • Supervise a graduate student responsible for the design and construction of the food policy app and the project website that will house project materials
  • Manage coordination of the project with all partner institutions, including those in Alaska, Hawai’i, Washington DC, Arizona, and Guam
  • Design targeted communications to send to partner institutions and community organizations
  • Collect project data and ensure they are stored and shared according to the data management plan
  • Support project evaluation activities
  • Provide support to the working committees for the project.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and 5 years related experience; 1 of which are in project management, or any equivalent combination of experience and /or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in work that requires organizational skills for self and others
  • Evidence of effective communication skills
  • Experience in planning, budgeting, implementing and evaluating projects
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic project management principles, methods and techniques as applied to a specific project
  • Demonstrated knowledge of available project management applications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues pertaining to instructional/educational design
  • Demonstrated knowledge of supervisory practices and principles
  • Experience in noticing, interpreting and anticipaing concerns and potential team and/or sponsorship conflict; escalates as appropriate
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the US Department of Agriculture 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Canvas and other design software preferred

Working Environment

  • Extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse.
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Clearly communicate to perform essential functions.
  • Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals.
  • This position receives managerial review of objectives.

Department Statement

Achieving sustainable food systems requires problem-solving teams who are infused with a diversity of expertise, eager collaboration, and innovative spirit. Established in 2017, the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University develops innovative ideas and solutions to the many challenges of current food systems. The Swette Center takes a holistic approach in research and policy design, encompassing water and energy use, carbon footprint and nutrition, innovations in food policy, and the well-being and livelihood of farmers and others working in food systems. The Center will educate the next generation of changemakers through innovative degrees and executive programs in sustainable food systems. Swette Center food system experts come from every corner of the university, including from the pool of more than 550 sustainability scientists and scholars who are dedicated to pursuing solutions, engagement, education and research for a sustainable future. Under the leadership of Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, former US Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the USDA and internationally renowned expert on food systems and sustainability, we work on cutting edge science and policy.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit https://wellness.asu.edu/explore-wellness/body/alcohol-and-drugs/tobacco

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.