This position is funded for one year with the possibility of four years of additional funding
Work Location: LSU AgCenter, Knapp Hall, Baton Rouge, LA
Position Description: The LSU AgCenter is seeking a communicator with a broad skillset to work on a grant-funded project. The grant investigates inclusion of best management practices on two Louisiana model farms. One model in row crop production systems in northeast Louisiana and the other on sugarcane production systems in south Louisiana. This position will focus on tasks associated with information dissemination of the grant deliverables. This successful candidate will work closely with the LSU AgCenter communications team and develop content for and create facts sheets, reports, videos, news releases, presentations and interactive graphics. This individual will also be responsible for photography, web portal management and social media for the project and will assist with gathering data for evaluation of the grant’s results.
Louisiana is a key state with a critical interest in nutrient management with contributions of Mississippi River’s drainage basin in the Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxic zone. Through the adoption of best management practices, agricultural producers can play a key role in the reduction of chemicals and pollutants reaching the waters of the United States. Areas of soil health, agricultural nutrient management, and water quality have been identified as high priorities for adoption in agricultural production. More information about the grant and project accomplishments viewed at: https://bit.ly/AgCenterTaylorFoundationGrant.
Qualification Requirements: Applicants should have a B.S. or M.S degree in mass communications, agricultural or extension education or a closely related field; the ability to effectively communicate both written and orally; be able to travel (drive) independently to northeast and south Louisiana and a willingness to work in inclement weather including extreme heat; and attend field days and workshops related to the grant’s objectives. Ideal candidates will have strong communications and intrapersonal skills and the ability to work effectively both independently and part of a team. The primary office will be in Baton Rouge with the LSU AgCenter.
Salary and Benefits: The salary will be based on degrees and experience. The position is funded for one year with the possibility of four years of additional funding. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
Date Available: Upon completion of the interview and selection process.
Application Deadline: September 18, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Must apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching a resume that includes work experience, academic training, significant accomplishments, awards and recognitions, official university transcripts of all college and university course work, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three individuals who have agreed to serve as references, three letters of recommendation, and a portfolio of media, writing, design and/or marketing projects that can be submitted electronically (Additional projects may be supplied later if selected for an interview). Questions about the online application system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-0324. (Paper, faxed, or emailed application materials will not be accepted.) In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to:
Associate Vice President
Strategic Communications and Outreach Relations
Website: AgCenter website
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.