Project Coordinator for a USDA NIFA Project

UMD - Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center are seeking energetic applicants for an administrative staff of three.


Date posted

June 29, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

July 31, 2020 12:00 am


UMD - Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center


  • United States

Job description

Project Coordinator for a USDA NIFA Project

Department: UMD/ESSIC
Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience
Closing Date: Friday, July 31, 2020


We are seeking energetic applicants for an administrative staff of three to support the finance, communication, extension, education, data sharing, and management of the new $10M project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The project’s goal is to develop, in the next five years, a predictive decision support Dashboard for Agricultural Water use and Nutrient management (DAWN) to sustain food and energy crop production in the Corn Belt.They will support the Project Director (PD), Professor Xin-Zhong Liang, to administrate the DAWN project execution in integrating the research, extension and education activities among an interdisciplinary team in the University of Maryland and six partner institutions. Their key responsibilities include:

  1. The Project Coordinator will (a) monitor and track due dates and anticipated outcomes; (b) assist project budget planning details and balance; (c) organize program meetings and conferences, including developing agenda and meeting materialas well as taking and summarizing the minutes; (d) maintain the records of graduate/undergraduate student and intern activities; (e) compile and synthesize all materials for the annual report and internal review; (f) coordinate workflow of non-exempt staff and student employees, and ensure adherence to campus and sponsor procedures and policies.


Applicants for the Project Coordinator position should have strong administrative organizing and communication skills. Applicants with skillful use of Microsoft Office tools, especially Microsoft Project, and other online or in-person conferencing software. They must be friendly working with the entire project team (investigators and students) as well as stakeholders to promote broad engagement and outreach. Prior experience managing research projects is preferred. Excellent spoken and written English capability is required.

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a CV with a list of at least 3 professional references and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the posted requirements to

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