The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
Cornell AgriTech located in Geneva, NY is a preeminent center for food and agricultural research and a vital part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University. The Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture (COE) is a New York State sponsored initiative that fosters academic and business connections and collaborations to grow the New York agriculture, food and beverage economy. The COE also supports businesses by connecting them to the resources that will enable them to grow and thrive.
The COE is seeking a Project Assistant to support the COE Executive Director (Director) and project team. This position will be located in Geneva, NY. To succeed in this role, the Project Assistant will: provide key, senior level executive and organizational support to the Director. Formulate a broad understanding of the COE's operations and areas of responsibility. Facilitate daily administrative activities to support the Director and the team. Administer special projects for the COE requiring independent research and decision-making. Generate and oversee preparation of reports, analyses, spreadsheets, databases and correspondence. Provide the Director counsel and guidance on administrative matters. Manage highly confidential materials, written and verbal communications, which may be sensitive and complex in nature, with discretion. Initiate and prepare draft correspondence and other documents effectively. Manage issues with a high degree of judgment, tact and diplomacy. Foster excellent working relationships and frequently collaborate with other administrative staff, colleagues and customers. Represent the COE in communications with external constituents including, but not limited to Advisory Board members, entrepreneurs, investors, government officials, local governments, economic development offices, private industry executives, and academic researchers. Manage highly complex calendars and travel. Attend meetings and prepare minutes and status reports as necessary.
Cornell University has been awarded $1 million in state funding to establish the first ever Center of Excellence (CoE) for Food and Agriculture. Funding began in August 2018 and will be renewed annually over an initial five-year period. The state currently helps fund 11 Centers of Excellence. The new CoE will be the first of its kind to facilitate academic and business connections and collaborations to grow the New York agriculture and food economy. The center will serve as a hub to connect New York businesses with services they need for success by linking them with world-class Cornell researchers, farmers, processors, businesses and consumers. It will pull together multiple partners to accelerate business development. In summary, the center will: PUSH new technologies to commercialization within New York State, PULL existing companies into New York State, attracted by the opportunities to work with sources of innovation and research, and GROW existing agriculture and food technology companies in New York State.
Associate's degree; technical/vocational school degree; plus more than six years related experience as a high level Administrative Assistant. Proven record of handling confidential issues and providing a high level of executive support. Must display ability to work well under pressure and handle personnel matters with discretion. Willingness and ability to grow in the position, which might require further training through workshops, on-line training or special courses. Ability to maintain confidentiality and diplomacy in dealing with internal and external constituencies. Must possess respect and sensitivity for cultural and behavioral differences. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, with an ability to respect, relate, and articulate effectively, with both internal and external individuals and organizations. Illustrate a proven track record of successfully providing exceptional customer service. Ability to collaborate with others is essential, while creating a high-quality and respectful work environment. Must effectively work in group problem solving situations using strong organizational skills and sound judgment. Must be able to adapt to change and to shift direction/tasks quickly. Must take initiative and have the ability to work independently, display original thinking and creativity; and meet challenges with resourcefulness. Experience that demonstrates sound judgment, creativity, management and problem solving skills, especially under stressful situations. Demonstrated experience with writing, proofreading and editing materials. Highly capable in working with computer software (such as Outlook email and calendaring), database software (such as Salesforce), spreadsheet software (such as Excel), word processing software (such as Word) and presentation software (such as Power Point), internet software, and others. Must be very detailed and accurate, methodical, well spoken, and be accurate in spelling, grammar and proof reading.
Bachelor's degree with five or more year's related experience preferred. Prior high level administrative support experience in a not for profit or academic setting. Knowledge of Cornell University policies and procedures. Interest in food, agriculture and economic development highly preferred.
No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
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