Research Associate

Job no: 514140
Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: School of Plant & Environmental Sci
Location: Richmond Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

The Virginia Soil Health Coalition seeks to hire a Research Associate to assist in developing and implementing a strategy to rapidly accelerate support for the adoption of land management practices that improve the health of the soil and generate environmental and economic benefits. Incumbent is expected to expand the number of organizations participating in Coalition activities throughout the three year grant period (2020 – 2023), creatively generate more resources and programs to support improving soil health, and support fundraising efforts. Provide support for program design and implementation alongside partners, conduct regular quarterly stakeholder meetings, strategy work group discussions, committee meetings and participate in partner events such as field days, demonstrations and conferences. The work location will be Richmond/Southeast Virginia area. The supervisor for this position is Dr. Rory Maguire, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Required Qualifications

Advanced degree in Environmental science or closely related field or bachelor’s degree with significant relevant experience and training. Demonstrated excellent communication skills including public speaking. Experience with strategic and creative thinking and being solutions-oriented. Attention to detail, well organized and self-motivated individual. Proven experience with coalition coordination and facilitation is required. Ability to travel regularly throughout Virginia and occasional regional travel outside of Virginia.

Preferred Qualifications

Familiarity and experience with Virginia agriculture and/or conservation. Fundraising experience.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

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Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Rory Maguire at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: September 8, 2020
Applications close: Open until filled