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Advancement Coordinator - College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 7 - CSUEU - Clerical and Administrative Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time
Position Description

Job Summary

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Advancement and External Relations, the CAFES Advancement Coordinator provides comprehensive administrative oversight and support for the College of Agriculture, Food, & Environmental Sciences (CAFES) Advancement Office.  In this position, the incumbent will support the coordination of efforts associated with fundraising and development. This position also provides administrative support to the Director(s) of Development and the Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Communications and Student Leadership and will interface directly with donors, volunteers, University Development and Alumni Engagement staff, department heads, associate deans, and others in assisting the college in achieving its fundraising goals.

Department Summary

The College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences is the fifth-largest public college of agriculture in the United States, with over 4,100 undergraduate students, 184 full time faculty and staff, 15 majors, and five graduate programs.  We have a very strong faculty and an accomplished student body with an incoming high school GPA of 4.0, a large university farm (over 10,000 acres of cropland, pasture, and forest, with student-run enterprises in dairy, beef cattle, poultry, sheep, horses, organic and conventional crops, and a food science pilot plant, the new Oppenheimer Family Equine Center, a commercial winery in the Justin and J. Lohr Center for Wine and Viticulture, under construction, and many other facilities), several research centers, and the Learn By Doing ethos that is central to Cal Poly’s mission.

Key Qualifications

  • Proficiency in identifying, outlining, initiating, and coordinating multiple activities simultaneously in a rapidly changing environment in order to accomplish large-scale, complex projects with a broad, visible impact; setting deadlines with ability to reschedule and distribute work assignments based on shifting priorities.
  • Demonstrated success in effective interpersonal interactions at all levels including in highly sensitive interpersonal situations; ability to maintain confidentiality, be personable, a team player and utilize professionalism in dealing with internal and external constituencies.
  • Ability to make independent decisions on day-to-day operations of program, with a particular emphasis on interpreting and applying specialized policies and procedures.
  • Ability to effectively evaluate projects in order to analyze operational and procedural problems and develop, recommend, and evaluate proposed solutions.
  • Strong independent judgment and ability to interpret and apply policies and procedures, and use own discretion to act when precedents do not exist, while taking initiative to address problems and develop practical and thorough solutions.

Education and Experience

High school diploma or its equivalent. Type 45 wpm. Five years of general office support or technical experience. (Training at a vocational school or full-time college education may be substituted for two years of the required experience on the basis of one year of college education for 6 months of experience)

Total Compensation:

Anticipated Hiring Range: $43,200 - $56,400 per year

Classification Range: $36,768 - $61,776 per year

Cal Poly

Known for its Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly is the flagship of the world-renowned California State University system. Annually recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation, Cal Poly continues to offer an academic curriculum based on learned experience gained through real-world practice. Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is nestled comfortably among the coastal foothills, minutes from the Pacific Ocean and equidistant to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.  

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

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