Filter your search

Administrative Support Coordinator - The Plant Sciences

Apply now Job no: 535630
Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 7 - CSUEU - Clerical and Administrative Support Services, Administrative, Temporary, Part Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)
Position Description

Job Summary

The Administrative Support Coordinator (ASC) works under the general direction of the Plant Sciences department head. The Wine and Viticulture department head will provide lead direction to this position as well. The position assists both offices with overall administrative coordination and operational continuity of complex program areas.  The position performs a variety of administrative and specialized office functions such as monitoring and maintaining purchasing and ordering of department instructional, lab, and office spaces, and equipment; assisting with travel; providing department support with facilities and IT; hiring student assistants; calendar coordination; and department events support.

This is an 18 hour per week, one year appointment with the ability for extension for another year. 

Department Summary

The Plant Sciences (PLSC) Department is a major academic unit within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). The department is comprised of a department head, full-time faculty and part-time lecturers, support staff, 275 undergraduate majors, and a varying number of student-assistants. The facilities associated with PLSC include the Department’s Crops Unit, with 70 acres of evergreen and deciduous fruit trees and berry production, 35 acres of forage crop and annual row crop production, of which 11 acres are certified organic, and 10,000 sq. feet of greenhouse space; a 16-acre Horticulture Unit consisting of 40,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse space, extensive outside production and display areas, and 7,500 square feet of shade houses; and the Leaning Pine Arboretum. The Department offers the Plant Sciences major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. Within this major are three concentrations: Environmental Horticultural Science, Fruit and Crop Science, and Plant Protection Science.

The Wine and Viticulture Department (WVIT) is an academic unit within the College of Agriculture, serving approximately 230 students with one major and 3 concentrations. The department is comprised of a department head, 7 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 1 office support administrator, 1 management employee, and 6 part-time lecturers. The department is home to the Center for Wine and Viticulture with state-of-the art teaching and research facilities. WVIT students learn the foundations of viticulture, winemaking and wine business using our 14-acre state-of-the-art teaching vineyard and pilot winery, and our stewardship over the Cal Poly Wines brand. The department is also among the largest programs in the country. 

Key Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of budget policies and procedures. Ability to perform standard business math to track financial data, monitor department expenditures, such as calculate ratios and percentages, and make simple projections using accounting principles. 
  • Demonstrated customer service skills, including a high level of diplomacy and professionalism.
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems.
  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in and outside the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing. Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Ability to interpret, communicate and apply policies and procedures.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or its equivalent.  Type 45 wpm.  Four 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).


Anticipated Hiring Range: $18,929 - $23,112 Per Year

Classification Range: $42,060 - $66,096 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. California Poly is an affirmative action/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.

Advertised: Pacific Standard Time
Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend