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Master Gardener Coordinator

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Master Gardener Coordinator
Role Title: Education Support Specialist II
Posting Number: SW0170206
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

This position works within the scope of the plan of work of the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Environmental Horticulture Program and serves as the lead in administration and operations of VCE Master Gardener (VCE MGs) Volunteer Program for Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. Job tasks and performance expectations are assigned by Virginia Cooperative Extension ANR Agent and Arlington VCE Unit Coordinator. The position is located at the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington. The position is 20 hours per week and will generally be expected to be performed between 9:00am – 1:00pm on weekdays. On rare occasion, there may be a need for the MG Coordinator to work in the evening or on a Saturday or Sunday; in such cases, hours will be adjusted to remain within the 20 hour limit.

Required Qualifications:

Associate’s degree or combination of education and experience. Possess strong written and verbal communication skills. Interest in improving horticultural skills and knowledge. PC computer skills; word processing, data bases, spreadsheets, and familiarity with Google cloud computing software, online calendars and PowerPoint presentation software. Be detail oriented, self-motivated, show initiative and possess problem solving abilities. Ability to maintain a positive, tactful, encouraging, upbeat, friendly attitude and enjoy working with people.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Experience with managing volunteer programs and or employment in horticulture preferred. Preference will be given to an individual who can show demonstrated experience and success with the following activities: Possessing good listening skills and the ability to anticipate needs of the organization and the agent. Proven track record of leading a work team or committee, possession of organizational abilities and experience in delegating responsibility to volunteers. Experience working in a multitasking environment where flexibility and the ability to deal with shifting priorities is needed while keeping track of “big picture” needs. Communicate effectively and in a timely fashion with volunteers, program presenters, and outside organizations via telephone, written correspondence, and email and be able to respond immediately to a request for assistance.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

The position is 20 hours per week and will generally be expected to be performed between 9:00am – 1:00pm on weekdays. On occasion, there may be a need for the MG Coordinator to work in the evening or on a Saturday or Sunday; in such cases, hours will be adjusted to remain within the 20 hour limit.

Employment Comments:

Applicants are encouraged to attach a resume, cover letter, and list of references.

How to Apply for this Job:

Apply online at

Posting #SW0170206

Employee Category: Hourly Wage Staff, limited to 1500 hrs/year
Appointment Type: Temp, non-salaried wage
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: Based on availability of funding
FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Part-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Band: 3
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: Northern District Coop. Extension
Work Location: Other - Virginia
Location, if not Blacksburg: Arlington/Alexandria
Location Zip Code: 22206
Work Schedule: Flexible
Posting Date: 03/14/2017
Review Begin Date:
Job Close Date: 03/26/2017
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, 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 any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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