Sustainable Food Systems Program Coordinator

Penn State University

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – F – Non-exempt
  • 03 – G – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
Vice President of Research - Pm
The Sustainable Food Systems Program (SFSP)
Full/Part Time:


The Sustainable Food Systems Program (SFSP) is seeking a program coordinator to support educational activities, campus garden production, sales and community engagement at the Behrend and Beaver campuses. The coordinator will be based at either the Behrend or Beaver campus, and travel to and/or teleconference regularly with participants at the other campus. This position is supervised by the Sustainable Food Systems Program Director at University Park campus and site leaders at Behrend and Beaver. Job objectives include: Develop and coordinate initiatives for two Commonwealth Campus (CWC) Sustainable Food Systems Programs to engage students in active learning and cultivation of care for others through good health and community engagement; spur creativity and innovation in new food and agricultural ventures with campus and community partners; campus garden site maintenance; communication with a statewide network of Penn State campus gardens; and other related duties as needed. The successful candidate will have: strong interpersonal and written communication skills; the ability to prioritize and learn new tasks quickly, meet deadlines, and enjoy a fast-paced work environment; ability to work outdoors in varied weather and lift 50 pounds with or without accommodation; a valid driver’s license and own transportation to the campuses, with occasional trips to University Park. Salary commensurate with experience. To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with interviews starting in mid-March. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a High School diploma or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Bachelor’s degree preferred with gardening or farming experience. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. This is a 75% full-time equivalency. Will work 30-hours per week. Full Penn State benefits included.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088