The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Seeks Assistant Director, Soybean Innovation Lab

Posted on April 22, 2022
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Seeks Assistant Director, Soybean Innovation Lab
Position Title                                                                                                                         
Assistant Director, Soybean Innovation Lab


Position Summary
The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) seeks a researcher and operations director to manage the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research (Soybean Innovation Lab, SIL). The Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL) is a USAID-funded initiative committed to reducing poverty and malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa, and globally, through advancements in production, processing, and utilization across the soybean value chain. SIL is looking for an organized, professional, and knowledgeable individual to conduct research and lead the program’s financial, human resource, contracting, reporting, logistics, and overall management activities associated with the SIL Assistant Director position.
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The primary function of the Assistant Director is to conduct soybean research and manage the day-to-day operations of the Soybean Innovation Lab including, but not limited to, conducting research, strategy and program design, personnel and HR oversight, financial and technical reporting and management duties, logistics and communication support, and contracting.
The Assistant Director must be detail-oriented, efficient, organized, and possess skills across a wide range of aspects. The position will require an ability to work independently across a number of areas including technical, financial, human resource, and budgetary activities.
Specific responsibilities are listed in the job posting HERE
Required Qualifications:
  • a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, business, or related field
  • Experience can be concurrent: Five years experience in research
  • Five years experience in research program management
  • Experience in budget or project proposal development
  • Experience in strategic program development and evaluation
Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a 100%, full time, 12-month professional position. The start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search.
To apply, please create a candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, a resume, and names and contact information for three references by April 22, 2022.
For additional information about the department see . For information about the position, please contact hiring manager Dr. Peter Goldsmith at
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