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South Dakota State University
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering
South Dakota
Posted: 04/15/2021
Program Coordinator/Advisor

The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering seeks an energetic, innovative individual to fulfill the role of Program Coordinator/Advisor. The Program Coordinator/Advisor will recruit, retain, and create high demand for our students from top tier companies while strengthening relationships with industry that results in increased industry engagement. This is a 12- month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the Department Head.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


The incumbent will significantly increase student recruitment by working closely with the ABS Communications and Marketing Director to develop and implement program level marketing strategies, including but not limited to, national media presence, department events, and student-focused programs. The incumbent will significantly increase student retention and engagement by playing a pivotal role in directing student behavior toward activities that will nurture and support their education, career, and life goal achievement success. The successful candidate will coordinate accreditation compliance, develop and implement consistent messaging, and use benchmarking and best practices to develop department policies and procedures. The Program Coordinator/Advisor helps represent the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at college and university meetings as well as regional and national events. The successful candidate will serve as advisor for Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Agricultural Systems Technology, and some Precision Agriculture students. Some travel will be required that may include overnight stays.


  • An earned bachelor’s degree by appointment date in field related to Agriculture, Biological Science, Engineering, Public Administration, Business, or Student Development.
  • At least one year of relevant experience.
  • Advanced interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. Must be highly skilled in critical thinking, information gathering, data collection, and analysis.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


*  Familiarity with South Dakota Board of Regents and South Dakota State University policies and procedures.

*  Experience developing and coordinating events and programs.

*  Experience developing and implementing marketing materials and strategies.

*  Experience with curriculum management.

*  Experience with one or more areas of Agriculture Production, Agriculture Science, Engineering or Technology.

*  Experience working with diverse populations.

*  Experience advising university students.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department has 15 faculty members, 20 full-time graduate students, and 150 undergraduate students majoring in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Agricultural Systems Technology, and Precision Agriculture. The four major areas of focus for the department are farm machinery and equipment, water and natural resources, processing and bio-energy, and livestock systems.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 6, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Brenda Pratt, search committee chair at (605) 688-5487 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.