Program Manager - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (155229)
University of Illinois

Champaign, Illinois

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Program Manager

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Everything we do is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders in a way that empowers them to expand the boundaries of science to higher levels of understanding and influence.

The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) is comprised of world-renowned faculty whose research and outreach programs influence national and international policymaking on issues ranging from how producers, consumers, and agribusinesses manage risk and adapt to climate change to the impacts of new technologies, environmental regulations, federal laws on profitability and human well-being.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) is seeking to fill a position for a Program Manager. The Program Manager will Support the Innovation-to-Impact ("i2i") program in achieving improved outcomes from research investments among USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs and their associated technologies. Specifically, the Program Manager will manage all financial, reporting, logistics, and communication activities for the i2i program with the goal of achieving superior returns on research investments. The Program Manager will work closely with i2i Principal Investigator (PI)/Director to achieve the goals and objectives of the i2i program, specifically to transform the day-to-day practices so that Innovation Lab (IL) technology managers can successfully meet USAID expectations for uptake and diffusion of their technologies within five years.



  • Interact with IL technology managers involving organizing meetings, managing follow-up, engaging in routine communication, and providing strategic guidance and direction.
  • Engage in regular sensitization meetings and discussions with a diverse set of partners including ILs, USAID Activity Managers, USAID Missions, USAID Mission Implementing Partners, and other external partners to share the goals/objectives of the i2i program, activities, achievements, and expectations.
  • Participate, lead, and organize briefings and other events to share about the goals/objectives, activities, and progress of the i2i program.

Financial management
  • Manage financial stewardship and reporting for i2i program including setting up/issuing subaward contracts, purchase order contracts, travel and expense reporting, event expenses, and other financial activities as needed.
  • Draft and execute teaming agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, and other agreement mechanisms to support formal collaboration with partners, including through subaward contracts.

Personnel management
  • Oversee part time staff related to i2i program, including a communications coordinator, a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) specialist, and undergraduate and graduate student interns.
  • Support MEL specialist and communications coordinator with guidance, materials, and strategy to ensure their objectives are met and the MEL and communications objectives of the program are met.

Reporting duties
  • Manage technical reporting duties for i2i program including semi-annual and annual reporting deliverables, monthly check-in meeting agendas and minutes, and other reporting activities as needed.
  • Oversee the achievement of deliverables by subcontracts and partners within the i2i program.

Event management
  • Implement events, both in-person and virtual - to sensitize IL and USAID communities on the goals and objectives of the i2i program, involving venue identification, promotional material development, and managing event-related logistics, communication, and budgeting.

Travel & other duties as assigned
  • Support travel for i2i program including 1) engaging in international and domestic travel? 2) managing travel-related logistics including agenda set-up, meeting/event/conference/workshop set-up, flights/ground transportation organization, and other travel-related activities as needed.
  • Support the development of new grant proposals for internal (University of Illinois) and external (USAID, other donors, etc.) funding opportunities to grow the scale, scope, and
  • impact of the program.
  • Oversee the establishment and maintenance of the i2i communications suite including: social media? website(s)? newsletters? submissions for external publications, such as the Feed the Future newsletters and University of Illinois publications? proprietary MailChimp database? and the development, design, printing, and redesign of all i2i promotional items.


  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, management, program management, international development, or a related field such as agriculture, public policy, or a related field.
  • Three years of professional experience in program management/coordination, business administration, financial, or managerial work experience.
  • Management/supervisory experience.

  • Master's degree in business administration, management, international development, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience working in international development. Experience managing complex, diverse, and fast-paced programs involving budget management, technical and financial reporting, and management of program logistics, communication, administration, and staff oversight.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience, plus experience with University of Illinois systems, experience with accounting, financial analysis, compliance auditing, business operations, and pre- and post-award grants management. Experience with program management in developing country settings.
  • Experience working with international and domestic partners to develop and manage complex budgets.
  • Experience working collaboratively from a university setting with on-campus and off-campus constituencies under limited supervision.
  • Proficient use of the University of Illinois accounting and reporting systems, including BANNER, Eddie, My-Research, and My-UI-Financials.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform effectively with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of University of Illinois policies and procedures relating to accounting, financial analysis, compliance auditing, business operations, and pre- and post-award grants management.


This is a full-time Civil Service Program Coordinator position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Applications must be received by November 15, 2021. Apply for this position using the "Apply for Position" button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.

Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.

Step 3) Upload the following required documents:
  • cover letter
  • resume (months and years of employment must be included)
  • academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or copy of diploma may be acceptable) for all degrees attained
  • names/contact information for three references

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position using the "Apply for Position" button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Jennifer Weaver For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

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Program Manager - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (155229)

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