Fresno State campus

Ag One/Jordan College Development and Program Specialist

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Work type: Staff
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Marketing/Communications
Position Description

Ag One/Jordan College Development and Program Specialist

(Public Affairs/Communications Specialist II)

Compensation and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $4,900 - $5,200 per month

Full CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,949 - $7,143 per month

  • This is a full-time, probationary, exempt position.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 15 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.


Job Summary

The Program Specialist is an integral part of a small team dedicated to support, benefit and promote the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, its programs, and activities through the Ag One/Jordan College Development office.  The team manages and administers the Ag One Foundation, a California 501 (c) 3 and all facets of fund raising and constituent relations for the Jordan College.  The Program Specialist is responsible for planning and executing a broad range of alumni and friend’s special events, a broad range of marketing and communications including writing and producing a monthly newsletter, website content, as well as social media activities. This is done in collaboration with the Ag One board of directors and constituents from the Jordan College and Fresno State.  This work will lead to identifying and engaging prospects to advance the philanthropic priorities of the Jordan College.

The Program Specialist reports to the Ag One Executive Director/Senior Director of Development and provides program administration and support to the Executive Director/Senior Director, Director of Development, Ag One board, volunteers, and stakeholders of the Jordan College.


Key Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of and the ability to effectively use communication and media outlets, and marketing materials.
  • Working knowledge of operational and fiscal analysis and techniques to assist/support with event budgeting.
  • Competency and experience with the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Gmail, Adobe, Publisher, Photoshop (or other image editing tools), social media platforms, and the internet.
  • Skill/Ability to:
    • Exceptional communication skills, including strong public speaking, listening and interpretive skills, to communicate effectively with audiences throughout various levels of an organization from volunteers to individual contributors to executive leadership.
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret, organize, and present information and ideas in written or presentation form.
    • Apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions.
    • Ability to appropriately handle sensitive and confidential information.
    • Strong interpersonal skills to develop and maintain relationships within the university and community.
    • Effectively use the latest technology including database, web technology, and social media to achieve communication goals.
    • Ability to take initiative and independently plan, organize, coordinate, and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved.
    • Anticipate problems and address them proactively.
    • Detail-oriented.
    • Create and update webpage content using content management systems.
    • Work effectively in a highly consultative and collaborative environment.
    • Provide lead work direction and train others in new skills and procedures.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff and funding representatives from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
    • Ability to lift/move up to 50 pounds.
    • Must be willing and able to travel and attend various functions, meetings, and conferences during the evenings and on weekends as required by the position.

To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.


Education and Experience

  • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Two years of experience in the field of marketing, special event planning and executing, or related field.
    • Preferred Skills:
      • Experience in fundraising, marketing, public relations or membership or customer-based organization.
      • Experience working in the agricultural industry.
      • Experience working in a nonprofit organization or membership-based organization, ideally agricultural.
      • Demonstrated ability to be a highly energetic, self-starting, creative and entrepreneurial professional.


Department Summary

In 1979, several faculty, alumni and friends of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology had a million-dollar idea -- to start a foundation that would benefit, promote and support the college and its programs. The supporters set out to raise $1 million in permanent funds. Today, the Ag One Foundation has raised more than $30 million in endowed funds which are invested with the Fresno State Foundation.

Over the years, donors, board members and volunteers have made it possible to award over 5,500 students with over $10.2 million in scholarships and program support. For the 2024-25 academic year, Ag One will provide $1 million to deserving students and programs.


Deadline & Application Instructions

This position is open until filled with an initial review end date of June 25, 2024.

Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.


Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.


COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.  Questions may be sent to


Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)

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