Event Coordinator – College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences in Brookings, SD

South Dakota State University

The College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) is seeking a dedicated and passionate Event Coordinator to join our team. The Event Coordinator will strategize, plan, and execute a variety of events on behalf of the CAFES Dean’s office. This position will represent the office of the Dean, as well as the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, CAFES Academic Programs, and SDSU Extension by directing internal and external-facing events from start to finish. Major duties of this position will cut across all the CAFES mission areas. Some events will be coordinated with the SDSU Event Coordinator and the office of the President of SDSU. Located in Brookings, South Dakota, this position is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position.
South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.
Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position
The CAFES Events Coordinator will be the main point of contact for event-related planning and decisions, and will work with facilities, food service/catering, state tech, parking services and marketing areas in order to produce successful events. The events will involve a variety of attendees ranging from high-profile alumni, stakeholders and donors, faculty, students, staff, parents, and other members of the general public. Events can be small, large, public, private, in the local community and in locations across the state, as well as at regional and national meetings. Examples of events include: receptions, stakeholder meetings and visits, candidate interviews, scholarship banquets, SDSU commencement, grand openings, groundbreakings, alumni receptions and private events for the Dean and small groups of VIP attendees.
The base salary for this position is $20.58/hr. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 6% matching, 10 hours of annual leave each month, 9.34 hours of sick leave each month, and eleven paid holidays. Relocation benefits are available per university’s guidelines.
South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with over $60 million annual research expenditures, more than 200 academic programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. We offer a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusions and access. The university is part of a dynamic community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees, which offers an abundance of attractions and activities. South Dakota State University offers a wide range of excellent 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.

Bachelor’s Degree in related field such as Journalism, Public Relations, Hospitality, or related area completed by start date;
At least one year of experience in event planning and management;
Ability to maneuver tables, chairs and promotional materials as needed;
Ability to communicate well both verbally and in written communication;
Ability to be a problem solver;
Ability to excel under pressure;
Highly motivated and self directed; and
Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.


Strong planning skills with a high ability to pay attention to details;
Ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff from a variety of departments, as well as external partners and stakeholders;

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by 11/09/2023.
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, 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 search committee chair, Jamison Lamp, Jamison.lamp@sdstate.edu, or 605-688-4111.
South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, or any other status that may become protected in the offering of all educational programs and employment. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. 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.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: From $20.58 per hour

Dental insurance
Employee assistance program
Employee discount
Flexible schedule
Flexible spending account
Health insurance
Health savings account
Life insurance
Paid time off
Parental leave
Retirement plan
Tuition reimbursement
Vision insurance


8 hour shift

Work Location: In person