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About AURI

AURI Seeks Executive Assistant

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) is a thriving, culture-centered, Minnesota based nonprofit dedicated to relentlessly focusing on generating impact for the Minnesota agricultural economy. We collaborate globally, act regionally, and are known as an economic catalyst. AURI’s mission is accelerating the expansion of the agricultural economy by empowering expanded uses and markets of agriculturally derived products.

Our dynamic, mission-driven staff assists entities across the agricultural value chain, from producers to entrepreneurs to corporates, to help overcome technical and commercialization challenges to create novel agricultural and food products and processes that increase Minnesota commodity utilization.

Position Overview:
The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute is seeking a full-time proactive and detail-oriented Executive Assistant to provide comprehensive administrative support to our senior leadership and communications department. The ideal candidate will be adept at managing schedules, coordinating meetings, handling confidential information with discretion, supporting the Waseca or Marshall MN office, and ensuring smooth communication within the organization and with external stakeholders.  Complete qualifications and position details are available HERE.


  • Support senior leaders with scheduling meetings, appointments, expenses, events, travel, etc.
  • Coordinate and prepare materials for board meetings and conferences.
  • Attend board meetings and record minutes.
  • Serve as a liaison between executives and internal/external stakeholders.
  • Assist with special projects and initiatives as assigned.
  • Provide operational support to either the Waseca MN or Marshall MN office.
  • Coordinate tradeshows and exhibit registrations and supplies as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, communications, office management, human resources, psychology or an equivalent.
  • Proven 3 years of experience as an executive assistant or a similar role.
  • Proficiency in Oracle NetSuite.
  • Demonstrated exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication.
  • Exceptional customer service skills.
  • Accounting or bookkeeping skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams)
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Detail-oriented with a high level of accuracy.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Valid Driver’s license and personal transportation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience writing business communications.
  • Experience in setting up meeting logistics.
  • Previous experience recording board minutes.
  • Tradeshow exhibit experience

Job Demands

  • Extensive sitting and typing on a keyboard.


  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive benefits package including medical and optional dental and vision coverage
  • Enrollment in the State of Minnesota Retirement plan with the option to contribute to a deferred compensation plan.
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Collaborative and inclusive work environment
  • This position is eligible for health insurance benefits.

How to Apply: Please submit your resume and a cover letter outlining your qualifications and experience relevant to the position to  The first round of applicants will be reviewed on Monday, May 20 at 8 AM.  We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

AURI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including those with diverse backgrounds and those with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Contact Information: Linda Thompson at  or 218.281.7600, ext 108.

Join our team and be part of an exciting journey! We look forward to hearing from you.