The Education and Outreach Manager is responsible for managing Global Growers education and outreach program that serves aspiring, beginning, and advanced commercial farmers. The Manager will supervise a small team of farm educators who coordinate training and technical assistance at Global Growers’ incubator farm, as well as through statewide outreach and a new land access project.
The primary emphasis will be on the incubator farm program focused on land-based training for beginning farmers to accelerate farm business development. Statewide outreach is focused on technical assistance in food safety, business management, and market readiness for small and mid-sized vegetable farms, as well as coordinating services with other organizations and farmer groups. The land access project is a partnership with The Conservation Fund to connect landless farmers with lease-to-own land opportunities. The position is based in Stone Mountain, GA, and reports to the Director of Programs.
The ideal candidate has excellent project and personnel management skills, along with experience in adult education. The candidate also has an understanding of the challenges and possibilities related to local food systems. They have an understanding of racial and social justice issues impacting Southern agriculture as well as experience working for equity of access and opportunity for all. The ideal candidate has experience working in multilingual spaces. The candidate should be able to motivate others to action and influence positive outcomes. They will be comfortable working independently and remotely as well as in a team environment. Most importantly, the candidate will believe in and feel connected to the mission of Global Growers and the idea that our food system can and should be democratized.
Anticipated Program Outcomes
Farmers at the incubator farm and throughout Georgia make progress towards identified educational objectives related to business development and market access
Education activities are managed with coherent planning, implementation tools, evaluation methods, and future strategy development
Farmer outreach strategies are considerate of racial and social justice issues impacting Southern agriculture, and service delivery is culturally and linguistically appropriate
Portfolio of farmer educational resources is curated and maintained
Programs are compliant with grants, contracts, and funder requirements.
Necessary program data is collected regularly, thoroughly and reliably for grant reporting, development use, and other agreed upon purposes.
Consistent and productive supervision is provided to Education staff and interns
Engage in recruitment, hiring, and onboarding as necessary, in conjunction with Director of Programs
Activities are planned and implemented with appropriate collaboration with Community Development, Sales, and Farm Operations teams so that all activities have needed alignment, scaffolding, and resource management systems
Program budget is developed and tracked with effective resource management systems and with monthly reports provided to Director of Programs
At least two years experience in adult education
At least two years experience in project management
At least two years experience with personnel management
Experience in food production, food distribution, on-farm work, or farmer services
Experience working in multilingual spaces
Experience working with federal contracts and grant deliverables
Experience analyzing data using Excel
Understanding of social and racial justice issues impacting agriculture in the South
Understanding of basic farm financial management processes
Valid driver’s license, clean driving record and access to a reliable vehicle
Flexible work hours to accommodate some evening and weekend work with corresponding days off
Ability to travel regionally for on-farm visits, meetings, conferences and workshops, approximately 10-15% of the time
Pay commensurate with experience in the range of $35,000 to $45,000 annualized with benefits including: Workers comp, health insurance reimbursement account, paid time off, professional development funds
Submit resume (eom.lastname.res) and cover letter (eom.lastname.cl) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “eom.[your last name].”
Deadline: August 20th, 2017