Appalachian Sustainable Development Agriculture Education Program Manager

Overview and Background.

Since 1995, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) has been working to propel our mission to transition Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people to healthy food. In the beginning ASD focused exclusively on 15 counties in northeast TN and southwest VA. Today our work has expanded to include partners in WV, KY and southeast OH.

Role of Agriculture Education Program Manager
Summary (Program List at bottom) The Agriculture Education Program Manager will manage current programs that provide agriculture education for youth and adults. The program manager will implement or improve programs tailored to industry trends, client feedback, and partner feedback. Desired Character and Skills • Dependable • Self-starter • Resilient • Leadership skills • Eagerness to learn • Public speaking skills • Grant writing skills • Communicates clearly • Organized • Acts with purpose • Team player Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Design and implement agriculture education programs with minimal direct supervision.
2. Maintain positive working relationships with other ASD staff and external partners.
3. Complete required grant reporting, budgeting, and other tasks directly related to managing grant funded programs.
4. Complete routine administrative functions in a timely and accurate manner.
5. Represent ASD agriculture education program during community outreach events, conferences, and other events.
6. Provides assistance with daily office tasks such as reception in handling incoming calls, taking messages, referring to appropriate staff, and checking phone messages daily.

Specialized Equipment Requirements:

Proficient in using basic office equipment including multi-line phone, computer, and copier. Working knowledge of small farm equipment like walk-behind tractors, small tillers, and connecting/disconnecting equipment trailers from ball hitches. Ability to demonstrate how to use basic hand tools and chemical sprayers. Physical Demands: Must be able to safely and comfortably lift and put down 50 lbs repeatedly (i.e. off stacking bags of fertilizer) and perform work in the heat of the summer.

Qualifications: An A.S. or B.S. in education or agriculture or a combination of both. Alternatively, 3 – 5 years of experience as a paraprofessional educator with an emphasis on agriculture is acceptable.

for more information: http://asdevelop.org/get-involved/

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Agriculture Resources Coordinator,Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC

Agriculture Resources Coordinator
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it is the policy of the Food Bank to provide an equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or other protected class characteristics.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION Compassion, empathy, and respect–these are some of the core values the Staff of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina share. If you believe in our mission that ‘No one goes hungry in central and eastern North Carolina,’ and you would like to be a part of that effort, then we encourage your interest in a career with us. A career at the Food Bank means being part of an organization that makes an impact on the lives of many people.

Hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In our 34 county service area, more than 560,000 people struggle each day with food insecurity. We believe that there is no more personally rewarding work than being a part of the effort to ensure that our friends and neighbors have nutritious food to eat daily. We partner with more than 800 agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through six Food Bank branches with warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington.

We recruit and develop talented people for our career opportunities and offer competitive pay, as well as a comprehensive employee benefits package. Integrity, dedication, and teamwork round out the remaining core values of Food Bank employees. If these values speak to you, then you may have found the right place in which to put them to good use. Thank you for your interest!

LOCATION Wilmington, NC
FULL-TIME/PART-TIME Full-Time

The Agriculture Resources Coordinator will interact extensively with members of the food industry, particularly the local produce and the agriculture industry contacts to secure food, mainly focused on produce and protein items, for the Food Bank and its partner agencies. This will entail significant activities coordinating the logistics necessary to secure this product from local growers and processors. This position will have contact with our food donors, as well as, our partner agencies. The Agriculture Resources Coordinator will work closely with our partner agencies to grow food resources locally with a focus on direct pick-ups when needed.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Thoroughly understand the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (Food Bank), its mission and policies, culture, values, history, key stakeholders, programs and finances.
Identify, solicit and cultivate local Agricultural donors in our service area. Coordinate logistics to access that food, including setting up agencies, transportation, and may include soliciting volunteers to help pick up food or even glean fields, if needed.
Strengthen relationships on a consistent basis with donors, staff, and partner agencies.
Work with Product Logistics Manager to develop a plan focused on the addition of local nutritious product donations.
Document visits, contacts, accomplishments and potential food resource development opportunities.
Follow-up on donor or partner agency concerns or questions. Provide technical assistance when there are issues or concerns.
Make sure food donations are being handled properly and distributed in a safe manner. Work with partner agencies and ensure they understand the importance of food safety and traceability.
Help coordinate receiving/distribution of acquired food/produce with all members of the Operations Team when necessary.
Work closely with the local produce associations and maintain strong long-term partnerships.
Work across teams/departments internally to acquire, promote and distribute maximum quantity of produce and protein items.
Work with the Operations Department staff to respond to donations promptly and efficiently.
Develop and maintain donors through donor relations program, donor recruitment and marketing materials.
Provide technical assistance to Food Bank staff and our partner agencies regarding produce handling and storage.
Collect, analyze and report data on all produce activities.
Perform any other duties as directed by the Product Logistics Manager and/or Vice-President of Operations.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
High school diploma or GED
Excellent driving record as extensive travel throughout Food Bank’s 34 county service area is required.
Valid NC driver’s license

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE
Must believe in the mission of the organization
A minimum of 1-2 years of customer service experience is required.
Familiarity with the food industry with significant produce industry experience strongly preferred
Must have excellent communication skills (verbal, public speaking, and written)
Demonstrated independent judgment and analysis are required
Must have strong inventory food management software skills
Must demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
BS/BA Degree in Business Administration, Human Services or similar discipline required
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

The employee is often required to sit and must occasionally stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must often lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to work in a warehouse (30%), drive throughout our 34 county service area (30%) and in an office (40%). (This is an approximate measure and will vary day to day based on operational priorities). The employee will be required to drive an automobile and may need operate a forklift if needed. The employee will be required to interact with Food Bank personnel in the warehouse(s). In doing so, the employee will occasionally be exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

For more information: https://www.appone.com/maininforeq.asp?Ad=430242&R_ID=2029528&Refer=https://www.indeed.com/&B_ID=91

Farm Manager Pretoria Fields Collective – Albany, GA

Pretoria Fields Collective in Albany, GA is the state’s only farmhouse production brewery. We are seeking a Farm Manager that will join us with the ability and acumen to help us grow our business. We have several hundred acres of Organic and Natural crop land we own and oversee. We grow fruits, vegetables, hops and grains for input into our beers, as well as to sell in farmers markets and to malt houses. This fall we are also going to launch hydroponic hoop houses to expand our hop growing capabilities. The following are just a few of the job responsibilities you would be focused on:

1) Directs and coordinates worker activities, such as planting, irrigation, fertilizing, harvesting, grading, payroll, and record keeping.
2) Contracts with farmers or independent owners for raising of crops or for management of crop production.
3) Coordinates growing activities with those of engineering, equipment maintenance, packing houses, and other related departments.
4) Analyzes market conditions to determine acreage allocations.
5) Confers with purchasers and arranges for sale of crops.
6) Records information, such as production, farm management practices, and parent stock, and works with the CFO and COO to prepare financial and operational reports.
7) Determines procedural changes in drying, grading, storage, and shipment for greater efficiency and accuracy.
8) Analyzes soil to determine type and quantity of fertilizer required for maximum production.
9) Inspects equipment to ensure proper functioning.
10) Inspects fields and grow houses to determine maturity dates of crops or to estimate potential crop damage from weather.
11) Plans and directs development and production of hybrid plant varieties with high yield or disease and insect resistant characteristics.
12) Purchases machinery, equipment, and supplies, such as tractors, seed, fertilizer, and chemicals.
13) Hires, discharges, transfers, and promotes workers, enforces safety regulations, and interprets policies.
14) Evaluates financial statements and makes budget proposals.
15) Other assigned duties.

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:
Farm Management or Agriculteral Managment: 3 years
Education: Bachelor’s Degree Required and a Master’s Preferred

For more information: Pretoria Farm Collective

West Broad Market Garden Manager, Athens, GA

The mission of Athens Land Trust (“ALT”) is to empower and sustain communities through responsible and visionary land use. We are both a conservation and community land trust, which means we work to protect natural resources, and to foster affordable housing and other community centered land use opportunities through our Conservation, Housing and Community Agriculture Programs.

The West Broad Market Garden is a 1/2-acre production oriented, Certified Naturally Grown urban farm utilizing bio intensive growing methods to help support the West Broad Farmers Market and the Athens Land Trust CSA program. West Broad Market Garden also serves as an educational resource for home gardeners, beginning farmers, and local high school students. The garden showcases a number of different growing methods to help people find the techniques that will be most effective for their given growing circumstance. The West Broad Market Garden Manager plays a pivotal role in overseeing and coordinating all projects related to the garden.

Responsibilities

Develop and manage all aspects of production, including soil care, pest management and irrigation management
Develop crop plans and budget plans
Develop and implement daily, weekly and seasonal activity plans
Manage farm staff, interns and volunteers
Manage CSA operations
Deliver to farmers markets and satellite markets
Manage the farm business and work to increase the production, sales volume and income of the business
Keep detailed records of production and sales and collect data for grant reports
Maintain equipment and do basic carpentry and construction projects
Collaborate with Young Urban Farmers program coordinator to develop and deliver sustainable ag curriculum to underserved high school youth
Coordinate educational opportunities for students, community members and small farmers
Staff the Athens Land Trust Farms booth at the West Broad Farmers Market
Assist with the planning and implementation of monthly sustainable agriculture workshops
Work with the Community Agriculture Program Director, the Farmer Outreach Specialist, the West Broad Farmers Market Manager, the Market Business Development Coordinator, Williams Farm Manager and the Farm Business Development Coordinator to support and grow the ALT “Farmer Network,” a collaborative network of local beginning and underserved farmers.
Qualifications

Strong, practical knowledge of sustainable agriculture and farm management, as well as a passionate commitment to education
Minimum 2 years’ experience of full-season, preferably organic farm management (equivalent educational experience will be considered)
Demonstrated farm planning experience, including farm plan development, infrastructure creation and maintenance and planning and implementation of both short- and long-term planting and harvesting schedules
Proven success in cultivation and harvesting of organic food products
Working knowledge of farm infrastructure and machinery
Experience in educational or youth-related programs
Additional Skills/Qualifications

Excellent communication, organizational, and record-keeping skills
Ability to work both independently and on a team
Commitment to helping engage and educate youth and community members
Compensation

Pay will be commensurate with experience.

 

For more information: http://www.athenslandtrust.org/join-us/job-opportunities/

Farm Manager/Rodale Institute/Educator Pocono Organic Farm

Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018 at 9:43 am.
Posted by Rodale Institute

SUMMARY: The Farm Manager/Educator is responsible for the farm operations and Veteran training of the Pocono Organics Farm.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Manage day to day activities of Farm Operations and Training programs at the Pocono Organic Farm.
• Provide mentoring and advisement in organic management practices and research to owners and students.
• Monitor and control resources by assisting in developing budgets.
• Launch Veteran Farming Training Program at Pocono Organics Farm by registering and welcoming new students, performing intake interviews, and organizing meetings and tours of Rodale’s farm and the Pocono Organic Farm.
• Coordinate curriculum development and delivery and assign instructors as necessary.
• Assist in providing outreach, marketing and recruitment for Veterans Farming Training Program, with emphasis on working with military personnel and military veteran groups in the region.
• Deliver field-based experiential learning, including field trips to military veteran run farms, farm network field days and lunches with service providers and other farms, including urban farmers.
• Complete and follow the Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
• Work with external contractors for facility services.
• Operate farm equipment as needed.
• Perform other duties as assigned by management.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Working knowledge of Soil Microbiology and Botany.
• Experience in operating farm equipment.
• Basic computer skills necessary.
• Ability to work in all types of weather.
• Capable of lifting in excess of 50 pounds.
• Possess good communications skills – both written and verbal.
• Flexible in work hours as farm work can be unpredictable.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
• 5 or more years’ experience in managing a farm.
• Preferred Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science

TRAVEL:
• Pick up supplies and parts as needed.
• Travel to and from Kutztown farm and Poconos farm.

OTHER INSTITUTIONAL EXPECTATIONS:
To be trustful and respectful to all staffand visitors.

For more information: http://rodaleinstitute.org/farm-manager-educator-pocono-organic-farm/

Community Garden Program Coordinator, Cleveland, OH

Program Coordinator

Summary of Duties
Oversee the city of Cleveland’s Summer Sprout community gardening program in conjunction with the county’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Educator, Master Gardener Volunteers, and the Cleveland Department of Community Development. This position entails administrative functions related to processing applications, assisting the city with land leases, updating files, and maintaining an extensive database. Support approximately 200 community gardens and 3,700 residents (community gardeners) by providing technical assistance, conducting site visits, planning and facilitating workshops, and overseeing infrastructure needs including coordinating tilling services, soil deliveries, materials for raised beds, and plant distribution; supervise two summer interns; communicate and network with a large base of multi-sector, community partner agencies; provide outreach and technical assistance to current and prospective community gardeners (residents and community agencies) throughout the city of Cleveland; oversee new application and renewal process; conduct program information sessions throughout the city; conduct soil testing for all new sites; organize the annual garden leader kick-off event; oversee the bid process and purchasing of all allowable infrastructure needs (i.e; soil, tilling, lumber, etc.); conduct site visits to gardens to provide education and capture and record data; serve as a key member of the OSU Extension county urban agriculture team; assist in developing the annual urban agriculture workshop schedule; facilitate urban agriculture workshops (community gardening focus); coordinate special tours in conjunction with the city and other partners; contribute materials and information to the weekly e-communications and monthly e-newsletter; coordinate the annual Dig In! Community Gardening training program with other OSU Extension staff; perform a wide variety of administrative duties including grants management, budget management, general record keeping, developing program reports, documenting progress against anticipated outcomes, maintaining an extensive database, creating/disseminating electronic communication, and creating print media.

Position is located in Cleveland, Ohio.
Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience; three to five years of direct experience outreaching to and conducting community-based education to youth and adults from diverse backgrounds and in multiple, urban settings; demonstrated experience in developing and conducting educational workshops and classes to small and large groups of participants of diverse backgrounds; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal formats to diverse audiences; must have reliable source of transportation.

Desired Qualifications
Ability to manage multiple administrative tasks including monitoring budgets according to contract and within sensitive timelines; ability to work under a model of continuous program improvement including program evaluation; ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends; ability to travel frequently throughout the city of Cleveland.

Target Salary $16.35 – $18.27 Hourly

Full/Part Time Full-time
Temporary or Regular Regular
Posting Start Date 06/16/2018
Posting End Date 07/01/2018

For more information:  http://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/87331

Director of Programs, Wholesome Wave Georgia (Atlanta, GA)

At Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG), we believe all Georgians should have access to good, wholesome and locally-grown food. Founded in 2009, WWG’s mission is to strengthen local food communities by empowering networks of farmers to facilitate access to and awareness of healthy food choices. In 2009, WWG launched as a state-wide chapter of Wholesome Wave National’s Double Value Coupon Program to double Federal Nutrition Assistance (FNA; i.e., SNAP, WIC) benefits at Georgia farmers markets. Through our Georgia Fresh for Less (GF4L) program, WWG has grown from three partner farmers markets in 2009 to a network of over 60 markets and direct-marketing farms today. WWG launched the Southeast’s first Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program in 2015, connecting low income families with chronic illness to health care providers and nutrition and culinary education. Since 2009, WWG has provided over $1.8 million in healthy food to Georgia’s FNA recipients and in revenue to local farmers through these two programs. For more information, please visit http://www.wholesomewavegeorgia.org.

JOB SUMMARY
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Programs is responsible for the oversight and management of all Wholesome Wave Georgia programs. S/he has as external facing role, developing relationships with community organizations and members, and internal facing role, managing a team and establishing high standards of performance across all programs. This position is full time.

Strategic Program Direction and Vision
Strategically grow and develop WWG programs, building the strength and effectiveness of organization’s statewide network
Develop and utilize existing systems to monitor programmatic compliance and increase fidelity
Explore and develop innovative new pilot programs to deepen impact and reach

Program Activities
Cultivate new and existing relationships with program and community partners with the goal of increasing program participation and awareness
Manage relationship with Georgia Department of Family and Children Services and ensure seamless program delivery and quality control of the SNAP Outreach grant
Consistently develop, implement and share programmatic best practices and learnings across statewide network
Oversee the monitoring and evaluation of all programs
Monitor programmatic expenses
Create and present quarterly programmatic reports to staff and board members
Management

Engage and manage program staff and interns; defining team roles and responsibilities and leading performance evaluation process
Serve as the management liaison to the advisory board through leadership, development and collaboration with members

QUALIFICATIONS
Broad experience working across disciplines such as community development, sustainable food systems, environmental issues and public health
Passionate and knowledgeable about food access for low-income populations, demonstrated interest and experience with food access in Georgia a plus
Superb multitasking and time management skills: able to manage several programs at a high level simultaneously in a fast paced environment and assist team in prioritization and time management
Innovative mindset: consistently looking for ways to improve and expand programs that is rooted in evidence and best practices
Superior attention to detail and ability to meet stringent deadlines
Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities; ability to exercise good judgement, discretion, tact, and diplomacy
Excellent written and verbal communication skills: demonstrated ability to express information effectively in a clear and convincing manner
Excellent interpersonal skills: demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships and relate well to individuals from varied backgrounds
Skilled leader, able to manage and inspire a team to produce high quality results
Flexibility, a positive attitude and willingness to adjust to a rapidly changing landscape and the possibility of unanticipated projects and demands
Ability to quickly come up to speed on existing initiatives and on WWG programs.
Willingness to travel independently and represent a state-wide organization. Driver’s license and access to a car are necessary. Familiarity with farmers markets, farms and other outlets for Georgia’s local food system strongly encouraged
High degree of emotional intelligence

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Master’s degree (preferred) in relevant field such as Public Health, Community Development, Program Management, Non-profit Management, Social Work, or combination of education and experience
Minimum 4 years’ experience planning, implementing, and evaluating large-scale community programs, preferably in a non-profit setting
At least 1 year experience managing program expenses and developing programmatic budgets
2 years+ experience in monitoring and evaluating community programs including survey development, data collection and analysis and/or report generation
Proficiency in applications like Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce, TaskRay, Qualtrics, and/or SAS/SPSS strongly preferred.
Experience with WWG’s programs (as a beneficiary, administrator or community partner) preferred.

For more information: https://www.workforgood.org/job/569565/director-of-programs/