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Operations Manager - ASLC [AR]

The ASLC mission is to promote local food systems that produce nutritious foods while reinvigorating rural economies. ASLC provides members with access to capital, knowledge, infrastructure and markets to mitigate the key barriers of entry for small- and mid-sized farms in Arkansas. 

The Cooperative is looking for an Operations Manager to provide technical assistance, logistical management and leadership in this critical start-up phase. We are looking for a well-rounded, open-minded and hands-on Operations Manager to ensure reliable quality and quantity of production while increasing farmer profitability. In addition, the Operations Manager will assist with identifying and training new cooperative members. Significant travel is likely involved in the first year, as is working remotely.  

Needs and Requirements

  • A “whatever it takes to get the job done!” mentality;
  • Trouble-shooting and problem-solving skills and experience;
  • A willingness to travel, especially in the first-year;
  • Ability to work flexible shifts and adapt to changing work schedules;
  • 3 to 5 years entrepreneurial experience, ideally in sustainable agriculture;
  • Lots of passion for sustainable livestock production;
  • The ability to work with a wide variety of people and professionals;
  • An effective teaching stragey and a commitment to ongoing learning;
  • A desire to build community food systems;
  • High personal motivation and a determined personality;
  • Digital and financial literacy;
  • The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • A familiarity with Arkansas regional cultures, cuisine, history and politics;
  • A proficiency in Spanish is a plus but not a requirement;

Duties and Responsibilities
The Operations Manager will focus on three areas of the cooperative: production, processing, and administration.  

A) Production
In this initial phase, technical assistance to current farmer members is THE top priority of this position. To this end, duties and responsibilities include ·     

  • To visit all farmer members and farms to establish and maintain communication and rapport;
  • To coordinate with farmers to diagnose problems and implement proper solutions; ·     
  • To develop, implement, and maintain a Cooperative best practice curriculum and standard operating procedures for pastured poultry production; ·     
  • To conduct on-farm and remote training of new and existing farmers;
  • To remain abreast of developments in sustainable livestock production methods;
  • To provide ongoing entrepreneurship technical assistance and training, working to ensure financial literacy and profitability of farmer members;
  • To develop the Cooperative annual production schedule and secure grower contracts from each farmer member;
  • To coordinate and streamline all logistical aspects of production ensuring that farmer members have needed inputs at the appropriate time and at the lowest cost;
  • To develop, articulate, and implement a new farmer recruitment strategy in accord with the cooperative growth strategy and social mission;         

B) Processing

  • To oversee and manage all cooperative processing;
  • To work with farmer members to coordinate the transport of birds from farms to processors;
  • To coordinate with third-party processors on scheduling and logistics;
  • To coordinate with farmer members on scheduling and logistics;
  • To ensure cost effective and timely delivery of product to customers; 

C) Administrative
As a member of the Cooperative leadership team, the Operations Manager will work directly with the Managing Director

  • To develop and implement a strategic plan;
  • To manage farmer member's production-related records, and assist Cooperative similarly;
  • To produce timely and detailed service reports for the Managing Director;
  • To share information regularly with Managing Director and staff;
  • To provide reports to Managing Director outlining potential and actual issues;
  • To contribute to a positive cooperative culture through proactive relationships;
  • To assist the Managing Director and farmer members in developing and implementing a system to track and analyze key production, processing, transportation, and marketing data for both farmer members and the cooperative. 
  • To identify, secure, and report on potential financial resources – including grants – to expand capacities; ·      
  • To develop training modules for farmers and employees that develop a positive business culture;
  • To assist in the implementation of operating loan fund.


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