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Farmer Program Coordinator (PT) Asheville, NC


Organic Growers School is looking for someone to join our team and fill a new position as a Farmer Programs Coordinator!

 Listing open until December 12th, 2018

 Part Time Position - 15-25 hrs/week

 Job Title: Farmer Program Coordinator

Reports to: Farmer Programs Director

Goals: The goal of the OGS Farmer Programs is two-fold.

  1. To increase the number of people who are successfully farming organically in Western NC.

  2. To increase public and community support for organic farming & farmers.

Job Description:  This position is responsible for coordinating and facilitating a multi-partner project to develop a new curriculum that supports mastery of sustainable agriculture production practices that meet the certification standards of Certified Naturally Grown. The curriculum will be delivered on-site to farmers in the Southern Appalachians. This position is grant funded for three years.

 Tasks Include:

 Program Coordination (90% of time)

Coordinate Sustainable Agriculture Training program including but not limited to the design, planning, implementation, and oversight of logistics, facilitation and teaching, curriculum, schedule, teachers, registration, evaluation, and marketing.

  • Co-create schedule and curriculum for Sustainable Agriculture Training.

  • Manage all workshop logistics - location, catering, materials, set agendas, etc.

  • Determine and recruit speakers for trainings; provide guidance on content/process of presentation; determine budget/fees in collaboration with Program Director.

  • Develop and manage registration materials and communication with participants.

  • Facilitate course sessions and co-lead portions with farmer/presenters.

  • Revise and retool curriculum after each course.

  • Administer coordinate program evaluations and tracking.

  • Develop work plan and manage project budget.

  • Maintain and update resources and materials.

  • Manage supplies and equipment acquisition, organization and care.

  • Assist with promotional tasks including interviews, articles, press releases, promotional calendar and implementation of marketing plan.

  • Stakeholder coordination:

    • Cultivate, attend and maintain positive relationships with wider sustainable agriculture community. Be a leader and voice for OGS, organics, farming, and regional farmers.

    • Assess and foster strategic relationships with individuals and organizations within the community.

    • Organize & participate in needed meetings and projects with other regional agriculture entities in Western NC, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia for completion of the project.

    • Actively communicate with partners via email, conference calls, etc.

    • Attend and present at regional conferences, trainings, as needed.

 Farmer Programs coordination (10% of time)

  • Attend OGS monthly staff meeting, and weekly Farmer Programs meetings.

  • Support and/or present on program department accomplishments, challenges and methodology to staff, board, and other stakeholders.

  • Information systems management and Ongoing updates to ED and share all documents files via Google docs.

 Salary: $16-18/hour depending on experience.

Hours: Part-time.

Seasonal Timeline: Due to class and training times that serve participants with day-jobs, this position will require working some evenings, weekends, and overnight travel to project locations. The position responsibilities will shift seasonally, with the winter and early spring requiring the greatest number of hours, while maintaining some core functions throughout the year.

Location: A combination of working from your home office (provide your own computer, printer, and basic office needs), working in our office at Smith Mill Works in Asheville, NC and travel to locations in Western NC, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia.

 Requirements:

  • Knowledge of and experience in events organizing, program coordination, facilitation and teaching. Skill and ease in working with groups including facilitation.

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively both individually and as a team.

  • Strong attention to detail and highly organized.

  • Excellent written and verbal skills.

  • A reliable vehicle for travel.

  • Proven ability in systems thinking (the ability to see both the complex whole as well as the integration of diverse perspectives).

  • Computer & internet literate including MS Office and Google Suite

 Desirable Skills and Qualities:

  • A farming background including a familiarity with sustainable farming practices and sustainable food systems

  • Knowledge of organic vegetable farming practices

  • At least two years of farming experience

  • Well-networked with sustainable food and farming organizations in Western NC, Eastern Tennessee, North Georgia, and/or Southwest Virginia.


To Apply: Submit a resume, substantial cover letter, and three professional references to cameron@organicgrowersschool.org. Applications accepted until December 12th, 2018.