Position Announcement: Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program Coordinator
Reports to: Program Director
Applications Due: July 24, 2016 at 11:59pm MST, or until filled
Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2016
The Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) is seeking a Program Coordinator to manage our Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program. The position provides support to the Program Director and other staff, with duties including program planning, administration, evaluation, communication, outreach, grantwriting, and others as needed.
Our BFR program has grown substantially in recent years. For more information on our current areas of work, visit our website. These program areas are overseen by CFAC’s Program Director and the Program Director will continue to be the primary staff managing lending, grants, and technical assistance. The BFR Program Coordinator will be responsible for a cohesive set of educational programs and will be the primary staff managing Farm Link Montana, Planning for On-Farm Success, Field Days, and Workshops, and will provide support as needed in the other three program areas. Our work is focused in Western Montana but includes statewide elements. The Coordinator will have the opportunity to collaboratively evaluate needs in the food system and guide future work and priorities.
About the Community Food & Agriculture Coalition
CFAC was started in 2004 in response to a community food assessment that drew together stakeholders from across the Missoula area to identify the greatest needs for enhancing our local food system. CFAC takes a systemic approach from farm to fork; our programs range from farmland conservation to farmer support to food access. For more on our mission and vision, see our website. As a small organization with a holistic mission, staff contribute to projects across the organization, regardless of their job titles.
- Responsible for program planning, management, and evaluation for a cohesive set of educational programs, including Farm Link Montana, Planning for On-Farm Success, Field Days, Workshops, and Resource Development, in collaboration with the Program Director, to include:
- Event planning and management, from informal meetings to on-farm events to classroom-based workshops
- Website development and management
- Communication with participants and the public (promotional, informational, etc.)
- Outreach to partners, including program coordination, support services, etc.
- Promotion of the BFR program, including communications and outreach through personal contacts, earned media, paid media, monthly newsletters, and social media
- Evaluation of the BFR program, including written evaluations at events, online surveys, compilation, review, and integration into future plans
- Recruit and manage interns and volunteers
- Participate in writing grants to maintain and expand the program
- Manage grants, including program and financial reporting
- Provide support to other program areas, as needed
- Represent CFAC in public settings
- Staff CFAC’s BFR committee, including scheduling, attending meetings, and taking minutes; attend CFAC Board meetings
- Report to the Program Director regularly, while maintaining self-direction
- Includes working some nights and weekends and opportunities for travel throughout the state and nationally
- Related college degree, graduate degree preferred
- In-depth experience with program planning, management, evaluation, and promotion
- Experience with grassroots organizing, communications, and outreach
- Experience in adult education and teaching to diverse learning styles preferred
- Experience working in agriculture and/or with farmers
- Experience in business development preferred, including assisting with marketing, financial management, business/strategic planning, legal issues, etc.
- Strong desire to work with farmers in rural areas and a commitment to CFAC’s vision for a strong local food system across our state
- Excellent customer service, communication, public speaking, writing, and research skills
- Prompt communications and follow-through
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to work independently with self-direction as well as part of a team
- Solid analytical and creative problem solving skills
- Ability to work independently, take initiative, and meet deadlines
- Ability to relate cooperatively and constructively with a diversity of stakeholders
- Solid computer skills, including Office, Google Drive, Dropbox and social media; fluency with design programs and website maintenance a plus
- Grantwriting experience and experience working with grant-funded programs
- Valid driver’s license and access to reliable private transportation
- Must be able to lift 30 pounds
Salary: This is a full-time, year-round, grant-funded position. The position is based in Missoula, but we may be open to remote employment in Western Montana (93 corridor). Depending on experience, the Program Coordinator will earn $28,000-$35,000, plus a generous benefits package that includes paid vacation (starting at 3 weeks annually after the probationary period), sick days, holidays, and health insurance.
To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to Annie Heuscher at firstname.lastname@example.org (note: we are having some minor email issues so if you can’t get through to me at the email address above, please try me at email@example.com). Additional supporting documents and references may be requested as the interview process continues. Questions may also be sent to this email address or you can call Annie at 406-830-8218. The deadline for applications is July 24, 2016 at 11:59pm MST; however, the position will remain open until filled.