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job opening - new entry sustainable farming project

Posted: March 4 2012

National Beginning Farmer Technical Assistance Coordinator with CTI - New Entry Sustainble Farming Project, Lowell, MA (Nationwide)

Responsibilities :
• Conduct national planning, outreach, and technical assistance to emerging or developing beginning farmer training and incubator farm programs. In particular:
 Recruit clients and engage national partners TA and community of practice (CoP) efforts.
 Develop TA protocols in areas of Agricultural Business Planning Training, Strategic Planning, Fundraising for Incubator Programs, and Working with Limited Resource Farmers.
 Establish a national TA request and referral system.
 Develop a national webinar series on incubator farm program topics.
 Develop a web-based national clearinghouse for farm incubator resources and support.
 Develop case studies, success stories, and best practices reflecting effective organizational development by farm incubators.
 Organize a multi-day Incubator Farm School and CoP national meeting.
 Facilitate ongoing CoP strategies for beginning farmer program staff.
 Document and evaluate program outputs and outcomes.
• Participate as part of a team to support the mission of New Entry and CTI’s Workforce Development Division
• Attend regular supervisory meetings
• Other duties as assigned.
• This position has supervisory responsibility.
• BA in agriculture-related field required, 5 years of experience overseeing beginning farmer technical assistance programs at the national level may substitute for degree. Master’s Degree preferred.
• Prior experience in national outreach, beginning farmer training, and educational resource development is essential.
• Experience working with social media, web-based learning, and web resource development required.
• Minimum of 2 years supervisory experience required. Organizational development and cross-cultural experience helpful
• Candidate must possess skills and knowledge in multiple aspects of agriculture and farm business management gained through significant experience in training of beginning farmers.
• Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse ethnic and economic groups.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Demonstrated leadership skills.
• Self- directed and able to work well in a rapidly changing environment.
• Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
• Proficiency with standard computer software (MS Office, social media)
• Ability to travel nationally and access to reliable transportation required
• Flexible schedule needed, including evenings and weekends.
• Bi-lingual (English/Khmer, Spanish, or Portuguese), a plus
• A CORI background check is performed for all employees.
To apply: http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/job/national-beginning-farmer-technical-assistance-lowell-ma-nationwide-cti-new-entry-sustainble-farming-914ebc40c6/?d=1&source=site_home

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