Saturday, November 23, 2013

Central Coast Regional Program Coordinator - California FarmLink

Job Announcement- California FarmLink
Central Coast Regional Program Coordinator

California FarmLink is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to link independent farmers and ranchers with the land and financing they need for a sustainable future.

Job Description:
FarmLink is looking for a Central Coast Regional Program Coordinator to oversee FarmLink programmatic activities along the Central Coast of California. This position is based in Santa Cruz.  Responsibilities include:

  Provide farmers, ranchers and landowners with information on land leasing, land purchasing/sales and alternative land tenure options
  Help farmers negotiate strong leases
  Coach farmers on how to find land for lease or sale, and help them find financing for land purchases
  Assist in maintaining an online hub of land for lease or sale, connect landowners and farmers, and "broker" farmland leases
  Work with and develop a network of experienced farm service professionals, including attorneys, CPAs, family communications specialists, realtors, insurance providers, and business consultants.
  Provide farmers with information on farm financing options and credit education
  Organize and present Farm Finance Expos, workshops, and seminars
  Assist in grant reporting
  Outreach to agricultural landowners and organizations to increase FarmLink’s capacity to offer quality land opportunities
  Outreach to beginning and underserved farmers to increase awareness of FarmLink programs

Qualifications:
  Experience in Central Coast agricultural, emphasis on small and mid scale farms
  Experience in farm financing and farm business management
  Familiarity with California agricultural organizations
  Experience working with farmland leasing, real estate transactions, and conservation easements
  Oral communication skills, including ability to present complex information to groups
  Computer skills include basic familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce or similar database, email, website, Internet and website updating
  Valid California driver’s license, ability to travel locally and regionally on a regular basis and spend overnights out of the area on occasion.  
  Spanish fluency
  Ability to work in a team atmosphere
Ability to complete self-directed projects with minimal day-to-day supervision;
  Writing skills, including the ability to prepare professional letters, newsletter articles, and reports
  Experience in nonprofit project management

Compensation and Terms:
Salary range DOE.  California FarmLink offers a generous benefit plan, including health insurance after 60 days, retirement, and vacation. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. 


Position open until filled.  Please send resume, letter of interest, and three references to Eric Winders:eric@cafarmlink.org.  No phone calls please.