Friday, April 18, 2014

Food Hub and Food Access Coordinator - New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (Massachusetts)

World PEAS Food Hub and Food Access Coordinator
Organize planning and logistics for operation of multi-farmer Food Hub, including a 450-share Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, providing fresh, locally-grown produce to customers around the Merrimack Valley and Boston area. Plan multiple strategies and provide logistical operations for providing over $30K of produce to low-income residents around the Boston area. 
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Coordinate New Entry’s World PEAS Food Hub
• Work with Program and Finance Coordinator to continuously monitor progress in reaching goals of World PEAS Food Hub sustainability plan and document outcomes
• Assist farmers in developing individual farmer production schedules
• Develop and conduct outreach and education programs to reach potential individual customers and institutional markets.
• Manage shareholder communications and customer service
• Produce content for weekly CSA newsletters
• Develop and conduct outreach to connect with potential volunteers
• Manage CSA share-packer helpers and community volunteers
• Manage customer sales receipts and payments to farmers
• Develop system for produce quality assessment, documentation, and feedback to farmers
• Provide technical assistance to farmers in production and post harvest practices yielding optimal produce quality
• Manage CSA Delivery Driver personnel (2)
• Provide backup delivery driver support in the event that Delivery Drivers are not available
• Determine equipment needs; make purchases; maintain vehicles
Coordinate New Entry’s Low-Income Food Access Program
•        Establish partnerships with individuals and organizations in low-income communities around the region to grow New Entry’s food access programs
• Manage operational logistics for produce delivered to low-income communities
Perform other related duties as required
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:
• This position has supervisory responsibility.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor’s Degree required, 5 years of experience overseeing CSA operations may substitute for degree. Master’s Degree preferred.  Prior experience in supervising/ managing a produce operation or agricultural business is essential. Agricultural training and experience in multiple aspects of farming is a plus.
• Experience in building relationships and educating consumers
• Community organizing and cross-cultural experience helpful; prepared to build relationships with beginning, immigrant and refugee farmer participants.
• Minimum of 3 years supervisory experience required.
QUALIFICATIONS:
• Highly organized and attention to detail.
• Strong leadership skills.
• Self-motivated and directed; works well within a rapidly-changing environment.
• Effective communications, interpersonal skills, and strong writing ability.
• Clean driving record 
• Working knowledge of computer software (MS Office, social media, Salesforce CRM, website content development, graphic design, Excel database)
• Access to reliable private transportation necessary.
• Flexible schedule needed, including evenings and weekends.
LICENSES and CERTIFICATES:
• Valid driver’s license and a clean Motor Vehicle Record; commercial Drivers license is preferred.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
• Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
Please send resume and cover letter to:
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