New Entry Sustainable Farming Project hiring National Technical Assistance Coordinator

Lowell, Massachusetts

COMMUNITY TEAMWORK, INC. – New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
National Technical Assistance Coordinator
POSITION DESCRIPTION
TITLE:                                     National Technical Assistance Coordinator
Workforce Development Division
DIRECT REPORT:                   New Entry Director
STATUS:                                 Exempt, Full-Time
LOCATION:                           Lowell, MA

POSITION SUMMARY:  This position will oversee the administration of New Entry’s National programs, including the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI), and our Community Food Projects Technical Assistance work. This involves managing partner networks, developing professional development tools and events, and ongoing project planning and development.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Conduct national planning, outreach, and technical assistance to emerging or developing beginning farmer training and incubator farm programs through recruiting clients and engaging national partners in TA and community of practice (CoP) efforts.
  • Develop TA protocols in areas of financial literacy, land and credit access, and metrics and evaluation for farm incubator projects.
  • Maintain national TA request and referral system.
  • Develop national webinars on incubator farm program topics.
  • Refine and expand upon web-based national clearinghouse for farm incubator resources.
  • Develop case studies, success stories, and best practices.
  • Organize multi-day Incubator Farm Schools and CoP national meetings/conferences.
  • Facilitate ongoing CoP strategies for beginning farmer program staff.
  • Document and evaluate program outputs and outcomes.
  • Collaborate on development of national metrics and evaluation of farm incubator projects.
  • Collaborate on national-level research on incubator projects.
  • Promote and distribute existing NIFTI toolkits, fact sheets, and other materials.
  • Collaborate with national partners on local and regional-level projects to encourage and strengthen farm incubators by partnering and serving in an advisory capacity as requested.
  • Work with New Entry’s Community Food Projects Coordinator to establish goals and monitor outcomes of National CFP TA Initiative.
  • Promote New Entry’s work on a national scale by attending and presenting at relevant conferences and events.
  • Participate as part of a team to support the mission of New Entry and CTI’s Workforce Development Division through working with staff to develop robust program metrics and evaluation tools.
  • Work with staff to create shareable curriculum for licensing.
  • Investigate and pursue fee-for-service and additional revenue generating opportunities.
  • Create and manage consulting agreements and contracts with program partners.
  • Develop and maintain operations manuals for all aspects of National TA program administration.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

  • This position has supervisory responsibility:
  • Management of external consultants
  • Intern and work study student supervision
  • Develop and manage contracts with external project partners
  • Facilitative leadership of internal and external meetings and events.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • BA in related field required.  Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Prior experience in national outreach, beginning farmer training, and educational resource development is essential.
  • Experience 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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, Salesforce)
  • 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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 15th, 2014.

TO APPLY: Please email cover letter and resume to both email addresses below:

hr@comteam.org and nesfp@tufts.edu.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

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