Maine Organic Farmers and Gardners Association hiring New Farmer Programs Coordinator

Unity, Maine

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is hiring a full-time New Farmer Programs Coordinator to help manage and develop education, outreach and technical assistance to new and aspiring farmers in Maine.  MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs center on the Apprenticeship and Journeyperson Programs, involving collaboration with all of MOFGA’s Educational Programs and Agricultural Services Staff, as well as numerous organizational partners across the state and region.  Ideal candidates have first-hand farming experience and are well acquainted with the opportunities and challenges facing new farmers in Maine.

A full job description is also available on our website here.  Please feel free to share this notice widely across your networks.

Applications are due Monday, December 21, 2015.
Interviews for those selected are slated for the week of January 4-8.

Please contact Daniel MacPhee, dmacphee@mofga.org, with any questions.

View the full job description below:

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

New Farmer Programs Coordinator

Applications due Monday, December 21, 2015

Title: New Farmer Programs Coordinator

Primary Responsibilities: Administer New Farmer Programs

Secondary Responsibilities: Facilitate MOFGA’s Farm Beginnings course

Supervisor: Educational Programs Director

Work Week:  Full-time. Nights and weekends as needed for events and meetings.

Additional Work Hours: Salaried, Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Understanding issues related to new farmers, organic farming and gardening in Maine
  • Handling many projects simultaneously and prioritizing workload
  • Working with Staff, Board, committee members, program participants and partnering agencies and organizations through effective verbal and written communication
  • Understanding organizational structure, roles and responsibilities
  • Working creatively, collaboratively and taking initiative to find solutions
  • Bringing projects to conclusion under deadline
  • Understanding computer systems including word processing, databases, spreadsheets, online form building, file sharing and website maintenance

Responsibilities:

  • Working with Administrators, Program Directors and Staff as needed, to coordinate outreach and technical assistance to new farmers
  • Evaluating and developing educational content of New Farmer Programs, events and materials
  • Ensuring that MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs are congruent with its mission
  • Maintaining web pages for MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs
  • Managing administration of Journeyperson Program including applications, acceptance, event registration, reimbursement and promotion of participants
  • Managing administration of Farm Apprenticeship Program including correspondence, applications, contracts and support to both apprentice applicants and mentor host farms
  • Facilitating MOFGA Farm Beginnings course
  • Maintaining accurate program records including participant contacts, tracking benefits usage, and other metrics for program evaluation and reporting
  • Assisting with development of promotional content related to MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs
  • Assisting with Common Ground Fair set up, clean up, and related meetings as needed
  • Carrying out all of the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission statement, goals, and philosophy of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

MOFGA’s success is dependent upon a collaborative spirit among its staff members and volunteers. Employees are expected to be ready and willing to assist colleagues in all program areas when directed to do so by their supervisors.  MOFGA is an equal opportunity employer.
To apply:  Please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of 1 personal and 2 professional references by Monday, December 21, 2015 to dmacphee@mofga.org, or:
MOFGA Educational Programs Director
PO Box 170
Unity, ME 04988
Interviews for selected candidates will be held the week of January 4-8, 2016.

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