Wisconsin – Reap Food Group hiring Multiple Positions

Madison, Wisconsin

FARM TO BUSINESS DIRECTOR

REAP FOOD GROUP 

  • LOCATION Madison, WI
  • CATEGORY Nonprofit
  • JOB TYPE Full-Time

REAP Food Group connects producers, consumers, and businesses to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP believes in good food, grown well, available to all. Pioneers in the local and sustainable food movement, REAP’s initiatives include Farm to School activities in the Madison Metropolitan School District; Southern Wisconsin Buy Fresh Buy Local, a certification program for restaurants and institutions; and the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, a consumer guide to local food.JOB DESCRIPTIONJoin a team that is passionate about creating a just, local and sustainable food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP Food Group, a non-profit organization based in Madison, WI, believes that increasing access of local and sustainably grown food by all residents strengthens our regional economy, improves health outcomes of all and builds deep connections between our rural and urban neighbors.The Farm to Business Director will provide strategic direction, management and implementation of REAP’s  Farm to Business initiatives including 1) development of a Farm to Hospital initiative with area healthcare facilities, 2) coordination of a pilot vegetable processing project in 2019 for several institutional buyers, and 3) cultivation of the Buy Fresh Buy Local program, a restaurant and institutions partnership program committed to supporting a just, sustainable, local food system.

The ideal candidate will be excited to work in a positive, mission-based non-profit culture where we work hard as a team, laugh often and have each other’s backs.

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead strategic oversight and goals for Farm to Business initiatives;
  • Partner with Farm to School staff on procurement efforts;
  • Build our initiative with area healthcare facilities to establish sustainable purchasing policies and increase procurement and promotion of local and sustainably grown foods;
  • Coordinate a pilot processing project to provide minimally-processed local and sustainably grown foods to healthcare and school institutional buyers;
  • Direct the Buy Fresh, Buy Local Program. This includes leading strategic development of the program, recruitment and renewal of partners, collection and evaluation of purchasing data and marketing and support of partners.
  • Hire, manage and guide program assistants and interns;
  • Identify funding opportunities, work with Executive Director to write and submit grants, and oversee grant reporting requirements. Participate in REAP’s fundraising activities;
  • Represent REAP on relevant coalitions and committees.

Required Professional and Personal Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree – or equivalent training and experience – in food science, agriculture, food studies, or related field;
  • Demonstrated experience with program development and management.
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for building collaborative partnerships;
  • Entrepreneurial, with a creative drive to solve problems and identify and fill gaps.
  • Excellent self-direction, organization and follow through;
  • Strong quantitative skills to evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, this is a program built on good relationships with farmers and buyers.

Desired Professional and Personal Qualifications

  • Experience with farms and food producers that directly serve the Madison area;
  • Experience with food safety, food processing, and/or institutional food production;
  • Knowledge of local food procurement, school food procurement, and the farm to institution movement;
  • Familiarity with farms and food producers that directly serve the Madison area;
  • MBA or demonstrated experience with business strategy development.

Appointment Type: This is a full-time appointment reporting to the Executive Director. Salary $42,000 – $45,000, commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package (health and dental insurance, 401(k) and paid time off). Depending on experience, we will consider less than full-time proposals.

COMPENSATIONthis position is PAID: salaried, varies DOE, $42,000.00 – $45,000.00HOW TO APPLYEmail jobs@reapfoodgroup.org

Please submit resume and a letter of interest detailing your passion for building local food systems to jobs@reapfoodgroup.org. Applications may also be mailed to: Farm to Business Director Search, REAP Food Group, 306 E. Wilson St., Suite 2W, Madison, WI 53703.

REAP values diverse life experience in its hiring process and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: July 22, 2018 at 5 P.M. CST

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FARM TO SCHOOL & COMMUNITY

REAP FOOD GROUP 

  • LOCATION Madison, WI
  • CATEGORY Nonprofit
  • JOB TYPE Full-Time


COMPANY DESCRIPTIONREAP Food Group connects producers, consumers, businesses, and organizations to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP believes in good food, grown well, available to all. Pioneers in the local and sustainable food movement, REAP’s initiatives include Farm to School activities in the Madison Metropolitan School District; Southern Wisconsin Buy Fresh Buy Local, a certification program for restaurants and institutions; and the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, a consumer guide to local food.

JOB DESCRIPTIONPosting Date: June 23, 2018

Deadline for ApplicationJuly 22, 2018

Join a team that is passionate about creating a just, local and sustainable food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP Food Group, a non-profit organization based in Madison, WI, believes that increasing access of local and sustainably grown food by all residents strengthens our regional economy, improves health outcomes of all and builds deep connections between our rural and urban neighbors.

The Farm to School & Community Director will provide strategic direction, management and implementation of REAP’s Farm to School Program in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) as well as grow our community engagement beyond school walls to increase community access to food education and sustainable local foods. Farm to School brings fresh, local, sustainably produced food to K-12 students, establishes reliable markets for local farms using sustainable agriculture practices, and provides hands-on education in Madison classrooms and communities.

The ideal candidate will be excited to work in a positive, mission-based non-profit culture where we work hard as a team, laugh often and have each other’s backs. Continue reading

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Missouri – EarthDance Farm hiring Youth Programs Coordinator

Ferguson, Missouri

Position Description: Youth Programs Coordinator

Now Hiring: Youth Programs Coordinator at EarthDance Farm

EarthDance Organic Farm School is seeking applicants for the AmeriCorps position of Youth Programs Coordinator. The successful candidate for this position will work to expand EarthDance’s Youth Exploring Agriculture & Health (YEAH!) programs to serve more children and families by developing new partnerships with groups that serve youth to provide farm-based education and enrichment to more low-income youth. The Youth Programs Coordinator will work with young people ages 5-21 around fresh food, nutrition awareness and cooking skills, and empowering youth to become food leaders.

The position will begin in August 2018. AmeriCorps positions entail a 12-month commitment, but may become a full-time permanent position pending funding and organizational need.

Organization: EarthDance

Mission: EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Position: Youth Programs Coordinator

Location: EarthDance Organic Farm School, 233 S. Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Hours: 40 hours/week

Job Description Summary:

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated and resourceful individual with excellent communication, educational, and interpersonal skills to serve as our Youth Programs Coordinator. The highly qualified candidate will possess an understanding of youth education, nutrition and cooking awareness, organic farming/ gardening, and passion for the good food movement.

The Youth Programs Coordinator will:

-Develop partnerships with groups that serve youth

-Provide farm-based education and enrichment to more low-income youth

-Recruit, train, and retain adult volunteers to serve as Field Trip Docents in order to increase EarthDance’s capacity to serve large groups of youth.

-Develop “on the road” food and farming related eating lesson plans for drop-in school visits

-Promote EarthDance’s programs– seasonal youth employment, teen volunteer opportunities–through outreach to schools and other avenues for connecting with young people. Continue reading

Missouri – EarthDance Farm hiring Volunteer Coordinator

Ferguson, Missouri

Position Description: Volunteer Coordinator

Now Hiring: Volunteer Coordinator

EarthDance Organic Farm School is seeking applicants for the AmeriCorps position of Volunteer Coordinator. The successful candidate for this position will build the capacity of EarthDance through the exploration of available community volunteer support, improvement of the organization’s ability to train, track, and appreciate volunteers, and continual commitment to maintain highly effective volunteer management practices.

The position will begin in July 2018. AmeriCorps positions entail a 12-month commitment, but may become a full-time permanent position pending funding and organizational need.

Organization: EarthDance

Mission: EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Position: Volunteer Coordinator

Location: EarthDance Organic Farm School, 233 S. Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Hours: 40 hours/week

Job Description Summary:

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated and resourceful individual with excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills to serve as our Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator’s time will be spent on the farm, leading farm tours and volunteer crews; in the office scheduling, tracking and strategizing; and in the community, recruiting volunteers and communicating with partner organizations.

The Volunteer Coordinator will:

-Develop EarthDance’s volunteer management system

-Coordinate volunteer activities on the farm and at special events

-Follow up with volunteer groups and individuals to build lasting volunteer relationships

-Create documents and databases, and establish protocols for recruiting, training, and retaining and tracking volunteers

-Research best practices for volunteer management

-Implement new procedures

-Write a monthly Volunteer Newsletter

-Promote, schedule, and lead private farm tours

-Coordinate with EarthDance staff to determine the organization’s volunteer needs for on farm and special events

-Update the volunteer management manual of procedures and documents to serve as training materials for future staff members Continue reading

Missouri – EarthDance Farm hiring Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Ferguson, Missouri

Position Description: Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Now Hiring: Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at EarthDance Farm

EarthDance Organic Farm School is seeking applicants for the AmeriCorps position of Marketing and Outreach Coordinator. The successful candidate for this position will work with community members and organizational partners to build EarthDance’s capacity to serve low-income individuals by conducting outreach to build relationships with Ferguson community members and increase community awareness of EarthDance’s offerings. The Outreach & Marketing Coordinator will make Earthdance’s services and information about food security and healthy eating more visible to Ferguson neighbors and surrounding communities by engaging these groups through the organization’s social media channels and communication with local media outlets.

The position will begin in August 2018. AmeriCorps positions entail a 12-month commitment, but may become a full-time permanent position pending funding and organizational need.

Organization: EarthDance

Mission: EarthDance grows food, farmers, and community through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Position: Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Location: EarthDance Organic Farm School, 233 S. Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Hours: 40 hours/week

Job Description Summary:

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated and resourceful individual with excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills to serve as our Marketing and Outreach Coordinator. The highly qualified candidate will possess an understanding of the good food movement, marketing, and interacting with diverse communities and public audiences.

The Marketing and Outreach Coordinator will:

-Regularly attend community meetings and events (City Council, Neighborhood Association, Ferguson Florissant School District, etc.) in order to develop and strengthen relationships with Ferguson residents

-Coordinate and serve as point person for off-farm outreach events to promote awareness of EarthDance (tabling at events such as back-to-school/health/green fairs)

-Write for local media outlets on behalf of EarthDance

-Create and execute a social media plan and content

-Strengthen relationships with organizational partners (St. Louis Food Policy Coalition, United People Market, Emerson YMCA)

Requirements:

-Experience working with diverse populations

-Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality

-Experience working independently and in a team environment with successful outcomes

-Demonstrated strong time management and organizational skills

-Ability to work effectively in a demanding, high-energy environment and manage multiple priorities, while maintaining a sense of humor

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Missouri – EarthDance Farm hiring Grants and Development Associate

Ferguson, Missouri

Position Description: Grants and Development Associate

Now Hiring: Grants and Development Associate at EarthDance Farm

EarthDance Organic Farm School is seeking applicants for the AmeriCorps position of Grants and Development Assistant. The successful candidate for this position will build EarthDance’s capacity through the exploration of available funding resources, the collaborative execution of a fund development plan, and the co-creation of grant proposals. The Grants and Development Associate will work closely with other development staff and the Managing Director to build a strong foundation of support for EarthDance to continue to its mission.

The position will begin as early as late July, pending selection of the right candidate.  AmeriCorps positions entail a 12-month commitment, but may become a full-time permanent position pending funding and organizational need.

Organization: EarthDance

Mission: EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Position: Grants and Development Assistant

Location: EarthDance Organic Farm School, 233 S. Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Hours: 40 hours/week

Job Description Summary:

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated and resourceful individual with excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills to serve as our Grants and Development Assistant. The highly qualified candidate will possess an understanding of the good food movement, research skills, and attention to detail.

The Grants and Development Assistant will:

-Research, apply for, and obtain grant funding for EarthDance programs and operations

-Complete grant reports

-Assist with the execution of the organization’s annual fund development plan

-Assist with the planning and execution of Farmers Formal, EarthDance’s major annual fundraising event and other fundraising events and opportunities

-Secure both cash and in-kind donations for farm and office

Requirements:

-Demonstrated strong time management and organizational skills

-Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality

-Strong persuasive writing skills

-Experience working independently and in a team environment with successful outcomes

-Ability to work effectively in a demanding, high-energy environment and manage multiple priorities, while maintaining a sense of humor Continue reading

Arkansas – Apple Seeds hiring VISTA Positions

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apple Seeds, an education non-profit in Fayetteville, Arkansas, is looking to fill two VISTA positions starting August 20.
– Cooking in the Schools Coordinator
– Farm Lab Coordinator

 

The job descriptions can be found on our website at: https://appleseedsnwa.org/get-involved/
The listings are available at: my.americorps.gov. Type in “VISTA” as the program and “Arkansas” as the state and you should find the two open positions.
I’ve also attached the job descriptions.
ABOUT APPLE SEEDS:
For more than 10 years Apple Seeds has been serving Northwest Arkansas. In that time the organization has made great strides, positively impacting the community—student surveys show improved attitudes toward healthy food and heightened knowledge of nutrition. Apple Seeds reached nearly 7,000 students in 2017 through its programs. Apple Seeds provides a variety of programs, including Farm Lab, Farm to Table cooking classes, Food Ambassadors, Cooking in the Schools and school garden workshops. For more information visit www.appleseedsnwa.org.

Iowa – Practical Farmers of Iowa hiring Strategic Initatives Assistant

Ames, Iowa 

Practical Farmers of Iowa is Hiring a Strategic Initiatives Assistant

Practical Farmers of Iowa is seeking a diligent, respectful and passionate person to serve as assistant for the strategic initiatives team. For over 30 years, Practical Farmers has worked to equip farmers across the state (and beyond) to build resilient farms and communities. The strategic initiatives team works creatively to build collaborative projects between the private and public sectors that accomplish the goals of our farmer-members on the broader Iowa and Midwestern landscape.

The strategic initiatives assistant will support that team by 1) managing schedules and mailings; 2) tracking farmer completion of cost-share program requirements; 3) serving as the team’s primary event and meeting planner, 4) helping the team coordinate effectively with key partners; 5) assisting with outreach and farmer speaker coordination; 6) gathering supporting information for grant proposals and reports; and 7) providing administrative support to general field crops programming. Practical Farmers offers a flexible, fast-paced work environment with opportunities for independent initiative and professional development.

Duties

  • Schedule meetings and manage calendars using digital platforms
  • Respond to questions from farmers about cover crop cost-share programs
  • Manage mailings and track paperwork to and from farmers
  • Solicit and track farmer attendance at PFI events and partner events
  • Coordinate logistics of field days, conferences and other events (i.e. RSVPs, food, venue prep, expense tracking)
  • Staff field days and conferences as needed (i.e. moderating sessions, taking photos, helping with event set up and clean up, selling merchandise, taking notes)
  • Assist with writing, editing and proofing of articles and promotional materials as needed
  • Assist with tracking and meeting project deliverable deadlines
  • Represent PFI at field days, meetings and conferences with key partners and constituencies
  • Support general field crops program activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Characteristics

  • Strong writing, public relations and other general communication skills required
  • Ability to schedule, organize and conduct events required
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel required
  • Two or more years of experience in meeting and event planning and/or administrative support for a high-performing team with external partners preferred
  • Experience with G Suite applications (Calendar, Sheets, Drive, etc.) preferred
  • Ability to work efficiently and accurately in a fast-paced team environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with farmers, farm leaders, staff, media, agribusiness and the general public
  • Enthusiasm for project development and implementation
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work on several tasks at once.
  • Detail oriented and well organized
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Ability work independently and within a team
  • Motivated and a self-starter

This is a full-time position based in our Ames office. Salary is competitive, based on experience and qualifications. This position requires some travel (mostly in Iowa), a valid driver’s license, the ability to lift 50 pounds and the ability to walk long distances.

The position reports to Alisha Bower, strategic initiatives manager. Practical Farmers is a family-friendly employer. The position includes full health care benefits, a flex plan, short- and long-term disability, life insurance and generous paid time off. Employer contribution to a 401k retirement plan is offered after one year of employment.

Please apply by sending cover letter, resume and references to Alisha Bower at alisha@practicalfarmers.org by Friday, May 11, 2018.