POSITION TITLE: AMI Village Manager
MISSION: Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that culti- vates healthy communities through food and education.
HISTORY: AMI was founded in 2011 (as Allegheny Mountain School) as an intensive hands-on coopera- tive experiential learning and training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.
VISION: A thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities who value the connection between food and health
AMI CORE VALUES:
- Experiential learning
- Regenerative agriculture
The AMI Fellowship is an 18 month, two phase program. During Phase I (May through October), AMI Farm Fellows live, work, and study at the Allegheny Mountain Farm Campus in Highland County, VA. They study sustainable food production, whole foods preparation and preservation, mindfulness, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship and community development, as they train to become ambas- sadors for a healthier food culture. In Phase II from January – December of the following year, AMI Sen- ior Fellows work in the service of AMI and/or a Partner Organization and focus on activities such as: building community gardens and urban farms, developing school gardens and site based curriculum, advocating sustainable land use, teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.
Additionally, AMI manages and operates the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB (Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind), which provides students of all ages a place to learn, play, and grow outdoors, trains educa- tors, and provides nutritious food for the community. Our 3-acre site consists of a 1-acre vegetable farm, educational gardens, outdoor classroom/ kitchen, orchard, and diverse native habitat plant- ings. The farm hosts community work days, teacher trainings, as well as workshops for our surrounding communities.
The AMI Highland Campus is situated between 4000’ and 4400’ on a 550 acre farm in Highland County, VA, bordering both Virginia’s George Washington National Forest and West Virginia’s Monongahela Na- tional Forest. The headwaters of the James, Potomac, and Greenbrier Rivers all begin their flow from a triple watershed divide (Eastern Continental) located on the top hay field. The farm was originally home- steaded about 110 years ago; about 100 acres have been cleared.
Unique ecosystems abound within the farm’s parameters, with beautiful groves of red spruce alongside mixed hardwoods, old growth rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets. Wildlife is plentiful and the old pastures give way to wildflowers of all kinds, huckleberries, blackberries, and diverse native edibles, medicinal plants, fungi, moss and lichens. This is a lush climate with abundant rainfall and dense vege- tation. Summers tend to be quite cool, and the average rainfall is 41.5 inches per year. Plant hardiness zone is 3-4, with approximately 120 frost free days.
GENERAL DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WORK:
The AMI Village Manager (VM) serves as residential leader, mentor and mediator to the AMI Fellows. The VM assists both the Education Director and Farm Manager, but reports directly to the Education Director.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION:
The VM is a seasonal position, managing the day to day operations of the Village Campus, Kitchen and Fellowship schedule, at our Highland County Campus. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs. Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AMI Village Manager should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods.
The VM will work closely with the Education Director and Farm Manager on farm planning and management as well as curriculum development and instruction. The ideal candidate will have at least one season of experience working on a vegetable farm, experience living in intentional community, and be comfortable mentoring and teaching peers.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/ TASKS
Communication and Relationship Building
- Mentors Fellows in community development, ecological living and use of kitchen garden; models best practices at all times
- Promotes cohort development and helps mediate community conflicts as needed
- Works with Education Director to plan and facilitate educational sessions, workshops, field trips and other events
- Works with AMI staff to provide Fellow check-ins to assess Fellow growth and needs
- First responder to emergencies by calling Emergency Services or 911
- As needed, assists Farm Manager in all aspects of fruit and vegetable production and animal husbandry at the farm including but not limited to: planning, planting, harvesting, post-harvest processing, animal care, records, maintenance, supply procurement, sales and storage
- Coordinates logistical and overnight needs for workshop instructors and overnight guests; prepares community meals during full day workshops
- Manages and maintains Village Calendars, chore rotations and vacation days to ensure well- kept, healthy village, cohort, and outbuildings
- Works with Fellows to manage Village food production, use and storage; manages and replenishes supplemental groceries
- Manages petty cash and submits monthly reports to AMI Administrative Manager
Records and Reporting
- Reports facility maintenance needs to Farm Manager
- Reports and records all accidents, illnesses, medical or other emergencies according to the protocol set forth in the AMI Village Policy Manual
- Submits weekly report communicating village needs, events and experiences of past and coming weeks to Education Director
- Reviews Village and Farm record keeping for quality control; may allocate some aspects of the record keeping to the cohort as prudent
- Inspects Village Spring daily during dry season and reports water level to AMI Caretaker
Outreach and Event Coordination
- Coordinates and supports community event marketing (Open Houses, Community Workshops, Public Visits, Farm Stays, ) and logistics
- Ensures guest signatures on AMI Waiver of Liability
- Organizes documentation by photo and/or video of events, farm activities, and guest lecture activities; emails photos/videos to AMI Administrative Manager
- Maintains blog schedule; submit Fellow’s blogs to AMI Administrative Manager
- Uploads current photos to AMI Facebook page and social media, as directed by AMI Administrative Manager
- Coordinates and ensures prompt mailing of thank you letters written by Fellows
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