Vermont – Salvation Farms hiring Vermont Commodity Program Manager

Winsooki, Vermont

Organization: Salvation Farms

Position Title: Vermont Commodity Program Manager

Supervisor: Executive Director

Employee Status: Full Time, Exempt

Starting Annual Salary: $37,000

Primary Location: Winooski, VT

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to Theresa Snow, Executive Director, at

Program Summary

Salvation Farms’ Vermont Commodity Program operates Vermont’s first surplus crop food hub. The food hub aggregates approximately 5,000 pounds per week of “un-marketable” crops from farms across the state. From the food hub, crops are distributed to charitable and institutional food sites.

The Vermont Commodity Program operates through a workforce development training program. Enrolled trainees clean, quality assess, case-pack, and minimally process surplus crops while gaining job readiness skills and exposure to potential employers. Volunteers also help the Vermont Commodity Program meet its production goals.

This is the first operation of its kind in the nation.

Position Summary

The Vermont Commodity Manager is responsible for maintaining the Vermont Commodity Program operations, related training program, and partnerships. This position ensures Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures are created and followed by all who enter the food hub. Food safety, product quality, and operational sophistication, safety, and efficiency are upheld by this staff person. The Manager is responsible for administering and supporting training in a safe working and learning environment for individuals with barriers to employment, i.e. ex-incarcerated, out-of-school youth, those in recovery, etc. The Manager fills a vital role in supporting the growth and evolution of this program.

Primary Duties (include but are not limited to)

  • Ensure workplace and food safety, quality controls, and compliance with standard operating procedures
  • Manage production, product sourcing/marketing to farmers, transportation logistics, product development (raw packing and minimal processing), end-product marketing, product distribution and sales, and traceability
  • Oversee pack-room activities, engage in produce cleaning, packing, and processing alongside trainees and volunteers
  • Oversee daily activities of trainees with particular focus on operational training, work, and field trips
  • Engage in trainee recruitment, enrollment, orientation, operational training, conflict management and developing pathways to employment
  • Collaborate with co-workers, partners, and trainee caseworkers/support service agencies
  • Maintain product inventory, supplies, crew productivity, and associated tracking systems
  • Measure program impact and outcomes; generate periodic reports
  • Manage facility and equipment upkeep; maintain service records
  • Manage sub-lease and facility shared use arrangements
  • Manage volunteers and interns
  • Supervise AmeriCorps VISTA member
  • Collaborate with staff, AmeriCorps VISTA, and partners to:
  • improve operations; i.e. refine production line elements, establish new distribution avenues, etc.
  • administer training; aid in refining the workforce development program
  • Engage in some elements of program and product marketing material creation, community outreach, partner meetings, program expansion, capacity building, budget building, fundraising, and strategic planning


  • Highly organized, efficient, and pragmatic
  • Operations and/or food manufacturing experience; writing, refining, implementing SOPs
  • Demonstrated success training, managing, and working in teams
  • A desire to support workforce development and skill building initiatives for individuals in transition
  • Able to work in partnership with staff and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to work independently, a self-starter with effective time management skills
  • Ability to coordinate priorities and exercise appropriate judgment and discretion
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent record keeping skills, computer and data entry skills
  • A passion for local agriculture, resource management, and social justice
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Available to work some nights and weekends

Benefits & Work Environment

  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Health insurance available (Employer covers 75% of premium)
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities
  • This position is based in Salvation Farms’ Winooski Facility – some travel will be required
  • Mileage is reimbursed at $.40/mile for all approved work travel

Massachusetts – Worcester Regional Food Hub hiring Food Hub Manager

Worcester, Massachusetts

Food Hub Manager Job Description

The Worcester Regional Food Hub ( is an innovative and collaborative project aimed at strengthening the local food system and increasing access to healthy food throughout Central Massachusetts. The Food Hub provides aggregation and distribution services for local growers while serving as a centralized source of local produce for institutional buyers in the region, thereby expanding the market for the local food system. It also operates an incubator kitchen which provides affordable commercial kitchen space for food entrepreneurs and offers technical assistance and consulting services. The Food Hub was started in 2015 by the Regional Environmental Council and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce with its core functions based out of the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and with funding from The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts. Beginning in 2018, the WCFB will lead implementation of the Food Hub.

The WCFB ( believes that healthy food is a fundamental right of all people and that hunger is an issue of social justice. WCFB’s mission is to engage, educate, and lead Worcester County in creating a hunger-free community. To that end, WCFB annually collects over 6 million pounds of perishable and non-perishable food and distributes it through a network of 120 Partner Agencies, including food pantries and community meal programs; trains Partner Agencies in food safety; and advocates for systemic and sustainable solutions to support children, families, and senior citizens in being more food secure and healthy.

Job Summary

This new Food Hub Manager position will provide strategic leadership, as well as day-to-day oversight of all aspects of the Food Hub’s core operations, including the aggregation and distribution of local produce and value-added products to institutional buyers and the management of an incubator commercial kitchen. This individual will be an employee of the WCFB, and this hands-on position will report to and work with the Executive Director of the WCFB and supervise 2-3 Food Hub staff members. It is anticipated that this position would begin in January 2018.


  • Supervises Food Hub staff (Kitchen Operations Manager, Sales Manager, and Operations Associate/Driver). Promotes a culture of integration and coordination among staff. Ensures that the responsibilities and accountability of staff members are defined and understood and coaches staff in areas requiring improvement.
  • Leverages entrepreneurial/business background to foster relationships with leaders across sectors and identify new opportunities for collaboration and growth.
  • Guides and directs management of all aspects of the Food Hub’s daily operations ensuring efficient and effective use of Food Hub resources and optimal service to project partners. Develops and implements procedures to promote appropriate communication and information sharing.
  • Manages relationships with Food Hub partnering organizations as well as requirements for The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts Synergy Initiative Grant (e.g., quarterly Grant Management Team meetings).
  • Coordinates Food Hub operations with WCFB warehouse staff to ensure overall operations are as efficient as possible.
  • Establishes and implements operating policies consistent with best practices. Works with the WCFB Executive Director to establish and uphold policies consistent with the WCFB’s mission.
  • In partnership with staff, measures and evaluates the results of Food Hub operations and regularly reports these results to the project leadership team. Recommends changes as necessary to improve operations.
  • Ensures that all operations are carried out in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws governing business operations. In collaboration with the WCFB Warehouse and Facility Manager, maintains and documents food safety procedures according to the standards of the American Institute of Baking (AIB). Assists the WCFB with Feeding America guidelines including completion of annual Network Activity Report and bi-annual Feeding America compliance audit, as needed.
  • Collaborates with WCFB Senior Managers and Managers as needed.
  • Manages consultants/vendors, as needed.
  • Monitors relevant news and developments in the sector.
  • Occasional evening or weekend hours for meetings.
  • Some local and regional travel required for meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by the WCFB Executive Director.


  • Bachelor’s Degree with 6 to 8 years of strong management and supervisory experience.
  • Experience starting up and managing a business or social enterprise related to agriculture and food systems.
  • Some background working in food production, processing, aggregation, and distribution.
  • Outstanding leadership ability and communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Proven track record supervising staff and building successful consumer and partner relationships.
  • Self-directed individual with the ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as collaborate with others in a team setting.
  • Strong computer skills with the ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents including financial reports and legal documents.
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage competing priorities, and solve problems.
  • Proactive, entrepreneurial attitude and eagerness to identify new opportunities for Food Hub growth.
  • Experience with applying for and managing grants.
  • Willingness to work with project partners, including independent evaluators.
  • Commitment to strengthening local food systems and increasing access to nutritious food for all.

This is a full-time position. This is a grant-funded position with an expected annual salary range of $70,000 – $85,000, plus benefits and a bonus if sales goals are achieved. Equal Opportunity Employer.

This search is being managed by The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Amie Shei at We anticipate this new position beginning in January 2018.