England – Old Plaw Hatch Farm hiring Financial Manager

Sussex, England

Farm Financial Manager – Sharpthorne, East Grinstead

This role is key to the success and growth of the farm by liaising with all five enterprises that are based within the farm.  Working as part of the management team, this position is responsible for coordinating the finances of the farm, supervising the administration team and ensuring that all aspects of the farm are working in collaboration to ensure the success and growth of the business.    It is anticipated that the post-holder will become a director of the farm in the future.

Ideally you will have had previous experience of working  in financial management, business, administrative support, and of course an understanding of a Biodynamic Farm.

This job allows you to make a difference, as you will be part of a team and a community that is committed to farming in a biodynamic way that serves the community; a way of life rather than just a job!

Who we are

Old Plaw Hatch Farm is a 200 acre farm on the edge of the Ashdown Forest near Sharpthorne. It has been a biodynamic farm for over 30 years and is owned by a charitable trust. As tenant farmers our aim is to provide as wide a range of produce as possible, principally to the local community. Our prices reflect the true cost of food production allowing for re-investment towards the sustainability of the farm. We are a mixed farm with a dairy herd providing raw milk, cheeses, yoghurts and cream. We also keep some sheep, pigs and laying hens and meat is processed through our butchery. A garden of 12 acres provides a range of seasonally available fruit and vegetables. Most of this produce is sold through our farm shop with a little being sold through other local outlets.

The farm employs approximately 25 people, some of whom live on site, as well as hosting volunteers.  The farm land and buildings are owned by St Anthony’s Trust and the farm business is owned by Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch Community Farm, a community-owned co-operative.  The farm comprises five enterprises; the shop, garden, farm (husbandry and arable), dairy and butchery.  The managers of these enterprises form the Management Team, which runs the operations of the farm.

Our Values Statement

“We at Old Plaw Hatch Farm employ a biodynamic agricultural approach that values sustainable husbandry of the land and responsible and loving welfare of the animals. We value the people who contribute to the farm’s day to day activities and seek to create a working environment that honours integrity, peace, happiness, honesty, personal responsibility, passion, love, authenticity, freedom and balance, and which celebrates the beauty of the farm’s natural environment.

We embrace challenges. We highly value our connection to the local community, of which we are all also individual parts, and strive to operate a farm business that is a transparent example of ethical and sustainable agriculture on every level, offering on living display the full cycle of food production. We seek to provide a working farm environment which honours learning, teaching, and personal and community growth and development. We operate an ethical financial approach which is in harmony with our values. We see ourselves as stewards of the farm, embodying man’s sacred relationship to the land, creating a legacy of richness at every level for future generations.”

The role

The key duties are outlined below:

  • Oversee and manage the administration team.
  • Manage the financial and report aspects of the farm to include; preparing and interpreting financial reports, liaising with external accountants, maintaining adherence to financial regulations and legislation.
  • Oversee day to day financial operations such as payroll, invoicing, purchasing, banking etc.
  • Negotiate contracts for utilities, insurance, rates, waste management etc. and submit grant applications.
  • Oversee marketing/promotional material.
  • Liaise with and provide information for stakeholders.
  • Work with enterprise managers to identify areas for improvement and assist where necessary in implementing new processes
  • Provide full and comprehensive administrative support to the farm enterprises and management as appropriate, including managing the office and responding to enquiries.
  • Work to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

The person

This role requires the person to be an excellent proven manager, who has strong communication, negotiation and collaboration skills with an inclusive style.  Sharing our values and striving for improvement in embodying them on a day to day basis is essential for this role.

The successful candidate must be approachable, organised, motivated and a team player with flexibility and the capability to solve problems and work as an enthusiastic member of the management team.

This post necessitates a very high level of numeracy and literacy skills, financial management experience as well as a sound understanding of computer packages to manage the everyday needs of the farm.

You must have good time management and have the ability to prioritise with the ability to see the big picture as well as excellent attention to detail due to the variety of the role.

Next steps

Interested?  Please send your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@sussexhr.co.uk

Hours and salary will be discussed at interview.

Closing Date 28th July 2017

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Capital Roots hiring Healthy Communities Coordinator

Troy, New York

Healthy Communities Coordinator

About Capital Roots
Capital Roots is striving to create a more vibrant and equitable food system in New York’s Capital Region. We work to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties. Our mission is to nourish healthy communities by providing access to fresh foods and green space for all.

TITLE: Healthy Communities Coordinator (Management-level Position)

REPORTS TO: Healthy Places Manager

Bachelor’s Degree and 1-2 years of similar community engagement and project management experience. Excellent computer and communication skills is essential; grant and budget management experience is a plus. Must have a positive attitude, high energy level, and a genuine interest in the mission of our organization.

To create policies that enhance community health in the Capital Region; specifically focusing on complete streets and healthy retail certifications as developed by stakeholders and grassroots, citizen action groups that will educate and advocate for legislation adoption.


  • Research and develop a working knowledge of current complete streets and healthy retail policies within our service area and become engaged with other stakeholders, agencies, and experts to implement policy change
  • Develop and facilitate citizen action groups including individuals, stakeholders, policymakers, municipal officials, alternative transportation advocates, etc to help affect change
  • Assist in the creation of complete street policies/ordinances for each municipality in our service area and encourage policymakers to work toward policy adoption
    Develop holistic policies for Healthy Stores, healthy retail, vending, and meetings that educate consumers and encourage policymaker, stakeholders and local municipalities to adopt this certification
  • Work with citizen action groups to plan and execute “on-the-ground projects” that support complete street policies and healthy retail, including a volunteer corps to strengthen Healthy Stores with property improvements
  • Develop marketing campaigns that educate citizens and policymakers about the benefits of complete street legislation, as well as healthy retail, and use those materials to engage local media outlets to promote short and long-term objectives for each municipality
  • Develop and/or maintain collaborations, business relationships and formal agreements with all program partners including municipalities, citizen-action groups, agencies, etc
  • Work in collaboration with the Healthy Places Manager to maintain all aspects of project data collection and grant reporting related to program objectives
    Occasionally assist the Mobile Market Coordinator and Food Hub Coordinator, as needed

This position is a full-time position: $35,000 per year. Excellent benefits including fully paid individual health and vision insurance and partly paid dental insurance. Generous vacation/holiday policy. Retirement plan. Flexible work environment.

To learn more about Capital Roots, go to http://www.capitalroots.org. Capital Roots is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position, especially candidates of color. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We will not discriminate in our hiring on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Send cover letter, salary history and resume to:
Amy Klein, Executive Director
Capital Roots – 594 River Street, Troy NY 12180
Or by email: amy@capitalroots.org