New Farmer Program Manager

Organization: Lowcountry Local First

Title: Program Manager for Growing New Farmers

Reports to: Director of Sustainable Agriculture

Location: Charleston, SC

Term: Full-time Permanent

Compensation: $35-40,000 with benefits

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Summary: Join Lowcountry Local First, a non-profit organization focused on supporting local businesses and farmers through outreach, advocacy, and training. The Eat Local Initiative of the organization is comprised farmers, apprentices, and chefs working together to build a strong local food economy. Lowcountry Local First is a rapidly growing, results-oriented, small team workplace.

The Growing New Farmers Program Manager position entails working closely with the Program Director, Dirt Works Farm Manager, area farmers, program partners and apprentices to implement and expand upon the current Apprenticeship and Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture component of the Growing New Farmers program. Program Manager will work directly with office and farm staff, mentors farmers, apprentices, and community partners.  Must be extremely organized and have the ability to steward new and beginning farmers through the program from application and apprenticeship placement to weekly courses and training. Must have a good understanding of the opportunities and obstacles facing the agricultural field and have the capacity to facilitate the teaching of a curriculum focused on this foundational knowledge.  Ideal candidate will possess administrative, production, and business skills gained in a professional environment with experience in supporting small to mid-sized farmers. 

All applicants are encouraged to review the full description of the program and organization our website at http://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/gnf-apprentice-program/ .

Essential Responsibilities

  • Refine the existing curriculum and schedule for the Sustainable Agriculture Certificate and Apprenticeship Program to meet program goals and expectations of program partners.
  • Prepare applications, contracts, and program documents for program participants, apprentices, and mentor farmers including redevelopment of program documents as necessary.
  • Work with Marketing and Communications Director to develop program outreach and marketing through social media, relevant websites and all appropriate channels, conducting outreach through tabling, guest speaking, etc.
  • Interview potential mentor farmers describing program aspects and expectations.
  • Screen participant applications for certificate program, interview and select candidates for apprenticeship, and determine apprentice selections based on available farming opportunities.
  • Match farmer mentors with apprentices including the set-up of on farm interviews.
  • Coordinate all paperwork from farmer mentors including evaluation documents, contracts, insurance, etc.
  • Organize trainings, workdays, field trips, and social events for apprentices.
  • Meet funding requirements as set forth by grantees including payments, evaluation, data tracking, and deliverables.
  • Schedule, coordinate, and teach classes for Sustainable Agriculture Certificate and recruit and facilitate guest speakers on selected topics as necessary.
  • Work with College of Charleston to develop a 10-week Farm Business course for 2nd year apprentices and help recruit LLF business members as expert speakers on accounting, legal structure, marketing etc.
  • Work with Farm Manager to oversee the operations of the Teaching Plot including ordering, planting, harvesting, maintenance, and donation of supplies.
  • Work with Farm Manager to ensure the Teaching Plot is integrated effectively into the Sustainable Agriculture Certificate and Apprentice Program.
  • Manage interns and volunteers as necessary.
  • Assist Director of Sustainable Agriculture in providing support for Dirt Works Incubator Farm programming.
  • Provide staff support for Lowcountry Local First events.
  • Other related duties as assigned. We expect that this position will grow and evolve over time. 

Skills & Qualifications

  • Has great passion for the mission of Lowcountry Local First.
  • Has a strong understanding of agriculture and local food systems.
  • Has experience supervising multiple individuals.
  • Experience working in agricultural production. 
  • Has experience tracking grants and writing reports.
  • Is self-motivated and self-regulated with the ability to work independently.
  • Excels in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfortable with a flexible schedule and job duties.
  • Has excellent inter-personal skills and an energy that attracts others; seeks to find and recognize the best in others, and works well in teams.
  • Is comfortable with conflict resolution and mediation when necessary.
  • Has excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to represent Lowcountry Local First in a professional manner with diverse constituencies.
  • A self-starter who thrives on deadlines; can effectively manage multiple programs at a time
  • Highly organized with the ability to implement systems and follow-up processes.
  • Has demonstrated strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office and database management skills.
  • Has a Bachelor's degree or at least two years of relevant work experience
  • Direct experience working in new and beginning farmer training/ farming apprenticeship programs is highly valued.

This is a full-time permanent position with compensation based on experience. Please email a cover letter and resume to Nikki@LowcountryLocalFirst.org with “Growing New Farmers Program Manager Application” in the subject line.

Nikki Seibert Kelley Director of Sustainable Agriculture

Phone: 843-740-5444

Mobile: 910-297-4432

Email: nikki@lowcountrylocalfirst.org

Website: www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org

Address: 1630-2 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29405

Location: 
Charleston, South Carolina
Publicaton Date: 
Monday, February 16, 2015 - 12:00am
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Lowcountry Local First
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