North Carolina: Organic Growers School seeks Farmer Programs Coordinator

19 Nov

Farmer Programs Coordinator for the Organic Growers School in Asheville and western NC with outreach to neighboring regions.

Application Deadline: December 8th, 2010

The Organic Growers School invites applicants for a Farmer Programs Coordinator who will report to the organization’s Director.

Specific responsibilities include
Conduct fundraising and development for the Organic Growers School farmer programming, specifically farmer-driven initiatives: CRAFT-WNC and NC Apprentice Link.
Provide project leadership on a three-year USDA grant that will expand CRAFT to eastern Tennessee, and conduct feasibility for a satellite program in upstate South Carolina.
Conduct marketing and outreach for farmer programming, meeting project goals for program growth from 2011-2013. This purpose of this position is to actively expand CRAFT in the region.
Work closely with partners to integrate OGS farmer programming into a comprehensive, full-path, regional suite of training opportunities for WNC growers.
Work closely with participating farmers to ensure project completion and success
Develop educational materials for farmers on behalf of the Organic Growers School

We are particularly eager to find organized, hard-working candidates who possess the following skills/experience
Enthusiastic self-starter with an eye for problem solving and good follow-through strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking
knowledge pertaining to organic and/or sustainable agriculture businesses
knowledge pertaining to existing regional agriculture education
fundraising and event experience
ability to work both independently and in teams

Work will be contracted, from home, part time (15 hours increasing to 20 hours as project expands), and compensated at an hourly rate beginning at $15. Funding for this position exists for 3 years beginning in 2011, and comes from a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Grant.  There exists the potential for longer term employment after the initial three years of funding.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to We will not accept phone calls regarding this position.

The Organic Growers School is a 501c3 non profit organization that does not discriminate with respect to race, sexual orientation, religion, or other personal factors.

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