Oregon/Washington State: Gorge Grown seeks part-time Outreach Manager

22 Dec

This is a part-time managerial position with potential for expansion, based at our Hood River, OR office.

The Outreach Manager will report to the Executive Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Outreach Manager is responsible for managing day to day GGFN project operations for the Gorge Producer Working Groups program, conducting ongoing GGFN outreach, and cultivating and managing a successful GGFN volunteer program, all while working with a dedicated Board, staff, and community volunteers and partners.

The Gorge Producer Working Groups project will develop producer working groups for key production niches that equip beginning producers with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to succeed and increase farmer-to-farmer mentoring, resource sharing, and collaborative problem solving. It will strengthen relationships between beginning and underserved producers and the region’s supporting agencies and organizations and empower producers to cooperatively tackle larger regional infrastructure needs that no one organization or farm can address alone in our rural setting. This is a new Gorge Grown project, and the Outreach Manager will work closely with the Executive Director and Programs Manager for the first year of the effort.

Responsibilities include:

  • Primary — coordinate the Gorge Producer Working Groups (GPWG) program:
    • Responsibility for attending and facilitating beginning GPWG meetings
    • Responsibility for planning and providing logistical site support for GPWG short courses, workshops, and events
    • Conduct outreach to producers (beginning and experienced) and relationship-building among partners, producers, and other stakeholders
    • Act as resource developer and trainer for facilitation and leadership development skills for GPWGs
    • Work with Programs Manager to collect and process stakeholder input at all stages of the project and coordinate with other active GGFN projects
    • Support Executive Director in developing and managing outcome-based project evaluation, reporting, and communication among stakeholders and USDA-NIFA based on ongoing benchmark development
    • Provide curriculum development assistance for Extension partners
    • Ongoing resource collection and development for GPWGs
    • Coordinate GPWG networking and Youth Day events
    • Supervise annual GPWG interns
  • Recruits, trains, and supports GGFN volunteers in partnership with Programs Manager for GPWG and other related projects
  • Liaison with GGFN staff on logistical support and operations management
  • Gather and compile project progress reports, outcomes, and outputs
  • Supervise volunteers and staff (as needed) in completing tasks
  • Track project expenditures as directed by the Executive Director
  • Other technical assistance program duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years’ experience in food systems or related program delivery, technical assistance, or community development work
  • Demonstrated record of community organizing and collaborative work with diverse stakeholders
  • Exceptional facilitation, group dynamics, and group decision-making skills
  • On-farm experience and/or working knowledge of food and agriculture systems highly preferred
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish highly preferred
  • Personable, highly motivated, energetic and tenacious
  • Experience with event planning and managing logistics
  • Experience working with and managing volunteers
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office, PC and Mac OS
  • Organized and diligent record-keeping skills with great attention to detail
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects in a fast moving environment

 
Some evening and weekend work and some statewide travel in OR and WA required. Must have current driver’s license and automobile insurance and be willing to use your own vehicle for transportation (mileage will be reimbursed). 

Salary

This is a 20 hours/week part-time employment position. The ideal candidate has the skills and desire to help us turn this into a full-time position.

To Apply

Absolutely no phone calls please. Please send your letter of interest, a resume and contact information for 3 references by January 10 to info@gorgegrown.com (please place “OUTREACH MANAGER” in the subject line of the message) or mail it to:  Gorge Grown Food Network PO Box 752 Hood River, OR 97031

We anticipate setting up interviews in January. This position is open until filled.

Gorge Grown Food Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to the mission and vision of the organization. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status. 

Gorge Grown Food Network is a community-based nonprofit serving the rural Columbia River Gorge region of Oregon and Washington. Our mission is to build an economically and environmentally sound regional food system that engages, educates, and improves the health and well being of our community. Since 2006, Gorge Grown has worked on food and farm initiatives in our region in close partnership with community members and organizations. We take a systems approach to finding solutions for farmers and community members and achieving our vision:  a healthy, self-sufficient Columbia River Gorge where our food is produced with integrity and is valued, abundant, and accessible to all.

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