Indiana: Local Growers Guild seeks New Leadership

4 Jun
The Local Growers Guild is an agricultural cooperative looking for a Guild Manager who will work with the board of directors to champion the cause of local foods in south central Indiana and beyond. 

The right candidate for this part-time position has a passion for local foods, excellent organizational skills, and a recognized capability as a leader.He or she is committed to working effectively with others who share the vision of a more secure and vibrant local foods economy. The goal of the LGG board (who oversee the work of the Guild Manager) is to find someone who can commit to a number of years as the leader of this growing organization, guiding it into the future while increasing its capacity to provide meaningful advocacy, information, and support to local farmers, retailers, and community members.  

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references by Monday June 13th to localgrowers@localgrowers.org or by mail to: 

Local Growers Guild

PO Box 2553

Bloomington, IN 47402

Visit: localgrowers.org

Local Growers Guild Mission: The Local Growers Guild creates a local foods system that provides quality food to communities through direct markets and retailers; preserves the viability of family farms; improves the quality of life for growers; makes food issues visible; and promotes practices that preserve and protect the Earth. 

Timeline:

  • Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references by Monday June 13th
  • Interviews will be held the week of June 20-24
  • Hire by June 27
  • Start date July 11 (earlier if available)
  • Training with Interim Director through the end of July

Schedule: 20-30 hours per week depend upon season and/or projects. Schedule is flexible; contingent upon meetings, evening and weekend obligations.

Compensation: This part-time job, which can grow with the organization, currently pays what has been determined to be the Living Wage in Bloomington, $11.25 per hour. 

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversees the fiscal health of the organization, with the help of the board
  • Works with the Board of Directors to develop and grow organizational capacity
  • Helps coordinate special events and marketing initiatives, including the annual Local Growers Guide, monthly newsletter, the LGG website and social media
  • Develops membership — both quantitatively and by involvement — and maintains member databases
  • Recruits, communicates with, and retains LGG volunteers
  • Coordinates with collaborative organizations on joint ventures such as farm tours as well as community and program development projects
  • Promotes the Guild by speaking on local food panels, conducting interviews for radio and newspaper, and presenting at community events

Qualifications:

  • Must have passion for and knowledge concerning the challenges of building an improved local foods economy
  • The ability to listen to the needs and concerns of diverse stakeholders
  • Outstanding organizational and leadership skills
  • Capable of managing several projects at once
  • Experience and knowledge in fundraising and organizational development
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work with little supervision
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy equal to the tasks of the job
  • Bachelor’s degree (or more) in related field preferred
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