Oregon: Friends of Family Farms seeks iFarm Director

11 Jun

General Description of the Organization:
Friends of Farmers (FoFF) is a non-profit grassroots organization representing a united voice of Oregon’s independent family-scaled farmers and ranchers, local food advocates and concerned citizens who are working to foster an approach to agriculture that is respectful of the land, provides a viable livelihood for family farmers and ranchers, treats animals humanely, and sustains local communities. We are working to ensure that every Oregonian – urban and agrarian, farmer and eater – understands that they are a stakeholder in agricultural policy and participates in the reclamation of our food system. FoFF promotes sensible policies, programs and regulations that protect and expand the ability of Oregon’s family farmers to run a successful land-based enterprise while providing safe and nutritious food for all Oregonians.

Description of iFarm Oregon Program:
iFarm Oregon is the primary part of FoFF’s Next Generation Program, with an online resource hub that includes information and links useful for new farmers and a land linking database for land seekers and land holders to connect. iFarm also keeps track of financial and educational opportunities aimed at new farmers, and state policy and Oregon programs and organizations that address the barriers to the next generation of farmers.

More Information about FoFF’s Programs can be found on our website:
http://www.friendsoffamilyfarmers.org.

Job Description & Specific Duties
The iFarm Program Director reports to the Executive Director (ED). This person will oversee and manage all aspects of the iFarm Oregon program to ensure that the organization is meeting strategic and programmatic goals, including grant obligations, collaborative efforts, etc.

Job responsibilities could include but are not limited to:

Promoting iFarm Oregon to land holders, land seekers, media, and partner organizations; Working with clients to create iFarm listings; Maintaining online resource hub and database; Coordinating and overseeing educational and outreach opportunities throughout Oregon; Developing fundraising and partnership opportunities for this program; Organizing young farmers around policy issues; Working in collaboration with other organizations in Oregon focused on new farmers issues; Managing other team members working on iFarm projects; and producing materials for publication for in-house and external communications. Please note that this position involves a large percentage of time working on the computer and phone.

The iFarm Program Director needs to be able to work from the Friends of Family Farmers’ Office in Molalla, OR, especially during the first six months of employment.

Qualifications:
• Demonstrated knowledge base of food system sustainability, environmental and agriculture issues.
• Ability to communicate with and provide customer service to a wide range of people and personalities.
• Knowledge of and relationship with the Agricultural Community in Oregon.
• Good written and oral communication skills including public speaking and speaking with the press;
• Proficiency with computers, including high comfort level with word-processing, database & spreadsheet programs, and social media; website development and/or graphic design skills are a big plus.
• Ability to work independently with effective time-management, as well as being a valuable part of a team. Flexibility and adaptability are highly recommended personality traits.
• Skills that are a plus: bilingual abilities; experience with media; personal experience farming/ranching; documented super powers; sense of humor, focus, determination, and a fantastic work ethic.
• Must have transportation. Some travel necessary; flexible schedule a must.

Compensation and Hours:
PTE 20 hours/week with potential for more
$18/hour
Paid vacation days and comp time
Currently no health benefits

To Apply for This Position
Please do not call or email applications. Please send hard copy of cover letter and resume along with three professional references. Please snail-mail materials to:

Friends of Family Farmers
re: Job Application – iFarm
P.O. Box 1286
Molalla, OR 97038

We will accept resumes starting immediately, and your resume must arrive in the Molalla office no later than Friday June 17th. We are seeking to hire by July 1, 2011 but reserve the right to keep the hiring process open until the perfect addition to our team is found. Questions can be emailed to info@friendsoffamilyfarmers.org.

Friends of Family Farmers is Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The organization is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

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