• Beginning Farmer Educator

    Job Locations US-MA-Lowell
    Posted Date 1 week ago(12/3/2018 9:17 AM)
    Job ID
    2018-1279
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
    Type
    Fiscal Sponsorship Projects
    Location : Name
    New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
  • Overview

    New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s (New Entry) mission is to improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In doing this work, New Entry provides critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers. New Entry is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks and is a program of Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

    Responsibilities

    The Beginning Farmer Educator develops new farmer education strategies and builds curriculum to provide high-quality training and technical assistance to small-scale, direct market beginning farmers, both on and off the field, on multiple aspects of farm enterprise development. The Educator oversees educational programs, courses, and practical skills workshops for diverse adult learners and develops strategies to educate and support new producers to achieve economically viable farm businesses through group learning, individual farm coaching, and financial technical assistance. The Educator will support case management/technical assistance for participants in New Entry programs and services. The Educator will also coordinate a statewide beginning farmer farm service provider network and collaborate to share and incorporate best practices among new farmer educational strategies and learnings with local and national networks.

     

    Key Job Responsibilities Include:

     

    Farmer Education and Training

     

    • Expand curriculum and design new course development for core New Entry programs (Farm Business Planning Course, field-based practical skills workshops, distance learning program, specialty crop production, livestock husbandry, food safety, and direct marketing education courses). Guide strategic planning for new content development based on feedback from farmer participants/trainees;
    • Coordinate and teach farmer training courses/curriculum (in person and online/webinars) in collaboration with farmer training staff, other farming organizations, and regional experts;
    • Provide technical assistance to producers related to course instruction;
    • Contribute to New Entry’s farmer “case management” system by completing farmer assessments and learning plans through course enrollment and through life cycle of farmers’ learning goals;
    • Facilitate effective technical assistance (TA) referrals and address ongoing TA needs;
    • Support evaluation, metrics tracking, and grant reporting related to farmer training objectives;
    • Share New Entry’s educational training approach and best practices with national beginning farmer training networks and incorporate learnings from other national and regional organizations into continuous improvement of New Entry’s programming;
    • Support proposal development and planning, creation of work plans, budgets, metrics, and evaluation outcomes and other guiding documents for farmer training programs, including assisting with development of funding opportunities;
    • Attend conferences and events to conduct outreach and present on our work;
    • Assist other projects as needed as a critical team player to support New Entry’s programs;

    Management of the Massachusetts Beginning Farmer Network

    • Develop relationships with beginning farmers and service providers to coordinate the statewide Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts (BFN/Mass);
    • Manage a statewide technical assistance referral network and keep up-to-date, on-line tools for Beginning Farmers (i.e. resource finder, calendar, jobs board, agency and farmer blogs and profiles, and other social media efforts);
    • Communicate with BFN/Mass steering committee to ensure statewide priorities and on-going relevancy for the network (bi-annual meetings);
    • Organize regional networking events for beginning farmers and farm service providers;
    • Connect interns to projects relating to BFN/Mass and supervise these interns.

    Qualifications

    We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

     

    • Agricultural training and experience in multiple aspects of farming and farm enterprise is essential. Prior farm management / farm business ownership experience preferred;
    • Advanced degree or at least 3 years experience in adult education, curriculum development, and teaching farming to diverse adult learning styles;
    • Expert knowledge in agricultural business planning, crop or livestock production, marketing, financial literacy, financial management, and business planning;
    • Highly organized and strong attention to detail;
    • Strong leadership, public speaking, diplomacy, and case management/social skills;
    • Community organizing and cross-cultural experience helpful; prepared to build relationships with racially, culturally, socioeconomically, and other diverse beginning, immigrant and refugee farmer participants;
    • Self-motivated and directed; works well within a rapidly-changing high performance environment with strict deadlines;
    • Effective communications, interpersonal skills, and strong writing ability;
    • Working knowledge of a range of computer software (MS Office, social media, survey tools, webinars, elists) and proficient with web-based collaborative tools; Salesforce experience a strong plus;
    • Minimum of 2 years supervisory experience required;
    • Access to reliable private transportation necessary;
    • Flexible schedule needed, including evenings and weekends;

    TSNE MissionWorks/New Entry Sustainable Farming Project envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

     

    As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  

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