• Eastern Outreach Assistant (seasonal)

    Job Locations US
    Posted Date 1 month ago(10/29/2019 9:07 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
    Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
    Location : Name
    The Carrot Project
  • Overview

    The Carrot Project’s (www.thecarrotproject.org) vision is to significantly increase the number of successful small farm and agriculture businesses resulting in a meaningful increase in the local production of food in the New England and the Hudson Valley. We help to launch small farm and agriculture businesses and support their growth towards long-term viability. We want the farms and businesses that we work with today to be here in 5, 10, and 50 years from now. Their success is the foundation of a strong local food economy. The Carrot Project is a fiscally sponsored organization of TSNE MissionWorks (www.tsne.org).


    The Eastern Outreach Assistant will play an integral role in spreading awareness of The Carrot Project and its mission with the goal of increasing awareness of the organization in Central & Eastern MA, RI, and Eastern CT. The Assistant will work closely with the Client Services Specialist and Western Outreach Assistant to execute outreach for our training, financing, and technical assistance programs directed at farms and food businesses. The Assistant will support outreach to prospective clients and support relationships with key partner organizations, and initiate new relationships in the food and related nonprofit sectors in order to connect new and beginning farmers to The Carrot Project.


    This is a seasonal, part time position from December-April.


    Essential Job Functions

    • Effectively represent The Carrot Project to prospective clients, partners, and referral organizations;
    • Implement outreach plan directed at farms, farm related businesses, and new referral organizations;
    • Identify and attend outreach opportunities, events, and conferences;
    • Raise the profile of our organization with farmers, qualified businesses, and referral organizations.


    • Participate in regular outreach team video conference calls;
    • Data management - regularly update contact data and help maintain partner/program information and catalogue of active links.


    • Attend 6-7 conferences, events, and gatherings where new and beginning farmers are present.


    • Research and represent The Carrot Project to up to 10 new organizations or individuals who may be able to refer new and beginning farmers and food processors to The Carrot Project;
    • Research and represent The Carrot Project to up to 10 Businesses that are new to The Carrot Project and are new/beginning farmers or food processors;
    • Attend meetings, as needed.


    • Coordinate with the Western Assistant and together:
      • Contribute to Farmer E-News and repost on social media
      • Write short articles for inclusion in partner and other newsletters as appropriate;
      • Manage social media using the Hootsuite social media management platform:
        • Review Twitter and post regularly (4-7 times per week). Respond and re-tweet as needed. Connect tweets with Facebook; follow relevant interesting tweeters;
          • Facebook:
            • Post on The Carrot Project page(s)- research articles and post regularly (3-4 times per week),
            • Post on other organizations and farms pages as appropriate,
            • Use Facebook statistics to evaluate and report on results,
            • Like Carrot clients.
          • Work with Development and Communications Coordinator to update outreach materials, including photographs;
          • Write content for The Carrot Project Publications as assigned.

    Special Requirements

    • Ability to travel; primarily throughout the Eastern MA, RI, and Eastern CT regions;
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends;
    • Ability to work remotely, using personal office equipment (phone, computer, access to internet, etc.)


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

    • Experience conducting marketing or outreach activities;
    • Effective communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills;
    • Self-motivated and directed;
    • Ability to meet deadlines and program targets;
    • Proficient with MS Office applications;
    • Knowledge of and familiarity with the food and farming community;
    • Experience with outreach and media work, including electronic media, and event/conference based outreach;
    • Spanish fluency preferred.

    Physical Demands/Work Environment


    The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in office environment and event environments and in close proximity to others.


    While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

    • Talk, hear and see in the normal range with or without correction.
    • Use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls.
    • Move, Traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); reach with hands and arms; occasionally Ascend/Descend; and position self (to), move.
    • Travel to conferences, meetings, and events throughout the service area.
    • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
    • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
    • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards.
    • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight.
    • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

    TSNE MissionWorks/The Carrot Project envision 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/The Carrot Project actively seek people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


    As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/The Carrot Project will not discriminate in their 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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