Begin Farming Program Coordinator

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

https://www.oeffa.org/

OEFFA

Website OEFFA Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

Background

OEFFA was formed in 1979 and is a tight-knit, membership-based grassroots organization, dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable, ecological, and healthful food systems.  Our members include farmers, gardeners, and conscientious eaters who committed to work together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system.

We are attentive to the ways in which our organizational culture advances our progress towards fulfilling our mission. The nature of our work necessitates that each staff member collaborates with others and generously supports the work of colleagues and those we serve. We value individual and collective creative problem-solving, commitment to shared responsibilities, integrity, initiative, and effective communication.

Job Summary

The Begin Farming Program Coordinator has primary responsibility for providing educational programming, as well as technical and other support to beginning farmers.

OEFFA’s Begin Farming Program Coordinator will be tasked with providing technical support, as well as delivering an ambitious series of educational programming for Ohios beginning farmers, including workshops, courses, on-farm apprenticeships, and farm tours. Topics span the spectrum of organic and sustainable production practices as well as financial and business planning and management.  The Program Coordinator also takes responsibility for the administrative requirements of this grant-funded program, including ensuring that annual and final program and financial reports are submitted.

Reports To

Program Director

Responsibilities

The work of the Program Coordinator will be supplemented by an additional staff position that will be added and will complement the Program Coordinator’s skill set. Therefore, OEFFA seeks applicants that have program development and administrative skills plus experience in either:

  • Working with aspiring farmers or very new farmers with production, marketing, and initial business planning, or
  • Working with established, early-career farmers, which includes assisting them with business planning, enterprise budgeting, and financing.

To be successful in this position, you must be able to demonstrate: a high degree of knowledge about organic and sustainable farming; a minimum of three years’ professional experience with successively increasing responsibility; experience in organizing multi-session and/or multi-presenter educational events; an understanding of the financial and management challenges faced by small-scale farmers; and a very successful track record of collaboration with colleagues.  Prior experience in developing project proposals in the nonprofit sector would be a plus, as would a background in agricultural or adult education.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, environmental education, agriculture, or related area is preferred
  • Experience in organic or sustainable crop, livestock, and/or horticultural production
  • Knowledgeable about organic and sustainable farming practices, family farm business, and financial management
  • Knowledge and experience in land access for beginning farmers and/or farm transfer strategies for exiting farmers and non-farmer landowners a plus
  • Experience in developing and implementing educational events and materials for farmers
  • Ability to plan, manage, and execute work including using spreadsheets and databases for tracking and analyzing information
  • Ability to be flexible in scheduling work
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at the same time
  • Passion about sustainable agriculture and organic agriculture, family farms, and rural places
  • Sincere willingness to work to advance OEFFA’s racial justice commitments
  • Commitment to performing work with a high degree of accountability and consistent excellence with exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work independently

Compensation

This is a full-time position based in our Columbus, Ohio office.  Full or part-time telecommuting will be considered for candidates based in Ohio.  The compensation range is $44,000-48,000 per year commensurate with experience and includes health insurance, paid time off, holidays, and sick leave.

How to Apply

Your application should be addressed to Renee Hunt, Program Director, and consists of three items: a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references (indicate relationship to you).  In your cover letter please address how your experience and background meet the requirements of the position.  Please combine these as a single PDF file and submit via email to jobs@oeffa.org and for the subject line use “Begin Farming Program Coordinator.”

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@oeffa.org