This is a salaried position with a competitive benefits package. The salary range is $42,000 – $45,000 per year.
The Food Group (TFG) is a local nonprofit focused on advancing healthy food access. Established in 1976, we provide nutritious food and support services to over 240 hunger relief partners and food distribution locations, in addition to educating immigrant farmers, farmers of color, and other historically underrepresented farmers in sustainable agriculture practices.
Our culture and environment is high-trust, cooperative, collaborative, open, and fun. We are a workplace that is full of people who genuinely appreciate each other, and work best when tackling big ideas as a team. We value individuals who bring their life experiences to their work, knowing that the ways that they have experienced racial, economic, or gender injustice drive their passion to create change. We are a team of passionate, dedicated people who work alongside each other.
Equity is fundamental to our mission to fight hunger and nourish our community. Where we live, how much money we make, or the color of our skin currently influences access to healthy and culturally-appropriate foods. We must address the roots of these inequities so everyone in our community has the opportunity to live their best life. We believe in working with our community and organizations to improve food access and make systemic changes in hunger relief. To do so, equity is a part of all aspects of our work. We invite individuals from different abilities, ethnicities, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds to take part in and shape the work in the community.
The BRF Program Specialist is a full time, salaried position based at our farm in Marine on St. Croix who is responsible for the oversight and management of Big River Farms’ Farmer Education Program and events, including the annual Emerging Farmers Conference. Our Farmer Education Program provides education, land access, and market opportunities for approximately 20 farm teams each year, primarily farmers of color, immigrant farmers, and others who face discrimination in farming. The 2-day Emerging Farmers Conference serves that same group of farmers, and is run by a committee of community members, organizations, and farmers. We also host two community-wide on-farm events each season. In order to succeed in this position, the BRF Program Specialist needs to be collaborative, a good communicator, well organized, strategic, detail-oriented, and have a dedication to working with communities who face discrimination in farming. This position reports to the BRF Program Manager.
Core Job Functions:
1. Farmer Education Program – Approx. 70% of time
a. Oversee strategic direction for Farmer Education Program
b. Create and manage program budget
c. Manage select federal grants: billing, tracking, reporting, government/partner communication, and attend required conferences
d. Organize, implement, and track all aspects of the curriculum based on program and farmer goals
e. Regularly evaluate program to measure farmer and program success and identify areas for improvement
f. Work closely with BRF staff to communicate with farmers, and to ensure that they have access to tools, supplies, and infrastructure
g. Identify opportunities to build farmer leadership and stakeholder input in farmer education program and organization as a whole
h. Represent BRF in the community
i. Potential to supervise seasonal staff, interns, and service members
j. Support other staff as needed
2. Events – Appx. 30% of time
a. Coordinate all aspects of annual, 200-attendee Emerging Farmers Conference (Appx. 25% of time) – Manage project deliverables, timelines, and budget – Coordinate and manage the EFC Planning Committee – Acquire and process sponsorships – Manage and follow through on event logistics – Conduct/Facilitate evaluation and reporting
b. With Marketing Manager, plan and execute two on-farm events: summer Open House and autumn Harvest Party, meeting attendance and financial goals (Appx. 5% of time)
A. Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
1. Must be able to work effectively with partners who are significantly diverse with respect to age, race, ethnicity, gender orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, and religion
2. Must be able to work effectively in an organization that has recognized its own issues related to equity, and is seeking to be more representative of the community
3. Demonstrated commitment to food systems change focused on health, nutrition, and equity
4. Strong interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication across various cultures
5. Strong organizational, planning, and administrative skills
6. Ability to work independently and prioritize responsibilities
7. Ability to manage a project within a budget
8. Basic computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google and Excel on PCs
B. Minimum Education and Experience
1. Bachelor’s Degree or at least 4 years of professional experience required
2. Experience coordinating programs or events
3. Knowledge of or experience in sustainable agriculture highly desired
4. Experience with budgets and/or federal grants is an advantage
5. Fluency in a language other than English (especially Hmong, Somali, Spanish, Karen) is a plus
Working Conditions and Environment:
This position will primarily work from Big River Farms in Marine on St. Croix, MN, with occasional meetings at The Food Group in New Hope, MN. Both locations are accessible and smoke free. This position works primarily during normal business hours, but also includes regular evening and weekend hours to accommodate farmer availability/event schedules. Specific work times are flexible to adjust to the needs of the right candidate.
All employees must be able to work effectively in a mission-driven agency whose clients and staff exhibit significant diversity with respect to race, ethnicity, gender orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, and religion.
People of Color and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply. The Food Group is an equal opportunity employer.
Hiring Process and Timeline
o Staff will review and screen resume/cover letters
o Initial interviews with BRF Program Manager and one to two additional staff
o If necessary, 2-3 top candidates return for second interviews
o Formal offer to follow for final candidate
o Initial interviews the week of July 15th
o Second interviews and site tours scheduled as needed
o Offer to final candidate by July 24th
o Start date estimated August 1st
Questions? Contact Laura Mirafuentes, BRF Program Manager, at email@example.com, 651-433-3676.
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