Do you love local food and knowing your farmer and rancher? Do you believe everyone has a right to food, and that right should include access to local food? We’re looking for someone to provide exceptional project coordination for CFAC’s Food Access and Beginning Farmer & Rancher programs.
The ideal candidate is extremely organized and detail-oriented, communicates clearly and effectively with a wide range of audiences, has outreach experience, works well independently but can also fit seamlessly into a small, fun-loving team that makes a big impact.
Beginning Farmer & Rancher and Food Access Programs
CFAC seeks applications for a Program Coordinator to provide support for project partners, develop outreach and communication plans for projects, and create and distribute promotional materials for our Food Access (FA) and Beginning Farmer and Rancher (BFR) Programs. Specifically, this position supports the planning, delivery and evaluation of BFR events and Farm Link Montana services (.5 FTE) and implementation of Double SNAP Dollars at participating sites in Missoula and surrounding areas (.5 FTE). The Program Coordinator will work out of the CFAC office in Missoula, MT.
CFAC’s mission is to develop and strengthen Missoula County’s food system: promoting sustainable agriculture; building regional self-reliance; and assuring all citizens equal access to healthy, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food. CFAC facilitates dialogue, education, and collaboration within the community, encouraging creative problem solving and proactive policy advocacy. It is essential for all staff, including the Program Coordinator, to whole-heartedly embrace this vision and grassroots approach. More information about CFAC’s programs is available on our website: www.MissoulaCFAC.org.
The BFR Program works to support the development and growth of farm and ranch businesses in Western Montana and provides resources and support across the state. BFR projects include events and workshops, resource development, technical assistance, financial assistance and website management. Read more about the resources the BFR program provides at www.MissoulaCFAC.org and www.farmlinkmontana.org.
The FA Program works to ensure all Montanans have access to healthy and local food. The DSD program doubles the purchasing power of SNAP benefits; for every dollar spent on SNAP-eligible foods at participating sites, SNAP recipients receive an extra dollar to spend on fresh, local produce. Read more about the Double SNAP Dollars program at www.DoubleDollarsMT.com .
This is a full-time staff position that will be an integral part of both the BFR and FA program teams, with a starting salary of $16.00 per hour, 40 hours per week. Benefits include vacation and sick leave, holidays, and partial health insurance premium coverage.
- Detail-oriented: This position supports events and partners for diverse but related projects that require exceptional organization and attention-to-detail
- Good Communicator: This position requires communication to a diverse set of program partners and stakeholders through a variety of mediums
- Collaboration and Teamwork: This position is an integral part of both the FA and BFR teams at CFAC, both of which have a diversity of project partners and stakeholders, including farmers, farmers markets, grocery stores, program participants, volunteers, board members, other non-profit organizations, and relevant coalitions. This diversity of stakeholders requires an open mind and willingness to learn about and work with partners of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs
- Critical Thinking: The ideal candidate can identify opportunities for improvement of programs and processes, provide constructive feedback, and follow through on agreed-upon tasks
- Event Support: Support the development, execution and evaluation of innovative farmer and rancher educational projects. This includes materials creation, registration management, scheduling and booking, and participant communications
- DSD Site Support: Support farmers markets, CSAs, and grocery stores through trainings and one-on-one visits. This includes sharing relevant resources, training, creating materials, collecting and recording transaction data, and proactively checking in with sites
- Outreach: Distribute promotional materials and develop outreach plans for DSD and Farmlink Montana
- Website Support: Ensure the DSD website stays up-to-date with current project details. Support processing and updates of Farm Link Montana listings and resources
- Program Evaluation: Support the program evaluation teams, including coordinating evaluation activities and updating evaluation records in Salesforce
- Communications: Clearly communicate via email, phone, and in-person with BFR and FA partners and CFAC staff to support program implementation. This includes working with staff to understand program elements and outcomes, writing effective copy or creating graphics as needed, and overseeing communication schedules
- Strong organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
- Ability to follow directions, work independently and collaboratively
- Basic knowledge of local agriculture and food systems
- Understanding of and support for CFAC’s vision of a local food & agriculture system
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Event planning and implementation experience preferred
- Excellent computer skills, including Excel, Word, and Google Suite and ability to quickly learn new computer skills. Salesforce experience a plus
- College degree required
Applications will be accepted until January 13th. Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to email@example.com. Interviews will be scheduled the week of January 20th.
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