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CFSA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and people of color.

 

Open Positions

Membership Coordinator

Local Produce Safety Coordinator

 

Membership Coordinator 

The Membership Coordinator is a full-time (40 hours/week) position with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), based in CFSA’s Pittsboro, NC office. The Membership Coordinator works in concert with other staff to ensure CFSA member satisfaction, lead recruitment strategies, and manage retention and membership support services. The Coordinator will also collaborate on fundraising efforts, public outreach, and communication strategies towards growing our mission, strengthening our infrastructure, and increasing our membership base and support.

 

About CFSA

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a member based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps people grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming. We support sustainable farming that is good for consumers, good for farmers and farm workers, and good for the land.

 

JOB SUMMARY:

The Membership Coordinator position is a full-time, salaried position. In collaboration with the Communications and Development Director, the Membership Coordinator will ensure membership satisfaction and identify needs; manage renewal and retention activities; create and implement recruitment strategies; and coordinate member communications that facilitate engagement, networking, and access to technical resources. The Membership Coordinator will serve as a team member in creating and implementing Communications and Development efforts to engage our members and the general public in CFSA’s agenda, grow our membership and support base, increase CFSA’s visibility and influence, and strengthen our infrastructure.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: 

MEMBERSHIP AND DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (40%):

  • Manage CFSA’s database of members, supporters and allied organizations
  • Assist members in accessing online resources including CFSA’s online store, listservs, eNews, event registrations, and joining or renewing
  • Administer CFSA’s regional listservs and other membership networking tools
  • Create membership management reports, utilizing the database as a management tool to assess membership demographics and retention, and inform retention, recruitment and solicitation efforts

 

FUNDRAISING SUPPORT (10%)

  • Assist the Communications and Development Director in cultivating, stewarding and soliciting individuals through donor communications and fundraising campaigns
  • Assist the Communications and Development Director in cultivating and stewarding volunteers
  • Assist staff in coordinating special events, and outreach/awareness initiatives
  • Assist in building our base of supporters by researching prospective individuals, corporations and foundations

 

MEMBERSHIP OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATIONS (50%): 

  • Coordinate communications in concert with multiple staff to members, donors, prospects and volunteers.
  • Respond to inquiries and proactively connect members and the public to technical assistance; website and publication resources; marketing opportunities; educational events; program services; other staff; funding opportunities; member networks; allied organizations etc.
  • Help plan and promote CFSA regional membership meetings at the Sustainable Agriculture Conference
  • Seek opportunities to raise CFSA visibility such as tabling, speaking engagements, or collaborative programming with allied organizations
  • Create and implement membership recruitment campaigns in collaboration with staff
  • Assess and enhance membership retention efforts
  • Survey members to determine needs and identify priority focus areas, and ensure we are meeting and exceeding member expectations
  • Assist Communications staff with website support
  • Provide consultation with Communications staff on member publications such as CFSA’s newsletter and eNews
  • Coordinate CFSA blog, including recruiting contributors and editing and posting stories
  • Conduct outreach to allied organizations in promoting CFSA events
  • Perform ambassadorial functions on behalf of CFSA

 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Strong commitment to the values embodied in CFSA’s mission and programs
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills; able to work well within a team, and with individuals, both internal and external, from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with databases, online AMS, CRM, or CMS software package.
  • Comfort in utilizing Microsoft Office programs, especially spreadsheets and mail merge
  • Excellent customer service skills in person, on the phone, and through virtual media
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Able to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities and work comfortably in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Educational Requirements:  A BA or BS is required OR 10 years of relevant work experience

 

CFSA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and people of color.

 

To apply, submit a resume, list of professional references and a cover letter explaining why you want to work to promote local, organic agriculture to apply@carolinafarmstewards.org with Membership Coordinator in the subject line by April 30.

 

 

 Local Produce Safety Coordinator 

 

The Local Produce Safety Coordinator is a full time position (40 hours/week) with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA). The Local Produce Safety Coordinator is responsible for offering an innovative statewide training and technical assistance program to operators of diversified farms seeking USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Harmonized GAP Certification.

 

About CFSA

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a member based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming. CFSA has worked to enhance the competitiveness of North Carolina fruit and vegetable producers for more than thirty years. Over the last several years, the implementation of on-farm food safety practices has become a critical marketing tool for growers, especially those selling into wholesale markets. CFSA has made food safety one of its top priorities by developing cost-effective, practical food safety strategies for small farms that will protect farms and public health.

 

JOB SUMMARY:

The Local Produce Safety Coordinator is a full time, salaried position. The Local Produce Safety Coordinator is responsible for delivering an innovative training program, in collaboration with external partners, to operators of diversified farms seeking food safety certification, specifically the USDA GAPs and Harmonized GAP Audits.  S/he will be responsible for providing direct consultation to growers, assisting with the process of coordinating, implementing, and self-auditing on-farm food safety programs, and making recommendations for further improvements to mitigate hazards in growing, harvesting and handling of products.  Training and consultation will utilize the CFSA guidance manual, Good Agricultural Practices for Small Diversified Farms, and will enable diversified farms to enter new and competitive wholesale and institutional markets and maintain existing markets that may impose more stringent food safety certification requirements in the future. The ideal candidate will have the ability to conduct internal and third party mock food safety audits with various food safety schemes and may be required to attend USDA GAP internal auditor training and/or other trainings depending on previous experience.  S/he will also need to maintain knowledge of local wholesale buyer’s food safety requirements in order to provide member/growers with appropriate guidance when entering new markets.

 

The Local Produce Safety Coordinator reports to the Farm Services Director and will assist in the preparation of internal reports, compliance reports, grant billings, and other tasks necessary to meet program goals. The coordinator may work remotely from anywhere in North Carolina and will require extensive travel throughout the state.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION (10%)

  • Assist financial and programmatic monitoring to ensure compliance, progress towards objectives and expected results, and work plan and budget adherence.
  • Oversee purchasing in accordance with approved budget; maintain account and transaction records as needed for program implementation; ensure compliance with CFSA expenditure control protocols.

 

TRAININGS & DIRECT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (90%)

  • Consult with producers in order to identify potential food safety risks and provide an assessment of their practices in relation to GAPs certification compliance.
  • Provide one-on-one consulting services with producers in completing a food safety plan.
  • Collaboratively plan and deliver quality educational food safety programs with external partners based on USDA GAPs Audit that are accurate, up to date, research-based, and meet participant needs.
  • Participate in produce safety advisory committees, including the NCGT Fresh Produce Safety Team.
  • Evaluate and document program impacts such as participant certification, knowledge gain, intent to change or adopt practices, and/or practice or behavior change.

 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • BS degree in Food Safety, Food Science, Food Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Agricultural Production, or a related field is required.
  • At least three years on- farm production experience.
  • At least two years experience with fresh produce safety issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of on-farm food safety, Good Agricultural Practices, SOP development and other key food safety concepts.
  • Ability to concisely and simply communicate food safety issues with farmers.
  • Experience working in team environments with multiple partners in order to achieve common goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience, education, and/or a passion for Sustainable agriculture.
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to travel throughout the Carolinas.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Pro applications.
  • Proven ability to multitask, consistently meet or exceed deadlines and goals, and work effectively with diverse groups and individuals

 

CFSA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and people of color.

 

To apply, submit a resume, list of professional references and a cover letter explaining why you want to work with small, diversified farms seeking USDA Good Agricultural Practices certification to apply@carolinafarmstewards.org with “Local Produce Safety Coordinator” in the subject line.  You will receive an electronic confirmation of your email submission.  Please, no phone calls.

 

Applications are due by May 15, 2015.