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Seeking an Education Coordinator 

The Education Coordinator is a full-time position with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA).  The job is based in CFSA’s Pittsboro, NC office and works on the planning and implementation of educational farm tours, the annual conference and other educational events.

 

About CFSA

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a member-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.   CFSA’s mission is to help people grow and eat local, organic food.  We do this by advocating for fair farm and food policies, training farmers on sustainable practices, 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 Education Coordinator is a full-time, salaried position and assists with the planning and implementation of educational farm tours, the Sustainable Agriculture Conference (SAC), and other educational events.  The position manages the organization’s overall efforts to deliver high quality, safe and educational farm tours for the public.  This involves working with farmers, volunteers, CFSA staff, the media and outside experts, and planning and managing the tour logistics.  The position also assists with various aspects of the organization’s main conferences (SAC), including speakers, exhibitors and on-site management.  The position assists with the planning and implementation of other events on an as-needed basis, including training workshops, on-farm events and lectures.  The Education Coordinator will need to maintain strong relations with and reach out to farmers and agriculture and educational professionals in the Carolinas and beyond.

 

The Education Coordinator reports to Education Director and supervises no staff.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

FARMS TOURS (55%):

  • Coordinate three annual Triangle-area farm tours, including  planning and budgeting, risk management, working with CFSA staff, partners and contractors, grant and budget monitoring, marketing, volunteer recruitment and management, farmer liaison and logistics, tour management during the tour weekend and evaluation
  • Assist with coordination of other annual farm tours hosted by CFSA throughout the Carolinas
  • Work on the establishment of additional farm tours across the Carolinas, as opportunities arise

 

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE (SAC) (35%):

  • Assist with the overall planning and management of the three day, 1000+ person event
  • Assist with the recruitment of high quality presenters and tour sites
  • Recruit and manage the exhibitors
  • Work with outside contractors, as needed
  • Help to develop new and innovative aspects of the conference, and manage their implementation
  • Co-coordinate the on-site management of the event in the fall
  • Assist with the conference evaluation and follow-up tasks

 

OTHER EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES (10%):

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of the Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference, the 1 ½ day winter commodities conference
  • Coordinate one-time events related to high profile trainers and/or topics, as needed
  • Assist with other events such as networking meetings, dinners or on-farm classes, as needed
  • Work with other CFSA staff members to coordinate the planning of multiple CFSA events through-out the year
  • Stay abreast of issues in sustainable farming, and local and organic food policy and projects
  • Build and enhance relationships with university and non-profit partners
  • Regularly visit farms of members to maintain awareness of member issues and concerns, and to stay grounded in sustainable practices
  • Participate in the planning of new events or types of events, and the creative use of technology to implement events efficiently and effectively
  • Assist with and/or coordinate other projects and events as needed

 

 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher; field of study may include agriculture, business, ecology, planning, public health, public policy, social work, rural sociology or others, as appropriate
  • Knowledge of and a passion for sustainable agriculture
  • 1-3 years of experience planning high quality events and programs, including marketing and logistics
  • 1-3 year of experience working on a farm and/or with farmers is desirable
  • Excellent computer, writing and speaking skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to multitask, consistently meet or exceed deadlines and goals, and work effectively with diverse groups and individuals
  • Must be self-directed, organized, attentive to details and enthusiastic

 

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

 

To apply, please submit a resume, three professional references and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position as a way to promote local, organic agriculture.  Send to apply@carolinafarmstewards.org with “Education Coordinator” in the subject line.  You will receive electronic confirmation of your email submission.  No calls, please.

 

Applications are due by 5 PM May 5, 2014.  The anticipated start date is June 2, 2014.