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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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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 email@example.com with “Local Produce Safety Coordinator” in the subject line. You will receive an electronic confirmation of your email submission. Please, no phone calls.
Applications will be accepted until position filled.
NC Food Systems Coordinator
The Food Systems Coordinator is a full-time position with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), responsible for managing program initiatives to build food system infrastructure and improve market access for local, organic, and sustainable foods across the Carolinas. The Food Systems Coordinator may either work from the Pittsboro, NC office or remotely in NC, depending on their location. This position will require regular travel throughout the state.
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.
The Food Systems Coordinator works in concert with Food Systems team members and other CFSA staff to support and enhance access to local, organic, and sustainable food across the Carolinas. Specific responsibilities include identifying and launching priority agriculture and food system projects, supporting infrastructure needs assessments and investment planning, and developing a resource network for growers, buyers, and agripreneurs in the Carolinas.
The Food Systems Coordinator reports to the Farm Services Director and supervises interns as needed.
ADMINSTRATION & OUTREACH (5%):
- Assist annual work planning and budget development and regular financial and programmatic monitoring to ensure compliance, progress towards objectives and expected results, and budget adherence.
- Increase awareness and visibility of Food Systems programs, including content for feature pieces and program updates, presentations, speaking engagements, and general outreach.
- Identify and pursue opportunities to expand membership and ensure member satisfaction.
FOOD PROJECT ASSISTANCE (60%)
- Coordinate competitive application process to identify priority infrastructure projects across the Carolinas.
- Develop and implement project assistance plans to help launch and/or develop approximately four priority infrastructure projects per year. Assistance may include feasibility assessments, market channel development, business planning, investment/lending/grant matching, product sourcing, and regulatory guidance.
- Develop and coordinate peer-to-peer learning network for projects receiving assistance.
- Measure and document impact of project assistance, quantitative and qualitative. Work with communications staff to develop evaluative data into feature pieces and/or success stories.
- Continuously benchmark and refine program via regular comparison against program offerings locally, regionally, and nationally and internal program assessment.
- Assist organizations in other states and regions to establish food project technical assistance programs, as relevant.
ASSESSMENT & RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (35%)
- Develop and implement annual assessment to survey infrastructure landscape and needs across the Carolinas.
- Develop and implement annual assessment to monitor utilization of and experiences with public programs, both TA and funding, for food systems development.
- Collaborate on statewide food system assessments and economic analyses, as relevant, to embed sustainable food system goals into regional development opportunities and action plans.
- Develop and maintain a resource network of agribusiness professionals, funders and financers, lawyers, and business advisors.
- Develop handbooks and guidance documents to aggregate and synthesize key resources for agriprenuers and food infrastructure planners including models, tools, case studies, and/or best practices.
- Convene and collaborate with advisory committee/s to prioritize and assist resource development, as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree in any of the following (or related) fields: agribusiness, agriculture economics, business management, economic development, community planning.
- 4+ years of progressive leadership experience, project management, and research and analytical experience working on the nexus of food, agriculture, and sustainable development. Experience with the Carolinas’ food systems preferred.
- Experience in food enterprise/business development including feasibility assessments, business planning, funding models, sourcing, and marketing.
- Experience in research-based value chain analysis and mapping, developing community-based economic initiatives, and forging strategic alliances.
- Experience, education, and/or a passion for Organic and Sustainable agriculture.
- Experience working with private, public, NGOs, rural associations and communities to create and strengthen supply chains.
- Proven ability to manage simultaneous complex activities and diverse stakeholders; to analyze achievements against project objectives; and to achieve concrete results under time limits.
- Demonstrated analytical skills, facilitation skills, presentation skills, and high standard of written and financial reporting. Experience with grant writing a plus.
- Experience with Microsoft Office software, and experience in research and evaluation tools, methods and approaches.
- 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, submit a resume, list of professional references and a cover letter explaining why you want to work to promote local, organic agriculture to firstname.lastname@example.org with “NC Food Systems Coordinator” in the subject line. You will receive electronic confirmation of your email submission. No calls, please.
Applications are due by May 22, 2015.