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CFSA currently has two position open. Jump to Local Produce Safety Coordinator job description. 

 

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

The 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 the Sustainable Agriculture Conference (SAC), the Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference, and farm tours. The position manages the organization’s overall efforts to deliver high-quality educational programs for the public. This involves working with farmers, volunteers, CFSA staff, the media and outside experts, and planning and managing logistics. The position also manages speakers, exhibitors and on-site management of educational events. 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.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Plan and manage CFSA’s Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference, including all logistics, meals, program features, speakers, exhibitor recruitment and relationships, program service contractors, grant-funded conference programming, and coordination with partnering educational agencies
  • Plan and manage CFSA’s Annual Organic Commodities Conference, including all logistics, meals, program features, speakers, exhibitor recruitment and relationships, program service contractors, grant-funded conference programming, and coordination with partnering educational agencies
  • Plan and manage CFSA’s portfolio of Sustainable Farm Tours, including all logistics, coordination with partner organizations, volunteer recruitment and coordination, vendor relations, and farmer recruitment and relationships.
  • Ensure CFSA has an effective system for recruiting and using volunteers to assist with educational programs.
  • Provide necessary billing and contract information regarding educational programs to Operations and Finance Directors; perform general administrative functions such as billings, budget amendments, plan changes, program evaluation, etc., and work with appropriate staff to gather data for reports and ensure accurate and timely preparation of grant billings and reports.
  • Supervise contractors and interns as necessary and in accordance with CFSA policies and procedures.

 

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE (70%):

  • Plan and manage CFSA’s Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference, including all logistics, meals, program features, speakers, exhibitor recruitment and relationships, program service contractors, grant-funded conference programming, and coordination with partnering educational agencies
  • Recruitment of high quality presenters and tour sites
  • Work with outside contractors, as needed
  • Develop new and innovative aspects of the conference, and manage their implementation
  • Coordinate the on-site management of the event
  • Conference evaluation and follow-up tasks

 

OTHER EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES (30%):

  • Planning and implementation of the Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference, the one-day winter commodities conference
  • Assist with and/or coordinate other projects and events as needed
  • Coordinate two 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 

 

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

 

Salary range is commensurate with experience, with generous vacation, retirement benefits, as well as a monthly fringe benefit. 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 in sustainable agriculture with Education Coordinator in the subject line to apply@carolinafarmstewards.org by May 12, 2017.  You will receive an electronic confirmation of your email submission.  Please, no phone calls.

 

 Local Produce Safety Coordinator 

The Local Produce Safety Coordinator is a full time position (40 hours/week) with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and is responsible for offering training and technical assistance to operators of diversified farms seeking USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)/ Good Handling Practices (GHP) 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, GroupGAP, 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.  The training and consultation activities 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 provide adult education on GAPs and food safety, to conduct on-farm risk assessments and internal and third-party mock food safety audits utilizing various food safety standards, and will have a high degree of familiarity with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls Rule. The candidate may be required to attend auditor training, Produce Safety Alliance training, and/or other trainings depending on previous experience.  S/he will also need to maintain knowledge of wholesale buyers’ food safety requirements in order to provide member/growers with appropriate guidance when entering new markets.

 

The Local Produce Safety Coordinator reports to the Local Produce Safety Manager and will assist in the preparation of internal reports, compliance reports, grant billings, training material development and other tasks necessary to meet program goals.  This position will require extensive travel throughout the Carolinas. Candidates working remotely from the Carolinas will be considered.

 

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.
  • Assist in programmatic planning and grant writing and reporting to support the Local Produce Safety Initiative.

 

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 developing and implementing on-farm food safety programs.
  • Collaboratively plan and deliver quality educational food safety programs with external partners based on Good Agricultural Practices 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, Horticulture, or a related field is required.
  • At least three years on-farm production experience.
  • At least two years’ experience with the fresh produce safety and/or food processing practices of diversified farms or entrepreneurial value-added food processors.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of on-farm food safety, Good Agricultural Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, SOP development, FSMA, HACCP/HARPC and other key food safety concepts.
  • Ability to concisely and simply communicate food safety issues with farmers and individuals at all levels of knowledge regarding food safety requirements.
  • 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 independently and effectively with diverse groups and individuals.

 

Salary range is $36,000-$43,000, commensurate with experience, with generous vacation, retirement benefits, as well as a monthly fringe benefit of $360. 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 needing to implement an on-farm food safety program and/or seeking Good Agricultural Practices certification to: apply@ with “Local Produce Safety Coordinator” in the subject line.  You will receive an electronic confirmation of your email submission.  Please, no phone calls. 

Position open until filled.