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Job Detail: Urban Ag Fellowship and Certification Director

About: 

Tricycle Urban Ag Culture is Richmond’s leading urban agriculture nonprofit organization, and we are on a mission to grow a healthy future through urban agriculture. Since breaking ground on our first garden, we have engaged thousands of neighbors and shown that the simple act of growing food is an incredibly powerful way to impact the overall health of the environment and our community. This work addresses a myriad of challenging issues, and ultimately our mission is about FOOD:

F: FOCUS ON COMMUNITY NEEDS
O: OUTREACH & EDUCATION
O: OPPORTUNITIES FOR HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS
D: DESIGN OF BEAUTIFUL SPACES

Tricycle has sprouted and grown across our region and our programs include:
Urban Ag Fellowship & Certification – recognized by USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS)
Corner Farm: Richmond’s Healthy Corner Store Program
VCU Massey Cancer Center Farm Stand
Way to Grow! Educational Tours & Volunteer Programs
Supporting Policies that Support Beginning Farmers, Healthy Food Access, and Urban Ag.
Urban Ag Sites: RVA’s Urban Farm, Nine Mile Food Garden, 31st Street Baptist Church Urban Farm, Church Hill Urban Orchard, Charlotte Acres Incubator Farm, Sixth Mount Zion Summer Farm, Partner Sites, and Community Gardens

Tricycle is committed to acting as a catalyst for the growth of a thriving local food ecosystem, contributing to the health, sustainability and abundance of the communities we serve

Position Summary: 

Tricycle Urban Ag Culture seeks a highly-qualified and self-motivated candidate to join its dynamic and growing team as Urban Ag Fellowship and Certification Director. This new position is a critically important role in developing successful urban agriculturists who increase local food production to feed our communities. The person in this position will utilize the urban ag curriculum, subject matter instructor partnerships, and on-farm skill requirements developed by Tricycle to direct our Certification in Urban Agriculture and Fellowship Program.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Work with urban ag staff and fellows to maintain high levels of production, function and aesthetics at all Tricycle Urban Ag Sites, and provide an inspirational model of urban ag, year round;
  • Instruct fellows in on-farm tasks, provide hands-on guidance, and follow up with instructional feedback;
  • Manage fellow time with labor and learning needs at Tricycle’s Urban Ag Sites;
  • Conduct seasonal Skills Assessments for each fellow;
  • Provide continuity between classroom learning and on-site learning to ensure fellows’ understanding of the relationship between the curriculum and hands-on application of this knowledge;
  • Provide group dynamics guidance and support to the cohort, including conflict resolution strategies and solution-oriented collaboration;
  • Maintain, communicate, and enforce farm rules and procedures;
  • Maintain a high standard of safety, including conducting seasonal safety reviews;
  • Conduct weekly educational farm walks to showcase and educate in on-farm happenings;
  • Create, communicate, manage and complete daily farm schedule;
  • Guide classroom content and curriculum with Urban Farming expertise;
  • Serve as an occasional classroom instructor;
  • Prepare farm sites for fellowship program. 
  • Serve as Instructor of Record for Tricycle Certificate in Urban Agriculture (CUA);

Position Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have the following: Competencies in sustainable, organic or biological agricultural practices, with 3-5 years farm management experience. Experience managing adult learners. Experience or willingness to work within a diverse community and with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrated experience managing and delivering educational programing. Interest and familiarity with issues related to local food, food access, sustainable agriculture, and the urban environment. Strong organizational and written/verbal communication skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team. Experience leading, planning, and managing in a dynamic setting. Excellent talent management, communications, and interpersonal skills. Strong strategic vision and agility, including leadership, management, and communication skills. Ability to develop productive working relationships with a variety of internal and external individuals and groups. Demonstrated ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with diverse staff and groups of external partners. Enthusiasm, passion, patience, flexibility, and a sense of humor. Strong emotional intelligence, self-motivation, and strong analytical skills. Advanced Degree in a related field preferred, such as Horticulture, Agriculture, or Education. Experience collaborating with low-income communities preferred. Joy for good, hard work. Personal Values & Management Style: Strong interpersonal skills with great integrity and sound judgement. Orientation to communicate well and work collaboratively across the organization openly and with respect. Ability to multitask and thrive managing concurrent and diverse programs. Proactive, continually looking for ways to avert problems and improve systems. Agreement and alignment with Tricycle’s mission. Solution-oriented inspirational leader.

Compensation and Benefits: 

Commensurate with experience.Health Benefit package (beginning 60 days after start date); two weeks (ten days) of paid vacation; nine paid holidays; up to six sick leave days; and local produce as crop results permit.

How to Apply: 

ricycle Urban Ag Culture is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and an open and affirming community. We encourage applications from non-traditional applicants and those who are underrepresented in the field. For consideration, please email resume and cover letter detailing how your experience meets the needs of this role to jobs@tricyclegardens.org, using subject line: Urban Ag Fellowship Director. The position will remain open until filled. No phone calls, please. Thank you for your interest!

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About the job

Location Richmond, VA
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 27 July 2019

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Company name Tricycle Urban Ag Culture
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