Assistant Director for Food and Farm
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|Posted On:||Tuesday, 2nd January 2018|
730 High St, Easton, PA 18042
About Lafayette College
Lafayette College invites applications for the position of Assistant Director for Food and Farm, colloquially known as the College Farmer. We seek an environmentally motivated, creative, and well-rounded leader to manage Lafayette’s 3-acre working farm and community garden (LaFarm). The Assistant Director leads year-round operations at LaFarm, which grows over 5,000 pounds of produce for the dining halls and community partners, recycles nutrients from composted food back to the soil, and serves as a laboratory for collaborative student-faculty education and research.
About the Position
The Assistant Director for Food and Farm will report to the Director of Sustainability with additional oversight by the LaFarm Advisory Board. While housed within the Office of Sustainability, the nature of the position is such that the Assistant Director is expected to work largely independently, to build relationships and partner closely with campus dining services, facilities, and academic departments, working flexible hours such as evenings and weekends as needed during the growing season or to accommodate outreach activities or other responsibilities related to LaFarm. The Assistant Director will support the Sustainability Office’s mission of creating a thriving campus community integrating environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic vitality into academics and operations, and giving students an opportunity to develop skills, explore solutions, and foster relationships that will prepare them to tackle complex environmental and social challenges on campus and beyond.
Education and Experience
A successful applicant will preferably have a master’s or other advanced degree. Applicants will also have at least three years of farm management experience, preferably in a university or college farm setting, and experience supervising staff and volunteers. To ensure that LaFarm staff and volunteers are knowledgeable about food safety and take efforts to reduce risks, applicants should likewise be familiar with Good Agricultural Practices and relevant food safety protocols (through GAP certification or by attending Produce Grower Certification Training within the first six months of service).
The Assistant Director will have a passion for the sustainable agriculture movement, enthusiasm for educating and engaging students, faculty and staff, and knowledge of marketing and promotional techniques, including social media.
Skills and Abilities
Required knowledge of sustainable business or agricultural business management and crop production planning, risk management, soil fertility management, safe operation of farm equipment, disease and insect management, harvest and post-harvest handling, Good Agricultural Practices, water systems, composting systems, grant-writing, and marketing. Demonstrated ability to create and manage sales invoicing and the farm budget, to manage assets such as equipment and labor resourcefully, to organize community gardens, and to maintain records. Strong communication skills including the ability to develop marketing materials, annual reports and to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders from small groups of volunteers to a class of undergraduate students.
Lafayette College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, age, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any characteristic protected by law, in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment, as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable laws and College policies. Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer.