AFI is a non-profit organization which supports, promotes, and advocates for farmers and food producers on the East End of Long Island. Through education and promotion, we strive to ensure that consumers enjoy healthy, local food, and that consumers understand the importance of a thriving regional food system in which local producers are supported. AFI's programs include the South Fork Kitchens commercial kitchen incubator for the growth of local food businesses and the production of value-added goods; an apprentice matching program; a farm to food pantry program; and a farmer-to-farmer training program for young and beginning farmers. For more information, please visit:www.amagansettfoodinstitute.org. JOB DESCRIPTION
The Program Coordinator is responsible for maintaining a network of partners across Long Island, concentrated on the East End. This position plays a key role in ensuring accurate and informative communications on behalf of the organization, with specific attention paid to targeted audiences. Specific responsibilities are highlighted below. Other duties will be assigned as necessary.
FARMER OUTREACH PROGRAMS
- Oversee the Farmer Apprentice Matching service, including coordination with local farms and acceptance of applications from prospective apprentices.
- Network with beginning farmers and established farm operators to learn about educational needs. Arrange for a robust schedule of valuable tours, workshops and social events as part of the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT).
- Work with the Executive Director to stay up-to-date on key legislative issues and funding opportunities, and communicate with members accordingly.
- Spearhead the redesign, implementation, promotion, and evaluation of Farm to Community programs.
- Consider future programs that benefit farm members.
- Develop relationships with local institutions, including schools, hospitals, senior centers and other nonprofits to evaluate prospective partnership opportunities.
- Propose a calendar of significant partner events that key staff or volunteers can attend to enhance networking. If necessary, propose a budget for participation.
- Participate in planning of The Food Lab conference in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Food Business Development Manager. Contribute to educational initiatives related to The Food Lab as a means to strengthen this partnership.
- Assist with management of Stony Brook University partner events, as needed, including the summer Writers Conference. (Make breakdown of work plan)
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
- Collaborate with the administrative team to maintain and promote a calendar of educational programming and workshops for farm and food business members and the general public.
- Review and update the organization’s website and social media in partnership with the Executive Director to ensure timely and accurate information. Create, schedule and track progress on social media channels, and develop a system to track website analytics.
- Create and distribute a member newsletter in partnership with the administrative team. Consider consolidation of email text to headlines and briefs with links to the website where content is published. Determine whether separate email lists are required for different constituents.
- Promote food production services provided by the South Fork Kitchens, as appropriate, and make referrals to the Food Business Development Manager.
- In partnership with the Executive Director, maintain a database of business members and partners. Assist with review of membership benefits and sending renewal letters.
- Assist with fundraising strategy and implementation, including grant funding, appeal letters and other important fundraising initiatives.
- Identify opportunities for volunteer assistance and collaborate with the administrative team to recruit, train and support volunteers to enhance current programs.
- Support the Executive Director in daily operations of the organization, including checking and responding to messages in the general email inbox and central voicemail.
- Serve as a backup to the Executive Director for payroll processing and bill payment in instances when the Executive Director is on vacation, or as assigned.
- A passion for supporting and advocating for sustainable and local food production and for the people involved in that work.
- Physical ability (with reasonable accommodation) to visit and tour local farms.
- Strong leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, skills and qualities.
- Self-starter who can work on a variety of projects and tasks simultaneously, and prioritize with limited supervision and guidance.
- Exceptional relationship and community building skills.
- Strong writing, speaking and presentation skills.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
COMPENSATION: This position is PAID. Salary to be determined based on experience
HOW TO APPLY