Farmer Training Program Manager

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Posted On: Friday, 1st June 2018
Category: Training
Location: Chicago, IL
225 W. Hubbard St., Suite 650, Chicago, IL 60654
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

About Us: FamilyFarmed is a non-profit organization committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food to enhance the social, economic and environmental health of our communities. Our goal is to increase local and sustainable/organic food sales in the region to create new jobs, sustainable economic development and rural revitalization through our primary function areas: Good Food EXPO, Farmer Training Program, Good Food Accelerator and Market Development.


Position Description: This position is responsible for managing our Farmer Training Program and related initiatives with an emphasis on Wholesale Success, Direct Market Success and On Farm Food Safety. The Farmer Training Manager may supervise and manage staff, consultants and volunteers. This position will report to the Director of Market Development.


Position Status: 

  • Full-time, permanent, salaried, benefits-eligible, exempt status
  • Nonprofit-competitive compensation commensurate with experience and skill level
  • Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 40 hours per week, including occasional evenings and weekends


Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Management 70%

  • Acquire, maintain and contribute to knowledge base regarding program and project goals and strategies; keep abreast of trends and issues in the field 
  • Execute evaluation and data tracking plans
  • Manage quarterly and/or annual reporting process; produce required reports and impact statements per funder requirements
  • Communicate progress to funders via email, conference calls, reporting, etc.
  • Program effectiveness evaluation and reporting to leadership
  • Maintain strong working relationships with current and future consultants, partners, volunteers, trainers and content experts; additional relationship management requirements as identified by leadership 
  • Manage consultants and volunteers as needed
  • Execute assigned components of the FamilyFarmed strategic plan
  • Manage inventory of products (manuals and publications) as well as traffic and usage of Food Safety website
  • Manage all Farmer Training-related webpages in collaboration with communications and marketing team
  • Manage Farmer Training curriculum and workshops
  • Maintain complete and accurate project/program paper and electronic files, including supporting documentation for project financials
  • Provide technical assistance to partner organizations, participating farmers and food safety plan tools users
  • Occasional travel to relevant trade shows, peer-to-peer networking, grant-funded project fulfillment, etc. 
  • Other duties as assigned

Good Food EXPO 15% 

  • Provide technical assistance to Good Food EXPO exhibitors and other FamilyFarmed customers 
  • Support the annual Good Food EXPO planning and execution with a focus on programming and engagement for farmers and buyers plus all components for exhibitors
  • Fundraise through sales and marketing as well as exhibitor sales

Program Grant & Financial Management 15%

  • Develop and finalize budgets and grant applications with leadership
  • Track and monitor income and expenses; provide updates of budget to actuals; and execute programs and projects within budget 
  • Work with project team members and FamilyFarmed’s finance team to ensure accurate bookkeeping
  • Analyze budget to actuals and provide financial reports to leadership
  • Strive to lower expenses, leverage resources and increase income on programs
  • Participate in grant and proposal writing and meetings with potential funders
  • Other duties as assigned Cross Collaboration
  • Work with other FamilyFarmed programs and program customers on market development, food safety and other areas as needed 
  • Actively work with project teams, consultants, partners, funders and targeted participants to meet or exceed project goals 
  • Suggest improvements to maintain high caliber programs, projects, outputs and outcomes
  • Work with leadership and project teams to identify, solicit and secure funding, sponsorships and grants


Skills & Experience:

  • Knowledge of agricultural standards and practices; previous farm operations experience a plus
  • Training and/or classroom facilitation, preferably in the food safety or farmer training space
  • Events management experience
  • Farmer Training programs comprehension
  • Comprehensive understanding of market or business development
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Aptitude to thrive in all aspects of job description and willingness to develop the skills, knowledge and abilities for continual performance improvement
  • Excellent analytical, communication, relationship development and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of principles and practices within program and project areas
  • Strong familiarity with Good Food farmers, businesses and stakeholders
  • Skilled communicator able to write, edit, proofread and tailor communications to different audiences using various means of communication
  • Able to shift gears smoothly and maintain momentum on multiple assignments
  • Self-directed and self-motivated team player
  • Excellent customer service and people skills with a high degree of empathy and sensitivity
  • Advanced Microsoft Office Skills with an emphasis on Excel and PowerPoint


Ideal Candidate Would Also Possess: 

  • Extensive Training experience and/or classroom facilitation
  • Experience managing government- and/or grant-funded projects
  • Advanced project management and execution skills 
  • Experience with development, events, planning, budgeting, reporting and evaluation
  • Supervisory experience
  • Passion for supporting nonprofits and the Good Food movement

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners and filing cabinets.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume with Farmer Training Program Manager in the subject line that details why you are the best candidate for this position to:


Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action: It is FamilyFarmed’s policy to provide employment, training, compensation, promotion and other conditions or opportunities of employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, veteran status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. FamilyFarmed will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, veteran status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Such action shall include, but not be limited to, the following: employment, job classification, upgrading, promotion, demotion or transfer, recruitment advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for and quality of training. USDA Non-Discrimination Statement.


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