FamilyFarmed

Market Development Assistant

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

Job Description:

FamilyFarmed is a nonprofit 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.JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Position Description: The Market Development Assistant assists the Director of Market Development and the Farmer Training Program Manager in maintaining current relationships within our network and building new relationships with buyers and regional Good Food producers to educate and ultimately increase Good Food sales in the Midwest. The position contributes to the execution of training programs and food safety workshops developed for farmers and collaborates with consultants and volunteers to carry out the goals and objectives of the Market Development and Farmer Training Programs.

 

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:

Farmer Training Program (50%)

  • Provide logistical support, guidance and materials to partners before, during and after workshop
  • Assist Farmer Training Manager with program communications and website updates
  • Prepare marketing toolkits and materials for partners in collaboration with the Farmer Training Program Manager
  • Share ongoing resources with workshop participants
  • Maintain program data for internal/external use
  • Assist with preparation of outreach materials in collaboration with the marketing and communications team
  • Disseminate necessary information to partners and program participants
  • Track and manage sales cycle and inventory of all farmer training publications
  • Assist with programming implementation

 

Market Development (40%) 

  • Assist with maintenance of a prospective Good Food buyer and producer database for sales and promotional efforts
  • Collaborate with marketing and communications regarding Market Development collateral material and website maintenance/updates.
  • Assist with Market Development event and workshop preparation and execution
  • Assist with partner communication
  • Pull reports as requested using CRM

 

Events (10%)

  • Assist with buyer and seller recruitment for participation in FamilyFarmed’s annual Good Food EXPO and other market development/farmer training related events
  • Assist with logistical components of Good Food EXPO and other Market Development/Farmer Training-related events

 

Cross Collaboration:                                                                                            

  • Work with other FamilyFarmed programs and program customers on market development, food safety and other areas
  • 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

 

Mindset:

  • Detail Oriented: Deadlines, data collection, file maintenance and accuracy in customer service
  • Self-Directed and Self-Motivated: Ability to work independently while supporting the efforts of the team
  • Focused on Improvement: Contribute to ongoing efforts to streamline and improve systems/processes
  • Mission Driven: Strong familiarity with Good Food farmers, business systems and stakeholders + passion for our mission

 

Skills & Experience:

  • Nonprofit Administrative and/or Program Assistant experience; experience working with USDA-funded programming 
  • Keen interest in thriving in all aspects of job description and willingness to develop skills, knowledge and abilities to continually improve performance
  • Solid working knowledge of Google for Business, Microsoft Office, and CRM software
  • Stellar customer service skills
  • Skilled communicator able to write, edit, proofread and tailor communications to different audiences using various means of communication
  • Able to shift gears and maintain momentum on multiple assignments
  • Self-directed and self-motivated team player
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs and manually transport program materials and packages short distances
  • Initiative, integrity, organizational skill, attention to detail, time management and juggling multiple priorities with grace 

 

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: employment@FamilyFarmed.org.

 


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.

 

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