Specific responsibilities include:
1. Conduct fundraising and development for the Organic Growers School farmer programming, specifically farmer-driven initiatives: CRAFT-WNC and NC Apprentice Link.
2. Provide project leadership on a three-year USDA grant that will expand CRAFT to eastern Tennessee, and conduct feasibility for a satellite program in upstate South Carolina.
3. Conduct marketing and outreach for farmer programming, meeting project goals for program growth from 2011-2013. This purpose of this position is to actively expand CRAFT in the region.
4. Work closely with partners to integrate OGS farmer programming into a comprehensive, full-path, regional suite of training opportunities for WNC growers.
5. Work closely with participating farmers to ensure project completion and success
6. Develop educational materials for farmers on behalf of the Organic Growers School
We are particularly eager to find organized, hard-working candidates who possess the following skills/experience:
1. Enthusiastic self-starter with an eye for problem solving and good follow-through
2. strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking
3. knowledge pertaining to organic and/or sustainable agriculture businesses
4. knowledge pertaining to existing regional agriculture education
5. fundraising and event experience
6. ability to work both independently and in teams
Work will be contracted, from home, part time (15 hours increasing to 20 hours as project expands), and compensated at an hourly rate beginning at $15. Funding for this position exists for 3 years beginning in 2011, and comes from a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Grant.
There exists the potential for longer term employment after the initial three years of funding.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to email@example.com. We will not accept phone calls regarding this position.
The Organic Growers School is a 501c3 non profit organization that does not discriminate with respect to race, sexual orientation, religion, or other personal factors.