The primary responsibilities of the Program Director are:
Administrative Responsibilities (70%)
1. Develop and manage departmental budget of $500,000 (30%); Track and manage grant income and spending, oversee financial grant reporting
2. Write narrative portions of grant proposals and reports (with input from program staff) (10%); Manage implementation of the statement of work in the related grants and manage grant reporting in cooperation with the grants coordinator and/or associate director for resource development
3. Develop FTI departmental plan and oversee implementation of plan, scope of work in grants, and Farmer Training portions of the AOLC strategic objective (5%)
4. Supervise FTI staff via monthly and weekly meetings, including advising on Stateline Farm Beginnings developments (15%)
5. Manage relationships with project partners and contractors, participate on a national scale (10%); Manage relationships with project partners and subproject contractors to complete the statement of work, including the evaluation of the project with contracted evaluators. Programmatic Responsibilities (10-30%)
6. Act as coordinating partner for Farm Beginnings Collaborative and advise on replication of CRAFT farmer network (10%); Advise new FB programs; develop evaluation materials; attend monthly meetings with other coordinators; facilitate monthly meetings with “buddies”; attend and present at annual meeting)
Items 7 and 8 depend on qualifications, the inclusion of which would constitute 100% FTE position.
7. Implement plan for micro-loan program in region; Research IDA funding strategies (15%)
8. Develop FTI role in land access issue along with project partners (5%)
Experience managing budgets, ideally in the non-profit sector with grant funding.
Grant writing experience.
A minimum of three years experience in farming, farm-based education, or local food systems.
Successful experience managing and supervising volunteer and staff teams.
Experience in building coalitions, partnerships, social networks and other multi-stakeholder associations.
Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills.
Excellent writing and editing skills.
Positive team player.
Reliable self-starter, with excellent ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines.
Highly organized, with excellent attention to detail.
Windows and internet literacy, and proficiency using Microsoft Word and Excel.
A Bachelors Degree or equivalent work experience.
A commitment to the Learning Center’s work to build local food systems and its partnership with Angelic Organics, a Biodynamic Community Supported Agriculture farm.
Ability to work from the farm office in Caledonia, IL, and on a regular basis travel to farms, meetings, and events. Periodic evening/weekend meetings and events.
Marketing and media relations experience.
Volunteer and/or professional experience with Biodynamic farming, urban agriculture, local food systems, popular education, youth development, and/or community organizing is preferable.
Proficiency in a second language
Please familiarize yourself with our website at www.learngrowconnect.org. Then send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia IL 61011. If you submit your application via email, PDF format is preferred for all documents.