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The Farmer Services Coordinator provides technical services and educational programs to organic producers in Vermont NOFA Vermont is hiring a Farmer Serives Coordinator (see below). 

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Farmer Services Coordinator

Farmer Services Coordinator - Job Description

NOFA-VT was founded in 1971, and works to support organic farms, healthy food and strong communities.  NOFA-VT has a technical assistance program to serve commercial organic farmers, those transitioning to organic production and beginner farmers.  Our technical assistance includes production and business planning support through on-farm visits, workshops, conferences and farmer to farmer mentoring. 

This is a full-time, exempt position based out of the Richmond, Vermont office.  Supervises NOFA-VT Farmer Education Coordinator, consulting Farm Advisors and Farmer Mentors.  Reports to Executive Director. This position will coordinate NOFA-VT’s Technical Assistance team, and serve as a resource to the Vermont Organic Farmers certification staff to deliver the following services:

Program Management

Provide technical services and educational programs to organic producers in Vermont. 

Program development and support: 

  • Oversee technical assistance program to certified organic and transitioning farmers as a component of grant-funded projects, and in response to needs identified by the Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF), the organic certification program of NOFA-VT. Develop programs, research projects, and/or TA contracts with farm advisors or farmer mentors to support the viability of organic farms in Vermont.
  • Oversee contract with VHCB as a Service Provider of the Farm and Forest Viability Enhancement Program, including:  develop annual application, develop contracts with farm advisors and farmer mentors, provide on-farm technical assistance in cash-flow analysis and development of business plans for crop and diversified applicants (and/or serve as a team member), attend quarterly meetings, manage budget and provide timely reports.
  • Advise on educational programming for beginner, transitioning and commercial organic farmers.  Coordinate with Farmer Education Coordinator and other organizational partners to develop technical workshops, farmer-to-farmer exchanges, farmer discussion groups, field days, and courses.

Program administration and outreach: 

  • Utilize mechanisms to track delivery of services to meet reporting and program development needs
  • Manage the Farmer Services Program budget in coordination with NOFA-VT’s Finance Director
  • Provide in-put to help maintain high quality technical materials on NOFA-VT’s webpages
  • Develop and/or adapt innovative materials to support organic producers
  • Help develop, implement and report on grants in a timely and professional manner
  • Help to organize workshops, field days, courses, farmer discussion groups, and conferences for both beginner and experienced organic producers
  • Develop and maintain positive collaborative working relationships with other agricultural service providers, and college/university educators/researchers
  • Communicate with other organizations and farmers about the program, participate in appropriate meetings, and respond to questions and concerns
  • Work with NOFA-VT’s Communications Coordinator to develop an outreach plan, outreach materials and maintain press-release lists

NOFA-VT Program related support

A lot of NOFA-VT’s events and programs are executed as a team.  This position has the following responsibilities, as part of the technical assistance team:

  • NOFA Winter Conference - Develop ideas and suggest presenters for technical farmer workshops and provide support to organizers
  • NOFA-VT On-Farm Workshop Series - Develop ideas, hosts and speakers for the technical farmer workshops and provide support to organizers
  • Organic Certification - Provide the VOF Office with technical assistance on Review Committee activities, product questions, inspector training materials, and other technical issues.
  • Policy Development and Response - Support the policy advisor with issues important to farmers and the TA program.
  • Program Development - Assist with the development of grant proposals, manage project budgets and write program related reports. 
  • Outreach - Table at NOFA events and workshops, serve as a spokesperson for the organization.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge: knowledge of diverse organic and sustainable agriculture and the educational needs of commercial, transitioning and beginning organic farmers.
  • Experience: Program management, budget development and oversight, grant writing, organizing, and public relations. 
  • Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal, supervisory, planning, and training skills; excellent organizational skills; strong public presence; strong computer skills required.
  • Capabilities: Ability to prioritize tasks in a position with many moving parts. Ability to work well with a wide range of people, work well under pressure, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis.
  • Conditions: Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of NOFA-VT and meeting the educational needs of organic farmers.  Frequent statewide and occasional out-of-state travel required. 

To apply

Qualified applicants, please send your résumé and cover letter to NOFA Vermont's hiring team, c/o info@nofavt.org. Please include the job title in the subject line.