APPAL-TREE Field Director, Knott County

Time: Full-time
Location: Knott County, Kentucky
Base Salary: $29,000 – $33,000 (varies with experience) with generous health, dental, vision and other benefits
Target Start Date: September 16, 2018

About Community Farm Alliance (CFA): CFA is a statewide grassroots membership organization that strives to bring a voice on issues affecting family farmers and local food consumers to both state and national policy makers. Since 1985 Community Farm Alliance has led major innovations in Kentucky’s agriculture, food, and community policy development.

CFA has over a thousand passionate, committed members from across the Commonwealth. CFA members are a mix of urban, rural, farmers and non-farmers, rich, poor, young and old. The “community” in Community Farm Alliance is not defined by geography but by values that govern good stewardship of land, family, and community.

The Healthy Communities Initiative and the Appal-TREE Project Description

Health is at the heart of prosperity for individuals, families and communities. Poverty and poor health are inseparably linked. Poverty has many dimensions – material deprivation (of food, shelter, sanitation, and safe drinking water), social exclusion, lack of education, unemployment, and low income – that all work together to reduce opportunities, limit choices, undermine hope, and, as a result, threaten health.

All of CFA’s work, including “programs”, is inter-connected. Community Farm Alliance’s Healthy Communities Initiative has been created to better present, both internally and externally, this connectivity and CFA’s role in the multi-organizational effort to promote healthy communities.

The Appal-TREE Project (Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating Environment) is an important component of CFA’s Healthy Communities Initiative. The Appal-TREE Project is a joint community-university research and demonstration project to promote healthy diets in Eastern Kentucky. This National Institutes of Health research project, awarded to the University of Kentucky in partnership with CFA, will work closely with schools and community organizations in Knott County to implement and evaluate a package of community-based programs to facilitate and promote healthier diets.

Job Description

This is a full-time position with a two-year commitment based in Knott County, KY. An extension of the position is possible, up to three years total.

The Knott County Field Director will participate as a key member of CFA’s staff team. The Field Director will serve as the link between the UK research team, community volunteers and CFA members, and other CFA staff team members. He or she will have primary responsibility for administration and data collection related to the Knott County projects, working closely with UK scientific researchers and the field directors in the other Appal-TREE communities of Letcher and Harlan Counties. Specific responsibilities include recruiting participants for Appal-TREE cooking classes and working closely with Knott schools on healthy beverage promotion.

The Field Director is also responsible for developing community relationships that help to build CFA through recruiting and developing CFA members and new CFA leaders. Developing relationships with allies, decision makers, and the media are also required.

Professional Qualifications

  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Must be able to self-organize and multi-task;
  • Must be comfortable with the suite of Microsoft Office applications and web-based applications such as Facebook, WordPress, and online database management systems.

Personal Qualifications

  • Residence in or relocation to Knott County;
  • Committed to the values inherent in community organizing and leadership development;
  • Committed to advancing diversity;
  • Able to perform in a variety of environments and diverse social settings.
  • Able to initiate contact with persons not known, in person and by phone;
  • Able to occasionally travel throughout the state and accommodate a work schedule that will include occasional evening and weekend commitments;
  • Must have reliable transportation and a mobile phone;
  • Able to take the initiative; be self-motivated; able to work independently as well as in a team; work well under pressure; be a creative thinker and; be a good problem solver;
  • Open and honest – must enjoy working with people!

CFA is an equal opportunity employer-People of color are encouraged to apply

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, two writing samples, as well as 3 professional references and 2 personal references

Applications are due no later than September 1st

By mail: Martin Richards, Executive Director, P.O. Box 130 Berea, KY 40403
By email (preferred): with the subject line: “Appal-TREE Knott Co.”

Questions regarding the position can be submitted to this email address as well.

Please no phone calls.