FARMERS MARKET SUPPORT PROGRAM MANAGER JOB POSITION

Position:               FARMERS MARKET SUPPORT PROGRAM MANAGER

Time:                      Full-time

Location:              Remote with preference for Central Kentucky

Salary:                    $40,000 (based on experience) with generous health, dental, vision and   other benefits

Starting Date: January 2022 or until filled

About Community Farm Alliance (CFA):

Community Farm Alliance 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 CFA 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. Our members are a mix of urban and rural, farmers and non-farmers, rich and 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.

Job Description

The FMSP Manager  is a full-time CFA employee and key member of the staff team responsible for the coordination and management of CFA’s Farmers Market Support Program (FMSP), including leading the initiation, coordination, and management of CFA’s new initiative, the Farmers Market Resiliency Program (FMRP). The FMSP Manager leads a team of technical assistants within CFA, and plays a key role in developing and maintaining strategic organizational partnerships critical to program success.

This position is 100% funded under CFA’s 2021-2024 USDA FMPP grant.

Professional Qualifications

  • Must have at least 3 years’ experience in farmers market leadership;
  • Must have experience with project and people management;
  • Must be able to lead a team collaboratively to meet organizational and program specific goals;
  • Must have strong analytical skills;
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Must be able to self-organize and multi-task;
  • Must possess a good baseline knowledge of SNAP, WIC, Senior Farmers Market, and other relevant Federal Food and Nutrition Programs
  • Must be able to stay up to date on state, regional, and national issues related to farmers markets while often working on day-to-day market issues.
  • Must be comfortable with the suite of Microsoft Office applications: Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Publisher. Additionally, the applicant will be expected to use Web-based applications such as Facebook.

Personal Qualifications

  • Committed to the values inherent to CFA, community organizing and leadership development;
  • Committed to advancing diversity;
  • Able to perform in a variety of environments and diverse social settings. The applicant should be able to transition fluidly and comfortably from an urban setting, to a farm, and then to legislative meeting, all within the same week (maybe even the same day!);
  • 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, a mobile phone, and internet access;
  • 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 actively seeks to build an organization of diversity to fulfill CFAs Commitment to Equity – People of color are encouraged to apply

For more information please visit: https://cfaky.org/farmers-market-support-program-job-position/

To apply:

Send application materials as a single PDF to cfaadmin@cfaky.org with subject line of “FMSP Manager” to Martin Richards, Executive Director by December 15, 2021:

  • A resume
  • Cover letter
  • 3 professional references and 2 personal references

Questions regarding the position can be submitted to this email address as well. Please no phone calls about this job.