Farm Program Manager

  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • Mar 15, 2019
Education Management Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Veggielution is looking for a new Farm Program Manager!

Who We Are

Veggielution connects people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to build community in East San José. With the support of the City of San José, Veggielution broke ground in 2008 at Emma Prusch Farm Park, a former dairy farm that was deeded to the City of San José in 1962 to demonstrate the rich agricultural history of this area once referred to as “The Valley of Heart’s Delight.”

In partnership with the City of San José, we offer Community Engagement, Environmental Education, and Leadership Development programs. Our goal is to engage residents throughout Silicon Valley, with a special emphasis on fostering community and family engagement in the low-income, working immigrant community of East San José. We believe that through shared conversations and experiences, healthy food and outdoor learning, Veggielution can help to build community in East San José and change attitudes and policies toward low-income residents by strengthening diverse and multicultural social networks.

We are a diverse, tight-knit team of inquisitive, creative people committed to constant learning in pursuit of social change. We invest in each other’s growth and development as people and as professionals.

The Opportunity

We are looking for an energetic, responsible team member to fill our Farm Program Manager position to work with a small and highly collaborative team. The Farm Program Manager is key to sustaining Veggielution’s mission. They will have an important leadership role and be primarily focused on the day to-day management of the farm which sits on approximately 2.5 acres and includes fields, an orchard, and greenhouses. The Farm Program Manager works in close collaboration with other staff in training and supervising interns and volunteers. They will support the educational programs by ensuring that farm program engagement at Veggielution is safe and welcoming to volunteers, interns, and program participants. The Farm Program Manager will also play a key role in overall program design, management, and facilitation. They will have the opportunity to contribute across our programs in a variety of ways, including in community engagement activities, volunteer training, field trips, and fundraising events. The Farm Program Manager will draw on their personal and professional experiences to nurture the growth and development of Veggielution’s urban farm operations as well as its internal structure and culture.

Our Ideal candidate will be self-motivated, flexible, adept at managing change, and driven by our mission to connect people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to build community in East San José.

Responsibilities:

  • Create a welcoming and inclusive space for all visitors to Veggielution

  • Manage interns and weekly volunteer groups

  • Plan, start and plant a wide variety of crops with staggered harvest dates

  • Manage greenhouse, including propagation of transplants in alignment with crop plan

  • Adhere to Integrated Pest Management and soil health best practices

  • Manage and oversee wellness of small flock of laying hens

  • Adhere to and continuously update a comprehensive set of farm and food safety procedures

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date crop production and equipment records

  • Oversee the post-harvest, washing, packaging, and storage of harvested produce

  • Complete tractor work as needed, including bed preparation and mowing.

  • Communicate with all program leads to coordinate produce for farm stand, field trips, cooking classes, and special events.

  • Participate in Veggielution bi-monthly staff meetings, community programs, and donor engagement events

  • Other related duties, as assigned

    What You Can Bring

    We are searching for candidates with:

  • A commitment to the mission and vision of Veggielution

  • A commitment to racial and social justice and equity

  • A flexible and adaptable work ethic

  • Minimum one year experience working on a small farm or equivalent agricultural experience

  • The ability to take initiative and to manage multiple priorities The ability to work independently as well as on a close, collaborative team

  • Strong organizational and time management skills

  • Entrepreneurial interest in how we use the farm space to meet evolving community and program needs

  • Experience in leading others, fostering teamwork to accomplish projects, and holding others accountable

  • Enthusiasm for meeting new people from diverse backgrounds, with sensitivity to differences (of race/culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and age)

  • Strong leadership skills and volunteer management and motivational abilities

  • Conversational Spanish language proficiency

  • Basic computer skills

  • The ability to lift 50 lbs. unassisted

  • Specific knowledge of and experience in food justice or environmental justice fields (preferred but not required)

Physical and Schedule Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to operate light pick-up truck and tractor (training available)

  • Routine lifting of farm tools and equipment

  • Typical total weekly hours will be between 40 and 45, typically 8 to 9 hours per day. Hours may be shorter in the winter and longer in the summer.

  • Flexibility to work Saturdays and participate in occasional Sunday and weeknight events

    The physical demands described here are representative of what an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with differing abilities to perform the essential functions.

    Compensation and Benefits

    This position is full-time, exempt, and reports to the Executive Director. Starting salary is $52,000 annually. Because we know the practice of salary negotiation can contribute to pay inequities, this starting salary is non-negotiable.

    Veggielution offers the following benefits package to all new full-time staff members:

  • Generous monthly contribution toward medical, dental, and vision for staff members and dependents.

  • Four weeks of accrued paid time off per year and 12 paid holidays

  • Professional development funds

    Beyond these benefits, Veggielution staff members have the opportunity to work offsite at our coworking location as needed and to ask for support in creating an approach to work-life balance that meets their needs.

    Veggielution is committed to being a multicultural organization that embraces shared leadership and is passionate about achieving social justice.

    How to apply:​ Please send your resume and cover letter to Cayce Hill, Executive Director at cayceh@veggielution.org.

    Deadline: ​March 31, 2019

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Deadline to Apply

March 31, 2019