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Farm To School Program Manager (Food Connects)

Organization Food Connects
Location 8 University Way Suite 1
Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
Description

Food Connects seeks a detail-oriented candidate for the position of: Farm to School Program Manager.  This key member of our Food Connects Team will serve as a motivational guide and knowledgeable resource for teachers, food service professionals, and school administrators to further develop and support Farm to School programs throughout the region.

Successful applicants will have a demonstrated interest or experience in education, public health, and local food and agriculture. We are seeking a strategic thinker, and a team-player that has strong communication skills, and is comfortable with a dynamic and flexible work environment.

The Farm to School Program Manager will be based in the Food Connects office in Brattleboro, with frequent regional and occasional statewide travel. They will report to and be supported by the Executive Director.

Position Details

  • 40 hours/week; generally 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, though occasional evening and weekend events will be required.

  • Reliable vehicle required for regular regional travel. Mileage reimbursed at federal rate.

  • Abundant professional development opportunities provided to develop job-related competencies. This may include attending conferences, workshops and individualized mentoring regarding:

    • School Food & Child Nutrition Programs

    • Best practices in Farm to School

    • Other topics, as needed

Programming Responsibilities

Provide technical assistance and professional development opportunities for local stakeholders to build the capacity of school kitchens, cafeterias, gardens, and classrooms.

  • Work with school staff and/or relevant committees to coordinate activities and events, and share best practices as needed.

  • Help navigate complex regulations, customize solutions and to streamline operations  for federal child nutrition programs. (Professional development in this area will be provided!)

  • Provide technical assistance that will increase participation in the school meal programs.

  • Assist school chefs in accessing affordable wholesale local food direct from farms, delivered to schools through our local Food Hub.

  • Promote opportunities for facilitating greater parent and volunteer involvement in school-based projects.

Management Responsibilities

Ensure the sustainability of the program by:

  • Contribute Farm to School Program content to support Food Connects’ marketing efforts.

  • Provide FTS updates and presentation to School Boards or School Administration.

  • Participate in the VT Farm to School Network gatherings, meetings, and occasional projects.

  • Program budget, grant management and reporting.

  • Contribute to grant writing.

  • Participate in monthly staff meetings and big picture conversations.

Qualifications

  • 3+ years professional experience in education, nonprofit or public health sectors

  • Creative problem-solving skills

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Self-starter who can work well independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage workload in a dynamic and fast-paced environment

  • Proficient in Google Apps (Gmail, Drive, Sites, Docs, Calendar, etc.)

  • Cheerful, professional presence

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with Farm to School programs, school gardens, classroom curriculum, and/or the local food system.

  • Knowledge of, or familiarity with, key State/Regional Farm to School partners, such as VT-FEED, Green Mountain Farm to School, VT Agency of Agriculture, Hunger Free VT, etc.

  • Familiarity with, and enthusiasm for working in our  geographical area: Windham County, VT and Windsor County, VT.

Date Posted April 18th, 2017
Deadline April 30th, 2017
# of Positions Available 1
Categories Farm to School programs
Type Full Time
Compensation Salary range is $36,000 - $40,000, dependent upon experience, including some benefits after a probationary period.
How to Apply Submit cover letter and resume to Program Director, Katherine Jandernoa. katherine@foodconnects.org, 802-579-1082 Application deadline: Sunday, April 30th Preferred start date: June 1st, though this is negotiable

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