Position Title: Workforce Development Coordinator
Supervisor: Executive Director
Employee Status: Full Time, Exempt
Starting Annual Salary: $35,000
Primary Location: Winooski, VT
Salvation Farms’ Vermont Commodity Program (VCP) operates Vermont’s first surplus crop food hub. The VCP aggregates approximately 5,000 pounds per week of unmarketable crops from farms across the state. From the food hub, crops are distributed to charitable and institutional food sites.
The VCP operations are made possible through a workforce development training program. Enrolled trainees clean, quality assess, pack, and process surplus crops while gaining job readiness skills and exposure to potential employers. Volunteers also help the VCP meet production goals.
This is the first operation of its kind in the nation.
The Workforce Development Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and administering the work-readiness training components of VCP with the VCP Manager. This position is responsible for trainee recruitment, case-management, soft-skill development, and job search. They will foster and maintain area partnerships related to the VCP workforce development initiative and will continually strengthen the training curriculum and lessons.
The Workforce Development Coordinator fills a vital role supporting the evolution of the VCP. They balance both leading and supporting hard and soft skill training, providing exposure to employers, and putting the VCP work in context by organizing certification trainings, field trips, guest presenters, documentaries, and facilitating discussions.
Working closely with the VCP Manager, this position will understand VCP operations to help deliver operational training and foster a safe working and learning environment for individuals with barriers to employment (i.e. ex-incarcerated, out-of-school youth, those in recovery, single parents, etc.). Assisting with production, food safety, product quality, and operational efficiency will be part of this staff position’s role. This staff person may spend as much as 25% of their week supporting operations.
Primary Duties (include but are not limited to)
- Coordinate and deliver the VCP training program; maintaining and developing related partnerships specific to soft-skill development, placing the VCP work in context, and employment search
- Engage in trainee recruitment, screening, enrollment, and case-management; network with and leverage the resources of partners, trainee caseworkers, community members, and social service agencies
- Collaborate with staff and partners to deliver hard and soft skill training; strengthen the curriculum and lessons within the VCP workforce development program as needed
- Provide trainee participant case management; leverage community resources in case management
- Oversee and coordinate with the VCP Manager the daily activities of trainees with particular focus on balancing classroom activities and operational needs
- Measure training program impact and outcomes; generate periodic reports
- Support volunteer orientation and management in the program space
- Provide operational support to the VCP Manager, including but not limited to: supporting and overseeing pack-room training and activities, which includes end-of-day cleaning, inventories, and engaging in produce cleaning, packing, and processing alongside trainees and volunteers
- Understand and ensure workplace-safety and food-safety, quality controls, compliance with the VCP Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures
- Engage in community outreach, partner meetings, program enrichment, budget building, fundraising, and strategic planning
- Social work or workforce development experience and/or education a must
- Knowledge and understanding of challenges faced by community members transitioning out of incarceration, in recovery from substance abuse, overcoming homelessness or facing physical, mental, or emotional disabilities
- Familiarity with trauma informed practice, empowerment models, etc.
- Well networked and familiar with the Vermont social services landscape
- Experience and/or interest in providing educational instruction
- Highly organized, efficient, and pragmatic
- Demonstrated success training, managing, and working in truly diverse teams
- A desire to support workforce development and skill building initiatives for individuals in transition
- Able to work in partnership with staff and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people
- Ability to take direction and offer constructive suggestions for improvement
- Ability to coordinate priorities and exercise appropriate judgment and discretion
- A self-starter with effective time management skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Excellent record keeping skills, computer and data entry skills
- A passion for local agriculture, resource management, social justice, and social work
- A valid driver’s license
- Ability to lift 50 pounds, and to work in hot or cold conditions
- Available to work some nights and weekends
Benefits & Work Environment
- Paid time off and holidays
- Health insurance available (Employer covers 75% of premium)
- Dental and Vision Insurance available
- Access to training and professional development opportunities
- This position is based in Salvation Farms’ Winooski Facility - some travel will be required
- Mileage is reimbursed at $.40/mile for all approved work travel