Changing Hands Program Director Rogue Farm Corps
- Date Posted August 05, 2020
- Location Anywhere
- Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
- Job type Part-Time
RFC envisions a world in which land is deeply cared for, power is equitably shared, and farms, ranches, and the people who work them flourish.MISSION STATEMENT:
Rogue Farm Corps trains and equips the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs and the preservation of farmland.VALUES:
Stewardship - protecting farmland and promoting agricultural practices that restore water, soil and biodiversity.
Mentorship - sharing knowledge and experience across generations through hands-on, experiential education and learning.
Collaboration - joining forces with partners and allies to advance shared goals and act together for a livable future.
Systemic change - addressing disparities in the food system to achieve equitable access to education, training, land, and capital, and building diverse, adaptable communities able to thrive in a changing climate.Job description
Reports to: Executive Director
Employment Type: Exempt; 0.5 FTE with opportunity to grow
Location: Oregon (remote / work from home)
Compensation: Starting salary based on $50,000 full time employment. Position requires an average of 20 hours per week, with some fluctuation throughout the year. Requires the use of your own personal vehicle (mileage reimbursed) or a rental car for longer distances (also reimbursed), cell phone and computer. Benefits include paid vacation, health care stipend, technology stipend, matching retirement account, and flexible work schedule.
Rogue Farm Corps is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color.
RFC offers farmer training programs at the entry and advanced levels that combine hands-on training at partner host farms with classes, farm tours, discussions, and independent study.
RFC’s Changing Hands Program helps beginning farmers access land and capital, and creates tools and resources to help retirement age farmers plan for succession. This work has evolved over the last several years and now reflects a strategic focus on land access and intergenerational farm transfer.
RFC is committed to engaging in an ongoing learning process around privilege, power, inequality and systems of oppression, and using our organizational power to be an agent of positive change.
For more information, please visit https://www.roguefarmcorps.org/changing-hands-program- description
The Changing Hands Program Director, in collaboration with RFC’s Directors team and partner organizations, will develop the strategic direction of RFC’s Changing Hands Program. The Program Director will be responsible for building relationships with partners and stakeholders, and implementing programmatic activities and events. Our ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, have a depth of experience in agriculture and food systems work, and be passionate about equity and the future of farming in Oregon. This half-time position (with the possibility to grow) is an excellent opportunity to work with a dynamic team innovating solutions to the interrelated issues of an aging farmer population, barriers beginning farmers face in accessing land and capital, and the threats facing Oregon’s farmland.
Specific duties include:
Program development and strategic planning (in collaboration with RFC staff)
Planning and implementing a series of Changing Hands events each year
3. Additional educational opportunities TBD for farmers and ranchers on succession planning and land access
4. Conducting public education and outreach on the need for succession planning and support for beginning farmers and ranchers
5. Coalition building and collaborating with partners to develop new programming that supports the success of Oregon’s farmers and addresses disparities in access to land and capital
6. Grant writing and other fundraising activities as needed
Additional duties may be added as needed by RFC’s Executive Director and as a result of strategic planning.
- Commitment to RFC’s mission
- Knowledge of and/or experience with farming, succession planning, land access, capital
- access, and/or other issues related to farmland and farm business transfers
- Ability to communicate and build relationships with diverse partners and audiences
- including staff, elder/experienced farmers, beginning & aspiring farmers, rural service providers like attorneys and business counselors, and other local food system organizations
- Ability to develop and communicate educational content
- Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team environment
- Skilled in group facilitation and navigating / being responsive to group dynamics
- Highly organized with great attention to detail
- Able to connect with and develop trusting relationships with people and communities of
- various backgrounds and identities
- Strong writing skills
- Commitment to social justice; experience with anti-racism, anti-oppression, and diversity,
- equity and inclusion work
- Ability to use online applications including email, calendar, database, Google Drive,
- Google Docs, Google Sheets, and social media platforms
- Experience with planning events such as workshops and conferences
Connections to Oregon agricultural communities and networks
Connections to communities of color and other underserved populations
Experience with grant writing and/or authoring reports
The Changing Hands Program Director can expect a flexible working schedule that includes some evenings and weekends. Requires approximately 20 hours/week with additional hours during the lead up to the events.
The Program Director works remotely, connecting with other staff via zoom video conferencing, email, messaging, and conference calls. A good internet connection and phone service are necessary. A home office is highly recommended as no office is provided.
- Must be self-directed, excellent with time management, and have experience working independently.
- Must coordinate monthly schedule and work plan with Executive Director.
Rogue Farm Corps is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.