Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Job Opportunity with CA FarmLink!

Central Coast Regional Program Coordinator
California FarmLink
Santa Cruz, California



California FarmLink is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to link independent farmers and ranchers with the land and financing they need for a sustainable future.

Job Description: 
FarmLink is looking for a Central Coast Regional Program Coordinator to oversee FarmLink programmatic activities along the Central Coast of California. This position is based in Santa Cruz.

Responsibilities include:
  • Provide farmers, ranchers and landowners with information on land leasing, land purchasing/sales and alternative land tenure options
  • Help farmers negotiate strong leases 
  • Coach farmers on how to find land for lease or sale, and help them find financing for land purchases
  • Assist in maintaining an online hub of land for lease or sale, connect landowners and farmers, and "broker" farmland leases
  • Work with and develop a network of experienced farm service professionals, including attorneys, CPAs, family communications specialists, realtors, insurance providers, and business consultants. 
  • Provide farmers with information on farm financing options and credit education
  • Organize and present Farm Finance Expos, workshops, and seminars
  • Assist in grant reporting 
  • Outreach to agricultural landowners and organizations to increase FarmLink’s capacity to offer quality land opportunities
  • Outreach to beginning and underserved farmers to increase awareness of FarmLink programs
Qualifications:
  • Experience in Central Coast agricultural, emphasis on small and mid scale farms
  • Experience in farm financing and farm business management
  • Familiarity with California agricultural organizations
  • Experience working with farmland leasing, real estate transactions, and conservation easements 
  • Oral communication skills, including ability to present complex information to groups
  • Computer skills include basic familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce or similar database, email, website, Internet and website updating
  • Valid California driver’s license, ability to travel locally and regionally on a regular basis and spend overnights out of the area on occasion.   
  • Spanish fluency
  • Ability to work in a team atmosphere 
  • Ability to complete self-directed projects with minimal day-to-day supervision;
  • Writing skills, including the ability to prepare professional letters, newsletter articles, and reports
  • Experience in nonprofit project management
Compensation and Terms:
Salary range $37,000-$50,000 depending on experience.  California FarmLink offers a generous benefit plan, including health insurance after 60 days, retirement, and vacation. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.
Position open until filled.  Please send resume, letter of interest, and three references to Eric Winders: eric@cafarmlink.org.  No phone calls please.