Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Job Announcement- California FarmLink! Come work with us!

Central Coast Regional Program Coordinator

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.