Monday, April 2, 2018

Join our team in Santa Cruz! Central Coast Program Coordinator position open!

Job Description: 
The Central Coast Regional Program Coordinator will support FarmLink’s mission by providing training and direct assistance to help small farmers access and successfully use land and capital. This position provides farm business development services in land access, farm succession planning, loan packaging and assistance. The Coordinator will provide one-on-one technical assistance to small and low-resource farmers and organize group education offerings on: financing options, loan packaging, cash flow projections, credit counseling, leasing and purchasing land, farm transition planning, and other special projects as well as engaging a network of partners and advisors. The Coordinator will assist other staff as needed in program management, communications, evaluation of programs, and grant design.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Land Access and Linking
Provide farmers, ranchers and landowners with information on land leasing, land purchasing/sales and alternative land tenure options;
Assist farmers with negotiating secure, fair leases and finding land for lease or sale; coordinate with FarmLink’s loan team to assist farmers in financing land purchases;
Support farmers and landowners if/when they experience a breach in lease or other tenure-related issues;
Assist in maintaining and updating an online hub of land for lease or sale and in connecting landowners and farmers;
Outreach to and educate landowners about what it means to lease land to a farmer and help both parties to set and manage expectations;
Create and update resources that will support farmers and landowners in the process of seeking and leasing land, farm purchase/sale, and succession planning.
Business Development
Maintain and cultivate 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 including FarmLink’s loan program, preparing for financing, and credit education;
Conduct regional loan monitoring site visits in coordination with FarmLink’s loan program, and provide business development assistance; and
Provide farmers, as well as partners and staff, with information on risk management options.
Education and Outreach
Organize and present group education offerings at workshops, seminars, and conferences
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;
Cultivate relationships with build community with supporters and donors; participate in Friends of FarmLink events and assist in seeking and cultivating funding opportunities.
Education & Experience: 
Ability to provide excellent customer service in person, on the phone and via email
Ability to communicate the written and spoken word in both English and Spanish (Bilingual)
Good organizational skills, well disciplined, and able to meet deadlines; self starter
Ability to handle multiple tasks and frequent interruptions
Ability to handle stressful situations with calmness and courtesy, while meeting deadlines
Knowledge and experience using MS Word, Excel; as well as basic accounting procedures
1-3 years of experience handling personal financial information, ideally in a banking or lending setting
Minimum BS in business administration, finance, community development or other related field, or the equivalent combination of education and work experience
Familiarity with agriculture, agricultural lending, and CDFI loan products a plus
California FarmLink offers a generous benefit plan, including health insurance after 60 days, retirement, and vacation. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace. We are an equal opportunity provider and employer, and do not discriminate against race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, or national origin.
Application Instructions: 
Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in this position to