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Black Food Sovereignty Coalition: Urban Farmer Program Manager

Company: Black Food Sovereignty Coalition

Salary: $60000 / per year Location: Portland, Oregon

Description

Urban Farmer Program Manager

Salary Range $55,000 – 60,000

Full description at LinkedIn. Apply there or by sending resume to info (at) blackfood (dot) org.

Summary of Position:

The Urban Farmer Program Manager is a full-time, exempt position, reporting to the Executive Director. Benefits including health insurance (75% employer paid) are provided.

In this position, the Urban Farmer Program Manager will work to design and implement programming that centers Black, Brown, and Indigenous urban farmers and producers, including managing operations at Come Thru Market, an urban incubator farmers market.

This position is responsible for working with partner organizations, including the USDA/FSA, to manage a multi-year Urban Agriculture cooperative project as well as other ongoing projects and partnerships with other local agricultural ecosystem entities.

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About the job

The Urban Farmer Program Manager is a full-time, exempt position, reporting to the Executive Director. Benefits including health insurance (75% employer paid) are provided.

In this position, the Urban Farmer Program Manager will work to design and implement programming that centers Black, Brown, and Indigenous urban farmers and producers, including managing operations at Come Thru Market, an urban incubator farmers market.

This position is responsible for working with partner organizations, including the USDA/FSA, to manage a multi-year Urban Agriculture cooperative project as well as other ongoing projects and partnerships with other local agricultural ecosystem entities.

About Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC)

Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC) is a Black-led organization that is a part of — and is accountable to — the communities it serves. BFSC has been a thought leader in the co-creation, design, and implementation of equitable strategies that improve community health by increasing access to fresh, culturally appropriate foods in low-income neighborhoods of color, increasing long-term community health through asset-building and ownership of food enterprises, fostering resilience through celebration, and by supporting self-determination and social capital development by and for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in urban communities.

Requirements

Roles & Responsibilities:

FSA Urban Agriculture Partnership (50%)

  • Serve as co-leading project partner, participate in monthly project team meetings;
  • Co-lead targeted outreach and engagement;
  • Co-lead listening sessions between urban producers, community-based organizations, and relevant USDA staff;
  • Co-lead and host in-person on farm engagements to build awareness of USDA programs;
  • Support the development and implementation of culturally relevant workshops for underserved producers

Portland Area Black, Brown, and Indigenous Farmer Network Development (~10%)

  • Work with the leaders and members of local ad-hoc networks such as the Black & Brown Farmer network and/or Oregon Food Bank’s Pathways to Farming program to support connection and collaboration between local BIPOC urban farmers and producers.
  • Support Black and Indigenous urban farmers in accessing resources that allow them to have strong connections and collaborations, including accessing the Centralia 43 farm property for planning, planting, and/or rest, as appropriate.
  • Work with partner organizations such as OCFSN and Ecotrust to fund and host opportunities for collaboration and engagement.

Come Thru Market Operations Management (~40%)

This role serves as the Market Manager for a small incubator farmers market centering Black and Indigenous farmers and food makers. The farmers market is open two times a month, for four hours. Duties related to market management include coordinating and overseeing all Market Day operations as well as ongoing short and long term planning and management activities. The following is a brief list of essential duties. A full list of Market operations duties is available on request.

Market Day Operations

  • Coordinate market day activity including overseeing the set-up and break-down of the market.
  • Manage relationships with all volunteers, vendors, partners, shoppers, and market friends.
  • Manage Info Booth and sale of promotional merchandise, support SNAP Coordinator in implementing food access initiatives.
  • Manage conflicts or problems that may arise.
  • Collection, control, and documentation of fees.
  • Assist farmers in setting appropriate prices for produce when needed.
  • Support Free Booth team in hosting programming.

Beyond Market Day

  • Support and direct the independent work of the Market Assistant and SNAP Coordinator, currently independent contractors.
  • Work with Market Assistant to schedule community engagement activities.
  • Actively recruit new Black, Brown, and Indigenous farmers and producers to expand the variety of products for sale.
  • Stress the sale of high quality produce. Monitor each farmer’s products and encourage them to market only high quality goods, not excess or leftovers. Visiting farms is a common practice for Farmers Market Managers to assess growing conditions and quality of produce.
  • Expand the customer base of the market using various PR strategies and creative, low-cost marketing.
  • Keep all partners and sponsors advised of the market’s conditions, providing them with relevant data on gross vendor sales, market income, and feedback from customer and vendor surveys.
  • Work with partners and/or committees to review, update, or create market rules, strategies for future growth, and partnerships with other organizations.
  • Oversee and manage requirements and regulations as per OFMA, OHA, and ODA.
  • Continually evaluate the market’s strengths and weaknesses. Conduct customer and vendor surveys, track overall sales, and monitor for potential improvements in daily logistics, outreach efforts, and product selection.
  • Meets monthly with Executive Director and/or Operations and Grants Manager for assignments and feedback.
  • Writes monthly program reports.
  • Participates on BFSC’s Development Team to develop grants and fundraising methods for the market.
  • Participates in food access and Mini Hub meetings and programming, collaborating with the Community Food and Wellness Coordinator as appropriate.

Ideal Candidate

Priority Experience:

  • Experience building collaborative projects in Black, Brown, and/or Indigenous communities,
  • Experience working as a farmer or with farmers of color,
  • Experience working in regional food system partnerships,
  • Other direct experience working with Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, communities, and programs.

How to Apply

Hybrid Position.

 

Full description at LinkedIn. Apply there or by sending resume to info (at) blackfood (dot) org.