ABOUT COMMUNITY FARMSHARE:
Community FarmShare (CFS) is a 501(c)(3) food systems focused nonprofit with a dual mission of addressing nutrition insecurity and supporting local small scale farms to build a resilient food system.
Community FarmShare purchases nutrient dense farm produce from over a dozen local small scale organic, regenerative, and naturally grown vegetable and fruit farms farms and provides this produce to food insecure residents through our healthy food access programs. We operate through our aggregation food hub location in Derwood, MD with programming throughout Montgomery County. Through this model, we manage both our Farm to School Program (F2S) (partnering with 10 MCPS schools) and our Food is Medicine (FIM) program (partnering with healthcare providers/community clinics and community based organizations) to bring a Food Is Medicine approach to addressing food insecurity in our communities.
In 2024, we plan to operate a mobile “FARMacy” Market to deepen our healthy food access mission. The mobile market will be located in various community locations at regularly scheduled days and times (near healthcare providers/community clinics and schools) to make our Food Is Medicine and Farm to School programs more accessible in communities where fresh produce access is otherwise difficult for residents to access.
Community FarmShare is seeking a Program Coordinator (PC) to support our Food Is Medicine (40%) and Farm to School (40%) and mobile market (20%) programs. We are looking for someone passionate about food, people and the earth. The ideal candidate is highly organized and who is both proactive about pulling things on their plate and taking responsibility, but who is also skilled at coordinating and communicating with others on and across teams.
The primary responsibility of the Program Coordinator is supporting all aspects of the FIM and F2S programs as well as supporting the launch and management of the mobile market. The PC will work closely with the Executive Director, the Operations Manager and with volunteer teams to ensure programs are most effectively achieving community centered goals and objectives.
Collaborate with the leadership team to design and develop innovative programs and projects in line with the organization’s mission and goals relating to healthy food access and local farmer support.
Oversee the successful execution of programs, particularly our Farm to School and Food Is Medicine program, ensuring that timelines, budgets, and deliverables are met.
Act as point of contact and coordinator for all partner organizations connected with the programs (schools, clinics, community based organizations)
Provide ongoing support to partner clinics and health educators in their partnership roles linked to our programs
Oversee and manage program related aspects of the FARMacy mobile market, including any program related work connected to our F2S and FIM programs.
Develop a working knowledge of SNAP and other federal benefit programs to be able to support and strengthen our mobile market as a healthy food access program
Support our fresh produce distribution work both at the hub and the mobile market. This involves various aspects of operations including packing and occasionally picking up shifts and deliveries if volunteers can’t make it.
Cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including food systems partners, government agencies, and community organizations.
Coordinate and manage volunteers from recruitment to ongoing engagement and management
Represent the organization at meetings, conferences, and tabling events to enhance collaboration and visibility.
Keep the E.D. informed of all problems, challenges and conflicts related to the job
Monitoring and Evaluation:
Develop and implement monitoring and evaluation frameworks to assess program effectiveness and impact.
Regularly analyze program data and feedback to make informed decisions and improvements.
All other duties assigned by the supervisor relative to the position.
Familiarity with nonprofit program management and food systems work preferred
Excellent written verbal communication skills required.
Strong cross-cultural and interpersonal communication skills to work effectively in a team and with program participants, partner organizations and other stakeholders.
Outstanding time management, organization, and logistical skills
Computer proficiency (Microsoft, Google).
Driver’s license and own transportation, good driving record.
Ability to lift 40 lbs, and stand for long periods of time
You are an upbeat, positive team player who is passionate about local food systems.
You’re the kind of person who stays on top of things, and communicates effectively when challenges arise.
You know how to make work back schedules and set internal deadlines for the projects and tasks your managing
People describe you as, “the most organized person they know” and/or someone who “gets things done”
You’re experienced and confident in your skills – but also eager to learn new things and acquire new skills
There will be some aspects of this job where you need to take charge – but other aspects where you need to take direction. You are comfortable in both roles.
You pride yourself in knowing when you need to ask for help or guidance – and also when it is appropriate for you to act and make decisions on your own. You know what questions to ask to get a sense of this in new roles.
You are eager to take on a new challenge with a growing organization that has internal career growth opportunities.
Full time (approx., 40 hr/week)
Annual salary, $45,000; benefits – health insurance
Two weeks paid vacation
Fresh produce CSA subscription
Please submit Resume and Letter of Interest by February 10, 2024 to:
Jennifer Freeman, Executive Director, Community FarmShare
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14975 Sugarland Rd
Poolesville, Maryland 20837
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