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Food & Ag Cooperative Development Specialist at California Center for Cooperative Development - 11144

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Food & Ag Cooperative Development Specialist
California Center for Cooperative Development
979 F St.
95616 Davis , CA
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The position will support the food and agricultural co-op development program and focus on sustaining projects focused on providing technical assistance and education to cooperatives, organizing groups, and independent business owners looking to convert their businesses to cooperative ownership. Technical assistance and education include topics in governance, finance, marketing, business formation, business planning, and regulatory compliance. Current agricultural projects include those with fruit, vegetable, meat, and processed food producers and includes working with other local technical assistance provider partners for each project. Many of our projects involve speakers with English as a second language.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Program support and development including:
•Evaluating potential projects and developing fee for service contracts and grant proposals to support the work of CCCD
•Completing market research and feasibility studies, including conducting producer surveys, interviews with key informants, and building financial proformas
•Providing technical assistance in the development and support of agriculture and food co-ops
•Preparing and monitoring project budgets, timelines, and workplans for grant and other funding sources.
Developing training materials (presentations and written materials)
•Evaluating current projects and preparing progress reports for funders
•Planning, marketing, and hosting ag and food co-op-focused trainings
•Responding to general inquiries that CCCD receives regarding ag and food coop

Education & Experience: 

3 years of combined experience working in agriculture, fresh fruit/veg distribution, or retail food sectors
•Experience/knowledge with farming or agriculture production
•Experience conducting research including designing written surveys, conducting interviews, and analyzing data
•Strong communication, facilitation, and presentation skills•Conference and event coordinating experience
•Self-motivated, highly organized team player
•An entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit
•Driver’s license and ability to travel statewide an average 2-3 times per month; occasional national travel
•Knowledge and experience with common tools for word processing, financial analysis and data processing such as MS Word, Excel, and Salesforce.
•BA or MS in Agricultural Economics, Managerial Economics, Community Development, or other field related to food or agriculture

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