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Rogue Valley Chapter Coordinator at Rogue Farm Corps - 14298

Job Title: 
Rogue Valley Chapter Coordinator
Rogue Farm Corps
PO Box 86024
97286 Portland , OR
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

Rogue Valley Chapter Coordinator
Reports to: Education Director
Employment Type / Hours: Exempt; 1.0 FTE (40 hours/week)
Location: Rogue Valley region of Southern Oregon (work from home and at area locations)
Start date: Mid-February 2022
Timeline: Application deadline January 19, 2022
Compensation: Starting salary is $42,000. Benefits include flexible work schedule, paid vacation/holiday/sick leave policy, health insurance, home office stipend, and 1% IRA retirement account match. Requires the use of your own personal vehicle (mileage reimbursed), cell phone, and computer (monthly phone and internet stipend provided).

Our organization is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a person of color.

Organization Background

Mission: Rogue Farm Corps (RFC) is an Oregon-based non-profit that trains and equips the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs and the preservation of farmland.

Vision: RFC envisions a world in which land is deeply cared for, power is equitably shared, and farms, ranches, and the people who work them flourish.

Values:
Stewardship - protecting farmland and promoting agricultural practices that restore water, soil and biodiversity.
Mentorship - sharing knowledge and experience across generations through hands-on, experiential education and learning.
Collaboration - joining forces with partners and allies to advance shared goals and act together for a livable future.
Systemic change - addressing disparities in the food system to achieve equitable access to education, training, land, and capital, and building diverse, adaptable communities able to thrive in a changing climate.

Programs:
RFC’s Internship and Apprenticeship farmer training programs offer aspiring farmers connections to partner commercial host farms which provide real-world hands-on experience, training, and mentorship at their operations. To augment these on-farm experiences, RFC facilitates an introductory and an advanced educational event series which include classes, farm tours, and discussions that provide participants with opportunities for networking as well as exposure to additional ideas, concepts, skills, and practices. These programs are centered in our current Oregon chapter locations: the Rogue Valley and Portland Metro.

In 2022 RFC will pilot a new entry-level part-time teaching farm program based at a partner site in the Rogue Valley, and plans to start additional teaching farm programs in other Oregon regions in future years.

RFC educates aspiring farmers in holistic, regenerative agricultural practices as well as food justice, the history of the current agricultural system, and how to help build a more just, equitable, and Earth-sustaining food system. RFC’s farmer training programs equip beginning farmers with the knowledge, skills and experience they need to create successful careers in agriculture.

RFC's Changing Hands Program helps beginning farmers build farm businesses, access land, and secure capital by providing educational and networking workshops and 1-on-1 technical assistance.
Commitment to Equity, Anti-racism, and a Culture of Care
RFC is committed to engaging in an ongoing learning process around privilege, power, inequality and systems of oppression, and using our organizational power to be an agent of positive change. As a historically white led organization, RFC is working to lift up the voices and knowledge of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) farmers, to become a more equitable, diverse and anti-racist organization, and to transform the field of agriculture.
Our organizational culture is highly collaborative, and the contributions and perspectives of all staff members are valued and appreciated. RFC’s staff and board have a high degree of alignment in our work to center equity in agriculture, and we are constantly striving to learn, grow, and evolve as people and as an organization. We practice a culture of care and honor each other as whole people. Because everyone at RFC works remotely, our work environment also requires a high level of independence, communication, and personal accountability.
Position Description
The Chapter Coordinator manages RFC’s farmer training programs in the Rogue Valley region of Southern Oregon. The Coordinator helps train and equip new farmers via the entry-level Internship and advanced Apprenticeship programs by planning and facilitating educational events, recruiting and retaining excellent partner host farms, and supporting program participants and host farmers to enhance the mentor/mentee experience. The Coordinator helps fill RFC program positions by assisting with recruitment, promotion, outreach, and screening of applicants. The Coordinator promotes a just, sustainable local agricultural system by collaborating with local food system allies and partners. The Coordinator collaborates with RFC staff to further RFC programmatic and organizational goals.

The Coordinator will also help pilot a new entry-level teaching farm program for a small cohort of participants in partnership with a local organization. The Chapter Coordinator will be involved in direct training, education, mentorship, and supervision of aspiring farmer participants in a farm setting, focused on small-scale organic mixed vegetable production.

Working Conditions
1. The Rogue Valley Chapter Coordinator can expect a flexible working schedule that includes some evenings and weekends. Requires approximately 40 hours/week, allowing for seasonal and weekly fluctuations.
2. The Coordinator works remotely from other staff. A good internet connection is necessary. A home office is highly recommended as no office is provided.
3. Requires regular travel within local chapter region and occasional out of local area travel (travel reimbursements provided).
4. Must confirm monthly schedule with Education Director.
5. Approximate activity breakdown by percentage of time: 20% working independently, 20% in meetings, 15% traveling and facilitating events or activities, and 45% farming and conducting programming at a teaching farm site with a small cohort of aspiring farmers (~April - October). Percentages vary greatly depending on week and season.
Evaluation/Trial Period
The Education Director will conduct an initial evaluation after the first 30-90 days. The Education Director will conduct subsequent evaluations at least annually.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Specific Duties:
Internship. Apprenticeship, & Event Programming:
Recruit host farmers that meet RFC’s guidelines, in collaboration with Education Director
Support host farmers in developing their on-farm curricula or skills checklist and on-farm agreements / employee handbooks.
Conduct outreach efforts online and in-person to increase program visibility and recruit aspiring farmer applicants.
Evaluate written applications to the farmer training programs.
Keep up-to-date records for participants and host farms.
Adapt RFC’s class and discussion topics to the local agricultural community by collaborating with farmers, agricultural professionals, and other partners in creating a local educational event series and other program events.
Schedule the educational event series to best fit the needs of program participants, partners, instructors, and host farmers.
Help plan and facilitate orientations for new participants.
Organize and facilitate all classes, farm tours and other participant events in the chapter in collaboration with local instructors/leaders. Typically this means leading introductions, keeping track of time, leading certain educational activities, creating and reminding participants of group agreements, checking for understanding, making program announcements, and gathering feedback.
Take photos for use in social media and other outreach.
Send weekly program updates to current participants and host farmers.
Provide one-on-one support to host farmers and participants throughout the program season. Act as a resource for all host farmers and participants.
Provide positive and constructive feedback to host farmers and instructors.
Co-facilitate annual host farmer orientation and debrief meetings.
Support Education Director in arranging ongoing professional development for host farmers.
Contribute to ongoing program and organizational communication, development, and improvement via regular online meetings with RFC staff and other internal communication.
Attend occasional conferences, trainings, meetings, and retreats.
Assist in the creation of content for organizational communications efforts.
Coordinate local fundraising events (with Development Director) and support other organizational events.
Coordinate and collaborate with other agriculture and food systems partners in the region.

Teaching Farm Programming:
Design goals and structure of program with Education Director and site partner
Conduct outreach and applicant review/selection process, with Education Director
Design production plan, with site partner
Conduct orientation with new cohort
Facilitate creation of group agreements
Plan weekly activities, learning goals, and discussions, with site partner
Mentor and train participants in small-scale sustainable mixed vegetable farming production skills, with site partner
Seed, plant, protect, harvest, wash, pack, and distribute produce, in coordination with aspiring farmer participant cohort and site partner
Elicit participant feedback and adapt program to participant goals, feedback, and needs
Track participation and provide certificates of completion

Education & Experience: 

Required Competencies
Commitment to RFC mission, vision, and values
Ability to communicate and build relationships with various partners and audiences including staff, experienced farmers, beginning & aspiring farmers, and other local food system organizations
At least two full seasons of farm experience in the realm of sustainable crop production, market gardening, or equivalent
Ability to foster a positive, equitable group learning environment and attend to the needs and goals of the group and individuals
Ability to use online applications including email, calendar, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Sheets and willingness to learn new online tools as needed
Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative remote team
Good organization and time management skills including self-motivation to work remotely and complete tasks in a timely manner
Excellent attention to detail
Able to connect with and develop trusting relationships with people and communities of various backgrounds and identities
Good stress management skills
Basic understanding of social justice concepts and commitment to applying them to the Chapter Coordinator role

Preferred Qualifications
Experience teaching or training people in sustainable farming skills and concepts, especially as relates to organic mixed vegetable production
Commitment to and understanding of soil health and soil biology as well as agricultural practices that foster them
Knowledge of or experience with local food systems
Strong connections to Black, Indigenous, Latinx, or other communities of color and other underserved populations
Commitment to continuous learning
Experience coordinating programs and relationships with partners

Application Instructions: 

Apply
Please apply by emailing your cover letter and resume as a single combined PDF file attachment to matt@roguefarmcorps.org with “Rogue Valley Chapter Coordinator Application” in the subject line.

In your cover letter please address the following questions and anything else you feel would be helpful to the selection committee:
Why do you want this job and what would you bring or add to this position/organization (lived experience, values, vision)?
Describe your experience with farming, including any experience teaching others or leading activities.
Describe your experience with or ideas about creating positive, equitable learning environments.

Job Categories: 
Education
Farming/Agriculture