Farm Services Director

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$50,000 $70,000

The Farm Services Director is a full-time, exempt, salaried position responsible for overseeing CFSA’s Farm Services technical assistance programs, including organic production and certification, high tunnel production, research, and conservation planning. They will also be responsible for growing the research program at the Elma C. Lomax Research and Education Farm.

As a critical Leadership Team member, the Farm Services Director actively participates in making strategic decisions affecting the organization. The director reports to the Associate Executive Director for Programs and supervises multiple staff, contractors, and volunteers.

The Farm Services Director may be based anywhere in North or South Carolina. Travel throughout the Carolinas will be required.

ABOUT CFSA

CFSA is a 43-year-old member-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate, educate, and build connections to create sustainable food systems in the Carolinas centered on local and organic agriculture. Racial equity is a core tenet of CFSA’s outlook, and we are committed to serving and reflecting the diverse stakeholders in the Carolinas’ food system.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION (80%)

  • Direct planning and management of CFSA’s Farm Services technical assistance programs for farmers, including organic production and certification, conservation planning, and high tunnel production.
  • Direct planning and management of CFSA’s research programs related to organic and high tunnel production, including farmer-participatory research and research activities at Lomax Farm.
  • Lead development of grants, cooperative agreements, and other funding proposals to local, state, federal, foundation, and corporate funders to support Farm Services programs and activities that support CFSA’s mission and goals.
  • In conjunction with the Leadership Team, direct the annual budgeting and planning process for assigned authority areas.
  • Conduct financial and programmatic monitoring for internal and external reporting to ensure compliance, progress towards objectives, expected results, work plan, and budget adherence.
  • Oversee purchasing following approved budgets; maintain account and transaction records for program implementation; ensure compliance with CFSA expenditure control protocols.
  • Ensure compliance with and enforcement of all grant and contract agreements between CFSA and grant funders for assigned areas of authority.
  • Work with the Communications Team to develop content for the monthly electronic newsletter, The Grower’s Toolbox.
  • Supervise the Organic Initiatives Coordinator, Lomax Coordinator, and Soil Health Technician, conduct annual Catalytic Coaching, and lead the hiring process when positions under authority are vacant.

RESEARCH (20%)

  • Plan and implement farmer participatory research programs with CFSA staff and external partners that meet the needs identified by farm members and program participants.
  • Secure funding to support and expand research initiatives at the Elma C. Lomax Research and Education Farm and on member farms.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of five years of relevant work experience with at least three years of on-farm organic/sustainable production experience.
  • Have at least three years of experience supervising employees and managing a budget.
  • Familiarity with the USDA’s National Organic Program regulations and NRCS policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated success securing funding from state and federal funders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including experience interacting and working with diverse communities, neighborhoods, and populations.
  • Strong written communication skills on current issues related to climate change and resilient agriculture.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and work comfortably in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to work well within a team and with individuals from internal and external backgrounds.
  • An advanced degree and at least five years of relevant work experience, including at least three years of experience supervising employees/contractors and managing a budget, or a bachelor’s degree and at least eight years of relevant work experience.

The salary range for this position is $50,000-$70,000, commensurate with experience. In addition, CFSA offers generous vacation, retirement, and health insurance benefits.

CFSA is an equal-opportunity employer committed to building a diverse staff that honors the agricultural contributions of many cultures. People of color, LGBTQ+ people, and others from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. CFSA is committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at CFSA are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications. CFSA does not discriminate based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation), religious creed, disability, medical condition, genetic information, age, marital status, or military or veteran status.

 

To apply, please submit a resume, a list of professional references, a cover letter explaining how your skills and experience will enable you to succeed in this position, and a writing sample on an agriculture-related topic. Applications should be submitted as a single .pdf saved as your first and last name. Send the document to apply@carolinafarmstewards.org with “Farm Services Director” in the subject line. You will receive an electronic confirmation of your email submission.

 

No phone calls, please.

  • Business/Organization : Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

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