Director of Farm & Education Programs, Mill Creek Farm

Posted by on April 07, 2014

A Little Taste of Everything – Mill Creek Farm
Director of Farm & Education Programs Job Description

A Little Taste of Everything is a non-profit that runs Mill Creek Farm in West Philadelphia. The Mill Creek Farm implements its mission through farm-based learning programs, by cultivating and distributing fresh produce, and by demonstrating ecological technologies and creative resource use to provide for basic needs. We believe in food justice: that everyone has a right to affordable, healthy, quality, culturally appropriate food that is accessed in a way that is community-controlled, environmentally sustainable, and socially just.

A Little Taste of Everything is hiring a Director of Farm & Education Programs for Mill Creek Farm.
The Director of Farm & Education Programs will be responsible for developing and facilitating educational programs and coordinating farm operations and as well as supervising a farmer and AmeriCorps VISTA member, maintaining collaborations, supporting the Board of Directors with fundraising, and bringing in income through the sale of vegetables. The Director of Farm & Education Programs will report directly to the Board of Directors. The position is full time year round. Compensation will be based on experience and includes two weeks paid vacation, federal holidays, and 8 days paid sick leave.

The Director of Farm & Education Programs will be responsible for the following:
1. Program Management
• Educational Programs
◦ Coordinate and lead farm educational programs for K-university students
◦ Coordinate 6-week summer internship for high school aged youth
◦ Host monthly community workshops on-site on farm related topics
◦ Host cooking, nutrition, and garden education programs for elementary aged students both on-site and at local schools.
• Oversee food production and distribution
◦ Create schedule for youth interns, apprentices, and volunteer days
◦ Work with Farmer to develop crop plan and maintain harvest and sales records
◦ Work with Farmer to maintain farm grounds including bees, fruit trees, annual vegetable beds, compost bins, litter management, etc.
◦ Maintain collaborations and partnerships with PHS, Philadelphia Community Farming Collaborative, Mariposa, West Philly Food Hub, etc.
• Volunteer Management
◦ Organize volunteer days (with Farmer)
◦ Maintain volunteer database including hours and contact information

2. Administrative
• Prepare monthly Board reports
• Manage staff:
◦ Hire, train, supervise, and provide support for Farmer and AmeriCorps VISTA
◦ Work w/ Farmer to hire apprentices
◦ Annual staff evaluations
◦ Collaborative staff dynamic is encouraged
• Bi-weekly check-ins with Board Chair
• Process Payroll for staff
• Financial Management: budgeting, creating monthly financial reports, monitoring cash flow, bill payment, deposits, working with accountant to report annual 990.
• Maintaining website and social media (with support from VISTA)
• Create annual report for funders and supporters

3. Development
• Support Board and VISTA with grant writing, research, and tracking
• Donor Solicitation
• Monthly newsletters and bi-annual appeals
• Organizing seasonal fundraisers
• Maintain donor database

Required Experience
• 5+ years of urban farm or agricultural work
• 3+ years of youth development work
• 1+ year of grant writing experience (preferred)

Required Skills
• Ability to multi-task, manage projects independently, and prioritize tasks
• Able to relate with people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds
• Able to work successfully in a team environment
• Excellent written, oral, and relationship building skills
• Ability to lift 50 lbs

Other Helpful Skills
• Experience with QuickBooks, accounting, and financial management
• Experience supervising others

• Availability on nights and weekends is essential

Send resume, cover letter, salary requirement and the names and contact information for three references as a single PDF document to by April 4, 2014.

(Note: This was emailed this to PHENND on April 2 – a brief extension is highly likely)

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