Salvation Farms

Program Director | Full Time

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Location: 49 Portland Street, Morrisville, VT, USA


Position Title: Program Director

Supervisor: Executive Director

Employee Status: Full Time, Exempt

Rate of Pay: $40,000

Salvation Farms Programmatic Overview

Salvation Farms’ mission is to build increased resilience in Vermont’s food system through agricultural surplus management. Our programmatic work explores diverse opportunities to respond to Vermont’s farm surplus food, predominately produce, in an effort to build food system security and regional food resilience. We run a gleaning program, serve as backbone support to the Vermont Gleaning Collective, and operate a surplus crop food hub and workforce development program. Other aspects of our mission – integrated into and existing outside of the programs mentioned above – include technical assistance, creating resources for the gleaners and supply chain development, experiential education, community building, cross-sector colleague collaboration, research, dialogue facilitation, and state/regional/national engagement.

Position Summary

The Program Director is responsible for overseeing Salvation Farms’ programmatic work and the staff responsible for program implementation. This staffer, working closely with the Executive Director, will ensure the trajectory of Salvation Farms’ strategic programmatic vision, as it relates to meeting the organization’s mission. This position will maintain quality in our program operations, services, and products. The Program Director will be responsible for ensuring program metrics are tracked in a timely, accurate, and consistent way to help the organization communicate its impact.

Upon hire, the Program Director will fill a critical and temporary direct service role of implementing the Lamoille Valley Gleaning Program. In this role, the staffer will professionally coordinate gleaning services, engaging community members in hands-on learning and farm food rescue and coordinate the distribution of surplus crops, making our local food system more inclusive. Beyond this deep immersion into gleaning, the Program Director will become familiar with all of Salvation Farms programmatic work and supervise all program staff.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

Lamoille Valley Gleaning

In the 1st 6 months of employment:

  • Manage all operational elements: gleaning, farm pickups, distribution, and volunteer coordination and management, specifically:
    • Farm Relations: calls, emails, visits, maintaining consistent season-long contact and providing professional level gleaning service
    • Volunteer and Crew Management: organizing and oversight of gleaning crews and other volunteer tasks, orientation and training, maintaining safety
    • Harvest Techniques and Fresh Food Handling: teaching, directing and correcting to ensure high quality safe product handling
    • Storage and Distribution: guiding and overseeing the appropriate packing for specific crops, understanding storage needs and turnover timeframes, organizing distribution
    • Community Agencies/Sites: calls, emails, visits, maintaining consistent contact, providing professional delivery of gleaned crops
    • Data Tracking and Impact Measurements: recording volunteer involvement, farm and crop specific harvest/collection information, distribution of product

Lamoille Valley Gleaning

After the 1st 6 months of employment:

  • Hire, train, and supervise Lamoille Valley Gleaning Coordinator; ensure quality program delivery
  • Explore, plan, and develop program enrichment opportunities, i.e. share distribution, workforce development, minimal processing, organizing taste tests, etc.

Vermont Gleaning Collective

  • Supervise Gleaning Assistant
  • Fulfill backbone obligations, including supporting co-chairs and year-end data aggregation
  • Maintain Gleaner’s Interface (a Salvation Farms built web-based application); exploring and addressing user needs and potential platform adaptations

Vermont Commodity Program

  • Supervise Vermont Commodity Program Manager and Workforce Development Coordinator
  • Ensure industry-level standards, with clearly documented expectations for work, product flow, and facility upkeep, incorporating 5-S, LEAN Manufacturing, OSHA compliance, food safety practices
  • Develop system for vetting donation, purchases, and brokering relationships and services to farms
  • Explore and establish diverse distribution options and partners
  • Ensure quality, dynamic, and equitable delivery of workforce development training
  • Ensure the workforce development training program is fully documented, including recruitment process, program summaries/progression documents, curriculum, lesson plans, social service resources

Technical Assistance & Thought Leadership

  • Engage in delivering technical assistance with the Executive Director and Gleaning Assistant
  • Participate in regional/national gleaning and food loss mitigation conversations and/or research

Additional Tasks

  • Organization-wide metrics management, yearend reporting, and stakeholder service evaluation
  • Program promotion, including attending local meetings, tabling, creating promotional materials, etc.
  • Building Salvation Farms’ professional network through colleague, partner, and community engagement: tabling, calls, emails, meetings, conferences, workshops, presentations
  • Administrative responsibilities (include but not limited to):
    • generating regular reports
    • building and managing program budgets
    • fundraising and grant support: writing, tracking, reporting
    • regular communication with supervisors, co-workers
    • contributions to communications and marketing

Desired Qualifications

  • Agricultural experience; crop production and handling a must
  • Supply chain and logistics experience strongly preferred
  • Understanding of inventory management and the principles of food safety preferred
  • Experience supervising staff and teams
  • Excellent verbal, written, and speaking skills
  • Highly organized, efficient, and pragmatic
  • Excellent record-keeping, computer, and data entry skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Effective problem solver
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently and within a team while adhering to numerous deadlines
  • Commitment to social justice, natural resource management, and Salvation Farms’ mission
  • Communicates effectively with diverse groups of people; co-workers, partners, volunteers, donors, etc.
  • Valid Vermont driver’s license and excellent driving record required
  • Must be able to lift 40-60 pounds
  • Available to work early mornings, nights, and weekends as the job requires

Benefits & Work Environment

  • The position is based in the Morrisville office; travel will be required
  • Some nights and weekends will be required
  • DropBox is used to share files
  • Mileage is reimbursed at $ .40/mile for all approved work travel
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Health insurance available (Employer covers 75% of premium)
  • Dental and Vision Insurance available
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities

Deadline:

To Apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Theresa Snow at theresa@salvationfarms.org.

To learn more, visit: https://www.salvationfarms.org/get-involved/#jobs