Experience:
No experience
Employment Type:
Full time
Posted:
4/18/2019
Job Category:
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry
Farm Program Manager
Trinity Health Corporation | Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Job Description

The Farm Program Manager is responsible for managing and expanding current community health programs such as the St. Joe's Farm Share program, Produce-To-Patients program, community events, and cooking classes. This position is also responsible for spearheading The Farm's data collection and evaluation plan.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

* Manages and expands the St. Joe's Farm Share program to increase food access, increase revenue for local farms, and grow a vibrant community of members from diverse backgrounds. Includes the following program-specific responsibilities.
* Develops and implements innovative marketing and communication strategies to increase Farm Share membership, with special focus on increasing participation in underserved communities.
* Manages partnerships with local farmers, including leadership in collaborative crop planning, weekly communications about produce availability and purchase decisions, and support and mentorship of local farmers in order to both procure the best product as well as support local farmers as they grow their businesses.
* Manages financial systems both for paying farmers as well as taking payment from members. Includes timely communication with all parties and ability to develop and follow a budget.
* Creates a vibrant community hub where Farm Share members feel welcome and supported.
* Creates strong education resources and experiences for Farm Share members and other community members. May include partnerships with local organizations and coordination with Operations Manager to partner with interns and volunteers.
* Communicates clearly with members through the weekly newsletter and in-person.
* Oversees volunteers and interns who support the Farm Share program.
* Ensures that food safe practices are maintained at all times, according to Farm's food safety plan.
* Manages the Produce-to-Patients program by communicating with clinicians, developing education resources, and designing and implementing evaluation tools.
* Creates and manages evaluation and data collection plan to assess efficacy of programming and inform future program development.
* Synthesizes evaluation data to write annual report of all Farm programming, to be disseminated widely to internal and external partners.
* Assists with crop production, intern management, and events as needed.
* Implement food safety plan in partnership with the Farm Operations Manager, including development of practices to achieve GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certification for select crops.
* Clearly communicates The Farm's mission and vision to all visitors and program participants through both verbal and written communication.
* Maintains good rapport and cooperative relationships.
* Approaches conflict in a constructive manner.
* Helps to identify problems, offer solutions, and participate in their resolution.
* Maintains the confidentiality of information acquired pertaining to patient, physicians, colleagues, and visitors to St. Joseph Mercy Health.
* Discusses patient and hospital information only among appropriate personnel in appropriately private places.
* Behaves in accordance with the Code of Conduct, Service Excellence Standards, and the Mission, Vision and Values of SJMH.
* Assumes responsibility for performance of job duties in the safest possible manner, to assure personal safety and that of coworkers, and to report all preventable hazards and unsafe practices immediately to management.

OTHER FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Performs other education and farm duties as assigned.

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE

* Bachelor's degree in programs such as agriculture, food systems, public health, social work or related field required. Master's degree or commensurate work experience in areas listed above is preferred.
* Experience in sustainable agriculture, Farm Share (also known as CSA) management, community health, and sales and marketing

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES

* Ability to work nights and weekends as required for events and other duties
* Demonstrated ability to manage a complex system with many interested parties.
* Demonstrated ability to manage financial systems
* Demonstrated analytical ability to research, obtain and evaluate information, analyze problems, and make appropriate recommendations and decisions for program and cost related applications.
* Proven ability to understand and utilize Windows-based software packages including Microsoft Office.
* Strong working knowledge of produce handling and storage
* Strong interpersonal skills to interact with program members, volunteers, clinicians, farmers, and members of the public
* Working knowledge of plants and organic farming practices
* Commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community
* Demonstrated leadership ability to coordinate volunteers and give oversight and direction.
* Strong written and verbal communication skills.
* Strong cultural competency for promotion of inclusive and diverse community
* Ability to work outdoors in all seasons in a physically active role

DESIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES

* Knowledge of nutrition science and cooking
* Strong network of community partners
* Commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community
* Knowledge of food safety standards such as GAP.
* Knowledge of social determinants of health and food justice

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