Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. AFT launched the conservation agriculture movement and continues to raise public awareness through our No Farms, No Food message. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and supported thousands of farm families. Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.
Duties & Responsibilities
AFT is seeking a full-time Farm to Institution New York State Training Coordinator (Coordinator) to help develop and facilitate training programs and other educational tools to support New York institutions to expand their local food purchasing. Institutions will primarily consist of K-12 schools, but also could include colleges and universities, hospitals and others. The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to develop learning programs to achieve farm to institution objectives with experience designing and implementing strategies across multiple formats, including in-person and online trainings and facilitation. This position is an excellent opportunity for a professional to build upon experience in creating tools and programs to help grow AFT’s efforts across New York to educate institutions, farmers, and communities. The Coordinator position will be based out of our New York State Office located in Saratoga Springs, NY.
The Coordinator will join a team of dynamic staff in New York and work most directly on Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS), a collaborative initiative led by AFT that is working to strengthen the economic security of farmers and the health of New Yorkers by empowering institutions to spend at least 25 percent of their food budget on food grown in New York. Among its roles, FINYS develops resources for institutions through its Local Food Buyer Learning Center (https://finys.org/blc ) and, starting in summer 2019, will launch a year-long, annual New York Farm to School Institute (https://finys.org/institute ). For additional information on FINYS, go to: https://finys.org/.
Specific position responsibilities include:
- Assist with design and execution of the New York State Farm to School Institute (Institute), a year-long training for K-12 schools that includes two annual in-person trainings and individualized coaching.
- Oversee coaching of school teams participating in the Institute on topics such as procurement, community engagement, and educator development.
- Answer inquiries and provide technical support to institutions on expanding local food purchasing.
- Build and coordinate network of alumni Institute participants.
- Support the development, promotion and delivery of educational resources as part of the FINYS Local Food Buyer Learning Center.
- Develop evaluation metrics for FINYS educational tools and programs.
- Identify and assist with storytelling opportunities throughout the farm to institution supply chain.
- Assist in the promotion of educational tools and programs, including Institute recruitment.
- Represent FINYS at workshops and training sessions for K-12 schools and other institutions, and participate in aligned workgroups and learning communities.
The Coordinator must be a self-starter and a capable problem solver with a demonstrated commitment of meeting high expectations. S/he must be highly motivated with strong interpersonal skills and should have:
- Minimum of five years of related work experience or degree equivalent in education, learning and teaching, training and development, facilitation, or similar.
- Experience designing and facilitating professional development or other educational trainings, specifically with institutions.
- A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders, both internal and external.
- Experience working and/or living within traditionally underrepresented communities.
- An intellectual curiosity, understanding, and enthusiasm for AFT’s mission.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, specifically an aptitude for public speaking, meeting facilitation, and developing effective public education materials.
- Experience with public outreach, community engagement, and communications (digital and/or traditional).
- Direct professional experience working with farmers, institutional food service staff, school administrators, teachers and/or community volunteers is preferred.
- Proficiency using Office 365 suite including SharePoint is preferred.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and background. AFT provides a full and generous benefits package.
If you are eager to join our team, please visit this page to apply.
Please submit a cover letter with resume for consideration.
American Farmland Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Farmland Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.