Food and Growers Association – serving Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Ohio, and Ripley Counties along the Southeast Indiana Food Corridor seeks a Value Chain Coordinator.
The Value Chain Coordinator will be responsible for developing and managing the SEI Food
Corridor. The Coordinator will be responsible for the following primary activities:
1) providing/connecting farmers with the support and resources needed for market readiness, 2) establishing a virtual food hub (growing into a future satellite hub) to aggregate farmer and food products; 3) collaborating with distributors to connect farmers to local and regional retail and wholesale markets; 4) participating in the development and vetting of a regional collaborative business or network model that positions the Corridor for financial viability.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Farmer Recruitment and Support
Create and implement an outreach plan to inform the farming community about corridor opportunities and recruit farmers for secured markets
Assist producers with production planning to ensure a continuous supply that meets secured market demand
Create, administer, and track coordinated production plans for corridor farms and secure corresponding grower agreements that match farmers’ interest and experience level
Organize in-person and virtual trainings for farmers with subject matter experts to increase their market readiness and success
Conduct and/or coordinate site visits with corridor farmers to monitor and identify issues with production, quality, food safety and/or regulatory compliance, etc.
Connect farmers with local/regional experts and resources to help troubleshoot issues
Maintain ongoing communications with farmers regarding planting and harvesting schedules, quality requirements and rejections, GHP/GAP and regulatory compliance, post-harvest handling procedures, packaging and labeling standards, and delivery Aggregation and Distribution Logistics
Identify strategically located aggregation points with necessary infrastructure, equipment, and personnel to coordinate farm and food products
Provide support, training, and ongoing communication to virtual food hubs to ensure
successful aggregation, storage, grading, packaging and labeling, and regulatory compliance
Collaborate with private distributors to develop new or tap into existing delivery routes that distribute produce between food hubs and/or to end markets
Identify backhaul and outgoing delivery opportunities to ensure routes are financially viable
Coordinate logistics of farmer’s produce delivery to virtual food hubs, and distributor pick-up and delivery of produce between food hubs and/or end markets
Oversee and manage internal and external project team and related grants, including work plans, budgets, metrics collection, and reporting
Professionally represent the FGA and the Corridor during community outreach meetings,
conferences, and other events
Work with consultant/partners to explore business or network model for the Corridor
Required Skills and Expertise
High school diploma, or any equivalent combination of experience and training which
provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Bachelor's degree or higher, preferred.
Proficiency with basic software and technology including MS Office Suite, Google Drive,
smart phones, copier, webinar platforms, etc.
Dependable and resilient self-starter with an interest and experience in taking on new
challenges and overcoming obstacles with little supervision
Outstanding organizational, record keeping and data management skills
Superior listening, verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated ability to network and collaborate with multi-agency/state initiatives
Ability to present information clearly and concisely to groups of farmers, buyers, etc.
Solid business acumen
Familiarity and experience in postharvest handling, wholesale produce quality standards,
regulatory compliance, and GHP/GAP food safety regulations
Preferred Skills and Expertise
Knowledge of and comfort with agriculture production, farms and farmers
Experience selling to, buying from, and/or operating a food hub
Experience teaching or training farmers
Leadership skills with proven project and team management
Salary: $22 per hour
Hours: 20hrs per week Monday - Friday with occasional evening and/or weekend work.
Incumbent has the flexibility to adjust their schedule at their discretion.
This is a contract position, with no benefits that is partially funded by a three-year USDA
Local Food Promotion Program Grant Award. The position is expected to become a full-time, long-term position.
ANYONE WISHING TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION MAY DO SO BY SENDING THEIR
RESUME TO firstname.lastname@example.org.
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