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Family Harvest Farm Associate Director

REPORTS TO: Stewardship Director
STATUS: Full-Time Exempt Salaried employee

•Location: 1300 Power Ave, Pittsburg, CA, and remotely.
•Work Hours: Monday through Friday / some evenings & weekends when needed
•Benefits: Competitive base salary + full benefits + 5 weeks of PTO

Purpose and Objective of Position:
The Family Harvest Farm Associate Director is responsible for all operational, administrative, and business functions for the farm.

Background: Family Harvest Farm, a program of John Muir Land Trust, employs and supports Transition-Age Foster Youth (18-24 years old) in a local food system that encourages healthy living, nurtures the environment, and feeds the community in Pittsburg, California and throughout the East Bay. Family Harvest Farm (FHF) helps John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) fulfill our vision of ensuring that the beauty, diversity, and fullness of our natural areas continue to enrich and sustain all generations of life.

Primary Responsibilities:
Social Enterprise – Develop and manage operations of an agriculture/food-related social enterprise program employing transition-age foster youth. The social enterprise apprenticeship is designed to both create positive outcomes for both apprentices and to produce growth and distribution.

Strategic Planning – Lead long-term strategic planning activities for farm development and sustainability. Set strategic goals and prioritize program elements to support the goals. Manage data collection of farm apprentice alumni and monitor the success of the program.

Financial Management and Fundraising – Prepare and manage annual budget and cash flow in collaboration with JMLT CFO. Identify funding sources and lead fundraising efforts from institutional grants, individual donors, corporate sponsorship, and earned income. The current FHF Associate Director will assist with fundraising efforts during the initial period.

Strategize and Manage Partnerships – Manage relationships and oversee all activities with foster care programs, produce distribution partners, and community organizations including First Place for Youth, Contra Costa County, Mount Diablo School District, Master Gardeners, Rotary, and others. Continue to develop new partnerships that will enhance the program.

Community Outreach & Communications – Manage and perform strategic program outreach to local communities, volunteers, schools, churches, and other entities. Develop opportunities for community engagement and oversee programming. Work with JMLT digital marketing to build an active and vibrant online community. Enforce guidelines for use of FHF and JMLT brands.

Operations Management and Supervisory Responsibilities – Oversee all operational functions, including human resource processes, safety, food distribution systems, and more. Supervise Farm Manager and Workforce Development Coordinator, and manage all staffing and payroll. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in close coordination with Stewardship Director and in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include risk management, project safety, and ensuring high-quality outcomes while creating a safe and supportive environment.

What Success Looks Like:

  • Ensures that FHF staff, finances, and all resources are responsibly maintained to create a sustainable program able to fulfill its mission in alignment with JMLT.
  • Establishes FHF as a leading employment social enterprise with partners within various sectors throughout the Bay Area.
  • Works well with external partners, is nimble, and has a strong personal alignment with JMLT and FHF’s mission.
  • Builds strong relationships across cross-functional teams at both the leadership and individual contributor levels.
  • Inspires others to do their best work and helps create a supportive environment that enables growth.
  • Scale and builds upon success in a sustainable matter with appropriate planning and foresight.

Ideal Qualifications & Skills:

  • Experience developing and managing an employment social enterprise that employs and supports members of a vulnerable population.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building leadership abilities.
  • Experience managing diverse individuals and groups of people, including children.
  • Interest in or knowledge of farming, culinary arts, landscaping/gardening, and/or environmental science.
  • A bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a related area, or an equivalent combination of learning and work experience.
  • Experience with fundraising and communications.
  • Ability to work independently and apply self-planning practices to maximize efficiency.
  • Ability to work and build relationships across multiple industries to build thriving partnerships.
  • Deep knowledge, experience, and familiarity with the communities for which FHF creates programming.
  • Comfort with oversight and project management.
  • Organized and strategic thinking, strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to use appropriate computer and reporting systems including Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, and Outlook (Salesforce knowledge a plus).
  • Physical ability and strength to work outdoors on uneven surfaces, and to lift, load, and carry as much as 50lbs in repetitive motions.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and access to vehicle and requisite insurance and be fingerprinted with a background check.

JMLT’s Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
John Muir Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates of every race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), age, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, military status, marital status, registered domestic partner status, medical condition, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), genetic information, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and any other basis as upheld by federal, state or local law. JMLT is passionate about creating inclusive and equitable working environments that are representative of the communities we serve. We recognize that varied perspectives result in better outcomes. And to best serve the people of our community, we are taking the actions outlined in our Equity Credo.

Interested applicants please email resume and one-page letter of interest to James Wilson (james@nulljmlt.org) by July 5, 2024.