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Director of Finance and Administration

Farm Apprenticeships

Journeyperson Opportunities

Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist

Organic Dairy and Livestock Specialist


Title: Director of Finance and Administration

Primary Responsibilities: To direct MOFGA’s financial activities to ensure operational funding, maintenance and expansion of assets, growth of investments, and administrative efficiency. To provide oversight and supervision of department of finance and administration. To provide strategic financial advice to senior staff, program directors, MOFGA’s Board of Directors and its Finance Committee. To oversee insurance operations.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Work Week: 40 hours – Monday through Friday.

Additional Work Hours: Evening and weekend meetings and work as needed. Extended hours of operation during the Common Ground Country Fair weekend.

Position: Salaried. Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt. The employee is not eligible for overtime payment. This position is based in Unity, Maine.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Degree in accounting, business, finance, or a related field (MBA preferred)
  • Professional accounting designation (CMA or CPA)
  • Demonstrated understanding of business principles and practices
  • Demonstrated experience in finance management including management of complex budget (non profit preferred)
  • Documented experience in strategic planning, problem-solving, research, analytics, and critical thinking
  • Demonstrated understanding of data privacy standards
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated success as a staff supervisor
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency with financial software tools – Excel and QuickBooks essential
  • Working resourcefully, independently, and as a team member
  • Appreciation of socially responsible and innovative investment strategies
  • Managing many concurrent projects
  • Experience working enthusiastically with volunteers

Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring and regularly reporting on all financial aspects of administrative and programmatic activity
  • Providing direct supervision of finance administrator, administrative assistant (including oversight of Country Store), database manager, and other necessary administrative support personnel
  • Monitoring and advising on investments and health of endowment
  • Developing, overseeing, reviewing, and ensuring adherence to organizational budget
  • Ensuring that financial practices are compliant with statutory law and regulation
  • Ensuring tracking and timely reporting of grant income and expenditures
  • Interpreting complex financial information and providing updates and information as needed by the board and staff
  • Providing MOFGA staff with guidance on earned income potential through business planning
  • Preparing monthly finance reports for program directors and periodic reports and trainings for finance committee and board
  • Coordinating annual financial audits and ensuring implementation of recommended management practices
  • Creating and maintaining relationships with service providers including banking institutions and accountants
  • Conducting and evaluating periodic requests for proposals for banking, insurance, human resource and other financial services
  • Developing and maintaining an organizational finance policy manual including board directed investment policy
  • Monitoring and advising on organizational risk management including insurance, investment policy, and other potential vulnerabilities
  • Coordinating fiscal agent relationships with various organizations
  • Overseeing Common Ground Country Fair treasury
  • Handling other duties as needed
  • Carrying out all of the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission statement, philosophy and current Strategic Plan of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

MOFGA’s success is dependent upon the collaborative spirit among its staff members and volunteers. Employees are expected to be ready and willing to assist colleagues in all program areas when directed to do so by their supervisors.

Compensation: Salary for this position will be negotiated based on educational background, work experience and demonstrated areas of expertise. MOFGA offers a full range of benefits (details available upon request) including paid vacation, a substantial wellness stipend in lieu of medical insurance, life insurance, paid sick leave, paid holidays and continuing education.

To apply: Review of candidates will begin on July 1, 2017. The hiring process will remain open until MOFGA finds the appropriate candidate. Candidates should submit electronic applications, including a cover letter, resume and three professional references, to finance@mofga.org.


Title of Position: Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist

Reports to: Agricultural Services Director

Summary of Position: Located in rural Waldo County, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is seeking an Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist. MOFGA, a leader in the organic agriculture movement, is looking for a dynamic individual interested in working with Maine’s growing organic farming segment. The individual will work with other Agricultural Services Staff to provide support for production, business and certification assistance to existing and transitioning farm operations across the state.

MOFGA was the first organization in the country to provide technical assistance specific to organic farming and gardening. The Agricultural Services staff provides farming, gardening and marketing assistance to growers in Maine and beyond. The staff assists seasoned organic growers, helps new organic farmers get started, and educates conventional farmers concerning the benefits of organic methods.

The Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist is expected to provide Maine organic farmers and gardeners with knowledge needed to be successful in organic crop production, through direct contact and written materials. As a member of the MOFGA staff he/she will encourage the use of organic practices among Maine’s farming community, particularly through interaction with related farming associations, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Qualifications:

  • Degree in Sustainable Agriculture or related field of study, Ph.D. preferred
  • Experience in organic farming and gardening
  • Knowledge of National Organic Program regulations
  • Familiarity with process of transitioning to organic production
  • Familiarity with conservation programs for farmers
  • Strong familiarity with related technologies and scientific disciplines
  • Ability to read and interpret research
  • A willingness to initiate contacts with new people and a high degree of motivation
  • Ability to work creatively and take initiative to find solutions
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with staff, volunteers and the public

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to farmers in Maine who are transitioning to organic production
  • Develop Conservation Plans Supporting Organic Transition for farms throughout the state
  • Connect farmers with the resources they need to transition to organic production
  • Provide support and training in programs that will help MOFGA Journeypersons, MOFGA members, and other new farmers to become certified organic
  • Coordinate organic transition client interaction with MOFGA Certification Services, LLC
  • Keep abreast of new technologies in sustainable agriculture by reading appropriate literature, attending conferences, and maintaining contacts with academic and extension communities
  • Keep abreast of USDA National Organic Program and national sustainable agriculture and certification issues
  • Research and evaluate sustainable agriculture products, particularly for their efficacy and their use under the National Organic Program rule
  • Answer questions and provide advice regarding farming and gardening, pesticides, and related issues through on-site farm visits, phone conversations, mail, e-mail and ocassional articles and reviews for MOFGA’s newspaper
  • Write how-to bulletins and fact sheets on general gardening/farming practices and on particular crops, pests, and management systems directed toward an audience of farmers and gardeners relatively new to organic practices
  • Present at MOFGA, Cooperative Extension, Maine Department of Agriculture and other relevent meetings and events
  • Provide program material for MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference, the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair, and other educational events
  • Carry out all of the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission, vision, and values of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Additional Information:

Compensation: Salary for this position will be negotiated based on educational background, work experience and demonstrated areas of expertise. MOFGA offers a full range of benefits (details available upon request) including paid vacation, a substantial wellness stipend in lieu of medical insurance, life insurance, paid sick leave, paid holidays, and continuing education.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter and references by email in a PDF by June 1, 2017 to: David Colson, MOFGA Agricultural Services Director, dcolson@mofga.org.


Title of Position: Organic Dairy and Livestock Specialist

Reports to: Agricultural Services Director

Summary of Position: Located in rural Waldo County, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is seeking an Organic Dairy and Livestock Specialist. MOFGA, a leader in the organic agriculture movement, is looking for a dynamic individual interested in working with Maine’s growing organic dairy and livestock farms. The individual will work with other Agricultural Services Staff to provide support for production, business and certification assistance to dairy and livestock operations across the state.

MOFGA was the first organization in the country to provide technical assistance specific to organic farming and gardening. The Agricultural Services staff provides farming, gardening and marketing assistance to growers in Maine and beyond. The staff assists seasoned organic growers, helps new organic farmers get started and educates conventional farmers concerning the benefits of organic methods.

The Organic Dairy and Livestock Specialist is expected to provide Maine organic farmers and gardeners with knowledge needed for them to be successful in organic dairy and livestock production, through direct contact and written materials. As a member of the MOFGA staff he/she will encourage the use of organic practices among Maine’s farming community, particularly through interaction with related dairy, and livestock associations, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Qualifications:

  • An appropriate degree or experience to indicate an understanding of organic livestock including feed production, health maintenance and other current production practices
  • Experience to indicate knowledge of organic dairy management, production and record keeping
  • A working knowledge of the current organic standards and the certification process with regard to livestock, dairy and on-farm processing, including permitted and prohibited materials
  • A willingness to initiate contacts with new people and a high degree of motivation
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Answer questions and provide assistance regarding organic dairy production, through on-site farm visits, phone conversations, e-mail and mail correspondence
  • Work directly with the Agricultural Services and MOFGA Certification Services staff on certification client needs and interactions
  • Develop Conservation Plans Supporting Organic Transition for farms throughout the state
  • Provide feed back to Agricultural Services staff on program materials and resources relevant to organic dairy assistance
  • Speak to groups at meetings and events as approved by the Agricultural Services Director
  • Answer questions and provide advice regarding livestock production, farming, gardening, homesteading, organic and sustainability issues
  • Provide program materials and assist in the organization of MOFGA’s educational events
  • Keep abreast of new technologies in sustainable agriculture and livestock production
  • Write how-to bulletins, articles, and fact sheets on livestock related matters toward an audience of farmers and homesteaders who would be both experienced and new to organic methods
  • Speak to MOFGA and non-MOFGA groups at meetings and events
  • Assist with writing SARE and other research related grants and in conducting the research
  • Review and write comments as appropriate on proposed public policy issues related to MOFGA goals

Additional Information:

Compensation: Salary for this position will be negotiated based on educational background, work experience and demonstrated areas of expertise. MOFGA offers a full range of benefits (details available upon request) including paid vacation, a substantial wellness stipend in lieu of medical insurance, life insurance, paid sick leave, paid holidays and continuing education.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter and references by email in a PDF by June 1, 2017 to: David Colson, MOFGA Agricultural Services Director, dcolson@mofga.org


    

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