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Educational Programs Director

Applications due July 11, 2014

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is searching for a dynamic, organized and motivated individual to serve as Educational Programs Director.

Andrew Marshall has served as MOFGA's Educational Programs Director since 2003 and will be shifting his focus to his own farm in early July. We are so grateful for the leadership and vision that Andrew has provided over the years. He has developed our new farmer training programs and our educational events into vibrant models for many organizations across the country, and has helped more than 150 beginning farmers establish farms of their own in Maine and beyond. We wish Andrew all the best in the next chapter of his life.

This job opening creates an outstanding opportunity to build on the success of MOFGA's educational programs, and work with a fast growing environmental organization focusing on ecologically sound farming and gardening practices.

Primary Responsibility: to support MOFGA’s mission and values through educational programs and events.

Supervisor: MOFGA Executive Director

Position: Salaried, Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt

Work Week: 40 hours per week, with weekend and evening functions as needed.

Additional Work Hours: Extended hours during the Common Ground Country Fair in September.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Understanding issues related to organic farming and sustainable living in Maine
  • Working creatively and independently
  • Planning, promoting, organizing, coordinating and evaluating large events
  • Managing personnel and volunteers
  • Communicating verbally and in writing with Staff, Board, committee members, other volunteers, and the public
  • Managing a large budget
  • Understanding, writing, reviewing and tracking grant proposals
  • Understanding computer systems including word processing, databases and spreadsheets
  • Handling many projects simultaneously
  • Recognizing operational needs and delegating accordingly
  • Working well with Staff, Board, committee members, other volunteers, and the public

Responsibilities:

  • Working closely with Staff and program committees to develop, evaluate, and improve MOFGA’s Educational Programs, events and materials
  • Participating as a team member with other Departmental Directors
  • Overseeing coordination of MOFGA’s Beginning Farmer support programs
  • Overseeing production of promotional and educational literature in support of MOFGA’s broader publications, communications, and fundraising efforts
  • Managing budget and fiscal planning and overseeing fundraising efforts related to Educational Programs
  • Supervising Events Coordinator and New Farmer Programs Coordinator
  • Ensuring that Educational Programs are congruent with MOFGA’s mission
  • Working with Publications staff and the media to promote Educational Programs
  • Facilitating and managing communication about Educational Programs among Educational Programs Staff, the Board, Departmental Directors and related volunteer committees
  • Serving on internal and external committees and task forces related to Agricultural Education
  • Assisting with Buildings & Grounds work as it relates to MOFGA’s Educational Programs and the Director’s relationship to the Farmer-in-Residence program
  • Assisting with Fair set-up, clean-up, and related meetings as needed
  • Carrying out all of the responsibilities listed above in accordance with MOFGA’s mission statement, philosophy and strategic plan

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.

This position is based at MOFGA’s headquarters in the town of Unity, Maine. Attendance at occasional evening and weekend events and committee meetings is required.

A commitment to the goals and ideals of MOFGA is essential to this position.

To Apply: By July 11, 2014, please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples (one should be an article or promotional piece, the other should be a grant writing sample), and three references (two professional and one personal).

Materials shall be submitted electronically as attachments in PDF format, addressed to epdsearch@mofga.org, subject line: “<candidate’s name> – MOFGA Educational Programs Director Application.” Review of candidates will begin on July 11th. We are anxious to fill this position soon but will keep the hiring process open until we find the appropriate candidate.

Questions regarding this announcement may be submitted by email to epdsearch@mofga.org; subject line: “<your name> – MOFGA Educational Programs Director Inquiry.” Please include your full name and contact information (email address and phone number) in the body of the email.

Please encourage potential candidates to apply.

 


 


    

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