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We have an open position at the moment, Quality Control Coordinator. 

Please read the description below.

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Founded in 2001, Cultivating Community creates and sustains greater access to healthy, local foods; empowers people to play many roles in restoring the local, sustainable food system; and models, teaches, and advocates for ecological food production. Since 2009, we’ve led the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP) to support refugees and immigrants in creating farm businesses. Formally launched in 2014, the Fresh Start Farms Food Hub serves project participants and graduates, enabling them to better access markets, and includes a 300+ member CSA and wholesale aggregation and distribution.

Cultivating Community values community-directed efforts and exchanges of ideas where everyone is both a learner and a teacher. We view access to food as a fundamental human right, and we focus on building bridges between communities through sustainable food production, commerce and equitable distribution.

 

Market and Quality Control Coordinator – Fresh Start Farms Food Hub

Founded in 2001, Cultivating Community creates and sustains greater access to healthy, local foods; empowers people to play many roles in restoring the local, sustainable food system; and models, teaches, and advocates for ecological food production. Since 2009, we’ve led the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP) to support refugees and immigrants in creating farm businesses.

Formally launched in 2014, the Fresh Start Farms Food Hub serves project participants and graduates to better access markets, and includes a 300+ member CSA and wholesale aggregation and distribution.

Cultivating Community values community-directed efforts and exchanges of ideas where everyone is both a learner and a teacher. We view access to food as a fundamental human right, and we focus on building bridges between communities through sustainable food production, commerce and equitable distribution.

Position Summary

The Market and Quality Control Coordinator works collaboratively with the Food Hub Manager and the Sales Coordinator to operate the Fresh Start Farms Food Hub – a multi-farmer sales operation to market local produce (primarily diversified annual vegetables) to 300+ CSA members as well as 20+ retail and wholesale buyers.

The Market and Quality Control Coordinator works 40 hours a week and is in charge of organizing and recording the flow of produce from the farmers to the food hub and from the food hub to the customers. This position is a seasonal position, with a start date of May 22 and completion date of November 17. Cultivating Community is actively pursuing opportunities that would allow this position to evolve into year-round work, but funding is not secured at this time.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

● Provide support to the farm management team as needed during spring ramp-up

● Manage pack station:

o Accept produce from farmers and do real-time data entry and record keeping

o Fulfill daily orders

o Work with individual farmers on quality standards

o Aggregate and pack multi-producer CSA shares

o Maintain clean facilities (cooler, bins, wash and pack station) with the entire marketing team

Other Duties and Responsibilities

● Support productive working relationships with local residents, restaurants, universities, hospitals, food pantries, and other institutions for the purpose of marketing crops grown by NASAP farmers.

● Participation at staff meetings and other events as scheduled.

● Performing other project-related duties as required

Qualifications and Experience

● Detail-oriented and able to track orders and sales accurately, efficiently, and in a timely manner

● Computer proficiency especially experience using Excel and Google sheets.

● Excellent communication and teaching skills

● Direct experience developing and managing complex on-the-ground operations

● Experience working in cross-cultural environments

● Experience providing services and support to marginalized people, particularly those with limited English literacy.

● Understanding of languages beyond English a plus, especially Mai Mai

● Self-directed but also strong collaboration skills are critical

● Available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends

● Reliable cell phone and transportation as well as a valid driver’s license required. A background check will be performed

Location

Our office is based in Portland, ME, and our principal farm site is in Lisbon, Maine (10 minutes from Lewiston; 40 minutes from Portland). Regular travel will occur between Portland, Lewiston, and Lisbon and work-related mileage is compensated.

The CSA program includes several locations in the Greater Portland and Lewiston areas.

Supervision Received

This position reports to the Food Hub Manager with significant interaction with other NASAP staff.

Compensation

$14.50/hour

Applications due March 26th .

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references by March 26th , 2017. Applications can be submitted either by email or by post (no need to submit both).

Email applications should be sent to [email protected] with Quality Control Coordinator” in the subject line.

Mail applications to:

ATTN Jessica Woiderski at Cultivating Community

PO Box 3792

Portland, ME 04104

The letter of interest should explain your qualifications and your interest in the position. People from the communities in which we work (Cumberland and Androscoggin Counties, Maine with a key focus in Maine’s refugee communities) are particularly encouraged to apply. Please no references from family members/relatives.

Cultivating Community

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