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The Nashville Food Project

Seasonal Growing Together Manager

The Nashville Food Project

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Job Summary

Mission, Vision, and Values

The Nashville Food Project (TNFP) brings people together to grow, cook, and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city. At The Nashville Food Project, we embrace a vision of vibrant community food security in which everyone in Nashville has access to the food they want and need through a just and sustainable food system. This mission and vision are guided by core organizational values, including hospitality, stewardship, interdependence, learning, justice, and transformation.

Organizational Background

The Nashville Food Project (TNFP) was born from the idea that good food is a matter of basic dignity. Since its start in 2007, TNFP has served thousands of Nashvillians facing food insecurity. In 2011, TNFP was incorporated as an independent nonprofit, shifting the focus of its meals program toward a collaborative partnership model and launching an urban agriculture program. Today, TNFP continues to connect people to nourishing food and to each other through vibrant urban agriculture projects, made-from-scratch meals, and food shared with local partners working to disrupt cycles of poverty. 

Position Summary

The Seasonal Growing Together Manager (SGTM) works with the Director of Growing Together (DGT) to implement the Growing Together program at TNFP. Responsibilities include coordinating and managing the program’s CSA, weekly CSA communications, managing four multi-site pickups, providing customer feedback to the farmers and working with them to ensure quality, communicating regularly with partners, customers, and farmers, keeping proper records for monthly, quarterly and annual reporting, and assisting the DGT with wholesale distribution as needed. Approximately 50% of the time will be spent managing CSA distribution logistics and working between the farm and distribution sites, 40% of the time will be spent on CSA communication and other administrative tasks to support the program, and up to 10% of the time will be spent supporting property management.

Job Responsibilities

Program Management

  • Manage the annual Growing Together CSA to include customer communications, weekly newsletters, and CSA distribution at 4 weekly pickup sites
  • Manage produce sharing and distribution relationships with community partners, coordinating efficient distribution across all channels on a weekly or as-needed basis
  • Facilitate 1 volunteer opportunity a week to support weekly farm maintenance tasks
  • Support property management, including removing recycling/trash, maintaining hand washing stations, and other farm tasks, and help develop processes to share responsibility with farmers
  • Collaborate with DGT to fulfill weekly produce packing for all sales and distribution channels
  • Update program management Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on an as-needed basis

Program Administration

  • Collaborate with the Administrative Team to manage Growing Together invoicing and payments for all farmers and distribution outlets
  • Manage monitoring and evaluation for the Growing Together farm, documenting weekly inventory, produce varieties, production volumes, sales outlets, and prices
  • Administer annual customer evaluation survey to gather feedback from CSA members
  • Update program administration Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as needed

Qualifications

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 2 years of managerial experience in market farming, CSA management, program management, and/or program administration
  • Ability to work with low-English-speaking communities with patience and respect
  • Experience in information gathering, data collection, and program reporting
  • Ability to manage people and facilitate engaging opportunities for volunteers
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Ability and willingness to work in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lift at least 40 lbs
  • Availability to work Tuesday through Saturday
  • Access to reliable transportation and a valid Tennessee driver’s license

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with adults learning English as a second language
  • Proficiency and comfort using computers, with abilities in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Bilingual language proficiency in Nepali and/or Burmese

Additional Information

Benefits

CLASSIFICATION: This is a seasonal (March-November) contract position up to 40 hours per week.

COMPENSATION: Compensation for this position is $23-$25 per hour.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in our work and mission to info@thenashvillefoodproject.org. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

In all aspects of its work, The Nashville Food Project strives for a culture of inclusivity and fairness without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law. Immigrants, refugees, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Details

  • Date Posted: July 4, 2024
  • Type: Contract / Temp
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Other
  • Salary Range: $23-$25/hr
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk