Food and Farm Program Manager
VYCC is seeking a Food and Farm Program Manager who has the people and organizational skills to oversee the more than 50 Corps Members that participate in the Food and Farm program each season. The ideal candidate has a passion for facilitating an impactful work and learning experience for young adults and is committed to fostering an inclusive organizational culture. The Food and Farm Program Manager is adept at both coordinating day to day programming and guiding Corps Members through the entirety of the season.
The Food and Farm Program Manager plays an essential role in designing and implementing the Food and Farm Program. Prior to the field season, they, along with other VYCC staff, are responsible for planning the program season, as well as recruiting, hiring, and training Project Leads and Crew Leaders. During the field season, they are responsible for supervising seasonal staff, supporting all Corps Members, developing learning opportunities for crews, and contributing to farm production when needed. After the field season, they are responsible for all program-related reporting and data collection.
VYCC is committed to cultivating an inclusive, equitable, and supportive program and workplace culture. VYCC also prioritizes learning, giving and receiving feedback, recognizing the role of power and privilege, and sees these as essential tools in creating a culture in which participants and staff can thrive.
VYCC Food and Farm Program Overview
VYCC’s Food and Farm Program engages young people in diversified, sustainable agriculture, culinary education, and community food security work on our campus in Richmond, Vermont. We grow organically certified vegetables and pasture raised chickens for our nationally recognized Health Care Share project, which connects Vermont families who experience barriers to accessing locally grown produce or have diet-related disease with a weekly vegetable share in partnership with medical centers. We also raise layer hens for eggs, pigs for meat and additional vegetables, flowers and herbs that we sell through our vibrant, on-site farm stand. All members of the Food and Farm team are essential to the success of the Health Care Share, the daily operations of the farm and the Corps Members experiences. These projects are made possible through VYCC's partnership with AmeriCorps and SerVermont.
Model VYCC values and culture rooted in fostering an inclusive, equitable, and supportive environment
Work closely with Program Director and other Managers to design and implement the Food and Farm program
Mentor and supervise Crew Leaders, and Project Leads.
Lead the development of program events such as farm tours, community dinners, and end of season celebrations
Develop and deliver learning opportunities for Crew Leaders and Crew Members on topics such as cooking, food systems, agriculture, and other related topics
Develop and refine systems, processes, and documentation that help ensure consistent, high quality programming
Manage processes for data collection, analysis, and reporting, including tasks associated with our AmeriCorps partnerships
Support the Food and Farm Director in creating an annual budget
Foster current community partnerships and look to expand partnerships to meet Food and Farm Program goals
Field Program Duties
Provide guidance and support to Crews, community partners, and other program staff during the field season
Support food production and program needs on the farm as needed – including occasional weekend chores, leading volunteer groups in farm work, and working with crews in the field
Provide on-call support for crews
Support Project Leads and Crew Leaders to ensure effective crew management
Hold Crews accountable to high-quality work
Provide and receive consistent feedback from staff and Corps Members with the goal of promoting learning and growth
Recruitment and Hiring
Along with the Recruitment and Alumni Services Manager, coordinate the recruitment, hiring, and onboarding of Project Leads and Crew Leaders
Be the face of VYCC and the first point of contact for Crew Members and Leaders at recruitment and community events
Create and manage systems for hiring, onboarding, and training Corps Members
Develop recruitment materials with a focus on ensuring equitable access to VYCC programs
Crew Leader Training
Develop and implement Project Lead and Crew Leader trainings, in coordination with Program Directors, Program Managers and Chief Program Officer
Assist in the development and implementation of programs, activities, and resources that enhance the learning experience
Analyze and incorporate ongoing feedback and research into program and training design
Assist in the development and implementation of AmeriCorps orientation and trainings