Micro-Business Programs Coordinator

Job Opening:  Americorps VISTA Micro-Business  Coordinator

Full-time, 1 year position

Start Date:  January 21, 2020

The Mission of Transplanting Traditions Community Farm is to provide refugee adults and youth access to land, healthy food and agricultural and entrepreneurial opportunities. TTCF works with refugees that fled Burma as a result of warfare and have resettled their lives in North Carolina.  All participants were farmers in Burma and the majority are women.  The farm provides a cultural community space for families to come together, build healthy communities and continue agricultural traditions in the Piedmont of N.C.

Summary:  The Americorps VISTA Micro-Business coordinator will ensure sustainable and feasible business strategies to support program participants and organizational programs long-term. This will be achieved through assessing the current small business methods used by Transplanting Traditions (such as the community tours, work days, the community supported agriculture), conducting external research of additional small business models, developing a business plan, identifying potential business partners and customers, and developing new systems for effective management and coordination of the various AC business initiatives to help meet organizational goals.

Potential VISTA candidates should demonstrate a deep commitment to justice and equity and have experience working with people from diverse cultures, ethnicities, races, religion, language, socioeconomic groups, and educational backgrounds. Due to the agricultural focus of the project, previous gardening and farming experience or knowledge is ideal. Strong communication skills are essential for success both written and oral communication as well as technical skills for website and social media management. Candidates are expected to have excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to multitask, and work both collaboratively and independently. Flexibility, adaptability, humility and openness to new situations and learning are necessary given the range of backgrounds of participants, staff, board and the small and emerging stage of the participating organizations. 

Essential Duties

  • Conduct an assessment of social enterprise strategies and compile a report on findings
  • Research potential new or alternative social enterprise models
  • Facilitate and assist the development of a business plan for each social enterprise model in collaboration with the staff and participants
  • Research, compile, and cultivate potential business partnerships and customers
  • Facilitate the creation of any publicity and business outreach materials 
  • Coordinate improvement and up-to-date management of customer communication systems
  • Provide coordination support around social enterprise outreach and sales 
  • Coordinate, support and build relations with community volunteers and groups
  • Develop management systems and tools for group workdays and tours
  • Coordinate community outreach efforts 
  • Improve the development and management of communication mediums including social media, website, newsletters
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, program events, fundraising, and advocacy events
  • Communicate the vision and mission and cultivate positive relationships with local and national stakeholders and   community partners
  • Leverage opportunities for collective impact through helping to develop strategic partnerships
  • Work with organizational staff to evaluate organizational strategic goals and programs
  • Provide timely, written monthly progress reports/quarterly/yearly reports to program supervisor
  • Collaborate on specific projects and share ideas with other VISTA cohort members

Qualifications

  • Passion for Transplanting Traditions Community Farm mission
  • Dedication to working as a member of and in partnership with diverse communities
  • Relevant experience with business development
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and self-management skills, including excellent follow-through
  • High proficiency in excel, word, powerpoint, database management programs
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail with ability to manage multiple projects effectively
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently to achieve stated goals
  • Commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation
  • Sales and marketing experience 
  • High Level of emotional intelligence
  • Flexibility and adaptability, able to shift styles to fit the needs of a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience building relationships with key stakeholders, customers and partners.
  • Proficiency in website maintenance and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
  • Passion for and strategic understanding of food systems change, food justice and local agriculture.
  • Prior understanding of and/or experience with the immigration process and resettlement experience and/or sustainable agricultural is ideal.

Program Benefits: This position is a full-time, year long domestic volunteer service opportunity.  Americorps VISTA members are not employees, they are volunteers and therefore do not receive compensation for their service, however they do receive a living Allowance, health coverage, a relocation allowance, a choice of education award or end of service stipend. For more information on program benefits visit the Americorps VISTA website

Service Areas: Refugee, Resettlement, Employment, Hunger, Food security

Skills: Business Development, Writing, Customer relations, Website Administration, Social Media Analytics

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Transplanting Traditions is part of the Women in Transition VISTA Initiative. The Women in Transition Initiative is a collaboration between Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, Benevolence Farm and AmeriCorps VISTA CNCS which focuses on employment and workforce development strategies through agricultural-based social enterprise programs as a tool for overcoming and preventing poverty. The proposed VISTA project will seek to ensure that North Carolina women facing major transitions (refugees, immigrants, formerly incarcerated and others) gain the educational and professional skills needed to improve their economic situation. 

 

REVIEW ALL INFORMATION, DETAILS AND BENEFITS ON THE AMERICORPS VISTA WEBSITE BEFORE APPLYING.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to info@transplantingtraditions.org by November 25, 2019. 

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