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Posted on January 3, 2022 9:00 am by Shevan Durant in Jobs Life

Seasonal Farmers

ABOUT THE POSITION

Project EATS (PE) seeks experienced seasonal farmers to join its dynamic and growing team. Through your work you will use organic, high-yield farming methods to establish financially viable small plot farms in communities that need fresh, healthy, nutritious food.   

You will assist in developing and supporting a skilled and dedicated team of farm volunteers and resident workforce farmers. Assist in the installation of new PE farm operations in new locations and participate in community farm activities that strengthen resident ties, use, and support of their community-based farms.

Seasonal farmers report to managers at our various sites. In 2022, PE will operate 7 farms that are in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens with the launch of a new site in Manhattan.

Two farms are rooftop operations.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Work with farm managers to effectively carry out and achieve the goals of PE’s 2022 farm operations plan for sustainably growing food at each farm that meet the standards and goals set for crop yields, quality, and crop loss. 

Daily Farm Operations

You will be responsible for incorporating and using PE”s farming methods and techniques in:

  • Greenhouse and propagation
  • Field operations, including:
  •  hand transplanting and direct sowing
  • harvesting and processing vegetables
  • hand weeding and cultivation
  • general crop maintenance and bed preparation
  • Daily data entry and record keeping
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Deliver crops to PE sales locations and customers
  • Assist in engaging and cultivating customers at PE’s sales locations
  • Assist and monitor work of volunteers
  • Assist and facilitate, as necessary, resident programs

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often only apply to jobs if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  As no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications, we encourage you to apply if you feel that much of the following matches your experience:

  • Two seasons or more of soil vegetable farming; rooftop farming experience is a plus
  • Knowledge and experience using small farming tools and techniques
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently up to 50-60 hours a week during the height of the summer growing season
  • Effective and comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Experience in supporting and supervising trainees and volunteers
  • Comfort and experience working with large and diverse groups of people
  • A valid driver’s license, experience and comfort operating a commercial van in NYC

MANDATORY PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Self-motivation, action-orientation and foresight
  • Sound judgement and unquestionable integrity
  • Diplomatic with strong interpersonal skills
  • Proactivity to develop and improve skills and experience
  • Willingness to go the extra mile when needed to meet PE standards
  • Adaptability to make adjustments on the fly and maximize available resources.

Art is what we imagine and create that shapes how we live.  Food is the sustenance we need to live.  Life is how we use, value, and share what we create to survive and thrive.  Project EATS – in its design, work, and relationships – operates from the interweaving of these key aspects of being.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Project EATS where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

To apply for this position, please forward a resume, as well as a substantive cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications via e-mail to: admin@projecteats.org. NO CALLS PLEASE.

Farm Managers

ABOUT THE POSITION

Project EATS (PE) seeks experienced Farm Managers to join its dynamic and growing team. You will use your skills in organic farming and PE’s high-yield farming methods to establish financially viable small plot farms in communities that need fresh, healthy, nutritious food.   

You will assist in developing and supporting a dedicated team of farm volunteers and resident workforce farmers. You will help plan and oversee the installation of new PE farm operations in new locations and participate in community farm activities that strengthen resident ties, use, and support of their community-based farms.

Farm Managers report to the Farm Director.  In 2022, PE will operate 7 farms that are in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens with the addition of a new farm in Manhattan.

Two of PE’s farms are rooftop operations.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Work with the Farm Director to effectively carry out and manage farmers at your sites to achieve the goals of PE’s 2022 farm operations plan to sustainably grow food that meets PE’s standards and goals for crop yields, quality, and crop loss. 

Daily Farm Operations

You will be responsible for incorporating and using PE’s farming methods and techniques to execute, oversee, and manage delegation of field operations to seasonal farmers, PE’s resident workforce, and volunteers for:

  • Greenhouse and propagation
  • Field operations, including:
  • hand transplanting and direct sowing
  • harvesting and processing vegetables
  • hand weeding and cultivation
  • general crop maintenance and bed preparation
  • Daily data entry and record keeping
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Deliver crops to PE sales locations and customers
  • Assist in engaging and cultivating customers at PE’s sales locations
  • Assist and monitor work of volunteers
  • Assist and facilitate, as necessary, resident programs

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often only apply to jobs if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  As no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications, we encourage you to apply if you feel that much of the following matches your experience:

  • 3 or more seasons of soil and/or hydroponic farming. Rooftop farming experience is a plus
  • Knowledge and experience using small farming tools and techniques
  • Proven experience using effective methods that suppress weeds, eliminate pest, and reduce disease
  • Proven experience executing and managing farm staff in the daily inputting of farm data and producing regular reports, analysis, and strategies, as needed, throughout the season to “course correct” and align projections with actual outcomes
  • 2 or more seasons managing farmers, farm interns, and volunteers
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently up to 50-60 hours a week during the height of the summer growing season
  • Effective and comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Comfort and experience working with large and diverse groups of people
  • A valid driver’s license, experience and comfort operating a commercial van in NYC

MANDATORY PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Self-motivated, action-oriented and foresight
  • Effective problem solver
  • Comfortable holding self- and others accountable
  • Proactive and effective manager and mentor in developing the skills, ability, and knowledge of others
  • Sound judgement and unquestionable integrity
  • Diplomatic with strong interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to go the extra mile when needed to meet PE standards
  • Adaptability to adjust to factors and conditions on the fly
  • Maximize available resources to achieve greatest impact

Art is what we imagine and create that shapes how we live.  Food is the sustenance we need to live.  Life is how we use, value, and share what we create to survive and thrive.  Project EATS – in its design, work, and relationships – operates from the interweaving of these key aspects of being.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at PE where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

To apply for this position, please forward a resume, as well as a substantive cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications via e-mail to: admin@projecteats.org. NO CALLS PLEASE.

Senior Director of Operations

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Development Manager

THE POSITION  

Project EATS seeks an experienced professional to join our dynamic team as Development Manager, the first full-time development staff member to build and grow the development infrastructure and manage the fundraising program. This includes coordination and implementation for successful fundraising activities: assisting in external communication and donor appeals and managing key donor relationships and fundraising events. This position reports to the President.

The Development Manager serves as a focal point in the advancement of our growing organization. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to help push the organization forward at this critical juncture.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the overall development and sustainability of a complex and impactful social enterprise. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES  

Work with Executive Team and Board Fundraising Committee to develop a strategy and plan to achieve annual fundraising goals.  Create and support the execution of strategies to target new donors and deepen engagement of existing donors.

Key Donor Relationships

Create and implement strategies to cultivate existing donors and to expand the donor base.

  • Manage outreach with current donors
  • Research new prospective major donors
  • Facilitate the scheduling of key meetings between major donors and prospects and the President, Fundraising Committee members and program managers.
  • Conduct solicitation of these donors, either in collaboration with Board members and President, or alone as appropriate.

Infrastructure

Track grants, gifts, and solicitation history for all events and donor relationships.

  • Write and execute the annual fundraising plan
  • Update and manage donor data base
  • Coordinate with operations and finance staff to prepare fundraising reports for Donors, Executive Team and Board.
  • Manage implementation of fundraising software/data base and research new software

Events

Plan and execute cultivation and fundraising events

  • Lead the planning and production of major donor events, including invitation lists, RSVP, support, acknowledgement, data management and follow-up analysis.
  • Work directly with sponsors and major donors to solicit event gifts
  • Support donor-led initiatives.
  • Support President in events by researching prospective attendees, making introductions, capturing information, and cultivating major donor relationships.

Communications

Write, edit, and proofread PE internal and external communications

  • Lead social media efforts
  • Manage and write periodic donor appeal letters
  • Write event invitations and solicitations
  • Represent PE to new and existing partners to grow key relationships.
  • Ensure brand and image consistency in all fundraising efforts
  • Work with Administrator to address routine donor communications, acknowledgements, and correspondence.

REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE  

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often only apply to jobs if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  As no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications, we encourage you to apply if you feel that much of the following matches your experience:

  • 3+ years of experience working in a fast-paced nonprofit development role, with at least 2 years involving research, strategy development or personal solicitation of major gifts.
  • Strategic mindset with an ability to focus on both long and near term, supported by a superior attention to detail.
  • Ability to operate effectively as part of a team and independently.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and oral communication skills
  • Highly organized and resourceful, with a record of consistently meeting deadlines.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited university required.
  • Familiarity with arts organizations and knowledge of arts funders preferred
  • Experience with fundraising and data management systems as well as social media skills
  • Previous work experience with low-wealth communities preferred.

MANDATORY PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Self-motivation, action-orientation and foresight
  • Sound judgement and unquestionable integrity
  • Diplomatic with strong interpersonal skills
  • Proactivity to develop and improve skills and experience
  • Willingness to go the extra mile when needed to meet PE standards
  • Adaptability to make adjustments on the fly and maximize available resources.
  • Available to work events and weekends as required.

Art is what we imagine and create that shapes how we live.  Food is the sustenance we need to live.  Life is how we use, value, and share what we create to survive and thrive.  Project EATS – in its design, work, and relationships – operates from the interweaving of these key aspects of being.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at PE where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

To apply for this position, please forward a resume, as well as a substantive cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications via e-mail to: admin@projecteats.org. NO CALLS PLEASE.