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Operations Director

Organic Marketing & Business Specialist


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Operations Director

Dec. 12, 2019 – MOFGA has just created a brand new senior level position to manage our operations. We're a thriving workplace with more than 40 staff spread throughout Maine, working to educate about and advocate for organic agriculture. If you're a people-person who loves numbers, spreadsheets and organizational systems, this could be the perfect job for you! We're looking for someone to join our leadership team in Unity, and manage our fantastic contractors and staff that handle our finance, HR, IT and operations. Please consider applying, and reach out if you have any questions.

Primary Responsibilities: To manage MOFGA’s administration and internal operations.
Supervisor: Executive Director
Work Week: Full time
Position: Salaried. Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt. The employee is not eligible for overtime payment.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Understanding of nonprofit financial management, legal requirements and best practices
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through
  • Commitment to excellence and improving organizational systems
  • People-centered approach to operations
  • Experience with staff supervision
  • Experience with managing contracts and contractors
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Understanding of IT systems, and tech savviness
  • Strong project management skills – able to map out a plan, proactively communicate with stakeholders, plan for mistakes, and debrief for lessons learned
  • Self-motivated
  • Understanding of issues related to organic agriculture in Maine
  • Commitment to working well with staff, volunteers and the public

Responsibilities:

Overall:

  • Direct the planning, implementation, and ongoing operation and improvement of all administrative systems including but not limited to financial management, human resources, IT systems, benefits administration, annual evaluations, strategic planning, and staff training and development.
  • Supervise administrative staff and contractors.
  • Contribute to the overall strategic direction of the organization and translate goals into operational plans.
  • Provide a strong day-to-day leadership presence for all staff.

Finance:

  • Manage MOFGA’s overall budget, cash flow and finances.
  • Manage contractors to ensure accurate bookkeeping and regular financial reporting.
  • Develop and coordinate the budget process in coordination with the Executive Director and Board Treasurer.
  • Lead annual tax filings and audits in coordination with accounting firm
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; create and update financial policies and procedure manual.
  • Negotiate contracts with and manage all external partners including clients, third-party vendors, and consultants.
  • Manage and maintain insurance policies.
  • Coordinate financial logistics of the Common Ground Country Fair

Human Resources:

  • Work with contractors to manage payroll, employee on-boarding and off-boarding, compensation and benefits management.
  • Maintain legal compliance with all state and municipal laws in regard to business registration, charitable registration, employment law, and workers' compensation.
  • Manage human resource initiatives, including recruitment and promotions; update employee handbook; facilitate performance evaluation process; enhance professional development; review compensation and benefits.

Operations:

  • Develop and improve operational systems for staff efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Ensure there is clarity and documentation of processes across systems.
  • Make sure staff are trained on all systems.
  • Plan for long range IT, communications, and digital technology.
  • Carrying out all of the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission statement, goals, and philosophy of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and other duties as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned

Position based in Unity, Maine. Occasional travel elsewhere in the state will be required. MOFGA’s success depends upon the collaborative spirit among its staff members and volunteers. Employees are expected to be ready and willing to assist colleagues in all program areas when directed to do so by their supervisors.

Competitive salary dependent upon experience. MOFGA has an excellent benefits package with paid medical, dental and vision insurance and paid maternity/paternity leave. Employees have four weeks of annual vacation after first year, 12 sick days, three personal days, and 14 paid holidays annually.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to salexander@mofga.org


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Organic Marketing & Business Specialist

December 20, 2019

Primary Responsibilities: To coordinate MOFGA’s agricultural marketing work with a focus on assisting certified organic farms to develop business planning and marketing skills and increase the capacity to find and develop market opportunities.

Supervisor: Farmer Programs Director

Work Week: Monday through Friday – 40 hours

Additional Work Hours: Evening and weekend meetings and work as needed. Regular hours of operation during the Common Ground Country Fair weekend.

Position: Salaried, Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt.  The employee is not eligible for overtime payment.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Degree in Sustainable Agriculture, Economics, Marketing or related field of study or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with organic marketing and business development with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by Maine producers
  • Experience with agricultural business planning, management and marketing
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with staff, volunteers and the public
  • Ability to manage personnel and volunteers
  • Ability to work creatively and to take the initiative to find creative solutions
  • Excellent administrative skills, including experience with word processing, spreadsheets, databases and online form building
  • Proven project management skills
  • Organic farming experience desirable
  • A commitment to MOFGA’s mission and program work

Responsibilities:

  • Provide business and marketing planning assistance to Certified Organic Businesses in Maine
  • Support Communication staff to enhance the recognition and value of the “MOFGA Certified Organic” label as a liaison to certified businesses and through market research
  • Provide training in farm business management and marketing skills to MOFGA Journeypersons, MOFGA members and certified organic farmers
  • Support MOFGA’s Farm Beginnings course through curriculum review and presentations
  • Develop regular organic market price reports
  • Administer MOFGA’s Technical Assistance grant program and the Organic Farmer Loan Fund
  • Work with other MOFGA staff members to identify and provide for educational development
  • Collaborate with partners (non-profits, Maine Department of Agriculture, university research and extension) on projects that support the viability of organic farming in Maine
  • Carry out all of the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission statement, goals, and philosophy of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
  • Other duties as assigned

Position based in Unity, Maine. Occasional travel elsewhere in the state will be required. MOFGA’s success depends upon the collaborative spirit among its staff members and volunteers. Employees are expected to be ready and willing to assist colleagues in all program areas when directed to do so by their supervisors.

Competitive salary dependent upon experience. MOFGA has an excellent benefits package with paid medical, dental and vision insurance and paid maternity/paternity leave. Employees have four weeks of annual vacation after first year, 12 sick days, three personal days, and 14 paid holidays annually.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to rdennett@mofga.org

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