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Assistant Director - Open Position 

Deadline to Apply 12/17/2021

The Organic Association of Kentucky’s (OAK’s) Assistant Director will support the Executive Director in all areas of management, operations and development. This position reports to the Executive Director and collaborates closely with all OAK staff, providing support for current program priorities and special projects. Specific areas of focus for this position include expansion of workplace CSA programs in the state, supporting farmer education and technical assistance programs and providing development support for grant proposals and OAK’s annual campaign.

 

The Organic Association of Kentucky works with a network of more than 3,000 individuals and partners every year to advance opportunities for Kentucky farmers and increase the adoption of organic farming practices. OAK’s programs are designed to deliver regionally appropriate organic production knowledge, inspiration from the field, enhance opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and offer technical assistance, all with the goal of supporting the growth of sustainable food and farming systems in the state. We envision a region where organic agriculture thrives, the health of our shared natural resources of soil and water improve, and community health and well-being benefit from expanded organic agricultural practices. Learn more about OAK’s programs at www.oak-ky.org.

 

Assistant Director Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Kentucky Farm Share Coalition and Consumer Education – 50%

  • Coordinate with KY Farm Share Coalition farmers, partners and participants to assist with promotion of organic produce CSAs (community supported agriculture) through workplace wellness programs.

  • Work with KYFSC Coordinator and Executive Director to engage new employer partners with the program, including employer research, initial outreach for the program, pitching the program, follow ups, and working with OAK staff to set up program logistics with employers.

  • Participate in outreach and networking through appropriate health and wellness venues and business events to build awareness about the program and to support a constellation of allies and advocates.

  • Collaborate with KYFSC Coordinator and Executive Director on marketing and outreach strategies and activities.

 

Farmer Education and Outreach – 30%

  • Provide support for Farmer Education programs and participate in general outreach. Including and not limited to planning, promoting, hosting and evaluating these program areas:

    • OAK Annual Conference

    • OAK Farmer Field Days

    • OAK Organic Transition Trainer Program

 

Development and Overall 20%

  • Work with the Executive Director to coordinate two Community Giving Campaigns.

  • Assist with the Annual Campaign.

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to prepare grant proposals, track progress, and prepare and submit reports.

  • Support OAK’s commitment to racial equity in food and farming systems, and deepen equity awareness within staff, programs, partners and work to embed equity strategies into programs and evaluations.

  • Coordination of on-going evaluation of all program activities and program development in collaboration with Executive Director and all staff.

 

Education Required to Ensure Success in this Position:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.

  • Master’s Degree preferred.

 

Experience Required to Ensure Success in this Position:

  • 5 years of experience working in the non-profit sector.

  • Knowledge of project management, marketing and fundraising strategies.

  • Understanding of program evaluation and metric tracking.

  • A committed interest and familiarity with organic and sustainable agriculture as well as knowledge of local food networks is highly desired.

  • Advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, Canva, Memberclicks, Asana, Wix, email and web-based research).

 

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong and effective written and verbal communication.

  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail and rapid follow up.

  • Professional, sociable and a strong listener.

  • Graphic design skills

  • Ability to identify priorities and carry out work to a high standard of excellence.

  • Commitment to racial and gender equity.

  • Ability to independently operate a personal vehicle for work related travel.

 

Compensation

  • This is a salaried full-time position. Salary commensurate with education and experience, expected annual salary range: $38,000-$45,000.

    • Benefits include health insurance reimbursement, phone/internet reimbursement and paid time off (PTO).

  • Position is both remote and in-person, requiring regular work from home space, Kentucky residence and close proximity to the Bluegrass region.

  • Valid driver’s license and access to private vehicle. Travel within the state required and reimbursed at current IRS rate.

 

How to Apply

  • To be considered, please send the following three documents as PDFs to Brooke Gentile at brooke@oak-ky.org no later than December 17th.

    • Resume

    • Cover letter

    • Three professional references

  • Questions about the position can also be directed to this address, but please know we might not have the capacity to reply to all inquiries.

 

OAK is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.