Position Description: Operations Manager

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Position Summary

Veggielution is hiring for the Operations Manager position. The primary purpose of the Operations Manager is to ensure that Veggielution is safe, compliant, and effectively poised to fully take advantage of growth and scale opportunities currently accessible to the organization. The Operations Manager is responsible for coordinating issues related directly to the day-to-day operations of Veggielution’s 6-acre facility at Emma Prusch Farm Park to enable our team to better serve the families and individuals who visit us. This role requires previous project management and facilities management experience. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated, flexible, adept at managing change, and driven by our mission to connect people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to build community in East San Jose. This is a full-time, non-exempt position that reports directly to the Executive Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as partner to the Executive Director on the organization’s administrative and operational processes, with a goal of continuously developing and improving systems
  • Work with Executive Director and Board to initiate development of Master Plan
  • Oversee partnership with Emma Prusch Farm Park and City of San Jose Parks, Recreation, Neighborhood Services staff, ensuring contract compliance
  • Lead the planning, logistics and permit requirements of capital projects and special events
  • Manage facilities-related needs, including scheduling/meeting vendors and volunteers and handling after-hours facilities emergencies.
  • Coordinate issues related directly to the day-to-day operations of Veggielution’s 6-acre facility
  • Oversee risk management including insurance, safety, wellness and facility plans. Administer trainings, run drills, and conduct safety audits. Partner with Executive Director to respond to emergencies.
  • Develop and maintain detailed records and maintenance schedules for facilities, vehicles, and equipment

Required Experience and Qualifications: 

  • Passion for Veggielution’s mission, matched with a strong work ethic
  • Experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with the ability and desire to flexibly shift responsibilities as the role and the organization evolve
  • High tolerance for changing work priorities and deadlines, and a willingness to take on responsibilities and prioritize work on multiple projects
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, with ability to treat sensitive issues with respect and empathy and maintain strict confidentiality where required
  • Team-player attitude and strong customer-service orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to be detail-oriented, organized, and resourceful
  • Skill at communicating respectfully and empathetically with individuals and families.
  • Ability to proactively manage multiple critical deadlines and quickly adapt in a fast-paced environment, independently following through on completion of tasks
  • Skill at building working relationships with people in both senior- and junior-level roles, both within and beyond Veggielution
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Word and Excel

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Agricultural or horticultural facilities management experience
  • Managerial/supervisory experience
  • Spanish-language proficiency

Physical and Travel Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to operate light pick-up truck and food truck
  • Frequent typing/computer and telephone use
  • Routine lifting of project materials and program equipment

The physical demands described here are representative of what an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with differing abilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation

$45,000 annually, excellent health benefits, professional development funds, and paid time off.

Hiring Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume to Cayce Hill, Executive Director at: cayceh@veggielution.org

 


Position Description: Farm Program Manager

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Position Summary

Veggielution is looking for an energetic, responsible team member to fill our Farm Program Manager position. The Farm Program Manager will have a key leadership role in the day-to-day farm work on approximately three acres of farm fields and orchard, with a focus on training and supervising interns and volunteers. The Farm Program Manager will ensure that the farm education and demonstration efforts at Veggielution are safe and welcoming to volunteers, interns and program participants. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated, flexible, adept at managing change, and driven by our mission to connect people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to build community in East San Jose. This is a full-time, non-exempt position.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create a welcoming and positive atmosphere for visitors to Veggielution.
  • Plan, start and plant a variety of crops with staggered harvest dates to yield adequate quantities of culturally-relevant produce for Veggielution programs and farm stand.  
  • Instruct, direct and supervise interns
  • Lead work tasks for groups of 10-30 volunteers, twice weekly
  • Collaborate with Community Engagement Program Manager to support middle school field trip group visits to the farm
  • Communicate with all program leads to coordinate produce for farm stand, field trips, cooking classes, and special events.
  • Manage greenhouse, including propagation of transplants in alignment with crop plan
  • Maintain farm tools and equipment with support from the Operations Manager
  • Adhere to Integrated Pest Management best practices  
  • Manage and oversee wellness of small flock of laying hens
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date crop production records including Field Plan, Field Planting Schedule, and Tractor Work Log
  • Implement, adhere to, and refine long-term soil management and IPM plans
  • Follow best practices and safety protocols at all times
  • Complete tractor work as needed, including bed preparation and mowing.
  • Assist in collecting program outcome data for grant deliverables and future funding
  • Participate in Veggielution meetings, community programs, and donor events

Required Experience and Qualifications: 

  • Commitment to the mission and vision of Veggielution
  • At least one year of production experience in organic agriculture
  • Supervision experience, preferably in a teaching role.
  • Experience in leading others and fostering teamwork to accomplish projects.
  • Enthusiasm for meeting new people from diverse backgrounds, with sensitivity to differences (of race/culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and age)
  • Strong leadership skills and mentorship experience (with interns and volunteers.)
  • Attentive, highly organized, flexible and adaptable, reliable and hardworking
  • Ability to take initiative and to manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to work independently as well as on a close, collaborative team
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Entrepreneurial interest in reimagining the current use of farm space to meet evolving community and program needs
  • Able to work Tues-Saturday workweek
  • Able to lift 50 lbs. unassisted
  • Internet literacy and proficiency using Microsoft suite and Google Drive.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Spanish-language proficiency
  • Tractor operation experience

Physical and Travel Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to operate light pick-up truck and tractor
  • Routine lifting of farm tools and equipment

The physical demands described here are representative of what an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with differing abilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation

$40,000 annually, plus excellent health benefits, professional development funds, and generous paid time off.

Hiring Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume to Cayce Hill, Executive Director at: cayceh@veggielution.org

 


Internship Position: Field Trip Assistant

DURATION: 15-20 hours/week, October 2017 through December 2017

Veggielution seeks a Field Trip Assistant(s) to assist in hosting middle school student groups participating in our Eastside Explorers field trip program. Eastside Explorers incorporates farm-based and nutrition education activities centered around collaborative group tasks focused on cooking and nutrition, human impacts, and ecological interconnections in our unique outdoor setting. This position will work collaboratively with the Community Engagement Program Manager to provide students with a comprehensive and engaging visit.  S/he must work well independently to lead student groups and connect with the community. The Veggielution Field Trip Assistant(s) will refine teaching and leadership skills, while receiving mentorship. This is a paid internship.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate activity stations during field trips.
  • Translate for participants from English to Spanish, when needed.
  • Set up and clean up activity stations; ensuring a safe and clean environment.
  • Form and maintain healthy relationships with teachers and administrative staff, students, and parents in East San Jose.                    

Required Qualifications:                

  • Bilingual/biliterate Spanish-English.
  • Must be able to work Tuesday through Thursday (8am to 2pm) when classes are scheduled.
  • Experience in outdoor/nutrition education.                    

To Apply

We encourage you to forward this announcement to others who may be interested. 

Please apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via e-mail at: emilys@veggielution.org