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We are always looking for passionate, hard-working people to join our team.  Below are positions we are currently filling:

 

 

 

 

 

Farmer Training Program Manager

Location: Champaign, Illinois

Reports To: Program Director

Employment Status: Salary Exempt

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Job Description

The Land Connection seeks a highly organized, self-motivated individual who has experience in farmer training and community outreach and education.  The ideal candidate has a teaching background, is connected and engaged within the Central Illinois community, and is passionate about training the next generation of farmers to work the land sustainably.

The farmer training program manager is responsible for developing and managing all training programs and their budgets, which includes multiple funding sources. This position is grant funded, and the manager will work with the program director and executive director to increase and diversify revenue streams for the programs. This position supervises independent contractors and volunteers, and will have program and administrative support from The Land Connection’s office manager. 

Candidates should be familiar with farming, farmers, and rural communities. This position involves travel to seminars, field days, workshops, and mentor farms throughout central Illinois. Candidates must be available for weekend work throughout the year, have a valid driver’s license, and be able to lift 50 pounds. 

Primary Areas of Responsibility

1. Manage all farmer training programs, including Central Illinois Farm Beginnings, Farm Dreams workshops, the Farmer Incubator Program, the Mentorship Program, small farms workshops and field days, and the advanced farmer training program. 

2. Develop and expand new farmer training programs, including a specialty grains and organic transition training program, a comprehensive advanced farmer training curriculum, expanded farm incubator program, and TLC’s ongoing small farms training programs--in collaboration with the program director, program advisors, board, and staff.

3. Network extensively with farmers and other stakeholders in central Illinois and the greater Midwest, in order to recruit participants for future programs, to seek out partnership and sponsorship for TLC’s programs, and to identify subject matter, speakers and workshop leaders for future programs.

4. Manage all aspects of the farmer training programs, including: outreach & promotion, timelines, grant proposals and reports, and development and management of program budgets.

5. Attend weekly staff meetings, consult on grant proposals, program brochures, web copy, etc.

6. Create written content for regular blog posts, web and social media content, and program materials.

7. Plan and facilitate nine Central Illinois Farm Beginnings course sessions, which are held on Saturdays from October through March in Champaign, Illinois. Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in curriculum development sessions with program director
  • Contact, confirm, and prepare program presenters for each classroom seminar with support from the program assistant
  • Prepare the agenda for each seminar
  • Manage general logistics of each seminar

8. Serve as primary facilitator of CIFB program’s mentorship component, as well as the new standalone mentorship program, which includes:

  • Develop a specific mentoring program for each student
  • Identify, contact, and confirm mentors for all students based on the mentoring program and geographic location of each student
  • Make at least one on-site visit to each mentorship site to meet with the mentor and mentee and discuss mentee’s development and further training needs
  • Conduct one end-of-season meeting with every student and mentor to evaluate the mentorship and identify ways for The Land Connection to provide further support or training

9. Plan and facilitate three to five Farm Dreams workshops to be held each summer.

Required Background

  • Experience with farmer training and mentoring programs
  • Experience with community outreach and education
  • Bachelor’s degree or four years of experience in a related field

Key Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient using Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Drive, and Dropbox
  • Comfortable with wikis or other education collaboration sites
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to engage, and communicate clearly and effectively with the public
  • Creative problem-solving skills and attention to detail 
  • Ability and strong desire to work with farmers in rural areas
  • Experience working with grant-funded programs

To apply, email your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (4 pages or less) to info@thelandconnection.org by June 24.

Office Manager

Location: Champaign, Illinois

Reports To: Executive Director

Employment Status: Part Time Salary, Exempt

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Summary Job Description

The office manager is responsible for all aspects of office management, and will work closely with the program managers to coordinate and support The Land Connection’s programming and business activities. This position reports directly to the executive director.  

Job Responsibilities
 

  • Answer phone and e-mail inquiries, manage computer and physical files related to programs, maintain software and  update all documentation on software use,  and general TLC office administration, including paying monthly bills
  • Manage office maintenance, stocking supplies, printing materials, keeping office and all supplies organized
  • Order and keep stock of TLC merchandising and outreach materials
  • Manage TLC Staff Calendar, meetings, events
  • Work with outreach coordinator to maintain and update database of donors and program participants and generate donor reports and acknowledgements
  • Coordinate and attend weekly staff meetings
  • Help manage office interns
  • Plan, help recruit, and coordinate volunteers, as needed
  • Help identify grants and other funding sources
  • Manage registration for all workshops and public outreach events
  • Provide support for program activities as needed
  • Work with program director on grant tracking
  • Manage money in and out in Quickbooks
  • Work with accountant on payroll, creating financial reports, and bank reconciliations

Job Skills and Requirements

  • Excellent organizational and office management skills
  • Ability to perform duties responsibly and efficiently
  • Excellent written and oral communication and skills
  • Must have experience and mastery of Microsoft Office suite of programs
  • Experience with CRM (Customer Relationship Management) database systems
  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of one year office experience, or two to four years of office experience

To apply, email your resume, cover letter, and a less than 2-page writing sample to info@thelandconnection.org. Application dealine is July 8. 

Volunteers and Interns

Special projects for unpaid interns are always a possibility - please contact us if you are interested. Please send a letter of interest, an up to date resume, and a writing sample (optional, not to exceed four pages). We keep a list of interested volunteers for occasional project assistance as well.