The Grow Appalachia Associate Director of Strategic Impact will assist the Director of Grow Appalachia program in all areas of management, operations, and development for one of the country’s largest rural food systems projects. The position includes close collaboration with Grow Appalachia’s Associate Director of Production Programming and as support to all Grow Appalachia’s current program priorities. Duties include: resource development (including but not limited to grants and other forms of monetary and in-kind contributions); evaluation of site partner applications and communications among the funder(s), participants and the general public; coordination of system wide activities among site partners and other collaborating institutions and individuals: public relations and appropriate on-line media management; curriculum and teaching materials development; program assessment and results based reporting to appropriate campus administrators and funders.
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 communications, marketing and fundraising strategies.
Understanding of program evaluation and metric tracking.
Gardening and production experience, highly desirable.
Background in personnel management including hiring, training, evaluation and termination.
Advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress web design, email and internet researching).
Experience working or living in the Appalachian region.
Special skills, knowledge and abilities:
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Ability to identify opportunities for efficiency and collaborations among team members, leadership, and Grow’s larger partner network.
Graphic design skills
Strong public speaking skills
Experience dealing with NGOs of different sizes and capacity.
Fundraising, specifically grant writing and funder/donor relationship management.
Basic understanding of gardening and agriculture, highly desirable.
Commitment to racial and gender equity
Ability to use wide array of gardening hand and power tools
License, certification, or registration necessary:
Valid Driver’s License
Required background checks
Ability to navigate campus/public buildings and grounds
Ability to handle small trucks and farm equipment;
Ability to work outside using handled tools;
Ability to travel independently by car and/or plane
Professional office environment
Occasional travel is required
Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment:
Ability to drive pickup truck.
Primary duties and responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Regular and predictable attendance is essential. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Coordination of on-going evaluation of all program activities and program development in collaboration with the Associate Director of Production Programming, the Director and all staff.
Coordination of communication strategies in collaboration with the Director and Program Associate, Associate Director of Production Programming, and in support of staff.
In collaboration with the Director and staff, coordinate annual garden grant proposal processes including reviewing proposals, providing feedback, and making decisions with the team.
Submit grant proposals in support of Grow’s initiatives in partnership with the Director, Associate Director of Production Programming, and all Grow staff and their programming goals.
In collaboration with staff, draft annual budgets for the Garden Grants program, hunger relief and child nutrition programming with the Berea Kids Eat Coordinator, and other infrastructure projects in partnership with non-profits throughout Grow’s service area.
In collaboration with the Director, Associate Director of Production Programming, and all staff, coordinate key activities in Grow’s strategic plan, including succession planning across all programs, supporting a peer-to-peer learning network with Garden Partners, maintaining an online resource library for gardeners, and other key strategies.
Supporting Grow’s commitment to racial equity, through food justice education and racial justice awareness within staff, programs, partners, and deep integration of racial equity strategies within programs, services, and program evaluations.
In collaboration with the Director, Associate Director of Production Programming, and Grow’s Program Associate, brainstorm annually with long-term Garden Grant partners in support of realizing their long-term food security goals through strategic planning.
Support the Program Associate in training for program partners and volunteers in website, blog and reporting processes.
Provide assistance in training and oversight of program students, interns and volunteers.
In collaboration with the Associate Director of Production Programming, support the Social Enterprise Manager with marketing plans and materials.
Internal Number: Req 893
About Berea College
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.