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Request for Proposals to Support California FarmLink’s Development of Farmworker Housing Strategy and Operational Plan

Context

California FarmLink has long recognized the importance of housing for farmworkers and agricultural laborers as a critical component of farm viability and farmworker health, wellbeing, and justice. The availability and quality of housing can determine a farm’s ability to attract and retain labor, which can make or break farm operations and profitability. Living in degraded, crowded units or being forced to travel long distances to work can cause adverse health impacts and economic distress for farmworkers. Exacerbated by California’s statewide housing shortage, the lack of sufficient farmworker housing units is a significant barrier to FarmLink’s vision for a healthy food system where farmers and ranchers have equitable opportunities to build wealth and conserve natural resources.

Objective

FarmLink seeks proposals from consultant(s) with expertise in agricultural labor, housing, and land use to support the organization’s development of a strategy and operational plan to invest in high quality farmworker housing units for California small and mid-scale farmers, ranchers, and the laborers with whom they work.

Deliverable

Develop an Engagement Strategy and Operational Plan for FarmLink to invest in farmworker housing projects, and present to the executive team and Board of Directors for feedback.

Guidance

The following are recommended areas of research and focus to successfully execute the project. 1. Document the current and upcoming economic, regulatory, and political landscape governing farmworker housing and project development. 2. Research and analyze housing development/construction financing methods. 3. Identify recent and current farmworker housing developers, partners, and projects. 4. Identify farmers, including FarmLink clients, with potential for farmworker housing developments. Relevant variables include: landowner, operation size, labor demand, farm profit stability, H2-A Visa sponsorship.

Terms

Competitive proposals will provide an initial scope of work with a budget not to exceed $10,000 and work completed within 90 days. Work plan will be developed collaboratively to prioritize tasks strategically, with a focus on the project’s long-term objectives. Based on the initial work, additional budget may be allocated for further work.

Apply

Interested parties should submit a brief letter outlining their qualifications and proposed work plan to noah@cafarmlink.org. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

Download Full Position Announcement Here.

Loan Operations Associate: Credit & Collections

Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt
Reports To: Director of Loan Operations
Supervisory: No direct reports
Primary Office: Aptos
Salary: $45,000 – $60,000 commensurate with experience

JOB SUMMARY:

Join California FarmLink’s lending team to support the prosperity of California farmers and ranchers, ensure equitable access to economic opportunity, and support environmental stewardship and vibrant local food systems. This position plays a key role in FarmLink’s agricultural lending as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), providing underserved farmers and ranchers with access to capital and technical assistance. Borrower deterioration results in increased loan losses with time. The keys to reducing loan loss and preserving borrower’s equity is the timely recognition, prompt corrective action and close supervision of the portfolio. A problem loan does not always result in a poor borrower and/or loss if properly and proactively administered. The Loan Operations Associate (C&C) will assist the Director of Loan Operations and Loan Officers in maintaining the total loan portfolio, with specific emphasis on monitoring accounts for potential problems and working delinquent accounts while maintaining positive customer relations.

How To Apply

Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and organization, with a resume to: info@cafarmlink.org. No phone calls please. Posted October 2021; applications accepted on a rolling basis; open until filled.

Who We Are

The mission of California FarmLink is to invest in the prosperity of farmers and ranchers through lending, education, and access to land. We value equitable access to opportunity, resilient working landscapes, fairness and accountability, and learning from diverse farmers and ranchers. For more info, and to learn about FarmLink’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: https://www.californiafarmlink.org/dei-principles/

Download Full Position Announcement Here.

Loan Officer

Status: Full Time, Exempt
Reports To: Director of Lending
Supervisory: No direct reports
Primary Office: Sacramento, Fresno, or Remote (TBD, depending on candidate)
Salary: $60,000 – $90,000, commensurate with experience

JOB SUMMARY:

Join California FarmLink’s lending team to support the prosperity of California farmers and ranchers, ensure equitable access to economic opportunity, and support environmental stewardship and vibrant local food systems. This position plays a key role in FarmLink’s agricultural lending as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), providing underserved farmers and ranchers with access to capital and technical assistance. The Loan Officer will drive growth in FarmLink’s agricultural small business and microlending in the San Joaquin and/or Sacramento Valleys through strong relationships with farmers and ranchers, lenders, and other referral partners.

How To Apply

Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and organization, with a resume to: info@cafarmlink.org. No phone calls please. Posted October 2021; applications accepted on a rolling basis; open until filled.

Who We Are

The mission of California FarmLink is to invest in the prosperity of farmers and ranchers through lending, education, and access to land. We value equitable access to opportunity, resilient working landscapes, fairness and accountability, and learning from diverse farmers and ranchers. For more info, and to learn about FarmLink’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: https://www.californiafarmlink.org/dei-principles/

Download Full Position Announcement Here.

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