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Senior Associate: Land Access & Farm Business Education (Central California)

Status: Full Time, Exempt
Reports To: Program Manager
Supervisory: Not Applicable
Primary Office: Aptos, CA (with flexibility to work remotely due to COVID-19 workplace policies)
Salary: $50,000 – $70,000, commensurate with experience

JOB SUMMARY:

California FarmLink invests in the prosperity of farmers and ranchers through lending, education, and access to land. FarmLink envisions a healthy food system where farmers and ranchers have equitable opportunities to build wealth and conserve natural resources. We value equitable access to opportunity, resilient working landscapes, fairness and accountability, and learning from diverse farmers and ranchers. As a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), FarmLink has established one of the nation’s most robust economic engines to grow sustainable, small farm businesses heralding from low-income rural communities throughout California.

The Senior Associate is a critical member of FarmLink’s Land Access and Farm Business Education Program team, consisting of land tenure experts, farm business educators and technical assistance providers. This position will primarily help develop and execute FarmLink’s “Wealth Building” Strategic Initiative, an approach that integrates land and capital access with business training to support success among Latina and Latino entrepreneurs in Central Coast communities. The Senior Associate will assist with developing and conducting both Spanish- and English-language adult education programs for small business owners and emerging farm entrepreneurs, and work one-on-one with farmers to approach business challenges related to land tenure and capital management. Serving as an initial “point of contact” for farmers and landholders in the Central Coast and Central Valley, the Senior Associate will manage relationships with farmers by assessing their business goals and priorities, and facilitating technical assistance tailored to farmer needs, from FarmLink’s land and capital access teams.

How To Apply

Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and the organization, along with a resume to info@cafarmlink.org  No phone calls please. Applications accepted on a rolling basis; position open until filled; priority screening date is October 8, 2020.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position, and includes a six-month introductory or probationary period. California FarmLink offers a generous benefits plan, including health insurance after 60 days, employer contribution to a 403b retirement plan after one year, life insurance, paid vacation, and a family-friendly and flexible work environment. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We seek candidates that represent the diversity of the communities we serve, and strongly encourage you to apply.

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