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New Entry envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, New Entry actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities or available internships, please visit those pages on our website for more information.

We are currently hiring for two positions! (updated August 30, 2019):  1. Marketing and Commuications Manager and 2. National Program Manager.  Both positions are based in Beverly, MA at New Entry's Moraine Farm location.

 

Marketing and Communications Manager

Responsibilities

The Marketing and Communications Manager is responsible for the planning and management of various projects and initiatives to increase New Entry’s brand awareness and motivate external audiences. The position will identify, create, write, and publish engaging content through a variety of channels, including social media, websites, email, and print materials. This individual will help support all New Entry programs through effective public relations strategy, digital marketing efforts and personalized outreach to specific audiences to grow New Entry’s fundraising opportunities, program clients/participants, and general organizational followers/supporters. The position will also provide event coordination, support volunteerism, and provide support for New Entry events, national conferences, and regional outreach activities.

Strategic Marketing and Communications – 50%

  • Execute integrated marketing and communication strategies based on a shared understanding of New Entry programs, including mission and values, as well as brand strategy; key audiences and stakeholders; and communications channels;
  • Collaborate with New Entry Program leaders on communications needs and curate and generate creative, engaging content that meets objectives for multiple audiences, including farmers, donors, program staff, legislators, community partners, and others;
  • Develop and implement a digital media strategy and work plan, to include social media, web, and email, outlining measurable outcomes as part of the overall marketing and communications strategic plan;
  • Act as primary creative director and develop content calendar for New Entry’s social media channels;
  • Create and manage digital campaigns and social media, including the Ag License Plate Campaign;
  • Manage and update New Entry website, Food Hub ordering platform, BFNMass website, and Choose Fresh and Local website, and any campaign-based websites or landing pages;
  • Administer the organization’s email efforts, including email list building and management;
  • Maintain New Entry digital asset system, including photos, videos, articles, media coverage, and links;
  • Monitor metrics and engagement with our content and share reports, insights, and recommendations to improve and optimize;
  • Write and manage production of the annual report and newsletters;
  • Continue to develop expertise, remain up-to-date with industry best practices, and share skills and knowledge with fellow staff and program partners.
  • Supervise graduate students, AmeriCorps Members or other interns/volunteers to support overall communication efforts;

Public Relations, Outreach and Community Engagement – 30%

  • Outreach to NGOs, Food Policy partners, media/press releases, and stakeholders about New Entry programs;
  • Attend conferences, fairs, other events to promote New Entry programs (farmer training programs, Food Hub products, and other program initiatives) to engage participation and drive enrollment in New Entry’s core programs;
  • Outreach, engage, and supervise volunteers on farm and to support outreach efforts. Track all volunteer and community engagement activities through New Entry’s Customer Relations Management (CRM) software, Salesforce.
  • Liaison with local news media and develop press releases to garner earned media;
  • Interview farmers, volunteers, and community partners and create ongoing stories/blog material to be utilized for overall development and fundraising purposes;

Event Planning and Fundraising – 20%

  • Coordinate New Entry local events (Farm Tour, Graduation, fundraising events/farm dinners);
  • Support national conferences, secure sponsorships (NIFTI, AgALN, and Community Food Systems), and manage planning committees for events and conferences;
  • Engage in marketing and promotion of fundraising events and campaigns;
  • Assist with development activities by overseeing coordination and execution of fundraising events and other donor specific events to support existing program operations and future expansion.

Special Requirements

Access to smartphone for social media postings and out-of-office virtual communications work, as needed.

Qualifications

We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Bachelor’s Degree required;
  • Significant communications experience in the non-profit sector (at least 5-10 years); Minimum of 2 years supervisory experience required;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to write for different audiences and channels;
  • Creativity, goal-orientation, productivity, enthusiasm, and an ability to effectively articulate the mission of New Entry and our core programs is essential;
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and build relationships to gather program stories and content;
  • Interest in food and farming and engaging people in agriculture career pathways;
  • Outgoing, people-person, comfortable with pro-active outreach, cold-calling, and phone dialogue;
  • Conscientious and acute attention to detail and quality at all times;
  • Ability to analyze metrics and reports, determine business needs, and propose feasible solutions to challenges;
  • Experience with web content management systems (Drupal preferred), email marketing software (MailChimp preferred), Social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), Google Analytics, and Google Ads;
  • Experience coordinating and managing large national conferences and small local events;
  • Experience managing and motivating volunteers (individuals and large groups);
  • Comfort with Excel spreadsheets and managing large quantities of data; Salesforce experience preferred;
  • Experience using data to tell a story that can be communicated internally in an easily digestible way;
  • Organized self-starter and self-directed, willing to be flexible, a positive attitude, and a willingness to adjust to a rapidly changing landscape and the possibility of unanticipated projects and demands;
  • Able to manage multiple communications projects simultaneously and able to meet established deadlines;
  • Supervisory experience desired.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work may be performed in an outdoor warehouse/barn and farm/agricultural environment and at times, in close proximity to other workers.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Talk, hear and see in the normal range with or without correction;
  • Use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Move, Traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); reach with hands and arms; occasionally Ascend/Descend; and position self (to), move;
  • Walk on uneven terrain to conduct farm site workshops;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

New Entry envision a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, New Entry actively seek people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

As an EOE/AA employer, New Entry will not discriminate in their employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.

To apply, please email your resume and include a detailed cover letter describing your experience and what attracts you to the position of managing a farm and supporting other producers to fulfil thier farm dreams/career goals.  Send your application to:  jennifer.hashley [ at ] tufts [dot] edu

National Program Manager

Responsibilities

The National Program Manager provides management and oversight for New Entry’s beginning famer land-based training networks and leads robust program evaluation strategies locally and nationally.  Responsibilities include oversight of several national technical assistance (TA) networks and projects, including the Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network, the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative network, the Gaining Results through Evaluation Work (GREW) program, and a USDA Community Food Projects technical assistance (TA) program.  This person will:

  •     Lead national program strategy and fund development;
  •     Conduct outreach to national organizations, particularly in underserved communities;
  •     Manage partner relationships;
  •     Conduct intake and case management/technical assistance for partner organizations and connect them to our networks of technical assistance providers;
  •     Develop educational resources, toolkits, guidebooks, and webinars to support successful programs;
  •     Lead program evaluation, data collection, monitoring, and project reporting, and;
  •     Manage annual conferences and convenings of national partners.

This position requires strong strategic planning, project management, leadership, evaluation, fundraising, and networking skills.

Specific Responsibilities

Manage the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) Program - 30% Time

  •     Oversee strategic planning and national strategy for incubator farm training programs and support fund development to support and sustain NIFTI network functions;
  •     Conduct national planning, outreach, and technical assistance to emerging or developing beginning farmer training and incubator farm programs through recruiting clients and engaging national partners in TA and national and regional Community of Practice (CoP) efforts;
  •     Develop TA protocols in areas of financial literacy, land and credit access, and metrics and evaluation for farm incubator projects;
  •     Maintain national NIFTI TA request and referral system;
  •     Develop national webinars on incubator farm program topics;
  •     Refine and expand upon web-based national clearinghouse for farm incubator resources;
  •     Develop case studies, success stories, and best practices;
  •     Organize multi-day national Incubator Field Schools and CoP national meetings/conferences;
  •     Collaborate on development of national metrics and evaluation of farm incubator projects;
  •     Collaborate on national-level research on incubator projects;
  •     Promote and distribute existing NIFTI toolkits, fact sheets, and other materials;
  •     Collaborate with national partners on local and regional-level projects to encourage and strengthen farm incubators by partnering and serving in an advisory capacity as requested;
  •     Manage project reporting and evaluation metrics to funders.

Manage the Agriculture Apprenticeship Learning Network (AgALN) – 30% time

  •     Oversee strategic planning, fund development, and national strategy for apprenticeship training programs and support fund development to support and sustain AgALN network functions;
  •     Conduct national planning, outreach, and technical assistance to emerging or developing agricultural apprenticeship and internship programs by engaging national partners in TA and national and regional Community of Practice (CoP) efforts;
  •     Expand the network to include a diversity of members and program types: urban/rural, large/small scale ag, enterprise interests, geographically diverse, and culturally/racially diverse programs;
  •     Research and produce a variety of documents, reports, proposals, webinars, other literature across multiple project partners/authors;
  •     Plan, coordinate and host educational events (webinars, national conferences, meetings);
  •     Respond to inquiries about the AgALN network and provide detailed information and technical assistance and referrals to constituents;
  •     Collaborate on development of national metrics and evaluation of ag apprenticeship programs.
  •     Collaborate on national-level research on ag apprenticeship programs;
  •     Develop case studies, success stories, and best practices on ag apprenticeships for broad dissemination;
  •     Refine and expand upon web-based national clearinghouse for ag apprenticeship resources;
  •     Manage project reporting and evaluation metrics to funders.

Manage the Gaining Results through Evaluation Work (GREW) - 20% time

    Conduct national planning, outreach, and networking to expand and diversify participation in the GREW project by underserved communities and geographically diverse organizations;
    Participate in collaborative project team meetings to conduct national outreach and develop and get feedback on evaluation tools and documents;
    Coordinate a web-based national clearinghouse for evaluation tools to help BFR organizations identify key outcomes and measures that can be used to make evaluation easier;
    Contribute to evaluation training via webinars for organizations serving beginning farmers.
    Organize and lead an online learning community to support farmer training organization staff to learn from each other, and from project evaluators;
    Manage project reporting and evaluation metrics to funders.

Provide oversight to the USDA Community Food Projects Technical Assistance Program -10% time

  •     Oversee staff who coordinate a National Technical Assistance (TA) and Referral Network for Community Food Project (CFP) Programs:
  •     Establish goals and monitor outcomes of National CFP TA program;
  •     Conduct national planning, outreach, and technical assistance to organizations developing community food security and beginning farmer training programming, in particular:
  •         Promote and outreach CFP TA programs nationally by attending and presenting at relevant conferences and events;
  •         Recruit applicants and engage national partners in CFP TA efforts;
  •         Maintain and expand national TA request and referral system;
  •         Develop national webinars on CFP grant application and program topics;
  •         Expand web-based clearinghouse for CFP resources and support;
  •         Support development of case studies, success stories, and toolkits for CFP projects;
  •         Organize national trainings, webinars, and meetings for CFP grantees;
  •         Document and evaluate program outputs/outcomes; assist in completing required reporting.
  •     Oversee planning for a national conference for community food security organizations.

Oversight of National Programs - 10% time

  •     Provide strategic vision, direction, and strategy for national team;
  •     Manage New Entry’s National Programs Team, including staff, interns, TA partners, consultants, and subawards; manage partner relationships for national programs; create and manage consulting agreements and contracts with program partners;
  •     Develop and maintain operations manuals for all aspects of National TA program administration;
  •     Manage grant budgets, grant reporting, and liaise with USDA agency staff;
  •     Investigate and pursue fee-for-service and additional revenue generating opportunities to support national program operating costs;
  •     Participate in regularly scheduled staff and leadership meetings and lead national team meetings;
  •     Facilitate connections between national and local programs at New Entry by working with New Entry staff to develop robust program metrics and evaluation tools to share nationally and to educate New Entry staff members about best practices gleaned from national organizations;
  •     Promote New Entry’s work on a national scale by attending and presenting at relevant conferences and events;
  •     Participate in other programmatic deliverables as requested.

Special Requirements

  •     Access to reliable private transportation necessary;
  •     Willingness to travel nationally;
  •     Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.

Qualifications

We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  •     Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree preferred;
  •     Significant work experience in the non-profit sector (at least 5-10 years) with national outreach, and educational resource and fund development; Minimum of 3 years supervisory experience required;
  •     Experience networking with multiple organizations and collaborative networks; demonstrated leadership and communication skills in networking/relationship building across disparate partners and interests;
  •     Significant experience in program evaluation, designing surveys, and leading multi-stakeholder assessments required;
  •     Ability to analyze data, capture trends, insights, and needs of partners and develop clear, actionable vision and related programming to respond to needs and synthesize ideas / present vision for future to network leadership;
  •     Ability to lead projects independently; ability to coordinate innovative programming with multiple partners;
  •     Experience working with social media, web-based/online learning, and web resource development required;
  •     Strong commitment to racial equity and social justice;
  •     Strong organizational skills and acute attention to detail;
  •     Self- directed; works well within a rapidly-changing, high-performance environment;
  •     Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; Ability to write well and develop compelling impact reports;
  •     Proficiency with standard computer software (MS Office, Social Media, website content development, graphic design, Excel database). Experience with Salesforce CRM desired.

Preferred Qualifications

  •     Skills and knowledge in multiple aspects of beginning farmer training programs, community food projects, food security, and/or gained through experience working with diverse ethnic and economic groups;
  •     Demonstrated research capacity – ability to explore new areas of learning and to back up ideas with data and metrics;
  •     Enthusiasm for critically engaging with the local food movement and determining how non-profit programming can better address food insecurity, food access and improve nutritional outcomes
  •     Organizational development and cross-cultural experience;
  •     Experience with adult education theory and training strategies preferred
  •     Experience with event planning is desired;
  •     Empathy for and sensitivity to food insecurity in underprivileged communities preferred.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work may be performed in an outdoor warehouse/barn and farm/agricultural environment and at times, in close proximity to other workers.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  •     Talk, hear and see in the normal range with or without correction;
  •     Use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  •     Move, Traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); reach with hands and arms; occasionally Ascend/Descend; and position self (to), move;
  •     Walk on uneven terrain to conduct farm site workshops;
  •     The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To apply, please submit your resume and include a detailed cover letter describing your experience and what attracts you to the position of managing a national network of land-based training and food security programs. Send your application to:  jennifer.hashley [ at ] tufts [dot] edu

New Entry does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.