Position Announcement: Program Associate Position
Hiring: 2 Associate Positions with different areas of expertise
The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) seeks two full time Program Associates to join the organization’s program team. These are junior professional positions responsible for supporting CADE’s program managers and overall organizational goals.
CADE is a non-profit organization founded in 1991, whose mission is to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises. Our goal is for farm and food businesses to compete and thrive, contributing to a sustainable regional food system and strong local economy. CADE strives to uphold and promote the following values as an organization and in our work with clients: Sustainability, Collaboration, Inclusion, Transparency and Innovation.
The position is based at CADE’s office in Oneonta, NY (www.cadefarms.org). Under normal circumstances the employee will be expected to work from our office location in Oneonta, but due to the pandemic, some remote work will be expected until further notice. Specific arrangements for remote work can be discussed during the hiring process.
The following responsibilities apply broadly to both positions, but as noted below each position has a distinct emphasis and will prioritize specific skill sets.
General client interaction
Assist with CADE client outreach and networking activities including tabling events, managing sign-ups, and directing clients to CADE programs and services
Represent CADE and our clients in the community, at events and other promotional opportunities
Serve as first point of contact with CADE for clients and facilitate clients’ access to CADE’s programs and services
Logging and tracking CADE interactions with clients in CADE’s Client Relations Management system
Program development and delivery support
Assist with market research, buyer outreach, surveys and other development activities for organizational priorities
Assist with development of educational materials and presentations
Assist with one-on-one client support for specific farmer/business clients, including:
designing and publishing content for web and social media presence
Develop, maintain, update resource lists, development tools, and toolkits for organization website and printed materials
Advancing program delivery including facilitating presentations to farmer groups
Coordinate program scheduling and logistics
Assist with monitoring and evaluation of program impacts
Support grant administration and reporting with program and financial staff
Logistical and administrative support
Provide administrative and logistical support for the organization as needed, e.g., taking meeting notes, responding to requests, scheduling travel, updating files, drafting and sending correspondence, and making copies.
CADE is recruiting to fill two Program Associate positions with distinct responsibilities and skill set requirements. Please indicate in your job application which position you are applying for.
Position A - Business Incubator Associate
Support close ongoing interaction with farmer clients
With program manager oversight, develop and deliver program content in person and/or online
Apply farm/farm-related business experience to client support
Highly organized with project coordination experience
Able to use technology, writing and design skills to develop course materials including slide decks, factsheets, etc.
Familiar with business planning, product development, commercial production, and food safety concepts, a plus
Position B - Marketing Program Associate
Assist with designing and publishing content for farmer clients’ web and social media presence
Conduct market research on specific industries and on behalf of farmer clients
Conduct sales outreach to prospective buyers and track relationships
Experience producing content for web and social media platforms (Squarespace, Facebook, Instagram)
Knowledge of the marketing and sales components of a successful business
Comfortable with cold calling and talking to strangers
Graphic design skills and experience with Adobe software a plus
Minimum 1-2 years experience working in the private sector in a business, or delivering education through a non-profit or public sector institution or other service provider; experience in agriculture or related field, a plus.
Experience working at a farm, farmers market, or other local food business, a plus
Associate Degree or BA in business, economics, marketing, agriculture or related field, a plus but not required
Outstanding writing, editing, and communications skills
Comfortable presenting materials to small groups and facilitating group discussions, presentations, etc.
Readiness to grow their skills and capacity within the organization
Experienced and comfortable with a variety of office technology (e.g., Squarespace, Salesforce, Mailchimp, GSuite, etc. or similar software)
Outstanding program/project coordination and administrative skills
Self-starting, highly motivated, attentive to detail
Able to work well independently as well as part of a team
Adaptable to frequently changing needs and prepared to respond flexibly to organizational needs
Excellent people and interpersonal skills
Passionate about food and where it comes from
This is a full-time position with a salary range of $30,000-34,000. It includes health and dental insurance, 3 weeks paid vacation and 10 paid holidays.
Please submit a letter of interest and resume to ------------ by February 15. Applicants are encouraged to provide a professional, short writing sample with your application. When applying, please include Program Associate Application in the subject line. No phone calls please. Farmers, people of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, women and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply.
CADE is an equal opportunity employer committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. CADE prohibits discrimination against any employee and considers applications for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, military or veteran status, height and weight, religion, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, political/union affiliation, or any other legally protected status.
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