Lafayette College invites applications for the position of Assistant Director for Food and Farm, colloquially known as the College Farmer. We seek an environmentally motivated, creative, and well-rounded leader to manage Lafayette’s 3-acre working farm and community garden (LaFarm). The Assistant Director leads year-round operations at LaFarm, which grows over 5,000 pounds of produce for the dining halls and community partners, recycles nutrients from composted food back to the soil, and serves as a laboratory for collaborative student-faculty education and research. To help achieve those goals, the successful applicant will (1) supervise student farm workers and volunteers; (2) manage budgets related to LaFarm operations; (3) assist faculty members to integrate curricular activities and research projects on the theme of sustainable food and agriculture into the campus community; (4) serve as an advisor or contributor to campus organizations such as the Lafayette Food and Farm Cooperative [LaFFCo], LaSeed Library, and Dining Services Advisory Committee; (5) cultivate relationships through events, projects, and communications between students, faculty, and staff at the College and community members across the Lehigh Valley; (6) advance economic sustainability and enhancement of operations by contributing to capital budget requests, grant writing or other tasks; and (7) help coordinate the community garden.
The Assistant Director for Food and Farm will report to the Director of Sustainability with additional oversight by the LaFarm Advisory Board. While housed within the Office of Sustainability, the nature of the position is such that the Assistant Director is expected to work largely independently, to build relationships and partner closely with campus dining services, facilities, and academic departments, working flexible hours such as evenings and weekends as needed during the growing season or to accommodate outreach activities or other responsibilities related to LaFarm. The Assistant Director will support the Sustainability Office’s mission of creating a thriving campus community integrating environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic vitality into academics and operations, and giving students an opportunity to develop skills, explore solutions, and foster relationships that will prepare them to tackle complex environmental and social challenges on campus and beyond.
Education and Experience:
A successful applicant will preferably have a master’s or other advanced degree. Applicants will also have at least three years of farm management experience, preferably in a university or college farm setting, and experience supervising staff and volunteers. To ensure that LaFarm staff and volunteers are knowledgeable about food safety and take efforts to reduce risks, applicants should likewise be familiar with Good Agricultural Practices and relevant food safety protocols (through GAP certification or by attending Produce Grower Certification Training within the first six months of service).
The Assistant Director will have a passion for the sustainable agriculture movement, enthusiasm for educating and engaging students, faculty and staff, and knowledge of marketing and promotional techniques, including social media.
Skills and Abilities:
Required knowledge of sustainable business or agricultural business management and crop production planning, risk management, soil fertility management, safe operation of farm equipment, disease and insect management, harvest and post-harvest handling, Good Agricultural Practices, water systems, composting systems, grant-writing, and marketing. Demonstrated ability to create and manage sales invoicing and the farm budget, to manage assets such as equipment and labor resourcefully, to organize community gardens, and to maintain records. Strong communication skills including the ability to develop marketing materials, annual reports and to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders from small groups of volunteers to a class of undergraduate students.
This is a year-round position with benefits, with a March 2018 start date. It is housed within the College’s Office of Sustainability. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references to http://apply.interfolio.com/48015. To receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by January 20th, 2018. However, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.