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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship to Hire a Project Manager

DGA is seeking to fill a new position of Project Manager, who will oversee two new and exciting multi-year projects. This position is fully remote with some travel and lots of potential for growth.

January 31 2022

Medford, WI

Organization Summary

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) is a dynamic 501c3 organization that utilizes formal Apprenticeship in partnership with diverse stakeholders to train a new workforce in regenerative agriculture. The two year National Apprenticeship in Managed-Grazing Dairy Production is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. It combines full time on-farm training under an approved employer/Mentor with related online coursework, business planning services, peer networking, and opportunities for advancement.

DGA seeks to hire a new staff member to assist in the expansion of outreach and educational services to a broader audience of historically underserved producers, specifically those who are beginning, socially disadvantaged (including Spanish speakers), and veteran farmers and farm workers. This FTE project manager will join our current staff of five in a remote work environment beginning March 15, 2022.

Position Summary

The Project Manager will oversee and manage the execution of two specific projects: a three-year Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (The 2501 Program) grant from the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) and a two-year Racial Justice and Equity Conservation Cooperative Agreement, administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Both projects require coordination of staff, budget, outreach, on-farm events, and curriculum development involving DGA staff, partner organizations, and contractors across multiple states.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of managed grazing dairy production, environmental impacts, and relevant USDA programs as well as a background in education. Management experience that includes excellent communication, organizational, work plan development, and progress oversight skills is preferred. This person will be expected to prepare and present updates to DGA staff on a regular basis to ensure compliance with grant-defined activities, timeline, budget, and outcomes for each project. Self-direction with the support of a team is essential.

This position is anticipated to be permanent; this and all staff members are involved in the development of future projects and programming.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develop a detailed work plan for each project based on approved activities, outcomes, timelines, and budget in close collaboration with DGA staff, partners, consultants, and local USDA offices as appropriate.
  • Consult with each DGA staff member in their core work areas—including partner coordination, on-farm training & events, course curriculum & resources development, outreach & marketing, and finances & reporting—to garner a comprehensive understanding of the roles and needs as related to the aforementioned projects.
  • Consult with each of the project partners and consultants in collaboration with appropriate DGA staff to develop a scope of work, identify Mentor farmers to host events, and connect with local USDA representatives.
  • Serve as point of contact for local USDA representatives in each state to ensure compliance with the requirements of the grant funded projects.
  • Serve as point of contact for the development and/or distribution of appropriate Spanish language resources and on-site interpreters as needed.
  • Provide oversight for implementation of project work plans, coordinating regular check-ins with teams for aforementioned projects, partners/ cohorts in each state, and key individuals to ensure milestones are met.
  • Attend at least one on-farm event in each state in-person per year to develop relationships with partners and consultants, USDA representatives, Mentor farmers and Apprentices, and historically underserved farmers who attend event.
  • Work with DGA staff and partners to ensure that performance metrics are clear and that evaluation and demographic data are captured; compile for reporting and assessment purposes.
  • Provide regular updates to DGA staff, including recommendations for amendments to work plans as needed.
  • Respond in a timely manner to requests from DGA staff and partners to requests for information related to projects; seek out additional resources/ input as needed.
  • Contribute to team effort and growth of DGA.
  • Additional duties are possible.

Work Relationships and Scope

Reports directly to the DGA Executive Director. Works closely with other DGA staff, partners, consultants, and participant farmers.

Performance Dimensions

Quality, accuracy, thoroughness, reliability, and timeliness of work performed. Effectiveness of communications and development of good working relationships. Diligent attention to issues of equity and ethics. Clarity, courtesy, and tact in interpersonal contacts. Maintenance of confidential business information. Professionalism in approach to work: positive attitude, team effort, commitment to personal improvement and doing a good job, loyalty to DGA, honesty and integrity.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Prefer Bachelor’s degree or higher
  2. Prefer project management experience
  3. Current driver’s license
  4. Experience with Microsoft and Google computer products, and other computer software
  5. Grant writing and administration is a plus
  6. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus

Working Conditions

This job operates in a home office environment. There is reimbursed travel for meetings, on-farm events, trainings, and outreach.

Equipment Operated

Reliable access to Internet is required as is daily use of standard office equipment such as computer, phone, photocopier, etc.

General

This job description describes the general nature and level of work assigned to this position. It does not state or imply that these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the job. The employee may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested by their manager. All requirements are subject to change over time, and to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.

Compensation

Starting compensation is $47,800, which includes a negotiable $40,000 base salary and an additional monthly healthcare stipend of $650. There is incentive/ opportunity to grow with the position and the organization.

Job Type

Fulltime

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to dana@dga-national.org

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diverse perspectives among our staff. We work to create hiring processes that eliminate barriers to full and fair consideration. Candidates are assessed on the basis of their potential to succeed in contributing to our mission and as a member of our team without regard to race, gender, disability, or other protected class. We encourage diverse candidates to apply.

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