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Organic Farm to Restaurant Coordinator- New York, NY

Organization: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, Inc. (NOFA-NY)

Job Title: Organic Farm to Restaurant Coordinator

Location: New York, NY

Hours and Compensation: 20 – 40 hrs/wk, $10,000- $13,000

Benefits: travel expenses for business trips

Position Dates (if applicable): May 2012-July 2013

Application Deadline: open until filled

Posted on: March 28


Organization Overview:   The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, Inc. (NOFA-NY) is the oldest and largest organization in New York devoted to organic and sustainable farming and gardening, and counts over 800 farms among its 1700 members of farmers, gardeners, and eaters.


We are seeking an Organic Farm to Restaurant Coordinator to coordinate 3 workshops and a March 2013 conference for organic farmers and NYC restaurateurs.
The objectives of the Farm to Restaurant Initiative are:
·         Coordinate 3 workshops for restaurateurs, chefs and organic farmers in regions that distribute to NYC.
·         Coordinate a one-day Organic Farm to Restaurant Conference (March/April 2013) for 200 chefs and restaurateurs interested in purchasing more NYS organic local farm products and regional organic farmers interested in selling to NYC restaurants.
·         Develop and distribute resource materials for restaurants and farmers on farm to restaurant issues and challenges.
·         Strengthen the organic farm to restaurant distribution network.
  • Act as a sourcing/marketing interface for restaurants and regional organic farms during the length of the contract.
The position requires a self-starter who has experience in customer service, event coordination, and either organic farming or restaurant management.  The person must be passionate about local organic food and farming and supporting NYS organic farmers. This position is a contract position from May 2012 until July 2013.  Time required is approximately 20 hrs/wk from May 2012 through January 2013, and 40 hrs/wk during February and March 2013, and less than 20 hrs/wk after the conference through July 2013.  The position’s staff contact will be the Operations & Development Director and attendance at 3 Rochester meetings will be required throughout the term of the contract. 
This position is an independent contractor position.  Compensation: $10,000-$13,000 dependent on experience, plus travel to attend necessary events.


Program Coordination:
  • Communicate with Program Advisory Committee on event program, objectives and logistics.
  • Contract event venues, audio-visual support, and necessary equipment and supplies within project budget and with approval from NOFA-NY.
  • Identify and solicit potential sponsors and trade-show vendors for conference.
  • Identify, recruit and coordinate speakers and workshop hosts.
  • Develop event brochure and program text for coordination with graphic designer.
  • Identify and collaborate with potential event and program partners.
  • Communicate with the chefs at event locations to solidify menus and ingredient lists that include 100%  locally-sourced organic foods.
  • Communicate pre-event and on-site needs with NOFA-NY staff (registration, tradeshow, donations, event support).
  • Provide technical assistance and support to restaurants and farms seeking information about farm sourcing, pricing and distribution.
  • Develop support materials and resources for NOFA-NY.
On-Site Management:
  • Ensure all staff and volunteer areas are running smoothly: registration, tradeshow, meals, programming, etc.
  • Introduce and thank keynote speakers, advisory committee members and other VIPs as appropriate.
Post-Event Responsibilities:
  • Write thank you letters to all food donors (if applicable), event chefs, sponsors, presenters and committee members.
  • Write a 6-month and final project report for the program’s funder.


            Experience:  Experience in event planning, local food procurement, committee management. Organic farming and restaurant management experience preferred.
·              Skills: Highly organized, very detail-oriented, excellent customer service, strong interpersonal and training skills; access to high-speed internet required; proficiency in MS Excel and MS Word required.
·              Capabilities: High energy and enthusiasm. Ability to work well with a wide range of people and under pressure, handles multiple tasks at once, and adapts to changing situations on a daily basis.
·              Conditions: Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of NOFA-NY.  Occasional travel required

How to Apply:Position open until filled.  Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to by Friday, April 20, 2012.  Interviews will be offered to select candidates on a rolling basis.

NOFA-NY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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