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Administrative Assistant

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is the oldest and largest organization in New York devoted to organic and sustainable farming and gardening. We are an organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers creating a sustainable regional food system that is ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and education, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. We bring consumer and farmer closer together to make high quality food available to all people. NOFA-NY is currently seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant. 

Position Summary: The Administrative Assistant is the glue that holds the organization’s many programs together. This position assists staff to facilitate and maintain the operations of NOFA-NY, including the general office, membership, events, and special projects. The Administrative Assistant helps oversee the day-to-day operations of the office environment and provides administrative support to staff. This is a part-time position (20 hours per week) based in Syracuse, NY. Position may have potential to increase hours to full time. Salary for this position is $15 per hour. Benefits include partial medical, dental, 403b retirement plan, as well as generous vacation and personal time, and professional development.

Responsibilities:

  • Answers phones and forwards calls to appropriate staff; responds to information requests from the general public; monitors general voicemail
  • Monitors general e-mail address, responds to e-mail inquiries and forwards e-mail correspondence, as necessary
  • Maintains the office space making sure public space is clean, organized, and presentable to visitors.
  • Manages an office calendar and room reservations
  • Updates internal Office Procedures manual
  • Maintains and procures office supplies
  • Monitors office equipment to ensure it is in working order and properly stocked with paper, toner and other relevant materials; contacts equipment service personnel as needed
  • Opens or routes mail to appropriate staff person
  • Stamps all checks received, and enters data into appropriate system
  • Manages and organizes bulk mailings for staff (in-house and mail-house)
  • Files all paperwork
  • Maintains the archival documents of NOFA-NY such as newsletters, food guides, outreach brochures, conference brochures, etc.
  • Provides admin support to staff when needed (i.e., preparing event boxes with books, merchandise, outreach materials for program staff before events, making copies, etc.)
  • Supports with data entry for events when needed
  • Supports the Executive Director with board meeting logistics
  • Manages merchandise and publication inventory with physical inventories, as needed. Coordinates return of book inventory, as needed
  • First line of support for IT issues. Acts as liaison for staff and IT consultant
  • Manages staff issues with Microsoft 365, including shared calendars, Skype and email
  • Maintains a software application schedule and orders necessary software (i.e., Norton Anti-Virus annual renewal, MS office updates, etc.)
  • Arranges and tracks staff meetings and In-Service trainings
  • Maintains weekly staff schedule sheets and office events/meetings calendar
  • Assists with conference prep, set-up, clean-up, and related meetings as needed
  • Other duties, as necessary

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience working in an office environment
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail
  • High energy and enthusiasm
  • Ability to work well in a team and with a wide range of people, work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at once, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis
  • Familiarity with Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office, Outlook Email
  • Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of organic and sustainable farming
  • Non-profit experience helpful
  • Valid driver’s license required
  • Ability to sit at computer/desk for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs
  • Willingness to occasionally work outside of normal business hours, and staff out-of-town events including the Winter Conference in January, which includes travel and overnight accommodations for multiple nights

How to Apply
Deadline for applications is August 20, 2018. Please send cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

 

 

Organic Fruit Coordinator

ORGANIC FRUIT COORDINATOR

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is the oldest and largest organization in New York dedicated to organic and sustainable farming and gardening.

We are seeking a part time Organic Fruit Coordinator to work with the Education Director and other staff to lead the organization’s outreach, technical assistance and programming to organic fruit farmers.  Estimated weekly hours are 20hrs/week.

The position requires a creative and organized self-starter with a background and/or experience in organic fruit farming. The person must be passionate and knowledgeable about organic fruit farming and gardening and have project management experience. This person must also have the ability to obtain AFDO certification as a PSA Lead Trainer for Produce Safety Alliance FMSA training courses. Responsibilities include providing technical assistance to organic fruit producers, organize workshops and field days and respond to gardener and homesteader inquiries. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance to fruit farmers and gardeners through phone and email.
  • Provide support for fruit farmers in food safety regulations and implementation of GAPS
  • Coordinate and staff on-farm workshops for the NOFA-NY field day series across NYS.
  • Coordinate all fruit workshops for the annual NOFA-NY winter conference for 1,000+ attendees.  Attends and helps staff the conference each year.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with academic institutions, extension programs and trade groups though networking and partnerships.
  • In coordination with the Education Director, set annual education and outreach goals and develop strategies to meet the objectives.

Compensation
50%FTE, TBD based on experience

Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in a related field, required.
  • Knowledge: Extensive knowledge of organic and sustainable agriculture and the educational needs of fruit farmers.
  • Experience: Minimum 5 yrs experience in organic fruit agriculture, additional experience: event/program planning and working with volunteers.  Experience in the implementation of GAPS, Harmonized GAPS, or 3rd party auditing.
  • Required Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational skills; strong computer skills.
  • Beneficial Skills:  Familiarity with database programs, Spanish language skills.
  • Capabilities: High energy and enthusiasm. Ability to work well in a team and with a wide range of people, work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at once, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis.
  • Conditions: Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of NOFA-NY.  Frequent statewide travel required during the growing season and based in a home office. Valid driver’s license required.

How to Apply

Deadline for applications is March 31. Please send cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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


Internships

Organic Farming Outreach and Education Intern

Founded in 1983, NOFA-NY is a statewide organization leading a growing movement of farmers, consumers, gardeners, and businesses committed to promoting sustainable, local, organic food and farming that’s good for people and planet.

We provide education, assistance, and support to regionally-based, sustainable farmers to help them thrive; educate consumers about the value in buying local, organic products; help consumers connect with regionally-based farmers; work to make local, organic food available to all people; and advocate policies that support a sustainable food and farm system.

Our organization promotes the stewardship of the land and the lives that inhabit it. Stewardship encompasses the long-term viability of our natural resource base; the health of consumers; the working conditions of farmers, their families and workers; the needs of communities; and the welfare of farm animals. Please see our website for more information: www.nofany.org.

Overview of Outreach and Educational Support:

  1. Support NOFA-NY’s Educational Programming by coordinating promotion and marketing for outreach activities.
  2. Support organization through research of marketing opportunities across NYS.
  3. Conduct directed market research into relevant areas of policy affecting organic and sustainable producers.
  4. Compile basic organic statistics state wide to use when promoting organic and for project justification for grant writing.

Internship Information:
This is an unpaid internship. The duration of the internship is a negotiable. The time requirement per week is between 16 and 24 hours. If you need to receive educational credit for this internship, please let us know in your application.

Office Location:
1423 Hathaway Drive, Farmington, NY 14425

Application/Contact:
Please email a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


To submit a hardcopy of application materials, please send to:
Human Resources
NOFA-NY
1423 Hathaway Drive
Farmington, NY 14425

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Volunteer Positions

Interested in volunteering with NOFA-NY? We can always use some help! Contact us with your background and interests at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..