We’re Hiring: Black Church Supported Agriculture (BCSA) Coordinator
The Black Church Supported Agriculture (BCSA) coordinator supports BCFSN’s food system organizing and leads the growth of the BCSA program. The ideal candidate will have a background in agriculture, food aggregation, project management and community organizing. The BCSA Coordinator position is a full-time (40 hours per week) salaried position.
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September 9, 2020

ABOUT THE BLACK CHURCH FOOD SECURITY NETWORK

Founded in 2015, the Black Church Food Security Network (BCFSN) is working to create Black-led food systems anchored by Black churches in partnership with Black farmers.  Our work is rooted in the principles of Black food and land sovereignty.  Therefore, we are not a food charity organization.  We are a self-help organization that utilizes an asset-based community development model that leverages and maximizes the existing resources of the Black Church community.  Through this approach, we are advancing health, wealth, and power for our people!

We currently work with farmers, churches, organizations, and seminaries in Ohio, Maryland, Washington D.C, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee, and Texas.

Black Church Supported Agriculture  (BCSA) Program Description:

The Black Church Supported Agriculture program is a food-value chain that creates a direct partnership between Black farmers and churches.  The BCSA opens a niche market for Black farmers that wish to sell produce to churches for institutional purchasing. We source produce, meats, eggs, and value-added products from Black farmers in North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland and transport those items to churches in Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland. The BCSA is currently in the pilot phase and is looking to expand in 2021.

POSITION OVERVIEW 

The Black Church Supported Agriculture (BCSA) coordinator supports BCFSN’s food system organizing and leads the growth of the BCSA program. The ideal candidate will have a background in agriculture, food aggregation, project management, and community organizing. 

The BCSA Coordinator position is a full-time (40 hours per week) salaried position. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Program Operations 

Lead all operations concerning BCSA including receiving, loading, inventory, delivery, and packaging

Coordinate logistics of farmer’s produce delivery to churches and delivery of produce between churches

Ensure compliance with widely recognized food-safety standard operating procedures   

Keep accurate financial records of BCSA purchases; manage invoicing and payments; manage records of distribution; track and report on distribution errors

Partner with team members to develop evaluation surveys for partners in order to collect program data

Outreach and Engagement

Act as the primary point of contact between churches and farmers for order fulfillment, delivery and troubleshooting 

Manage pre-purchase orders and agreements with churches and other buyers

Proactively communicate with farmers regarding product availability and supply

Work with staff to cultivate relationships with churches to establish participation in BCSA program

Assemble the annual production plan by compiling data from churches and work with farmers to include projected supply/orders into their crop plans 

Assist producers with production planning to ensure a continuous supply that meets secured market demand

Develop and execute a strategy to continue the growth of the BCSA in other regions 

Organize or coordinate in-person and/or virtual training for farmers with subject matter experts to increase their market readiness and success

Conduct and/or coordinate site visits with farmers to monitor and identify issues with production, quality, food safety and/or regulatory compliance, etc

QUALIFICATIONS

2-years minimum experience in CSA programming, food hub coordination, and/or small-scale food procurement 

Proficiency with basic software and technology including MS Office Suite, specifically Excel

Strong organizational, record-keeping and data management skills

Experience in managing a small team

PREFERRED CHARACTERISTICS & SKILLS

Knowledge of and comfort with agriculture production, farms, and farmers

Experience selling to, buying from, and/or operating a food hub

Ability to manage time efficiently and to meet deadlines 

Ability to work in a team, offer suggestions and accept constructive criticism 

Skill in working independently and following through on assignments with minimal direction

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

Who is the Employer?: Fusion Partnerships (fiscal sponsor of BCFSN)

Start date & duration: Immediate opening, and is 40 hours per week. Some evenings and weekends required. 

Compensation: The total compensation is $40,000 – $50,000 based on experience. 

Benefits and overtime: Benefits are available with this position, but overtime is not.

Review: Position is subject to quarterly reviews by the BCFSN’s executive leadership.  

Fusion Partnerships is an Equal Opportunity Employer that fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetic information or testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression and prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer of the government, or against any individuals who assist or practice in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination. 

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and at least three references to info@blackchurchfoodsecurity.net with “BCSA Coordinator” in the subject line.

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