OpenTEAM Western Markets Program Manager (CA-Based/Remote)
Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2023
About Wolfe’s Neck Center
Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment (WNC) is located in Freeport, Maine, and uses its over 600 acres of coastal farmland to connect people of all ages to the food they eat and where it comes from. Through regenerative farming, innovative soil health research, and visitor interactions, this place-based organization is now used as an educational resource to create a healthier planet for all. We hope to inspire active participation in a healthier food system and build a community of people who care deeply about the future of food.
Led by Wolfe’s Neck Center, Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management (OpenTEAM), is a community of farmers, ranchers, businesses and developers working to increase food system resiliency in the face of climate change. By acting as a convener, technology steward, and facilitator, we are equipping food system leaders with shared knowledge, collaborative frameworks, and open-source, connected technologies to build climate change resilience and thriving communities.
OpenTEAM is expanding our capacity within our role as a community and technical facilitator to include climate-smart/regenerative commodity marketplace development and support. We are building our team with three Region-based roles - starting with the West - to build robust and trusted web-based marketplaces. The Western Markets Program Manager will collaborate with existing and new entities in OpenTEAM’s network such as farmer-support organizations and public and private buyers and funders to utilize the ag tech toolkit within OpenTEAM to meet their needs and simultaneously refine the tools. The Program Manager will work very closely with approximately 15 Western Region-specific Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs) that are deeply connected to farmers and farmer-support organizations to: (1) Support farmer and buyer access to available incentives, markets, services, and decision-support tools and (2) interface with OpenTEAM’s and our partner organizations’ teams to represent the Western Region perspective.
The Western Markets Program Manager will play a critical role in ensuring OpenTEAM’s tech toolkit is accessible, relevant, and ultimately is successful in supporting regional climate-smart/regenerative markets.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job successfully. If you do not fit this description perfectly but believe that you would be a good fit for this position, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or apply. Reasonable accommodations will be made to individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
- Provide expert project management to ensure that region-specific milestones are completed in a timely manner; communicating need for support and troubleshooting along the way
- Demonstrate expert knowledge and command of the ag tech toolkit and transfer those skills to their Region through regular touchpoints with Technical Assistance Providers, buyers and funders - including facilitating in-person and virtual trainings
- Work closely with tech development teams to effectively troubleshoot technical issues and collaboratively problem solve beta-level technology to meet the needs of their Region
- Provide additional support to Region-specific marketplace development as appropriate, (e.g. participation in or facilitation of meetings between Regional partners and collaborators and other members of OpenTEAM, including - most commonly - the Director of Network Development for Environmental Markets)
- Prior program management experience or at least 3 years of program coordination
- Experience with and passion for presenting complex project plans to individuals with varying levels of prior introduction; experience with cross-organizational personnel management a plus
- Experience with and passion for climate-smart/regenerative agriculture and or food systems change, including working knowledge of farm and ranch operations
- General understanding of climate-smart/regenerative market forces in Western Region, e.g. major commodities, barriers for farmers, major buyers
- Existing connections to and positive relationships with market-related entities in Western Region, e.g. farmer-support organizations, funders
- Interest in technology-supported systems change
- Excellent interpersonal and public communication skills
- Ability to work independently and remotely
- Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a growing team and develop effective working relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds
- Legally able to work in the United States (we cannot provide VISA sponsorship)
- Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (which includes original doses and all available boosters) may be required.
- Position is located in California that includes frequent travel within CA and the Western US - up to 10% of the time. Travel may include overnight stays and - occasionally - weekend work. Work conducted outside normal working hours will be compensated with Earned Time Off (ETO) in accordance with organizational policy.
As a full-time employee of Wolfe’s Neck Center, this position is eligible for benefits offered including health insurance, dental insurance, paid vacation and holidays in addition to sick days, and a retirement savings plan. Learn more about available benefits here. Compensation commensurate with experience: $65,000 - $85,000 salary annually.
Please apply by clicking the link below and submitting a cover letter and resume. The application window will remain open until the position is filled. Priority review for applications received by midnight PST May 25th. Interviews will begin May 29th, 2023.
Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment does not discriminate on the basis of any protected category and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates. Applicants are selected based on their ability to perform the essential functions of the job, prior related work experience, and references from previous employers. You can read our full code of conduct here. All new hires may be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (including boosters) for employment.
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