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Are you interested in being a part of the vibrant food systems here in Syracuse? Do you have a background in farming and food justice? Do you want to help increase access to farmland and culturally appropriate vegetables for refugees in Central New York? Come work with us at the Syracuse Refugee Agricultural Program! Search the open positions below:

Agriculture Program Coordinator

Status: Full-time (35-40 hours per week)

Reports To: Agriculture Programs Director (PD)

Anticipated Start Date: November 21st, 2022 

Program Description: SyRAP is a training program and incubator farm for former refugees who are interested in accessing farmland to grow their own food and/or to generate income from selling their produce. SyRAP farmers have previously worked on incubator plots on partner farmland and will now be transitioning to RISE’s newly acquired 180-acre farm in Lacona, NY for the 2023 growing season and beyond. In partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), farmers receive relevant training each year in agriculture, marketing, and business topics before they move towards a more hands-off model where the farmers operate with less support from the program and take on certain financial costs of farming. Farmers currently have the option of selling at the CNY Regional Market, through the new Harvest Share program, or directly to their communities. SyRAP also consists of a series of community gardens on the Northside of Syracuse and a goat farm apprenticeship program operated out of Tully, NY. The Agriculture Program Coordinator will be an employee of Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE). RISE advocates and promotes self sufficiency through employment, education, social support, and economic independence for members of the refugee and immigrant communities in Onondaga, Erie and Oswego counties, NY. 

Position Description: In collaboration with program partners and other RISE Agriculture staff, the Agriculture Program Coordinator will oversee all incubator farm programming within the Syracuse Refugee Agricultural Program while assisting the Program Director with program development, outreach/communications, grant writing, and other duties as needed. The position is part office work (~60%) and part direct field support (~40%) during the growing season. In the off season it is mostly office work with some indoor programming and planning with farmers. This is an incredible opportunity to join a hardworking, mission-driven organization at a pivotal time as the existing Agriculture program is to be transferred onto new land and expanded in the coming years to achieve long term self-sufficiency. The successful candidate should have very strong interpersonal skills along with the ability to work independently, organize competing priorities, be flexible and open minded. The Program Coordinator will be required to work with a wide variety of individuals and organizations, including farmers and staff from multiple countries, program partners, and other neighbors or community stakeholders surrounding RISE’s new farm in Lacona, NY. The successful candidate must have a sincere interest in sustainable food/agriculture systems, food justice, working with different cultures, decreasing food insecurity, and increasing self-sufficiency.

Duties and Responsibilities
● Grant management of the federal and local grants that support incubator farming activities which includes budgeting and budget tracking, attaining deliverables, reporting, and coordination of program supply expenditures
● Coordinate weekly and monthly logistics, programming, and scheduling associated with the incubator farm program including transportation, interpretation, classes, evaluations, seed orders, market activities, farmer payments, farmer/staff meetings, volunteer activities, supply purchases, etc.
● Works closely with and oversees activities of the Assistant Program Educator/Coordinator, Market Coordinator, Community Outreach Coordinator, and CCE Educator as related to the incubator farm program
● Assists Program Director with additional grant writing
● Provide technical support to SyRAP farmers and help with farm tasks when possible
● Manage communications with farmers and interpreters and keep track of interpreter hours
● Contribute to off-season planning and program development ● Manage social media, maintain SyRAP website, and write monthly SyRAP newsletters
● Oversee yearly outreach and recruitment of new program participants
● Some evening and weekend hours may be required depending on farmers’ schedules
● Other duties as assigned by the Agriculture Programs Director

Education and Experience
● 1-2 years of experience in a coordinator-level role and/or with project coordination
● At least 1 year of applied farming experience; working knowledge of organic agricultural practices
● Self-directed individual with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as collaborate with others in a team setting

● Outstanding leadership ability and communication skills
● Ability to be flexible, solve problems as needed, and manage competing priorities
● Experience with communicating with a diverse group of individuals with various language/literacy needs 
● Ability to drive and have a clean driving record
● Ability to lift 50 lbs

Preferred Qualifications:
● Fluency in another language
● Lived experience and/or professional experience working with refugees and immigrants or working internationally
● Passion for community and personal development ● Familiarity with the local food system ● Experience tracking budgets and writing grants ● Experience establishing and/or managing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) or other produce market channels

Education and Licenses:
● Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent experience
● Driver’s License

Compensation: $18-20 per hour starting salary, based on experience

● 401k / IRA with generous 6% matching

● Generous paid time off including 10 vacation days, 3 sick days, 3 personal days, and 2 floating holidays, plus days off for 12 additional holidays

● Health insurance option

Application Instructions:
Please send a cover letter, resume/CV and contact information to with copy to by November 4th, 2022. 

RISE is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating and promoting self-sufficiency through employment, education, social support, and economic independence for members of the refugee and immigrant communities in Onondaga County, NY.

RISE is committed to providing equal opportunity employment opportunities to candidates and employees without regard to race, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin of citizenship.

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