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Appalachian Sustainable Development is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


ASD Positions

Agriculture Education Program Director

Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) is a not-for-profit organization working in the Appalachian region of Virginia and Tennessee, with some programs extending into Appalachian Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Formed in 1995, ASD’s mission is to grow a stronger Appalachia through agriculture.

Agriculture education is a foundational piece of ASD’s work, which involves every department and every program and has the ability to transform businesses and lives. The Director of Agriculture Education (Director) is responsible for creating and executing strategy that ensures ASD is providing agriculture education to a broad range of farmers and food businesses in Southwest VA and Northeast TN. This strategy should factor in partners who also deliver agricultural education to ensure we are minimizing duplication and maximizing impacts on participants.The Director is responsible for the operational success of ASD’s agriculture education programs ensuring seamless team management and development, program delivery, quality control, and evaluation.The Director oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of agriculture education including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities. This position works closely with the ASD Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to optimize management of current programs and help grow the scope and size of agriculture education programs.

The Ag Ed Department includes programming such as the Producer Pathway, Learning Landscapes, Grow Your Own, and Field School and has numerous intersections with the Appalachia Regional Food Business Center (ARFBC).

  • Work with the CEO and the ag ed team to develop a vision and strategy for the Ag Ed Department.
  • Identify intersections with the ARFBC and create a plan for working closely with the ASD ARFBC team.
  • Manage all ASD Ag Ed programs with the goal of increasing farmer and entrepreneur profitability and viability, building more regenerative agriculture educational opportunities, and fostering a more sustainable and equitable regional food and farming system.
  • Work with ASD’s CEO and other ASD staff to develop innovative strategies to leverage ASD’s prior work in developing market-based solutions that can grow over the short and long term into core ASD programs.
  • Recruit, onboard, and manage all Ag Ed Staff, AmeriCorp/VISTA members, interns, volunteers, and contractors.
  • Build and update detailed and effective annual project management plans for ag ed programming (i.e., developing protocol and timelines for virtual and in person foundational agriculture education to ensure that beginner gardeners are made aware of regional best practices, planting dates, opportunities).
  • Provide ongoing analysis of relevant research, policies, movements, campaigns, and cultural and economic trends related to ASD’s mission and programs.
  • Develop, collect, and manage relevant metrics that measure the progress of the Ag Ed department, enable the objective evaluation of staff, connect to ASD strategy, and support grant deliverables.
  • Evaluate programming to assess strengths, weaknesses. Pivot and develop programming as necessary to better accommodate the target audience, ASD’s long-term goals.
  • Strengthen and gain community support for ag ed programming by communicating, partnering, cross-promoting, and soliciting input from other internal and external clients, programs, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Work with the Marketing and Development Team to create and execute ag ed related events.
  • Develop a funding plan and work with the CEO, COO, and Grant Writer to develop and submit grant proposals to support the continuation and expansion of ASD’s ag ed work.
  • Work with the COO and Grant Accountant to develop and manage annual program budgets, including managing grant budgets that are federal, state, and local in nature.
  • Communicate with and write program reports for funders as outlined in funding agreements.
  • Develop diversified, continuous funding streams for ag education programs (i.e., grant proposals, fundraising campaigns, social enterprises).
  • Support ASD’s mission and promote DEI principles in all facets of work

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of agriculture (at least 3 years of experience, preferably in a training role)
  • Understanding of markets, market development, and business plans
  • Ability to think strategically and develop strategic plans
  • Time Management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Project management
  • Strong Leadership Skills
  • Curriculum design and delivery and awareness of educational technology – preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years work experience in education, training, and/or marketing
  • Data collection and management
  • Analysis
  • Strategic Plan Development
  • Report Preparation
  • Grant writing and management
  • Experience in working within a project team

Travel Required. Amount of travel will vary. Much of it will be within the region along with minimal travel outside of the region.

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Ability to Commute:

  • Bristol, VA 24202 (Preferred)

Ability to Relocate:

  • Bristol, VA 24202: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Bristol, VA 24202

Groundwork Food Trailer Trainee

What is Groundwork?

Groundwork is Appalachian Sustainable Development’s (ASD) Workforce Development Program which provides paid, on-the-job training and skills development through a robust professional development curriculum. Rooted in ASD’s larger mission of supporting Appalachian agriculture and an ecosystem of local food, Groundwork is designed to build a foundation for a more resilient future by addressing barriers that limit workforce engagement on an individual and systemic level. Groundwork addresses barriers by providing access to education and other necessary resources for success, and by establishing markets and partnerships to support agriculture entrepreneurship.

This pathway is for entry- and intermediate-level trainees, who will work in ASD’s food truck providing nutritious and primarily local-sourced food to customers throughout Southwest Virginia. Trainees will learn food prep, food safety, and food service best practices, as well as business management skills like inventory, marketing, and customer service. Trainees will attend festivals as part of the food truck’s sales strategy, which will require weekend work.

  • Time Frame: 6-8 Months
  • Cohort Size: 2-3 associates
  • Locations: Across Southwest Virginia
  • Associated Initiatives: Appalachian Harvest Burgers & Bowls Food Trailer
  • Certification training provided: OSHA General Safety certification and the SERVSafe Food Handler certification

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

Trainees also participate in Professional Development and Personal Development activities and workshops, both as a group and on an individual level.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Group professional development includes:

  • Professional resume with review for specific job applications
  • Cover letter writing workshop and development
  • Mock interview workshop
  • Goal Setting workshop
  • Financial Literacy workshop
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshop series

Individually, trainees may receive additional support related to their specific career interests. Some examples include:

  • Enrollment assistance for college or coursework
  • Extended education enrollment for non-conventional coursework
  • Certification support
  • Job shadowing opportunities
  • Internships opportunities
  • Hybrid employment opportunities

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Some examples of personal development that can be supported through the program include:

  • Securing or recovering a driver’s license, state ID, or passport
  • Securing access to transportation
  • Securing access to housing
  • Securing access to childcare
  • Registering for healthcare
  • Access to crisis care services
  • Access to mental health services
  • Access to wireless internet and a phone plan

Job Type: Full-time, Temporary

Pay: $14.00 per hour

Benefits: Paid training

Restaurant type: Food truck

Shift: 8 hour shift

Weekly day range: Monday to Friday

Ability to Commute: Bristol, VA 24202 (Required)

Ability to Relocate: Bristol, VA 24202: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

Truck Driver – Appalachian Harvest

We need more Appalachian Harvest Drivers!

ASD’s Appalachian Harvest Food Hub in Duffield, VA provides support, training, aggregation and distribution support to markets for regional farmers.  Since 2000, farmers have sold more than $36 million dollars of fruits and vegetables to wholesale retailers. 

All drivers must have:

  • 2 years over the road experience
  • Hold a Class A CDL
  • Ability to pass required drug screen
  • A good driving record

Contact Chelsea Lee for more details:
Phone: (276) 431-3385
Email: clee@asdevelop.org


VISTA Positions

Regional Food Business Center Capacity Building VISTA – Americorps

Position Description
This is an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) position. To learn more about AmeriCorps VISTAs, please visit www.americorps.gov. To apply for this position, visit https://americorps.gov/join. Please look for Service Opportunity ID# 123187.

The goal of this position:
To expand the equitable impact of the Appalachian centered Regional Food Business Center through farmer outreach, education, and organizational capacity building. This expansion of the Regional Food Business Center in the region supports the anti-poverty goal of Community Economic Development, by helping individuals with barriers to entry in agriculture including historically marginalized and low-income individuals enter the agriculture sector and have more equitable opportunities for food sovereignty.

Program (Project) Summary
Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) is a non-profit that’s been supporting local agriculture since 1995. From the beginning, ASD has been assisting agriculture producers of all skill levels by offering various educational opportunities, resources, and technical assistance. The Regional Food Business Center project is focused on bridging opportunities to farmer’s across the Appalachian region rooted in foundational principles of equitable agriculture. Through business-based capacity building, educational opportunities, and focusing on innovative models for the address of climate change and environmental change, the Regional Food Business Center is the next phase of ASD’s work in supporting the economic development of the region through agriculture. 

Please note, the Regional Food Business Center is not an actual physical location, but rather a network of food distribution centers in Appalachia who work to support local agriculture. The VISTA in this role will assist in the work to connect mid-scale and specialty farmers to market opportunities. This will require research to identify farmers, research to identify market opportunities, and marketing to connect the two together. This is a marketing-heavy role that will require graphic arts experience in first creating documents to recruit farmers, and then to help farmers promote their goods to buyers. This role will also support the work of ASD’s Appalachian Harvest Food Hub, which is already doing this same scope of work but with larger-scale farmers and producers.

The ideal candidate will be able to both do research to identify farmers and market opportunities, and also create marketing materials to support the work. The role will report to the Marketing Manager, and will also do marketing work to support the organization as a whole as it relates to the RFBC efforts. This work supports the anti-poverty goal of Community Economic Development, by helping individuals with barriers to entry in agriculture including historically marginalized and low-income individuals enter the agriculture sector have more equitable opportunities for food sovereignty.

Objective 1 of the Assignment  
Increase program awareness through the creation and distribution of outreach material

  • Member Activity: Cultivate an online presence for the Regional Food Business Center by preparing content that is approachable to farmers and can be used for social media, the ASD website, and other online avenues.
  • Member Activity: Expand community knowledge of the Regional Food Business Center through the regional network by
    • Coordinating with partners in the network to foster
    • Coordinating meetings between partners to facilitate expansion of the program.

Objective 2 of the Assignment 
Volunteer recruitment and management of community events.

  • Member Activity: Use ASD worksites to showcase the systems-level work of the regional food business center by
    • Recruiting subject-expert volunteers to lead workshops and educational opportunities
    • Recruiting and managing volunteers to participate in and  support social enterprise and community service initiatives related to agricultural services and system development

Objective 3 of the Assignment 
Farmer recruitment and education.

  • Member Activity: Expand the existing recruitment application to both reach and attract participants from targeted populations.
  • Member Activity: Research and develop a customized entrepreneur training event for workforce development participants, once each cohort.

Supervision
This position reports to the Regional Food Business Center Project Manager, but may also be expected to work closely with other ASD employees, and with limited daily supervision. 

Location
Abingdon/Bristol, Virginia, with occasional travel to Duffield, Virginia

Hours
Full time – 35 hours per week, option available for four-day work week.

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