Organization: National Farmers Union Foundation Location Remote (Central US preferred) Position: FSMA Training Coordinator Reports to: FSMA Project Director Date: February 2018
Overview Reports to FSMA Project Director located in Washington, DC. The FSMA Training Coordinator would be tasked with planning, organizing, and instructing both Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings, food safety field days, and shorter FSMA or food safety workshops around the country. These trainings would target small to mid-size local producers and processors including organic, sustainable, value-added, diversified, and socially disadvantaged growers who serve local markets. The FSMA Training Coordinator would work with partner organizations, state departments of agriculture, Land-Grant University personnel, Produce Safety Alliance staff and other stakeholders to organize and perform trainings as well as to perform outreach to producers. This role will require a significant amount of travel time on a national level potentially to include non-traditional work hours such as weekends and evenings. As time allows the FSMA Training Coordinator may also assist with applications for agenda spots at grower conferences and in developing resource materials or blogs. This person would target their activities in states with identified gaps of on-the-ground partners, including Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and supplement activities happening in other under-served states.
Duties Performed: • Attain a Lead Trainer status if not already reached. • Work in a team environment to plan PSA Grower Trainings for the target audience of the project. • Prepare training materials such as handouts, guidelines, and PowerPoints. • Plan for and provide a variety of workshops (1 hour, 2 hour, and half day) on food safety and FSMA including basic overviews, introductions, explanation of exemptions, and deep dives into portions of the Produce Safety Rule as required. • Provide assistance with food safety plan writing including workshops on the how-to’s of food safety plan writing. • Coordinate with local farmers to host food safety field days for on-farm instruction and report back to FSMA Project Director on local needs and challenges. • Attend further educational activities as needed to stay abreast of potential changes to FSMA and current best practices in on-farm food safety. • Work with the FSMA Project Director and Coordinator to write applications for agenda spots at grower conferences and events, and also table at grower events to discuss food safety and FSMA, directing attendants to where further resources can be found.
NOTE: The responsibilities listed are not all-inclusive. Responsibilities may include other duties as assigned.
Preferred Experience/Qualifications: • Produce Safety Alliance Trainer Certification (Lead Trainer Certification preferred) • Motivated self-starter with good organizational skills • Fruit and vegetable production knowledge and knowledge of FSMA Produce Safety Rule • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree • Excellent verbal communication skills • Previous adult education and training experience • Fluency in Spanish a plus
Please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with Training Coordinator in the subject line.
Application closing date is Monday, March 5, 2018.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About National Farmers Union
NFU represents family farmers, fishers and ranchers across the country, with formally organized divisions in 33 states. The key to the success and credibility of the organization has been Farmers Union’s grassroots structure in which policy positions are initiated locally. The policy process includes the presentation of resolutions by individuals, followed by possible adoption of the resolutions at the local, state and national levels. Members and staff of the Farmers Union advocate these policy positions nationwide.
National Farmers Union believes that good opportunities in production agriculture are the foundation of strong farm and ranch families, and strong farm and ranch families are the basis for thriving rural communities. Vibrant rural communities, in turn, are vital to the health, security and economic well-being of our entire national economy.