The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) seeks two full time Program Associates to join the organizations program team: a Business Incubator Associate and a Marketing Program Associate. These are junior professional positions responsible for supporting CADEs program managers and overall organizational goals.CADE is a non-profit organization founded in 1991, whose mission is to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises. Our goal is for farm and food businesses to compete and thrive, contributing to a sustainable regional food system and strong local economy. CADE strives to uphold and promote the following values as an organization and in our work with clients: Sustainability, Collaboration, Inclusion, Transparency and Innovation.The position is based at CADEs office in Oneonta, NY (). Under normal circumstances the employee will be expected to work from our office location in Oneonta, but due to the pandemic, some remote work will be expected until further notice. Specific arrangements for remote work can be discussed during the hiring process.RESPONSIBILITIESThe following responsibilities apply broadly to both positions, but as noted below each position has a distinct emphasis and will prioritize specific skill sets.General client interactionAssist with CADE client outreach and networking activities including tabling events, managing sign-ups, and directing clients to CADE programs and servicesRepresent CADE and our clients in the community, at events and other promotional opportunitiesServe as first point of contact with CADE for clients and facilitate clients access to CADEs programs and servicesLogging and tracking CADE interactions with clients in CADEs Client Relations Management systemProgram development and delivery supportAssist with market research, buyer outreach, surveys and other development activities for organizational prioritiesAssist with development of educational materials and presentationsAssist with one-on-one client support for specific farmer/business clients, including: market research, sales outreach, conducting surveys, and designing and publishing content for web and social media presenceDevelop, maintain, update resource lists, development tools, and toolkits for organization website and printed materialsAdvancing program delivery including facilitating presentations to farmer groupsProject coordinationCoordinate program scheduling and logisticsAssist with monitoring and evaluation of program impactsSupport grant administration and reporting with program and financial staffLogistical and administrative supportProvide administrative and logistical support for the organization as needed, e.g., taking meeting notes, responding to requests, scheduling travel, updating files, drafting and sending correspondence, and making copies.The two Program Associatepositions with distinct responsibilities and skill set requirements. Please indicate in your application which position you are applying for.Position A – Business Incubator AssociatePosition Emphasis:Support close ongoing interaction with farmer clientsWith program manager oversight, develop and deliver program content in person and/or onlineApply farm/farm-related business experience to client supportSpecific skills:Highly organized with project coordination experienceAble to use technology, writing and design skills to develop course materials including slide decks, factsheets, etc.Familiarity with business planning, product development, commercial production, and food safety concepts a plusPosition B – Marketing Program AssociatePosition Emphasis:Assist with designing and publishing content for farmer clients web and social media presenceConduct market research on specific industries and on behalf of farmer clientsConduct sales outreach to prospective buyers and track relationshipsSpecific Skills:Experience producing content for web and social media platforms (Squarespace, Facebook, Instagram)Knowledge of the marketing and sales components of a successful businessComfortable with cold calling and talking to strangersGraphic design skills and experience with Adobe software a plusQUALIFICATIONS (Both positions)Minimum 1-2 years experience working in the private sector in a business, or delivering education through a non-profit or public sector institution or other service provider; experience in agriculture or related field, a plus.Experience working at a farm, farmers market, or other local food business a plusAssociate Degree or BA in business, economics, marketing, agriculture or related field a plus but not requiredOutstanding writing, editing, and communications skillsComfortable presenting materials to small groups and facilitating group discussions, presentations, etc.Readiness to grow their skills and capacity within the organizationExperienced and comfortable with a variety of office technology (e.g., Squarespace, Salesforce, Mailchimp, GSuite, etc. or similar software)Outstanding program/project coordinationand administrative skillsSelf-starting, highly motivated, attentive to detailAble to work well independently as well as part of a teamAdaptable to frequently changing needs and prepared to respond flexibly to organizational needsExcellent people and interpersonal skillsPassionate about food and where it comes from!Tracking

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