Field to Family Local Food in Iowa City Food Hub Manager Position

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Field to Family works to create a more local, healthy and sustainable community food system in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids (IC/CR) foodshed. We envision a region where people eat with the seasons, where farmers make a living, and our ecosystem is diverse, abundant, and healthy.

Title: Food Hub Manager

Reports or Responsible to: Field to Family (F2F) Director Responsible For: Driver, other future staff

Basic Function:

This new Food Hub Manager position will provide strategic leadership, as well as day-to-day oversight of all aspects of the Food Hub’s core operations, including the aggregation and distribution of local produce to buyers. This is a full-time position. It is anticipated that this position will begin in June 2018.

Duties & Responsibilities :

1. Program Direction

  1. Contributes to strategic planning in collaboration with the F2F Executive Director, Food Hub steering committee and F2F board.
  2. Leverages entrepreneurial/business background to foster relationships with leaders across sectors and identify new opportunities for collaboration and growth.
  3. Guides and directs management of the Food Hub’s daily operations ensuring efficient and effective use of organizational resources and optimal service to project partners. Develops and implements procedures to promote appropriate communication and information sharing.
  4. Research and generate recommendations on growth and development.
  5. Attend Meetings with supportive entities as required.
  6. Act as staff liaison with the F2F board, and attend board meetings.
  7. Attend conferences/workshops/educational opportunities as available.
  8. Obtain funding in partnership with F2F Executive Director which would include grant writing, event planning, general marketing and promotion.
  9. Along with the Field to Family Board of Directors and Executive Director, hire, manage and supervise additional food hub staff.
    1. Promotes a culture of integration and coordination among staff.
    2. Ensures that the responsibilities and accountability of staff members are defined and understood
  10. Work with bookkeeper/ accountant directly to ensure financial administration is accurate, comprehensive and the relevant information is organized in a way for easy reporting.
  1. In partnership with staff, measure and evaluate the results of Food Hub operations and regularly report these results to the project leadership team. Recommends changes as necessary to improve operations.
  2. Ensure that all operations are carried out in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws governing business operations.
  3. Actively participate in the Iowa Food Hub Working Group.

2. Purchasing

  1. Recruit new producers to buy from who can meet defined standards.
  2. Producer outreach and development to build interest and capacity to sell into the business.
  3. Ensure producers have proper licenses and insurance.
  4. Develop producer contracts as needed.
  5. Actively work with farmers on crop production planning.
  6. Develop freight opportunities and execute chosen strategy

3. Sales

  1. Meet sales projections as reflected in the budget.
  2. Develop connections and maintain relationships with growers in our foodshed (Iowa Valley region)
  3. Meet quotas for total number of sales and sales contacts (call, written and/or in-person) with

    prospective buyers.

  4. Create and update a pricing strategy, including creation of price list.
  5. Keep relevant records of all sales contacts.

4. Warehousing

  1. Establish and monitor Inventory & Quality Control systems.
  2. Design and implement a Warehousing process (once infrastructure is secured).
  3. Coordinate pickup and delivery schedules.
  4. Research, price, propose and secure infrastructure, specifically access to cold storage.

Qualifications :
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent training and experience. 5+ years of combined sales, purchasing, warehousing, transportation, and leadership experience, preferably in a perishable food distribution, retail or wholesale environment. Grant writing experience a plus. Competent working with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Associated equipment experience a plus (forklift, pallet jack, etc.). Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Valid driver’s license required.

Competencies:

  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve the finances of the organization and to create new opportunities.
  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure own behavior and the behavior of others are consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization. 
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Focus on Needs of Stakeholders/ Funding Partners: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of partners in order to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
  • Foster Teamwork: Works cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization. Entrepreneurial- minded and a self starter.
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.

To apply: $18-24 per hour- commensurate with experience. Send cover letter, resume, and three references to: Field to Family Director, Michelle Kenyon at [email protected] or by mail to PO BOX 93, Iowa City, IA 52244 by May 14, 2018.

Field to Family is an Equal Opportunity Employer.