Trust Manager/Project Coordinator

Contracted Services Needed – Opportunity Immediately Available

Food Commons Fresno is a fresh, fun, and comprehensive approach to developing local food in the Fresno region. We are are in the start-up phase building a sustainable and equitable web of vibrant community-owned local food enterprises in the Fresno region that serves as a model for the rest of the world.

We are currently seeking an independent contractor to fill the role of Trust Manager/Project Coordinator for the Food Commons Fresno Trust, a 501(c)3 community-benefit organization. This person will be an integral member of the Food Commons Fresno leadership team, working closely with co-directors and board of directors to support trust projects, strategic planning, fund development, marketing and community outreach. This role will also regularly communicate and collaborate with operations team including business development manager and business operations manager.

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to travel to meetings around the region.

  • Strong organizational skills and scrupulous attention to detail.

  • Ability to work independently and in teams, utilizing web-based team collaboration and task management tools.

  • Experience leading and facilitating meetings with diverse groups and individuals.

  • Education bachelor’s degree or equivalent substantial experience

  • At least two years of work experience in a project management and/or leadership role.

  • Passionate about local food system development in the Fresno region.

  • Commitment to community and Food Commons values.

  • Ability to work in a complex and dynamic start-up environment with balance and a healthy sense of humor.

  • Highly accountable and high level of self-initiation.

Strong preference will be given to applicants with the following attributes:

  • Multilingual.

  • Previous administrative or operating experience in food and farming businesses.

  • Understanding of local food markets, particularly in underserved urban and rural neighborhoods.

  • Working relationships with San Joaquin Valley specialty crop growers, distributors, processors, retailers, restaurants and other food-related businesses.

  • Familiarity with Food Commons (www.thefoodcommons.org), cooperatives, and other social enterprise business models.

  • Skill with spreadsheets, accounting and financial analysis.

  • Engaging and well-organized speaker.

  • Experience with digital communication and team collaboration tools.

  • Experience with print and digital media design and layout.

Primary responsibilities for this role include:

  • Administration:  facilitate staff and board meetings, work planning, task management, recordkeeping and communications; track organizational budget, coordinate financial and grant reporting, performance tracking, management of accounting and control systems, and processing of contracts, leases and invoices.

  • Project management:  support implementation of asset acquisition strategy to protect and steward, and lease farmland and other local food system assets.

  • Fund development:  research grant opportunities and support application process; manage donor relations and donor database; support planning and implementation of community fundraising campaigns.

  • Communications and outreach:  develop and deliver presentations to diverse audiences; support implementation of marketing and communications plan including social media and website management, stakeholder outreach, and media relations.

Role will likely require 15-20 hours/week.  Initial contract will be for 6 months with potential for extension and growth into full time. Contractor will be compensated based on experience.

Applications received by January 20 will be given immediate consideration; they will be considered on a rolling basis after that date. Interested applicants please send a resume and brief cover letter to kiel@foodcommonsfresno.org with “Trust Manager” as the subject line.


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