*Please share widely!The Michigan Farmers Market Association is hiring a
Hoophouses for Health Program Manager*

Hoophouses for Health <> is a program
designed to increase access to Good Food <> for
vulnerable families while at the same time expanding the season extension
capacity of Michigan farmers. This innovative program started in 2011 and
has grown to involve more than 50 Michigan farmers, 20 community partners,
15 farmers markets and thousands of vulnerable families with young children.

*About the Position:*The Program Manager will focus on administering and
expanding the Hoophouses for Health program, which is a partnership between
the Michigan Farmers Market Association <> (MIFMA),
the Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems
<> (CRFS), and the MSU Department of Horticulture
<>. MIFMA advances farmers markets to create a
thriving marketplace for local food and farm products. CRFS works to engage
the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied
research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated,
sustainable food systems. This critical position will provide an
opportunity for the Program Manager to drive the work and program expansion
with support from a dynamic, forward-thinking team.

This position reports to the MIFMA Executive Director. This is a part-time,
24-hours per week, hourly position with a starting pay rate of $15 per
hour. For the right candidate, opportunities exist to increase to full-time
as future funding supports. The position will be based in MIFMA’s East
Lansing office with some state and national travel required.

*Hoophouses for Health Program Manager Online Application

*Position Duties:*

   - Develop and maintain a positive working relationship with all farmers,
   market sites, and community partners participating in the Hoophouses for
   Health program.
   - Assist with making farm to school connections as needed.
   - Coordinate Hoophouses for Health voucher distribution and track
   voucher redemption and farmer loan payback in all participating communities.
   - Provide information, support, training, and technical assistance for
   participating community partners, school and early child care partners,
   farmers markets, and farmers.
   - Facilitate and organize meetings with program partners to ensure
   cooperation and support implementation at the local level, including
   conducting monthly program-wide conference calls.
   - Represent Hoophouses for Health and MIFMA at local and state meetings
   with the required ability to travel.
   - Develop resources, publications, webinars and presentations.
   - Develop content for program promotional materials and distribute
   program information.
   - Document and share program work and accomplishments, maintain regular
   internal and external communication about program activities and develop
   and report on an annual plan of work.
   - Participate in relevant MIFMA and CRFS work as interest and
   time allows.
   - Report to and collaborate with the project team including Dru Montri,
   MIFMA Executive Director; Colleen Matts, CRFS Farm to Institution
   Specialist; Abby Harper, CRFS Farm to School Specialist; and Adam Montri
   and Erin Caudell, Department of Horticulture Hoophouses for Health Outreach
   - Supervise student assistants engaged in this work.

*Desired Qualifications:*

   - Bachelor’s degree with a focus on community food systems, community
   engagement, public health, public policy, communications, and/or
   organizational development.
   - At least two years of experience in project leadership, demonstrated
   organizational skills and attention to detail.
   - Ability to balance multiple simultaneous projects and to easily shift
   between working independently and collaboratively.
   - Ability to effectively engage and collaborate with farmers, market
   managers, community partners and families from diverse economic,
   educational and vocational backgrounds.
   - An understanding of and commitment to social justice and racial equity
   in the food system.
   - Strong written and verbal communications skills and experience using a
   broad range of communications tactics including public speaking and meeting
   - Knowledge and use of technology in completing job requirements
   including Microsoft Office Suite, web-based search and information systems,
   social media platforms such as Facebook, phone, and web conferencing
   systems including Zoom, project management software including Basecamp, and
   web-based content management systems including WordPress.
   - Experience with data collection and analysis.
   - Available to travel throughout the state and possession of a valid,
   current driver’s license.
   - Passion for MIFMA’s and CRFS’s mission and work.

*Application Process*Candidates should submit a complete application, cover
letter explaining their desire for the position and why their skill set
makes them a successful candidate, resume including education and work
experience, and the names of three references (indicate relationship) by
midnight on May 30, 2016.  Materials should be uploaded online. *Incomplete
applications or those not following this process will not be reviewed.*

Interviews will be held in the MIFMA office in East Lansing on June 6 and
7, 2016. Ideally, the new Program Manager will start as soon as the week of
June 13 to allow for a full month of cross training with the current
Program Manager.

*Hoophouses for Health Program Manager Online Application
*Samantha Collins*
Communications and Events Manager
Michigan Farmers Market Association
480 Wilson Road, Room 172
East Lansing, MI 48824

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