The Organic Consulting Program Manager will work to standardize and maintain the infrastructure of Rodale Institute’s program to assist farmers across the United States with their transition to organic and regenerative organic agricultural practices and help to bring them in compliance with organic regulations and processes. The Program Manager will report to the Director of Consulting and will work indirectly with other relevant departments to ensure that the Organic Consulting (OC) program is functioning efficiently and effectively while working to achieve its stated Mission and Vision.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain, streamline, and create the structural components of the OC Program (SOPs, Intake Procedures, Employee Onboarding & Training, CRM System Functions, Fee-For-Service Products) to ensure that data is managed properly and farmers are being fully supported throughout their transition to organic
  • Train & Onboard all new employees within the Consulting Department for the first 60-90 days of employement
  • Foster effective communication between all members of the Consulting Department
  • Manage an abbreviated list of farmer-clients (10-20) and guide them through their transition to organic production
  • Continually improve and develop client intake processes and follow-up procedures
  • Manage Rodale Institute’s Certified Adviser (RICA) Program particpants as they complete the required training and interview processes
  • Develop and maintain all study guides and educational content relating to the RICA program
  • Respond to farmers’ questions regarding the certification process, organic crop production, crop rotation, and other agronomic topics
  • Assist farmers with developing an Organic System Plan and completing associated documentation
  • Provide accurate, crop-specific production strategies to farmer clients
  • Guide new or beginning farmers in establishing and managing their organic farms
  • Stay up-to-date on information concerning certification to ensure our organic standards and policies comply with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP)
  • Work with the Director of Consulting to plan strategic goals, implement new procedures, and foster an inclusive and constructive work environment
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management

Qualifications:

  • Hold a valid Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) License (State & International)
  • IOIA Certified or equivalent experience
  • At least 1 year of crop consulting experience on organic farms
  • Strong agronomic background
  • Knowledge of commodity and specialty crops grown in the United States
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong organization and planning skills
  • Hold a valid driver’s license

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of Agriculture, Agronomy, Soil Science, or related field (preferred)

Travel:

  • Extensive traveling across the United States to visit farmers
  • Out-of-state travel to meetings and conferences

Other Expectations:

  • Trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors

Additional Information:

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Rebecca Kahle, Director of HR, at rebecca.kahle@rodaleinstitute.org

About Rodale Institute:
Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For seventy years, the Institute has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.

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