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National Technical Assistance Manager, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Lowell/Beverly, Mass.
Jun / 18 / 2018

The Organization

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s (New Entry) mission is to improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In doing this work, New Entry provides critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers. New Entry is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks.

Job Summary

The National Technical Assistance Manager provides management and oversight for the National Programs Team at New Entry and manages the facilitation of two USDA national technical assistance (TA) projects. The two programs are: (1) the USDA Community Food Projects (CFP) grants program, which supports community-based food security interventions and projects aimed at low-income communities; and (2) the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grants program which supports organizations to provide training support to entering farmers and ranchers in their first ten years of operations. This person will lead outreach to national organizations, particularly in underserved communities; manage partner relationships; conduct intake and case management/technical assistance for applicants and grantees of both programs; develop educational resources, toolkits, guidebooks, and webinars to support successful programs and grant proposals; and lead program evaluation, data collection, monitoring, and project reporting.

Essential Functions

  • Manage coordination of a National Technical Assistance (TA) and Referral Network for Community Food Project and Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Programs:
  • Manage New Entry’s National Programs Team, including staff, interns, TA partners, consultants, and sub awards;
  • Establish goals and monitor outcomes of National CFP and BFRDP TA initiatives;
  • Conduct national planning, outreach, and technical assistance to organizations developing community food security and beginning farmer training programming, in particular: 
    • Promote CFP and BFRDP TA programs nationally by attending and presenting at relevant conferences and events;
    • Recruit applicants and engage national partners in CFP and BFRDP TA efforts;
    • Maintain and expand national TA request and referral system;
    • Develop national webinars on CFP and BFRDP grant application and program topics;
    • Expand web-based clearinghouse for CFP and BFRDP resources and support;
    • Support development of case studies, success stories, and toolkits for CFP and BFRDP projects;
    • Organize national trainings, webinars, and meetings for CFP and BFRDP grantees;
    • Document and evaluate program outputs/outcomes; assist in completing required reporting.
  • Manage grant budgets, grant reporting, and liaise with USDA agency staff;
  • Manage partner relationships for national programs;
  • Facilitate connections between national and local programs at New Entry;
  • Lead planning for a national conference for community food security organizations;
  • Participate in regularly scheduled team leader meetings and lead national team meetings;
  • Provide strategic vision and direction for national team.

Special Requirements

  • Access to reliable private transportation necessary;
  • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Minimum of 2 years supervisory experience required;
  • Organizational development and cross-cultural experience helpful;
  • Experience working with social media, web-based learning, and web resource development required;
  • Empathy for and sensitivity to food insecurity in underprivileged communities;
  • Enthusiasm for critically engaging with the local food movement and determining how nonprofit programming can better address food insecurity, food access and improve nutritional outcomes;
  • Experience with programmatic evaluation and assessment desired;
  • Skills and knowledge in multiple aspects of community food projects, food security, and/or beginning farmer programs gained through experience working with diverse ethnic and economic groups;
  • Experience with adult education theory and training strategies preferred;
  • Prior experience in national outreach, nonprofit programming, and educational resource development;
  • Experience with event planning is desired;
  • Strong organizational skills and acute attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and networking/relationship building;
  • Self-directed; works well within a rapidly-changing, high-performance environment;
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Proficiency with standard computer software (MS Office, Social Media, Salesforce CRM, website content development, graphic design, Excel database).

To Apply

Please include a resume and cover letter in your online application.

Apply online here

TSNE MissionWorks and New Entry Sustainable Farming Project envision a society grounded in principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors each individual as a whole person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work. We value the unique talents and contributions of each of our employees.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/NESFP will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status, or any other factor prohibited by law.