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POSITION
Member Services Coordinator

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION
Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) offers peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers who use natural practices free of synthetic chemicals to produce food for their local communities. Our certification programs help ensure producers uphold the highest standards in sustainable agriculture while offering assurance to their customers. CNG was founded by farmers in New York’s Hudson Valley in 2002. Today nearly 800 farmers and beekeepers throughout North America are Certified Naturally Grown. Since these are locally-oriented farms, you'll find them at farmers markets, independent grocers and food coops, not the big grocery chains.  

Our grassroots, participatory approach is recognized and advocated by IFOAM - Organics International as an important way to include small-scale producers in the organic movement. CNG is a private non-profit organization that is not affiliated with the USDA Organic Program.

JOB DESCRIPTION
We seek an enthusiastic and detail-oriented individual to support the administration of our programs and serve as an important liaison to the farmers and beekeepers who participate in our grassroots initiatives. 

This is a part time position (14-28 hours per week). Work is to be done in our Brooklyn office during regular business hours, though there is flexibility with scheduling. Hourly pay is $13-$15, depending on experience. 

Candidates interested in growing into an expanded position with more responsibilities are encouraged to apply.  

Position Responsibilities Include:
  • Respond to inquiries from farmers and beekeepers interested in certification
  • Welcome new members by phone, and help ensure they understand the core certification requirements
  • Provide timely and regular reminders to all members when inspections are due, and offer assistance with arranging inspections. 
  • Maintain up-to-date certification records for each member 
  • Order fulfillment: assemble and ship educational and marketing materials
  • Process incoming correspondence, certification documents, and membership dues
  • Provide general office support: assemble mailings, data entry, ordering supplies
  • Other job-related duties as necessary   

Required Qualifications
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills, confident phone manner 
  • Self-starter and also a team player, responsive to feedback 
  • Strong customer service skills and interest in helping farmers 
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work comfortably in an office environment 
  • Ability to give consistent careful attention to details, and to be organized
  • College degree or equivalent experience 
  • Familiarity and proficiency with office equipment and software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)   

Desirable Skills and Qualities 
  • Working knowledge of organic farming techniques and challenges 
  • Ability to write in a manner that is compelling, grammatical, clear and concise
  • Demonstrated commitment to a grassroots initiative 
  • Experience working on a farm, keeping bees, or growing mushrooms
  • Knowledge of food and farming policy issues   
  • Inclination to suggest new and improved processes or approaches to our work
Opportunities to expand the position into special projects may exist for candidates with particular interests or expertise.

COMPENSATION
This position is PAID: hourly, varies DOE, $13.00 - $15.00

HOW TO APPLY
Email alicevaron@naturallygrown.org  Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least two references. Email these items as a single PDF file attachment to Alice Varon, Executive Director, with the applicant’s first and last name included in the file name. No phone calls please.

Certified Naturally Grown is an equal opportunity employer and hires without regard to race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation or physical disability.   Interviews will begin by October 27. The position will start in early November.