Job Info
Job Title: Grower Education Program Manager
Location: Watsonville/Salinas or Santa Maria, CA
Job Number: 11856
Posted Date: 6/7/2021
Job description

Overview: The Grower Education Program Manager will have a leadership role in developing and coordinating the CSC grower Education and related communication activities. The Commission currently conducts a supervisory skills training program, a food safety education program, and a sprayer calibration training program for strawberry growers and their employees. The Manager will report to the Director of Grower Education and work closely with the CSC Research Team and the Cal Poly Strawberry Center to develop, plan, and deliver learning experiences. The Education program is focused on helping strawberry growers and their employees manage production challenges. The candidate must have excellent communication skills that will be used to inform and educate growers, shippers, and farm‐level employees and be passionate about fostering relationships within the strawberry industry. The Manager must be fluent and literate in Spanish and live (or be willing to relocate) in the Watsonville/Salinas or Santa Maria, CA strawberry production region.

Management:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of on-farm and virtual training offered by the CSC.
  • Coordinate the Grower Education team's collaboration with the CSC Research team and the Cal Poly Strawberry Center.
  • Develop and manage the Grower Education student intern program.

Industry Outreach: 

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with strawberry industry members in the assigned production district.
  • Develop bilingual (English/Spanish) industry updates for the internal and external platforms, including Weekly Berry Digest, SharePoint, industry contact information, GIS data, CSC website, and social media channels.
  • Coordinate the assessment of growers' needs and develop resources to address those needs.
  • Plan and facilitate in-person and virtual industry meetings on priority topics, often on an ad‐hoc basis.
  • Connect CSC staff to growers and industry members to support cross‐departmental initiatives.
  • Work with CSC staff to monitor relevant issues affecting growers, particularly issues around production practices, regulatory affairs, and labor management.

Extension: 

  • Develop and deliver interactive training modules in English and Spanish to industry members in food safety, supervisor development, production practices, and regulatory compliance.
  • Coordinate the development of didactic materials, resources, and guidelines for growers and field-level employees.
  • Develop tools and processes for evaluating the effectiveness of the Grower Education and Communication initiatives.

Required: 

  • Bachelor's degree with 3+ years of extension experience in agricultural production or equivalent experience in adult or agricultural education
  • Oral and literate fluency in Spanish and English.
  • Live within or be willing to relocate to the Santa Maria or Watsonville/Salinas strawberry production region.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft 365 applications and collaboration tools.
  • Experience with in-person or online group facilitation.
  • Must be a self-starter and have the initiative to network with various stakeholders.
  • Overnight travel within California.
  • Ability to lift equipment and supplies in diverse settings indoors and outdoors.
  • Valid driver's license. Must have a clean driving record.
  • This position requires the ability to perform essential in-person activities, with the appropriate safeguards, including a vaccination(s) in accordance with Title VI, the ADA, EEOC guidance and FEHA.

Desired: 

  • Field experience, agricultural development, or experience with cross-cultural immersion in an agricultural context such as Peace Corps is highly desired.
  • Strong commitment to working with growers and farm employees.
  • MS in a field relevant to agricultural education, production, research, or another relevant area.
  • Experience developing and delivering bilingual education programsin agriculture.
  • Technical knowledge of agricultural production, agribusiness, human resources, labor management, labor policy, regulatory affairs or farm‐level management, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is highly desirable.
  • Multimedia communication skills to interact with diverse audiences.

Submission: E‐mail resume and cover letter to opportunity@calstrawberry.org with "Grower Education Program Manager" in the subject line.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

The California Strawberry Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment) against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), domestic violence, veteran or military status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law. We will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination or harassment by any employee, including supervisors and co-workers. Our commitment to equal opportunity employment applies to all persons involved in our operations and all areas of employment including, but not limited to hiring, recruitment, promotion, termination, compensation, benefits, and training. Reasonable accommodations will be made for disabled applicants and employees as well as pregnant employees upon request


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