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Agriculture Program Director

Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success

The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS) is a non-profit, community-based organization based in Manchester, NH. ORIS aids in the resettlement of refugee and immigrant groups in NH by providing training, resources, assistance, and opportunities that promote self-sufficiency. Our experienced, multinational, multilingual staff team offers a wide range of programs, including: bridging case management, employment services, cultural orientation, youth enrichment programs, and our beginner farmer training & development program- the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP).   

Job Summary:

ORIS will hire a Program Director to manage its New American agricultural initiatives. These initiatives currently include beginner farmer development, farmers’ market promotion, risk management, and youth farm and food leader projects. The Program Director will be responsible for defining and then realizing each program’s objectives and unifying these programs under a common set of agriculture program goals. These goals should, in turn, support the ORIS mission. 


 Establish and implement clear, time-lined work plans for each NASAP-affiliated project and identify programmatic elements that are common across all projects

 Draft and then implement a sustainable, 2 to 3-year business plan for Fresh Start Farms

 Identify and prepare grant and partnership proposals as may be necessary to support NASAP activities and component projects

 Identify potential operational workflow and program cost efficiencies across all NASAP projects and affect project changes necessary to realize these efficiencies.

 Work collaboratively with New Hampshire’s and Northern New England’s beginning and minority farmer community to further NASAP’s goals, farmer sustainability, and ORIS mission

 Work collaboratively with local and regional farm development resources in government, academia, and civil society to strengthen NASAP projects

 Will engage in developing grants funds both federal and local in order to sustain the NASAP program

 Will coordinate with NASAP staff to make sure the implementation of all USDA grants.

 Submit progress reports to funders in consultation with the Executive Director
 Other duties as may be requested by the Executive Director



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Experience working in cross-cultural environments and familiarity with refugee resettlement strongly preferred

 At least 5 years of experience with market gardening / beginning farmer program implementation and management

 Strong familiarity with USDA grant-funded initiatives, performance expectations, and reporting standards

 Excellent communications skills, in both written and oral capacities

 Strong organization skills

 Works well independently and as part of a team

 Have reliable personal transportation to travel within the State of New Hampshire

 Available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends

 Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional experience

  Proficiency in one or more relevant languages (Ex. Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, MaayMaay, Nepali) is considered an asset. 

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to Mukhtar Idhow at  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. ORIS is an equal opportunity employer. 

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Date Added: May 21, 2018

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