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Program Manager

Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success

The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS)’s mission is to “aid in the resettlement of refugee and immigrant groups in the state of NH by providing assistance, training, resources, and opportunities that promote self-sufficiency.” ORIS provides support through case management, interpretation, cultural education, employment services, referrals to service providers, and via the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP), a food security program based in farmer micro-enterprise development. 

The Program Manager will coordinate activities and manage staff members for the NASAP’s mission of building a robust and inclusive food security program for southern New Hampshire.  S/he will work closely with refugee farmers, organizational partners, the ORIS Farm Manager, ORIS Market Coordinator, and ORIS Program Director to coordinate agricultural training, farm activities, market development, program accounting, and program quality assurance. This position is based at ORIS’s office in Manchester, NH, but spends significant time at ORIS’ farms in Dunbarton and Concord.


Required Qualifications:

  • Experience working across multiple languages and cultures
  • Experience in community building and/or agricultural program development
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills- able to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Leadership and team-building skills
  • Experience working with refugees or other populations with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Driver’s license and reliable private vehicle; travel between Manchester, Dunbarton, and Concord NH is essential.  Candidate must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
  • Availability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Minimum of 3 years’ professional experience directly related to the position
  • Minimum of 1 year supervisory experience

Preferred Qualifications (Not required but considered an asset):

  • Accounting skills or experience with QuickBooks
  • Proficiency in a language spoken by the new American farmers (Maay Maay, Somali, Swahili, Kirundi, Nepali)

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs on occasion
  • Ability to assist farmers with farmwork, food transport, construction projects as needed
  • Able to stand for long periods of time and work outside in inclement weather to execute job responsibilities
  • Able to sit at a desk and work in an office setting to execute job responsibilities
  • Coordinate NASAP activities as outlined in current USDA grants
  • Work closely with farmers to develop professional and leadership skills within the community
  • Conduct outreach to potential and current project participants, agency representatives, and the wider community
  • Oversee curriculum development and implementation of NASAP training activities:
  • Recruit, supervise and contract with qualified instructors to deliver entry-level and advanced trainings
  • Develop and implement “orientation” training programs to beginner farmers, including classroom trainings on production and marketing
  • Plan group trainings for experienced farmers
  • Facilitate one-to-one support with business planning
  • Coordinate farmers’ attendance at mainstream conferences, farm visits, field trips
  • Link farmers to agricultural experts and resources in the agricultural community
  • Oversee marketing activities for farmers within the NASAP program, including:
  • Establish locations for and staffing of incubator farmers’ markets
  • Coordinate delivery/pick up of Fresh Start Farms CSA shares
  • Coordinate technical assistance at SNAP/EBT accessible delivery sites
  • Increase marketing efficacy of Fresh Start Farms brand through promotion and outreach
  • Act as Regional Lead of NH Nutrition Incentive Network and complete tasks to oversee Granite State Market Match program
  • Assist with NASAP program planning, evaluation, and development activities; assist evaluation consultants to gather information on the effectiveness of programs
  • Maintain professional knowledge and skills by attending relevant workshops, training, and conferences; review professional materials and literature
  • Participate in ORIS staff meetings and other events as scheduled
  • Perform other duties and contribute to all-staff activities as needed
How to Apply:

Interested applicants send a cover letter and resume to

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. ORIS is an equal opportunity employer.

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Date Added: February 27, 2019

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