Careers @ CADE

Available Positions:​

Marketing Program Associate

Applications due: August 15, 2021

 

The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) seeks a full time Program Associates to join the organization’s program team. This is a  junior professional position responsible for supporting CADE’s program managers and overall organizational goals.


Position Summary

CADE aims to deliver programming through a collaborative approach; this position will support CADE’s marketing work in collaboration with the Marketing lead and support the existing Programs Team broadly. The position is expected to work most closely with, receive work guidance from, and report to the Marketing Lead, to support marketing efforts for the organization and specific client needs. Ability to multitask and keep an organized, collaborative and communicative process for project management is a must. Must have attention to detail for visual elements to properly edit or create light graphic design work, as well as written work such as copyediting. One must have an interest in keeping up to date on technology including website platforms, such as Wix and Squarespace, social media and general best practices to keep technology competency up to date. Most importantly to succeed in this position, one must be interested in marketing and be open to learning new skills.

About CADE

CADE (www.cadefarms.org) is a non-profit organization founded in 1991, whose mission is to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises. Our goal is for farm and food businesses to compete and thrive, contributing to a sustainable regional food system and strong local economy. CADE strives to uphold and promote the following values as an organization and in our work with clients: Sustainability, Collaboration, Inclusion, Transparency and Innovation.

 

CADE is currently undergoing a strategic planning process to identify how the organization can advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in New York’s food system and through our services to farm and food business entrepreneurs. CADE is in early phases of identifying our role in the space, and pivoting our work to better meet the needs of current and future diverse agribusiness clientele among Black and Brown entrepreneurs in our geographic area. CADE is making internal systems changes from a white-led to multicultural organization. The ideal candidate will be familiar with and committed to anti-racist agendas and be prepared to participate in CADE’s process to creating a more equitable food system and future. 

 

CADE’s office is based in Oneonta, NY, with most staff working a hybrid-remote schedule in the Central NY and Southern Tier Region. This position offers a hybrid-remote schedule and availability to work from the office or meet with clients, but must have availability to travel to Central New York for specific program and project based needs, client needs, by appointment and on occasion. The position therefore requires remote staff to have a valid driver’s license and access to a car.

 

Responsibilities

General Client Interaction

  • Assist with CADE client outreach and networking activities including tabling events, managing sign-ups, and directing clients to CADE programs and services  

  • Represent CADE and our clients in the community, at events and other promotional opportunities

  • Logging and tracking CADE interactions with clients in CADE’s Client Relations Management system

  • Model cultural competency in actively engaging multicultural clientele and prioritizing relationship building with multiracial, multicultural groups and people

 

Program Development and Delivery Support

  • Develop/Write ad copy for digital or print marketing; interest in storytelling on behalf of clients and writing with a marketing focus

  • Assist with market research, buyer outreach, surveys and other development activities for organizational priorities 

  • Assist with development of educational materials and presentations 

  • Assist with one-on-one client support for specific farmer/business clients, including:

    • market research

    • sales outreach

    • conducting surveys

    • designing and publishing content for web and social media presence

  • Develop, maintain, update resource lists, development tools, and toolkits for organization website and printed materials

  • Conduct sales outreach to prospective buyers and track relationships; comfortability cold-calling businesses or clients

  • Advancing program delivery including facilitating presentations to farmer groups

  • Enthusiasm for delivering CADE programming and services to diverse clients with multiple identities, backgrounds, languages, wide-ranging needs, and varying levels of capacity
     

Project Coordination

  • Coordinate program scheduling and logistics

  • Assist with monitoring and evaluation of program impacts

  • Support grant administration and reporting with program and financial staff
     

Logistical and Administrative Support

  • Provide administrative and logistical support for the organization as needed, e.g., taking meeting notes, responding to requests, scheduling travel, updating files, drafting and sending correspondence, and making copies.

 

Equity and Sustainability

  • Ensure CADE values are brought to all aspects of the work: Sustainability, Collaboration, Inclusion, Transparency and Innovation

  • Patience with and appetite for participating in an ongoing strategic planning process on diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization with significant work to do to advance these agendas inside and out

 

Qualifications

  • Minimum 1-2 years work or lived experience OR personal interest OR research in marketing, small businesses, farm or food businesses, food systems or agriculture 

  • Experience working at a farm, farmers market, or other local food business, a plus 

  • Outstanding writing, editing, and communications skills

  • Comfortable presenting materials to small groups and facilitating group discussions, presentations, etc.

  • Curiosity that fosters continued learning and growth, Readiness to grow their skills and capacity within the organization

  • Experienced and comfortable with a variety of office technology (e.g., Wix, Squarespace, Salesforce, Mailchimp, GSuite, etc. or similar software)

  • Outstanding program/project coordination and administrative skills

  • Adaptable to frequently changing needs and prepared to respond flexibly to organizational needs 

  • Self motivated and able to accomplish work independently as well as collaboratively

  • Familiarity with antiracist frameworks and commitment to an equitable, sustainable food system 

  • Languages including Spanish, Arabic, or French a plus

 

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, 40 hour/week position with a salary range of $30,000-34,000. It includes health and dental insurance for the employee as well as half coverage for domestic partners and/or dependents, 3 weeks paid vacation, 12 paid holidays, and a retirement fund with 3% employer contribution. Employees also receive a $25 monthly stipend toward their personal mobile phone for work use.

 

To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to wendy@cadefarms.org by August 15. When applying, please include Program Associate Application in the subject line. No phone calls please.  Farmers, people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply and will be given priority consideration for the position. 

 

CADE is an equal opportunity employer committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. CADE prohibits discrimination against any employee and considers applications for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, military or veteran status, height and weight, religion, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, political/union affiliation, or any other legally protected status.

Senior Program Manager,
Farm & Food Business Development

Applications due: September 1, 2021

 

The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) seeks a full time Senior Program Manager to join the organization’s program team. This is a senior level professional position responsible for co-leading CADE’s incubator and accelerator programs --aimed at building thriving farm and food businesses in New York--in close collaboration with CADE’s other senior program staff.

 

Position Summary

CADE delivers “A-Z” business services to farm and food business entrepreneurs across the supply chain through its incubator and accelerator programs.  In collaboration with other senior staff, the position is expected to deliver an array of business services to our client community through workshops, 1:1 consultations, and curation and promotion of digital resources. Services include advising on: farmland transitions and acquisition; recipe and new product development; scale-up of production systems; food processing infrastructure and operations; business legal structuring; developing business/financial/market plans; access to capital (loans, grants, investment, etc.); certifications and food safety regulations; food aggregation and distribution systems and models; consumer/market trends and market research; branding; matchmaking producers/buyers; etc. Note: CADE’s value chain and marketing work is led by other CADE staff members; work should be coordinated in close collaboration to ensure seamless service provision to clients.

 

This position is on the front lines of engaging and supporting CADE’s community of 2,000+ clients--from beginning farmers, to established farmers looking to expand/diversify/transition to value-added production, to supply chain businesses (food hubs, distributors, processors, etc.).  To succeed in this position, one must be a mature, seasoned professional with deep technical knowledge of what it takes to start/run a successful agribusiness in New York, have an appreciation for economies of collaboration, orient from a commitment to sustainability and inclusion, and have a deep passion for agriculture and local food systems. 

 

About CADE

CADE (www.cadefarms.org) is a non-profit organization founded in 1991, whose mission is to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises. Our goal is for farm and food businesses to compete and thrive, contributing to a sustainable regional food system and strong local economy. CADE strives to uphold and promote the following values as an organization and in our work with clients: Sustainability, Collaboration, Inclusion, Transparency and Innovation.

 

CADE is currently undergoing a strategic planning process to identify how the organization can advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in New York’s food system and through our services to farm and food business entrepreneurs. CADE is in early phases of identifying our role in the space, and pivoting our work to better meet the needs of current and future diverse agribusiness clientele among Black and Brown entrepreneurs in our geographic area. CADE is making internal systems changes to transition from a white-led to a multicultural organization. The ideal candidate will be familiar with and committed to anti-racist agendas and be prepared to participate in CADE’s process to creating a more equitable food system and future. 

 

CADE’s office is based in Oneonta, NY. The position allows for partial remote work, but requires semi-regular work out of the office and site visits to meet clients at their business locales - largely in the Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier Region, and Central NY. Requiring travel, the staff person must have a valid driver’s license and access to a car.

 

Responsibilities 

Client Interaction & Advisory Service Delivery

  • Direct, lead, and implement client outreach and engagement

  • Provide customized assistance to agribusinesses as noted in Position Summary above

  • Deliver services by leading digital/physical workshops; providing 1:1 mentoring and consultations; offering referrals; matchmaking; and creating/promoting online tools/resources

  • Work with clients from start to finish, keeping open lines of communication 

  • Utilize Client Relations Management System, Salesforce, to maintain records and support effective staff collaboration on client interaction

 

Program Management

  • Manage all aspects of the incubator and accelerator programs in collaboration with the CADE staff--from client intake, to processing requests, arranging meetings/consultations with clients, conducting needs assessments, providing technical assistance and/or referrals, collecting baseline/endline and other impact data, creating/building on templates and tools for client needs, etc. 

  • Develop evaluation tools to collect qualitative and quantitative impact data, capture stories of change, and prepare impact reports for funders 

  • Support all aspects of program communications in collaboration with Communications Manager, from promoting opportunities to agribusinesses, to spotlighting client services or successes through CADE’s e-newsletters, media, etc. 

  • Supervise a CADE program coordinator and 1-2 consultants

  • Contribute to and nurture a collaborative, dynamic, empowering, innovative, and productive work environment and organizational culture

Partnerships & Thought leadership

  • Represent CADE among clients, as well as partners and food system stakeholders

  • Track/cultivate networks of service providers, supply chain businesses, and other food system stakeholders

  • Work in close collaboration with SUNY Cobleskill, a key incubator/accelerator partner

  • Stay regularly informed of agribusinesses’ needs, consumer/market trends, etc., to inform CADE’s ongoing programs

  • Advocate for the needs of clients and agriculture among stakeholders, policymakers

  • Participate in agricultural committees or stakeholder networks 

 

Equity & Sustainability

  • Ensure CADE values are brought to all aspects of the work: Sustainability, Collaboration, Inclusion, Transparency and Innovation

  • Patience with and appetite for participating in an ongoing strategic planning process on diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization with significant work to do to advance these agendas inside and out

 

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum 7-10 years work or lived experience running OR working in a successful farm or food business, OR delivering services and solutions to agribusinesses with a demonstrated record of success  

  • Basic familiarity with recipe and new product development, from pilot-to-scale 

  • Knowledge of diverse, profitable agribusiness models especially those that aggregate products/commodities, such as cooperatives or brokerage models

  • Experience in business, marketing, and financial plan development

  • Knowledge of agribusiness funders, lenders, investors a plus

  • Comfort assessing profit/loss statements, setting financial projections, and advising clients on all aspects of finance and budgeting 

  • Experience managing client relations, overseeing consultants or other service providers, and/or engaging high profile stakeholders

  • Excellent facilitation, mentoring, leadership, and communication skills

  • Highly discreet in managing client relations interactions, including financial matters, proprietary information, etc.

  • Able to travel to conduct site visits to area farms and agribusinesses

  • Outstanding program/project management and writing skills

  • Experience supervising staff and consultants

  • Adaptable to frequently changing client/organizational needs and preparedness to respond flexibly 

  • Self motivated and able to accomplish work independently as well as collaboratively

  • Familiarity with antiracist frameworks and commitment to an equitable, sustainable food system 

  • Languages such as Spanish, Arabic, or French a plus

 

Salary and benefits

This is a full-time, 40 hour/week position with a salary of $55,000. It includes health and dental insurance for the employee as well as half coverage for domestic partners and/or dependents, 3 weeks paid vacation, 12 paid holidays, and a retirement fund with 3% employer contribution. Employees also receive a $25 monthly stipend toward their personal mobile phone for work use.
 

To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to wendy@cadefarms.org by September 1. When applying, please include Sr Program Manager Application in the subject line. No phone calls please.  Farmers, people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply and will be given priority consideration for the position. 

 

CADE is an equal opportunity employer committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. CADE prohibits discrimination against any employee and considers applications for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, military or veteran status, height and weight, religion, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, political/union affiliation, or any other legally protected status.

Communications Manager

Applications due: September 1, 2021

The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) seeks a full time Communications Manager to support all aspects of the organizations’ communications needs. This is a senior, professional position responsible for enhancing the organization’s visibility, supporting its marketing and promotional needs, and communicating its vision and impact to the public, including among funders, clients, and other stakeholders. 

 

Position Summary

CADE aims to enhance and amplify the organizations’ current work through strategic and collaborative communications amongst the Programs team and organization. The position is cross-cutting, requiring work to be implemented in close collaboration with the Executive Director and Program staff to meet the needs of the larger organization and each program. The ideal candidate will have the ability to multitask, stay organized and self-motivated, and be collaborative and communicative. Must have attention to detail, a keen eye toward visual “light touch” graphic design work, content writing, and copyediting. The candidate must have experience in website maintenance (such as Wix), social media, and general best practices in communications and digital technology.   

 

This is a new position at CADE. To succeed, the ideal candidate will be enthusiastic to identify how the position can evolve to fit within the structure of the organization and vice versa; take leadership in driving the direction of CADE communications, while staying attuned to the needs of clients and the Program team; and develop a comprehensive, forward-looking communications strategy to direct the work in the long term. 

 

About CADE

CADE (www.cadefarms.org) is a non-profit organization founded in 1991, whose mission is to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises. Our goal is for farm and food businesses to compete and thrive, contributing to a sustainable regional food system and strong local economy. CADE strives to uphold and promote the following values as an organization and in our work with clients: Sustainability, Collaboration, Inclusion, Transparency and Innovation.

 

CADE is currently undergoing a strategic planning process to identify how the organization can advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in New York’s food system and through our services to farm and food business entrepreneurs. CADE is in early phases of identifying our role in the space, and pivoting our work to better meet the needs of current and future diverse agribusiness clientele among Black and Brown entrepreneurs in our geographic area. CADE is making internal systems changes to transition from a white-led to a multicultural organization. The ideal candidate will be familiar with and committed to anti-racist agendas and be prepared to participate in CADE’s process to creating a more equitable food system and future. 

 

CADE’s office is based in Oneonta, NY.  This position allows for remote work, with occasional required meetings at the office, estimated to be 2-4 times per year, as well as periodic site visits to client places of business (i.e., to collect stories, take photos, gather other marketing content).  A candidate who choses remote work should plan to spend some initial time in the office at the start of their tenure to get oriented to the position, connect with the team, acclimate to the culture of the organization, etc., and be available for office meetings and client site visits on an as-needed basis  The position therefore requires a valid driver’s license and access to a car.


 

Responsibilities

Organizational Communications
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a CADE communications/digital strategy that identifies communications goals and desired impacts, target audience/outlets, target reach, strategies and tactics, and plan for implementation

  • Maintain and regularly update the organization’s communications assets and resources (including the website, social media handles, etc.) to serve existing and attract new clients, promote organizational successes, and support organizational positioning as a thought leader for agricultural development

  • Curate content for and draft/edit/design/manage organizational collateral, including annual report, newsletters, brochures, website, videos, distance learning assets, etc.

  • Maintain social media handles and develop new handles that reach target audiences, including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter 

  • Conduct press engagement and media outreach, draft press releases, create press tracking system, maintain press list, etc.

  • Strengthen CADE branding, articulating the “story” of CADE through partner/client storytelling, sharing impact, uplifting thought leadership, using branding guidelines

  • Maintain email management system (Mailchimp) and client/donor database (Salesforce)

  • Integrate and synchronize CADE’s digital assets including the website, social media platforms, client management software, Survey Monkey software, online event calendars, etc.

  • Monitor and analyze CADE’s digital metrics and analytics to assess impact and develop online presence through CADE’s SEO via Google AdWords

  • Liaise with communications related consultants, designers, developers, programmers, videographers, etc. as appropriate

  • Manage crisis communications when appropriate

  • Build out CADE’s infrastructure for financial donations, support individual/major donor fundraising campaigns, assist staff and Board on fundraising messaging 

  • Outreach for long term volunteers

 

Program Communications
  • Develop and implement communications plans for each individual CADE program in coordination with CADE program staff 

  • Create and maintain segmented lists of clients, donors, partners, etc. for newsletters and other communications

  • Meet regularly with program staff to ensure effective collaboration 

 

Partnerships & Thought leadership
  • Represent CADE in all aspects of organizational/program communications 

  • Stay regularly informed of agribusinesses’ clients listening, consumer/market/funder trends, etc., to inform CADE’s ongoing external messaging

  • Understand CADE relationships to clients and create/sustain a CADE voice in client communications and outreach

 

Equity & Sustainability
  • Ensure CADE values are brought to all aspects of the work: Sustainability, Collaboration, Inclusion, Transparency and Innovation

  • Patience with and appetite for participating in an ongoing strategic planning process on diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization with significant work to do to advance these agendas inside and out

Qualifications:
  • 3-7 years professional or lived experience in communications, marketing, journalism, or related field

  • Outstanding (creative) writing, editing, and management skills

  • Experience in or strong instincts for storytelling - not only stories of people but also converting data into stories 

  • Experience in creating digital / social media content for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

  • Basic graphic design skills (Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Canva)

  • Working knowledge of website platforms (Wix), email management systems (MailChimp), and client database management (Salesforce) 

  • Self-motivated, entrepreneurial, highly motivated, attentive to detail 

  • Able to accomplish work independently as well as collaboratively

  • Excellent people and interpersonal skills

  • Highly discreet in managing client and funder communications and interactions

  • Experience supervising staff and consultants

  • Adaptable to frequently changing client/organizational needs and preparedness to respond flexibly 

  • Familiarity with antiracist frameworks and commitment to an equitable, sustainable food system

  • Languages such as Spanish, Arabic, or French a plus

  • Experience in agriculture or food systems a plus

 

Salary and benefits

This is a full-time, 40 hour/week position with a salary of $50,000. It includes health and dental insurance for the employee as well as half coverage for domestic partners and/or dependents, 3 weeks paid vacation, 12 paid holidays, and a retirement fund with 3% employer contribution. Employees also receive a $25 monthly stipend toward their personal mobile phone for work use.

 

To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and 2-3 innovative/creative writing samples (including at least 1 social media content sample) to wendy@cadefarms.org by September 1. When applying, please include Communications Manager Application in the subject line. If the applicant will prefer to work primarily remotely, a plan should be included in the letter of interest for how s/he will coordinate with the rest of the team to support the cross cutting work of the organization. No phone calls please. Farmers, people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply and will be given priority consideration for the position. 
 

CADE is an equal opportunity employer committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. CADE prohibits discrimination against any employee and considers applications for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, military or veteran status, height and weight, religion, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, political/union affiliation, or any other legally protected status.

Consultant Project Coordinator for Vision 2050

 

Applications due July 30, 2021

 

The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) seeks a Consultant to coordinate a research project--in partnership with New York’s leading agricultural researchers--aimed at creating a roadmap for New York State to become the Northeast’s leading foodshed by 2050 and support a regenerative, equitable, profitable food system. The research will be used to inform the development of a 30-year multi-stakeholder Comprehensive Vision for NYS for Agricultural Development with public and private stakeholders. 

 

About CADE:

CADE (www.cadefarms.org) is a non-profit organization founded in 1991, based in Oneonta, NY, whose mission is to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises. Our goal is for farm and food businesses to compete and thrive, contributing to a sustainable regional food system and strong local economy. CADE strives to uphold and promote the following values as an organization and in our work with clients: Sustainability, Collaboration, Inclusion, Transparency and Innovation.

 

Responsibilities

The Consultant will coordinate all aspects of the project as needed, including:

  • Coordinating logistics for the core research team, including acting as a central liaison, preparing agendas based on input from staff and researchers, taking notes, scheduling calls, supporting work flow

  • Handling logistics, RSVPs, etc., for a dozen stakeholder roundtables with 100+ participants and VIPs

  • Updating work plans, setting timelines, and other project coordination tasks

  • Other tasks as needed

 

Qualifications

The consultant will have/be:

  • Interest in food systems development, economics, or agriculture

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Outstanding project management skills

  • Experience engaging and building relationships with diverse stakeholders, including but not limited to political leaders across the political spectrum, the private sector, agricultural agencies, farm and food businesses, supply chain, etc. 

  • Highly diplomatic and discreet in managing relations with diverse stakeholders/VIPs

  • Self-starting, highly motivated, attentive to detail 

  • Able to work well independently as well as part of a team

  • Remote work encouraged.

 

Fees & Timeline

Consultant will be paid an hourly rate of $20 per hour for approximately 5 hours of work per week over approximately 18 weeks. Target start date: August 6, 2021.

 

To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to phoebe@cadefarms.org by July 30, 2021. When applying, please include V2050 Consultant Coordinator Application in the subject line. No phone calls please. Farmers, people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply and will be given priority consideration for the position. 
 

CADE is an equal opportunity employer committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. CADE prohibits discrimination against any employee and considers applications for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, military status, height and weight, religion, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or any other legally protected status. People of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, women, and LGBT applicants are encouraged to apply. 

 
 
 
 

Interns​

Imagine being part of team dedicated to building successful farming enterprises across Central New York, contributing to a vibrant regional economy. Imagine being part of an organization that celebrates agriculture as a pillar of our region’s history and culture. Imagine supporting local farms that produce fresh, healthy foods and food systems that reduce our region’s carbon footprint, contributing to healthier people and planet. Imagine being part of an effort to make our region one of America’s most recognized breadbaskets.

This is your opportunity to become a key player in a small, successful non-profit committed to scaling its impact. It will be your job to help us get there.


Join CADE’s Youth Internship Program

Our internship program is open to college students or recent graduates who wish to:

  • gain “real world” job experience with an organization known as a regional and state leader for agriculture and economic development;

  • channel their vision, creativity, and innovative spirit to achieving impact for our area’s farms, the regional agricultural economy, and the environment;

  • receive mentoring and leadership development from a team ready to set you on an exciting career track--in agriculture, economic development, communications and marketing, advocacy, and more!

 

At the end of your internship, you’ll have a turbo boosted resume, a robust professional network, and a great job recommendation for your next endeavor. All internships will be based out of CADE’s office in Oneonta, NY, with the exception of a Marketing & Sales Internship which can be based either in Oneonta or New York City.

 

Types of Internships

We have a range of internships available.  Below are general scopes of work. Note that every intern will be invited to co-develop specific projects with us to make the internship experience as meaningful as possible.

  • Program Administration & Office Management Intern

    Communications & Social Media Intern

  • Development / Fundraising Intern

  • Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Intern

  • Marketing and Sales Intern (may be based in Oneonta or New York City)

  • Agricultural Policy & Advocacy Intern

 

Benefits

This is an unpaid internship. A travel stipend is available. The intern may be eligible for college credit or work study. Speak with your internship coordinator or career counselor at your college or university.

 

Qualifications

Applicants should:

  • be self-starters, hardworking, and enthusiastic--able to work independently and as part of a team

  • Strong writing and communications skills

  • See internship-specific qualifications below

 

To Apply

Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Start and end dates of the internship are based on the intern’s availability, preferrably for a minimum of 3-4 months. Interns are expected to work at least 5 hours a week or up to 20 hours, depending on availability.  The intern’s weekly work schedule will be negotiated with a supervisor, and can include both in-office and remote work.

Send a cover letter noting which internship you are interested in and your related qualifications, along with your resume and 1-2 page writing sample (i.e., essay, school report, powerpoint, short self-produced video clip, or screen shots of strategic social media messaging examples). Include "Internship Application" in the Subject line. Send your application to info@cadefarms.org.

No phone calls please. Only selected candidates will be contacted for interviews.

CADE is an equal opportunity employer committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. CADE prohibits discrimination against any employee and considers applicants for all positions without regards to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, military status, height and weight, religion, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or any other legally protected status.

Scope of Work & Qualifications

  • Program Administration & Office Management Intern

    • Support all aspects of CADE’s programmatic, operational, and logistical needs

    • Provide overall administrative support to the CADE program team

    • Provide executive assistance to CADE’s Executive Director, such as handling travel, conference registrations, expenses, etc.

    • Provide human resources assistance as requested by Executive Director

    • Assist with streamlining office knowledge management systems (a fancy way of saying you’ll help us with our filing systems--both hard and soft copies)

    • Assist in organizing CADE events, workshops, etc.

    • Keep office stocked with supplies

    • Provide support with preparing financial documents, board documents, or other paperwork

    • Take meeting minutes from internal or external meetings

    • Qualifications: You dream of centering your career in nonprofit management, handling all aspects of operations, finance, administration and human resources. You love the minutia and take pleasure in organizing every little thing. You’re a whiz with details--from setting up filing systems in your home office to using excel sheets. You enjoy working with a team and contributing to the overall mission. You’ll learn the rest on the job.

 

  • Communications & Social Media Intern

    • Develop and implement a strategy for growing CADE’s constituency vis-a-vis social media and our email list--among farmers / farm businesses and among buyers and consumers, both upstate and down

    • Prepare an annual communications and social media / editorial calendar, marking specific days for promoting content (i.e., World Water Day to promote the Catskill’s watershed farmers, International Women’s Day to celebrate rural women farmers, national Dairy Month, etc.)

    • Serve as CADE’s “managing editor” for the website, email list, and social media, curating regular content (from collecting heartfelt stories from farmers to promoting their new products), and actively promoting CADE programs/activities, impacts, press, general agricultural news, funding opportunities for farmers, etc.

    • Prepare draft press releases or op-eds with support

    • Analyze CADE’s current marketing/promotional products (website, brochures, social media, etc.), make recommendations for how to improve them for target audiences, propose new promotional products (video, banners)

    • Manage production of printed collateral

    • Support communications for CADE’s Executive Director

    • Manage Google Ad Words for building CADE’s SEO

    • Keep CADE staff up-to-date on agricultural issues raised in mass/social media and identify when/how CADE might shift the national/state/regional discourse

    • Ensure CADE’s visibility as an agricultural leader

    • Help organize a pilot webinar of one of CADE’s Farm and Food Business Incubator educational workshops, recording it, and making it available on our website

    • Qualifications: You understand the value of communications and marketing for any business to succeed. You’re a social media junkie, creative, have solid “digital chops”,  detail oriented, and an excellent (creative) writer. You might be a business, journalism, or English major, or have an interest in graphic arts, or technology, or anything else under the sun. Basic graphic design skills (Photoshop/InDesign) and working knowledge of Wordpress and basic html a plus, but not required. You’ll learn the rest on the job.

 

  • Development / Fundraising Intern

    • Search out prospective grant opportunities from federal and state entities as well as private foundations, keeping an updated log of contacts, due dates, and deadlines

    • Map CADE’s wealth contacts/networks and coordinate with Executive Director on creating a major donor giving strategy

    • Assist Executive Director with preparing grant proposal applications, articulating CADE’s work in a way that appeals to each specific donor

    • Assist Executive Director in preparing grant reports in collaboration with the CADE program staff and monitoring & evaluation intern.

    • Qualifications: You believe in the abundance of the universe. You’re an excellent writer. And through your writing, you understand how to frame issues in a way that attracts attention and captures the interest of your audience. You probably like the idea of doing grant-writing for a living. After all, there are 1.5 million nonprofits across the U.S. that need fundraisers!  You’ll learn the rest on the job.

 

  • Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Intern

    • Assist with and coordinate research projects on behalf of CADE with area universities, such as SUNY-Cobleskill/Oneonta or Hartwick College (on such topics as farm business models that prove most profitable) in cooperation with CADE’s Executive Director

    • Assist CADE staff with creating surveys or other data collection tools, and collecting and organizing data about CADE programs or projects to assess impact

    • In close cooperation with CADE’s Executive Director, compile qualitative and quantitative information and conduct key informant interviews with CADE partners to document past programs impacts, and draft a 10-20 page report with findings

    • Compile data on CADE’s farmer constituents to document ways CADE has served them over the years, to help streamline future outreach and engagement

    • Write reports to document findings, capture learnings, and prepare recommendations to inform future programming based on what has “worked” and “not worked”

    • Qualifications: You are a proud research nerd. You’ve had experience preparing a survey, potentially with a teacher or professor’s help. Your brain experiences euphoria when you collect and analyze data. Once you’ve compiled and analyzed it, you contemplate, “how and why does this matter?” and take pleasure in writing it all up. Your writing style is straight and to the point. You have basic familiarity with SurveyMonkey and interviewing people for school research assignments. You’ll learn the rest on the job.

 

  • Marketing & Sales Intern (Oneonta or NYC)

    • Assist with and coordinate sales research and outreach in target markets in New York City, Central New York, Hudson Valley and Capital Region

    • Assist farmers with using CADE marketing toolkit to be able to make sales outreach calls or visits to target buyers

    • Assist CADE staff to draft, design and distribute regional marketing materials - online and in print

    • Represent CADE and farmers we work with at in-store sampling events and other promotional opportunities

    • Track prospective buyer relationships at various stages using Microsoft Excel and Google Docs.

    • Qualifications: You are a people person and enjoy talking to strangers. You are always excited to help make connections for people. You love food. You will delight in describing the difference in quality between cow and goat milk or grass-fed and commodity beef. You are extremely organized and goal oriented.  Making money for farmers will keep you motivated. You’ll learn the rest on the job.

 

  • Agricultural Policy & Advocacy Intern

    • Monitor federal and state policy or legislative trends in agriculture

    • Monitor the work of federal and state agricultural agencies

    • Prepare short updates on legislative trends for staff and potentially CADE newsletters, social media or other communication channels

    • Plug into the work of national or state-level organizations involved in policy advocacy work and alert staff when opportunities arise for CADE’s involvement

    • Help explore the potential for CADE to host regular political forums for government stakeholders and farmers, ensuring the voices of farmers are amplified among elected officials locally and regionally

    • Identify advocacy opportunities work with CADE’s communications intern and staff to identify opportunities for action in line with CADE’s mission

    • Brainstorm advocacy campaign messages

    • Help coordinate any advocacy activities in close collaboration with CADE’s Executive Director and partners

    • Qualifications: You follow politics; you’re interested in how politics and policy impact lives, sectors, and economies; and you “get” that the voices and interests of farmers need to be heard in our political system. You’re probably a poli sci or government major, or something closely related. You’re great at combing through information and identifying the bottom line. You’re detail oriented and a good writer.  The idea of monitoring draft legislation in congress or state assembly/state senate--and staying connected with advocacy groups to keep CADE informed of national or state trends--makes your heart throb. You love getting involved in advocacy campaigns, activism, or participating in online petitions. You’ll learn the rest on the job.

 
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