We’re Hiring! Financial Director

Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network
Director of Finance and Administration

Position
The Director of Finance and Administration will be a strategic thought-partner, and report to the Executive Director (ED). The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager and will lead and develop a supportive documentation in the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, and grant administration.

The position is part-time, remote capable, 3-hours a week, paid for through a two-year USDA Farm to School Implementation Grant. The position will earn up to $3,600/year with fringe benefits.

Responsibilities

Financial Management

  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all financial, project/program and grants accounting.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process. 
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the ED; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/ reporting system using Quickbooks online account.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; develop a finance department overall policy and procedure manual.
  • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the Board of Directors.

Human Resources, Technology and Grant Administration

  • Further develop Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network’s human resources and administration, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, and performance evaluation.
  • Work closely and transparently with all funders, external partners and consultants. 
  • Complete financial reporting requirement of grant funders.
  • Oversee administrative functions as well as facilities to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the organization scales.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a BA, ideally with an MBA/CPA or related degree
  • The ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area, and has preferably overseen human resources function previously
  • Grants management experience
  • Knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network

Email your CV to Samantha Goyret, Executive Director, nwtnfoodguide at gmail.com by Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity employer.

Celebrate #National Farmers Market Week!

August is peak produce time in Tennessee for many of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Farmers markets in Northwest Tennessee are packed with fresh produce. Aug 7-13, 2022 is #National Farmers Market Week and is the perfect time to stock up and support local farmers.

“Farmers markets play an essential role in communities by creating space for connection and actively fostering more resilient local food systems,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “Making the local connection and developing a relationship with the farmers producing your food is the perfect way to support your local community and economy.”

As students go back to school, filling lunchboxes with quality, healthy food is easy to do after a visit to a farmers market. The one-stop location provides options for diverse and tasty selections that family members of all ages will love.

“Shopping at a farmers market is important for many reasons,” Martin Farmers Market Co-Manager Samantha Goyret said. “Farmers Markets fuel rural economies and support healthy communities. As of the 2022 season, Martin Farmers Market vendors have collectively earned $44,620 – all of which stays in our community.”

In addition to traditional produce, many Tennessee farmers markets offer meats, artisan products, flowers, live music, and food trucks. Several markets in our region accept SNAP, EBT and WIC benefits. Check with your local Northwest Tennessee market by visiting nwtnlfn.org/markets.

“What makes the farmers’ market such a special place,” states Bryant Terry, echo-chef, food justice activist and author, “is that you’re actually creating community around food.”

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network and Pick Tennessee Products is the connection to a farmers market near you. There are currently 163 farmers markets listed on the Pick Tennessee Products website and mobile app, of which 10 of our Northwest Tennessee Markets are listed on the NWTNLFN.ORG/Markets webpage. Markets and Producers are encouraged to apply for their free listings at www.pickTNproducts.org and nwtnlfn.org/food-resources. Follow @NWTNLFN on facebook and @PickTNProducts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for seasonal updates and information about farm-related events, activities, and products. #GetitLocal

Samantha Goyret

Co-Manager, Martin Farmers Market

Executive Director, Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network

nwtnfoodguide@gmail.com

(731) 332-9071

Northwest Tennessee Leads the State in Farm to School

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on July 25, 2022, it is awarding more than $10 million in Farm to School Grants to 123 projects across the country. Four of these projects will bring West Tennessee a total of $347,318. Additionally, for the first time, the department is empowering states with $60 million in non-competitive grants to develop stronger and sustainable Farm to School programs over the next four years, of which the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is collaborating with Communities Unlimited, TN Department of Agriculture and Healthy Flavors Arkansas to support developing resources. All actions will help more kids across our state and nationwide eat healthy, homegrown foods.

“The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is very excited to foster the connections children have with local foods, agricultural education and hands-on growing experience,” state NWTNLFN Executive Director, Samantha Goyret. “In collaboration with 8 school district’s Farm to School Teams, we are working through a collective impact framework to advance each school district’s Farm to School vision and goals to continue the development and growth of the Farm to School movement in our region.”

Farm to School increases the amount of locally produced foods served through child nutrition programs, while also educating children about how their foods are harvested and made. 

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network received a Farm to School (F2S) implementation grant and supported the development of 3 additional grants submitted and awarded. The LFN is partnering with 51 schools in 8 school districts including: Cheatham County School District F2S Planning Project, Weakley County School District F2S development, Obion County School District F2S development, Trenton Special School District Edible Garden Grant, Gibson County Special School District Edible Garden Grant, Bradford Special School District F2S development, Milan Special School District F2S development, and Humboldt City Schools F2S development. Since 2019, the LFN has been partnering with school districts through USDA funded farm to school turnkey Farm to School planning projects. To learn more about the projects funded, please visit nwtnlfn.org/farm-to-school

“The expansion of Farm to School is more important than ever for our kids,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “When schools and local producers work together, children benefit from higher-quality foods on their plates and program operators have stable sources for the products they need.” Vilsack added farm to school is an investment in the next generation and one of many ways the department is advancing nutrition security – the consistent, equitable access to healthy and affordable foods that promote well-being.

The Tennessee projects funded will serve over 20,000 children in 8 school districts across the region. Further, USDA acknowledges that many people have been historically underserved and marginalized through unfair food systems. The projects selected by the department reflect its commitment to transforming food systems to be more equitable through Farm to School:

  • An estimated 62% of students served by all funded projects are eligible for free and reduced-priced school meals.
  • 100% of Tennessee funded projects serve rural areas or economically disadvantaged areas.

For more information on how your community can get involved with Farm to School activities, please visit the FNS website.

“States and school districts with strong Farm to School programs have been more resilient in the face of recent supply chain disruptions, compared to operators lacking relationships with local producers,” said Stacy Dean, deputy under secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. “The Farm to School program deserves to be at the forefront of long-term solutions that operators can lean on to ensure nutritious, local products are always within reach.”

When schools source foods locally, it supports American farmers and strengthens the economy. Through their network, the Local Food Network is helping connect farmers and school nutrition directors in our region. Learn more at nwtnlfn.org/local-food-procurement

Learn more about the NWTN Local Food Network’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL. Learn more at the LFN’s Farm to School Programming at nwtnlfn.org/programs/farm-to-school.