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Operation Manager - Corryong

Acres and Acres CO-OP Ltd

  • Basis: Full-time, ongoing
  • Hours: 38 hours per week; some weekends and outside of standard work hour commitments
  • Location: 15 Harris Street, Corryong
  • Reporting to: Managing Director
  • Start Date: August 2022

ABOUT ACRES & ACRES COOP Ltd

Our mission is to create and support a network of Growers across the Upper Murray and North East Victoria, to build resilience through a closed food loop in our local area.

We share knowledge, tools and skills allowing people from all walks of life an opportunity to grow their own food business with minimal outlay and supported collaborative sales channels.

Our goal is to use regenerative farming practices and world-class small-scale farming innovation to enable local communities to grow their own food sustainably.

ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY

The Operations Manager is responsible for the ongoing development, implementation, and delivery of the Acres & Acres project to support our strategic direction. This role will work closely with the Board, other senior team members and external partners.

With support from the Director, this role will provide some project support including but not limited to: veggie box marketing, sales & distribution and operationalising a new, direct-to-the-public, on-farm nursery.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ensure compliance with all regulatory systems and standards in the delivery of our products and services across all sites managed by Acres & Acres
  • Manage grant reporting requirements including developing systems and processes that help us efficiently monitor grant performance
  • Communicating regular updates on general budget, grant milestones and budgets to the Managing Director, Board, Co-op Members and Staff
  • Regular board attendance
  • Manage rosters
  • New membership management - collate and deliver new membership info to the board for review and communicate with applicants on the status of their application
  • Managing Tool Library and volunteers
  • Work on team capacity planning and procedural development to ensure staff performance and retention is effectively managed
  • Attend farm team staff meetings and report on progress
  • Project management as needed

WHAT YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS ROLE

Must haves:

  • A deep, invested interest in shaping a closed-loop food system
  • Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively within a diverse team
  • Demonstrate strong skills in operations and governance
  • Proven skills in planning and prioritising tasks within a dynamic environment
  • Must be able to operate with limited supervision
  • Excellent written, electronic, individual face-to-face and group communication skills
  • Be a proactive problem solver and look for solutions

Nice to haves:

  • Experience with sales, communications & marketing
  • Experience building and delivering operational plans to support strategic goals
  • Understanding of and commitment to the goals of the Co-op, cooperative structures, consensus decision-making and conflict resolution strategies
  • Understanding of what it means to work within a community focused organisation

WHAT CAN WE OFFER YOU?

  • A competitive salary
  • In this position you will have the opportunity to take a role in shaping the direction of Acres & Acres and the food system in the Upper Murray and North East Victoria
  • A fun and flexible team environment - we’re innovative, customer-focused and our business moves quickly!
  • Fresh veggies every week
  • Training & development opportunities
  • Help you establish social ties in our community

WE VALUE

Clear and empathic communication - it’s impossible to work together as a team if individual members don’t fully understand one another, communication skills are imperative for anyone working in our team environment.

A collaborative approach - interest in working with others to align on our solutions to food system challenges.

A holistic view - willingness to learn about the big picture. When we understand the interdependencies across the entire food system, we lead positive change more effectively.

An openness to new perspectives - by expanding knowledge and networks to include those outside of your immediate area of expertise, we change the way we work and think and drive greater impact.

An innovative mind - good ideas don’t require a stroke of genius, but rather a clear line of sight, creative thinking and a willingness to learn through failure.

Critical thinking - with constant change in the food system, leaders must understand how to solve problems. Leaders with fresh ideas and the ability to apply concepts across disciplines will be essential to move initiatives for a hunger-free, sustainable food future forward.

Please review our ‘Living Growing Document’ before submitting your application.

For more information check out our website: https://acresandacres.com.au/

Acres and Acres values diversity in all its forms and the application process is open to all individuals. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people; those from ethnically diverse communities; LGBTIQ+ persons; those at the start of their working adventures and those that have stepped back from their working commitments.

This job is only available to applicants living in Australia with full legal work rights.

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