Farmer Onboarding and Training Manager

Vital Farms

Vital Farms

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2024

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Your Role:

The Farmer Onboarding and Training Manager will play a pivotal role in ensuring the successful integration of new farmers into Vital Farms. You will design and implement comprehensive onboarding and training programs to equip farmers with the knowledge and skills necessary for sustainable and efficient agricultural practices that meet our high standards of ethically produced food. Your efforts will contribute to the success of our farming initiatives, promote community engagement, and drive long-term productivity for all Vital Farms stakeholders.

What You’ll Do:

  • Develop and implement onboarding and training programs for new farmers, ensuring alignment with organizational goals and industry best practices.
  • Design curriculum, training materials, and resources to effectively educate farmers on various agricultural techniques, technologies, and best practices aligned with industry regulatory standards.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to incorporate feedback and continuously improve program content and delivery methods.
  • Coordinate the onboarding process for new farmers, including recruitment, orientation, and initial training sessions.
  • Establish clear expectations and objectives for new farmers, providing guidance on program requirements, timelines, and performance metrics.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for new farmers, addressing inquiries, resolving issues, and facilitating a smooth transition into Vital Farms programs.
  • Conduct training sessions, workshops, and field demonstrations to educate farmers on topics such as Vital Farms standards and practices, new barn construction, pest management, irrigation techniques, and sustainable farming practices.
  • Utilize a variety of instructional methods, including classroom instruction, hands-on demonstrations, and online learning modules, to accommodate diverse learning styles and preferences.
  • Monitor the progress and performance of participating farmers, collecting data and feedback to assess program effectiveness and individual development.
  • Analyze key performance indicators (KPIs) and performance metrics to identify areas for improvement and inform program adjustments. Collaborate with monitoring and evaluation teams to conduct regular assessments and evaluations of farmer training outcomes and impact.
  • Foster positive relationships with farmer communities, local partners, and agricultural stakeholders to promote collaboration, knowledge sharing, and resource mobilization.

What You Bring to the Table:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Instructional Design, Business Administration, Information Technology or related field.
  • 4+ years’ experience in learning and development and/or instructional design required, knowledge and expertise in agriculture preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in curriculum development, instructional design, and training facilitation, preferably in a farming or rural development context.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage and empower diverse audiences, including farmers, community leaders, and stakeholders.
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks, manage deadlines, and coordinate cross-functional teams.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and reporting, with experience in monitoring and evaluating program outcomes and impact.
  • Knowledge of sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, and rural development principles is desirable.
  • Flexibility to travel as needed to rural locations and work occasional weekends or evenings as needed.
  • Proficient in MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • You’re no hero – You know the power of teamwork and celebrate the work of others before your own
  • You give a sh*t – You believe in acting like an owner and making Vital Farms a place to be proud of
  • You raise the standards – You know growth can be hard, but you strive to improve yourself and others each day
  • You can walk in someone else’s boots – You seek to understand other’s viewpoints and think that you get to better answers by sitting on the same side of the table
  • You don’t walk on eggshells – You’re not afraid to leave the bullsh*t behind and have honest conversations.

What We Bring to the Table:

  • A fast-paced, energetic, remote environment with passionate people who are leading a movement to bring ethically produced food to the table.
  • Competitive pay and benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, and Paid Parental Leave, just to name a few).
  • Generous retirement contributions: 401(k) + 3% Contribution from Day 1.
  • Free eggs and butter, along with friends and family discounts.
  • Fun team SWAG that will make you the talk of the town.
  • Professional development opportunities and an amazing team dedicated to your growth.

Who We Are:

Vital Farms, a Certified B Corporation, offers a range of ethically produced foods nationwide. Started on a single farm in Austin, Texas, in 2007, Vital Farms became a national consumer brand that works with over 300 family farms and is the leading U.S. brand of pasture-raised eggs by retail dollar sales. Vital Farms’ products, including shell eggs, butter, hard-boiled eggs, and liquid whole eggs, are sold in over 24,000 stores nationwide. Vital Farms’ ethics are exemplified by its focus on the humane treatment of farm animals and sustainable farming practices. In addition, as a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation, Vital Farms prioritizes the long-term benefits of each of its stakeholders, including farmers and suppliers, customers and consumers, communities and the environment, crew members, and stockholders. In short, we exist to improve the lives of people, animals, and our planet through food.

Next Steps:
Shortly after you complete your application, you'll receive a follow-up email elaborating on any potential next steps in our process. If you don't immediately receive said follow-up email, we would highly encourage you to check your spam filter!

In order to fulfill Vital Farms mission to “bring ethically produced food to the table,” we seek to build teams that leverage diverse perspectives to create a welcoming and innovative environment that is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities.

To that end, we make employment decisions based on qualifications, merit, and business need. Vital Farms does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender and gender identity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Notification to Agencies:
**Vital Farms is not accepting unsolicited third-party recruitment agencies in the hiring process for this role. If you are a potential candidate interested in a role with Vital Farms, please submit an application directly. If you have any questions about the application process or the role itself, please reach out to a member of our Talent Acquisition team at .