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The Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network (DBCFSN) is seeking experienced, socially conscious candidates for multiple employment opportunities.  DBCFSN is a dynamic non-profit organization that works to build food sovereignty in Detroit’s Black community. Widely considered a leader in the field, DBCFSN works in food policy, urban agriculture, youth development, public education, and food co-op development.  Scroll down to view the job openings below.

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Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network

D-Town Farm Manager 

Job Posting

 

The Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network (DBCFSN) is seeking an experienced, socially and environmentally conscious farm manager to manage all aspects of the organization’s seven-acre D-Town Farm.  DBCFSN is a dynamic non-profit organization that works to build food sovereignty in Detroit’s Black community. Widely considered a leader in the field, DBCFSN works in food policy, urban agriculture, youth development, public education and food co-op development.

 

Summary

 

The Farm Manager is a full-time employee paid an annual salary of $53,000 with benefits.  The Farm Manager is responsible for coordinating and leading all aspects of farm operations including but not limited to planning, germination, planting, irrigation, weeding, harvesting, composting, hoop house operations and pest management.  The Farm Manager must have good communication and team building skills as they are responsible for supervising paid staff, interns and volunteers.  The Farm Manager must support DBCFSN’s mission and be committed to our work of building Black Food Sovereignty.  An understanding of African American history and culture is essential.  The Farm Manager reports to the Executive Director.

 

Duties

 

  • Convene and chair weekly farm operations committee meetings.

  • Set farm goals, in conjunction with the farm operations committee, and identify and correct issues impeding accomplishment of goals.

  • Create, in conjunction with the farm operations committee, crop plans including planting and harvesting schedules.

  • Coordinate the purchase of machinery, equipment, and supplies.

  • Supervise all paid farm staff, interns and volunteers.

  • Enforce, and interpret when necessary, DBCFSN policies and procedures including safety procedures.

  • Direct and coordinate planting, cultivating, irrigation, harvesting and regular inspection of growing areas for insect or disease problems.

  • Record information such as use of inputs, farm management practices, volunteer and paid hours, crop yields, and sales.

  • Develop marketing strategies and plans.

  • Submit budget proposals and operational reports to the Executive Director.

  • Perform other related duties as requested by the Executive Director.

 

Experience

 

·      Extensive knowledge of sustainable agriculture, soil science and plant botany are required.

·      A minimum of one year of successful experience managing people is required.

·      Basic computer literacy is required.

·      Five years of experience in small-scale sustainable farming is preferred.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter and resume by February 2, 2024 to:

 

Malik Yakini, Executive Director

Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network

11000 W. McNichols, Suite 103, Detroit, MI 48221.  

 

or

 

myakini@dbcfsn.org

 

 

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization whose mission is to build food sovereignty and food justice in Detroit's Black community.  Learn more at www.dbcfsn.org

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Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network
Detroit Food Commons Kitchen and Events Manager
 

The Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network (DBCFSN) is seeking an experienced, socially conscious Kitchen and Events Manager to manage all aspects of the organization’s four Kujichagulia Kitchens and the Imani Banquet Hall/Community Meeting Space in the Detroit Food Commons.  DBCFSN is a dynamic non-profit organization that works to build food sovereignty in Detroit’s Black community. Widely considered a leader in the field, DBCFSN works in food policy, urban agriculture, youth development, public education, and equitable food-oriented development.

 

Summary

 

The Kitchen and Events Manager is a full-time, at-will, employee of the Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network who is paid an annual salary of $53,000 with benefits.  The Kitchen and Events Manager is responsible for coordinating and leading all aspects of the kitchens and banquet hall/community meeting space.  The Kitchen and Events Manager must have good communication and team building skills as they are responsible for interacting with staff, users of the facilities and the public.  The Kitchen and Events Manager must support DBCFSN’s mission and be committed to our work of building Black Food Sovereignty.  An understanding of African American history and culture is essential.  The Kitchen and Events Manager must be able to work respectfully with people of all races, nationalities, religions, ages, abilities, genders, and sexual orientations. The Kitchen and Events Manager reports to the Director of Operations.

 

Duties

  • Manage remaining tasks related to obtaining all necessary permits and approvals for the May 1, 2024, opening of the kitchens and banquet hall.

  • Review and revise Standard Operating Procedures as appropriate.

  • Recommend additional equipment and supplies needed for optimal operations.

  • Review financial and operational plans and develop strategies for implementing plans and achieving financial goals.

  • Develop marketing, recruitment and retention strategies and plans.

  • Submit budget proposals to the Director of Operations.

  • Submit monthly operational reports to the Director of Operations.

  • Attend Monthly Senior Staff Meeting.

  • Supervise any staff or contractors working in the kitchens or hall.

  • Acquire Food Corridor Kitchen Management software and develop necessary skills to utilize the software for bookings, billing, and payments.

  • Orienting potential users.

  • Monitor client usage for policy compliance.

  • Regularly monitor facilities for:

    • safety

    • appropriate refrigeration temperatures

    • appropriate use of designated storage areas

    • waste management

    • Cleanliness and sanitation

    • equipment being in good working order

    • other issues related to maintaining good operations

  • Perform other kitchen and banquet hall related duties as requested by the Director of Operations.

 

Experience

  • At least three years of experience in managing commercial kitchen operation.

  • Previous experience with managing an events space.

·      Successful experience managing people is required.

 

 

 Other requirements:

  • Current ServeSafe Certification

  • State and Federal Criminal Background Check

  • Computer literate and able to use word, excel and other common software

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter and resume by February 9, 2024, to:

 

Malik Yakini, Executive Director

Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network

11000 W. McNichols, Suite 103, Detroit, MI 48221

 

or

 

myakini@dbcfsn.org

 

 

Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization whose mission is to build food sovereignty and food justice in Detroit's Black community.  Learn more at www.dbcfsn.org

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Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network
D-Town Farm Grounds and Maintenance

The Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network (DBCFSN) seeks experienced, socially conscious, resilient urban farmers to join our team at the organization’s seven-acre D-Town Farm.  DBCFSN is a dynamic non-profit organization that works to build food sovereignty in Detroit’s Black community. Widely considered a leader in the field, DBCFSN works in food policy, urban agriculture, youth development, public education, and food co-op development. 
 

SUMMARY

The Grounds and Maintenance Manager must support DBCFSN’s mission and Black community self-determination approach to food system change.  Knowledge of African American history and culture is helpful.  This job requires physical and mental stamina to meet various challenges.

 

The D-Town Farm Grounds and Maintenance Manager is a part-time, seasonal, at-will, employee.   The Grounds and Maintenance Manager will be paid $15.00 per hour and will work 28 hours per week from April 24 – December 3, 2024.

 

The Grounds and Maintenance Manager report to the Farm Manager and is responsible for performing a variety of tasks necessary for the progress, maintenance, and growth of the farm, including but not limited to:

 

  • Actively participating in weekly farm operations meetings.

  • Cutting grass and weed whacking throughout farm.

  • Trimming bushes and growth on fences.

  • Repairing hoop houses and other structures as needed.

  • Keeping tools and equipment in good working order including recommending outside repairs when necessary.

  • Performing other maintenance tasks as requested by the farm manager.

 

It is essential that Grounds and Maintenance Manager has good communication skills and can work collectively in a harmonious way. 


 
EXPERIENCE

   

Knowledge and experience with basic carpentry, hand tools and small engine machines such as lawn mowers, hedge trimmers and weed whackers  is essential.

 

How to apply:

 

Send a cover letter and resume by to:

 

Malik Yakini, Executive Director

Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network

11000 W. McNichols, Suite 103, Detroit, MI 48221.  

 

or

 

myakini@dbcfsn.org

 

 

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization whose mission is to build food sovereignty and food justice in Detroit's Black community.  Learn more at www.dbcfsn.org

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