Food Hub Manager for ValleyHUB

Hiring Organization: Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Kalamazoo
Application Deadline: February 19, 2020

Would you like to be part of the exciting and innovative Bronson Healthy Living Campus in beautiful Downtown Kalamazoo?

Do you have a deep commitment to the local food system and experience managing a business or community program? If so, then Kalamazoo Valley Community College may have the perfect full-time opportunity for you!

Kalamazoo Valley is currently seeking a Food Hub Manager for ValleyHUB, the social enterprise food hub operating within the Food Innovation Center at the Kalamazoo Valley Bronson Healthy Living Campus. The successful candidate will manage the operations of the food hub, which actively manages the aggregation, distribution, light processing, and marketing of source-identified food products from local producers to satisfy institutional demand in Kalamazoo and greater Southwest Michigan.
More information about ValleyHUB can be found at ValleyHUB has been in operation since winter of 2017 and currently serves about 40 farm and food producer suppliers and 40 restaurant, retail, and institutional foodservice customers, and expects gross annual sales of $450-500,000 in the current fiscal year and plans for growth to $1-1.5 million in gross annual sales. ValleyHUB is a program of the College that also serves as a living lab for courses and trainings.

The Food Hub Manager reports to the Director for Sustainable Food Systems, and uses a collaborative approach to supervise a team including a Food Hub Operations Coordinator, Food Hub Outreach and Marketing Coordinator, and Food Hub Logistics Technician, and several part-time Food Hub Assistants.

Responsibilities of the Food Hub Manager include:

Working closely with the Director for Sustainable Food Systems, develop and implement ongoing strategic plans for ValleyHUB operations.
Managing food safety licensing, including overseeing food safety team, managing recall activities/preparedness, preparing for facility inspections, and maintaining/updating food safety manual. Ensure supplier farm compliance with ValleyHUB food safety standards.
Managing financial operations of ValleyHUB, including overseeing or coordinating with support staff who process payables/receivables, tracking budget and revenues, and maintaining customer/supplier records.
Working with Production Manager and customers to determine production quantities and timing, and coordinate distribution of produce grown on site at ValleyHUB urban farm.
Assisting with courses for culinary arts and other students in basic food processing, handling, and distribution.
Collaborating with KVCC staff and community partners in developing and implementing programming, including but not limited to: Community Outreach staff, local healthcare partners, Kalamazoo Valley Museum.

Minimum Qualifications:

Appropriate education, training, experience and talents are requirements. An example of this would be a bachelors degree in business management, urban planning, organizational studies, food science, agriculture or a related field and a minimum of three years of experience in a coordinating or management role in a business or community based program, preferably in the food industry/system.

Candidate must bring a solid base of knowledge in agriculture and farm operations, food processing and kitchen operations, food safety, and sustainability in local food systems. Previous experience managing budgets and supervising personnel is essential, as is familiarity with Microsoft Excel and competency with web-based platforms for managing business functions (eg Local Line, Trello, Google Drive).

Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to obtain a chauffeur’s license.