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Kenyon Farm Manager

Apply now Job no: 492801
Work type: Exempt Staff
Location: Gambier, OH

Kenyon College is conducting a search to fill the position of Kenyon Farm Manager. The Kenyon Farm focuses on experiential learning, sustainable food systems and food production.  Our mission is to engage the Kenyon community in a small-scale farming operation in the context of a liberal arts education and to support the academic values of Kenyon College.

The Kenyon Farm Manager/Instructor organizes and directs activities at the ten-acre Kenyon Farm.  They support programs focused on sustainable farming practices, food equity, the environmental humanities, and student-faculty projects. The Farm Manager/Instructor is the administrative leader responsible for the Farm’s operations including planning, cultivation, developing community partnerships, and supporting and facilitating research projects.  They also support the Environmental Studies program directly by teaching at least two courses related to agriculture per year and advising and supporting faculty who integrate KF into their courses

The Farm Manger/Instructor works with and supervises the Assistant Farm Manager as well as the student farmers.  The position is responsible for developing KF’s role as an educational resource and providing the Kenyon and broader communities with opportunities to engage with the study and research of food, agriculture and the environment.

The Kenyon Farm serves the larger mission of a dynamic liberal arts college committed to engaging a wide range of viewpoints, developing compassionate thinkers who value and embrace diverse cultures and identities.

The Kenyon Farm Manager reports to the Director of Green Initiatives and serves in a full-time capacity.


Academic Integration and Student Engagement

  • Collaborate with the Director of Green Initiatives and the faculty across the curriculum to promote and guide experiential learning with the KF acting as a living laboratory for coursework.
  • Integrate KF across disciplines to support a discourse on food and agriculture and how they relate to environment, culture, economies, ethics, and public health.
  • Support academic research projects in partnership with students and faculty.
  • Develop extracurricular programming for students to introduce them to KF including volunteer workdays, community events, speakers, orientation activities, etc.

Farm Operations 

  • Develop a plan for daily operations in collaboration with the Assistant Farm Manager, student farmers, interested faculty and groups interested in receiving or purchasing produce.
  • Supervise Assistant Farm Manager and student farmers in plan implementation including but not limited to crop planting and harvesting, preparation and delivery of farm products, soil management and animal management.
  • Maintain detailed tracking of all aspects of farming operations including crop and animal selection, planting maps, and revenues. Maintain a record of valuable information and “lessons learned” from farming operations.

Employee Management

  • Manage the Assistant Farm Manager and two to six student employees including hiring, training, supervision and evaluation.
  • Manage summer interns including hiring and evaluation.
  • Collaborate with local farmers and facilitate their engagement with students and faculty.

Strategy and Administration

  • Assume primary accountability for leadership and direction of KF in developing project goals and strategy, including curricular engagement, expansion of farm production and public educational programming.
  • Engage and update key constituencies on operations at the KF.  Foster, promote and strengthen interactions among various departments and introduce new employees to KF.  
  • Collaborate with the Office of Communications on marketing the KF and on online resources such as websites and Facebook pages.
  • Maintain knowledge of leading sustainable food programs in higher education and best practices at campus farms to guide the direction of KF development and to enhance opportunities for academic inquiry.  
  • Collaborate with the Director of Green Initiatives to promote those opportunities.
  • Develop an annual budget and maintain detailed accounting for the farm.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Development on securing funding and support.

Property Care

  • Collaborate with the Office of Residential Life and Maintenance Department on care of the farmhouse and property.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters Degree with a focus related to sustainability, environmental studies, agriculture or food systems.
  • 3+ years experience growing produce and raising livestock with sustainable practices.
  • 2+ years experience in employee and project management.
  • Proven ability to multitask, consistently meet or exceed deadlines and goals, and work effectively with diverse groups and individuals. 
  • Must be self-directed, organized, attentive to detail and enthusiastic about sustainable agriculture.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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