Hiring: Farm & Food Business Finance Specialist – FCCDC
Farm & Food Business Finance Specialist [Anywhere in Massachusetts | Remote/Hybrid]
Are you an experienced business advisor or entrepreneur with a passion for food and farms who wants to use their skills to support sustainable, equitable, and robust regional food systems? The Franklin County Community Development Corporation (FCCDC) is looking for a Food and Farm Business Finance Specialist to join our team.
At FCCDC, we believe a strong local economy builds community and benefits everyone and are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive workplace. We are a nonprofit community economic development organization based in Greenfield, Massachusetts, that since 1979 has helped entrepreneurs and business owners of all types at every stage—from assistance writing a business plan to flexible financing and connections to resources. Through our Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center (WMFPC) and Massachusetts Agriculture Innovation Center (MAAIC), we work with farmers and food entrepreneurs to strengthen the food system, offering rental manufacturing space, co-packing services, and business assistance. We also operate a small business incubator and administer a variety of other programs. This work creates opportunities and employment for low- and moderate-income residents throughout western Massachusetts, and we work for racial, social, and economic justice. The FCCDC employs 20 hardworking staffers and has an operating budget of $2.7 million and assets of $9 million.
We are looking for an experienced business advisor to work with farm and food businesses in Massachusetts as they launch value-added food products and other consumer packaged goods. The Farm and Food Business Finance Specialist will work directly with clients through individual meetings and educational programming to provide general and financial management business assistance to help producers grow and stabilize their start up or existing business. A strong candidate has a firm understanding of business financials, is familiar with farm and food businesses, and enjoys working with a diverse range of clients to implement practical and meaningful changes to their operations.