MT Specialty Crops Grant
Are you an experienced marketer interested in working in the new and burgeoning Pacific Northwest cider industry? The Northwest Cider Association is hiring a project manager for a grant funded by Montana’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, “Education and market development of the burgeoning Montana cider industry,” for an 18 month project beginning October 2017 with final reporting due October 30, 2019.
Formed in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association brings cideries and cider lovers together to share knowledge, experience and live the Northwest cider culture. We are a member based trade organization and nonprofit formed by cider producers throughout the Pacific Northwest to promote awareness of regional artisanal ciders and grow the industry overall. We support over 90 members including 5 in Montana.
This project grew out of the NWCA’s 5 year strategic plan to steer the Pacific NW cider industry into the future. The board of directors identified projects that will advance the industry, including the following goals which are designed to be piloted in Montana and ultimately support all cideries in the membership. The projects that help cideries in one state apply to all NWCA cidermakers.
Goals of project:
Collect regional market research data from consumers in the Northwest.
Use this data to provide opportunities for Montana cidermakers to connect with a wider market through direct shipping. Building a system for cidermakers to sell direct to consumers online is useful for cideries throughout the NW.
Enhance statewide market development through a pilot pop up shop, a mobile cider map, and a robust Montana cider week.
The ideal contractor will manage all objectives of this grant including the following:
Coordinating consumer research needs in conjunction with Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center
Provide recommendations for logistics and licensing so cidermakers can ship cider nationwide plus develop marketing materials to help ensure substantial quantities are selling
Identify sponsors and industry partnerships to ensure cider week and other projects become self sufficient
Dream big and be creative in developing a pilot program of a touring cider bus promoting cider in Montana
Preference for contractor in the state of Montana but this is a remote position. This position will work closely with the director of NWCA in project execution. Contractor expected to provide own office materials including laptop, internet, mode of transport, etc.
Skill sets preferred:
Proven project management skills
Strong verbal and written communications
Ability to meet deadlines
Creative person with a vision for project and ability to execute
Thrives in trail-blazing new projects
Not afraid of ambiguity
Knowledge of cider industry
Experience managing federal grants
Strong writing skills
Ability to self-motivate in a remote position
Compensation for contractor $75,000 for approximately 18 months, starting as soon as possible. This is a full time position.
To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and examples of previous work to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until October 24, 2017.