Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

$70,000-$73,000/year $900/month stipend for benefit purchases

Start Date

Aug 24, 2021

Position Description

The Organization:

Established in 2006, Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) located in Mt. Vernon, Washington, provides northwest Washington farmers with the skills and resources necessary to provide their products efficiently and profitably to consumers, retailers, wholesalers, foodservice operators and food manufacturers. NABC provides their services to farm businesses located in an eleven-county service area in western Washington. NABC achieves its goals by assisting clients in the areas of

·        business development

·        access to financing

·        value-added product development

·        marketing


The Position:

NABC is hiring a Project Manager for the Mt. Vernon office and region.  This position will focus on increasing participation in USDA grant and loan programs and providing technical assistance to farmers in order to meet grant requirements. The Project Manager is a key link in moving projects from planning to funding and execution.


The Project Manager will prioritize:

·        Regional market development and market access.

·        Business plans, proforma financials, feasibility studies and other business planning documents.

·        Grant writing and grant reporting including state, federal, and USDA grants.

·        Co-Op organizing and management.

·        Building business growth opportunities to agriculturally based businesses.


As a team-member, the Project Manager will work with other Project Managers in the region to develop large-scale funding opportunities, provide technical assistance, and guide business opportunities for local and regional farmers.  As a team, the Project Managers are able to access opportunities and build capacity for larger investments.


Project Managers have a strong understanding of agri-business and co-ops, and how business planning and access to capital can produce business results for local farms.  Project Managers work independently meeting deadlines, connecting with farmers and community supporters, determining best solutions, and thinking entrepreneurially about opportunities.



Required Qualifications

Skills: ·        Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in a related field including agri-business, horticulture, business management. ·        3+ years federal, state, foundation grant writing and reporting. ·        3+ years business planning, financial planning or other small business work. ·        Ability to recruit and work with a diverse group of spirited stakeholders. ·        Self-motivated individual that requires minimal supervision ·        Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and QuickBooks

Preferred Qualifications

Qualifications: ·        Knowledge of Northwest Washington farms and related businesses. ·        Hands-on experience working with or within the food industry. ·        Hands-on experience working with or within cooperatives. ·        Experience working with diverse groups representing a variety of cultures and ethnicities.

Contact Name

Agnes Zach

Contact Email


Contact Phone


Application Instructions

Please submit resume and statement of interest at application site. All submissions will be reviewed.

About Northwest Agriculture Business Center

Established in 2006, Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) provides northwest Washington farmers with the skills and the resources required to profitably and efficiently supply their products to consumers, retailers, wholesalers, foodservice operators and food manufacturers. Its main office is located in Mt Vernon in the heart of Washington’s Skagit Valley farm region.

NABC is Bringing the Farm to Market
Provides business development services to farmers and  producers of value-added agricultural products
Connects individual and groups of producers to buyers; increasing opportunities and sales
Offers training in business topics and enhanced access to funding and lenders
Provides support to new and existing agriculture-based cooperatives
Identifies and creates regional agriculture infrastructure
Northwest Agriculture Business Center will improve the economic vitality of the agriculture industry within the northwest Washington counties of Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom, and southwest counties of Lewis, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Mason and Pierce, by providing business resources and hands-on guidance to new or existing businesses that provide value-added or innovative agricultural products or services.

NABC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.