Job Opening: Operations Coordinator for the Japanese Agricultural Training Program, Big Bend Community College [part time]

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An interesting position for our readers with some experience in agriculture:

Institution: Big Bend Community College
Location: Seattle and Moses Lake, WA
Application Due: 05/28/2014
Type: part-time with benefits
Deadline: May 28, 2014

60%, exempt position based in the Seattle area
Office Location: 1414 Weller St., Seattle, WA 98114

SALARY: $27,860 for a 60% (approximately 24 hours per week), 12-month renewable contract (pro-rated for first year). Position contingent upon continued funding by the Japanese Agriculture Exchange Council. Position requires frequent travel.

BENEFITS: Big Bend Community College provides a robust benefits package. The benefits, programs, and services offered are a sizable amount of an employee’s overall compensation and an important factor in encouraging a healthy work-life balance at BBCC. Our package includes health, vision, and dental insurance for the employee and dependents; life, AD&D, and long-term disability insurance; participation in the SBCTC Retirement Plan; and generous leave benefits to include: 11 paid holidays, 24 vacation and 12 sick leave days per full contract year (all leave will be pro-rated to 60% of full-time).

START DATE: As soon as possible following interviews.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Open until filled. First Review of Applications will begin May 28, 2014 at 12:00 noon. Big Bend Community College reserves the right to offer this position to a qualified candidate at any time, so your prompt response is encouraged.


Jointly sponsored by the Japan Agriculture Exchange Council (JAEC) and the Big Bend Community College Foundation, the Japanese Agricultural Training Program serves Japanese Nationals seeking to enhance their agricultural skills in the United States. This is accomplished through a number of programs over which the Operations Coordinator has primary or secondary responsibility. Chief among these are the youth training programs, which have served approximately 4,500 trainees since 1966.

The Operations Coordinator is responsible for working closely with staff from the Japan Agriculture Exchange Council to oversee the orientation, placement and monitoring of trainees on host farms and host academic institutions during their stay in the United States. The Coordinator is also responsible for working with JAEC staff to locate and contract with host farms for trainee placement and coordinating with appropriate federal and state agencies to ensure proper documentation of trainees while they are in the program. This position is based in Seattle at the JAEC offices, but frequent travel to the Big Bend Community College (BBCC) campus and to host farms, partner colleges and universities is required.

This position reports to the Director of the Japanese Agricultural Training Program (JATP) and will work closely with the Japan Agriculture Exchange Council staff.

Primary essential duties and responsibilities include but will not be limited to the following:

  • Coordinate with Japanese Agriculture Exchange Council.
  • Maintain liaison between BBCC, federal and state agencies such as U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Extension Services and State Employment Services, and State Departments of Licensing.
  • Coordinate with colleges, universities and home-stay organizations involved in the instructional programs.
  • Locate host farms and secure the placement of agricultural trainees according to their major area of interest and farm availability.
  • Coordinate and execute travel with JAEC staff within budget and schedule to ensure monitoring of host farm placements, trainee welfare and host farm satisfaction, liaison with partner colleges and universities, and recruitment of new host farms.
  • Conduct program evaluation and review.
  • Provide publicity where appropriate.
  • Welcome, value and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.
  • Maintain regular and consistent work attendance.
  • Maintain professional growth and leadership development through seminars, workshops and professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest trends in field of expertise.
  • Ensure no injuries to self or others by following safe work practices and policies, including, but not limited to security and safety, understanding of MSDS, equipment, fire, disaster, safe lifting and body mechanics.
  • Ensure compliance with college policies and procedures as well as state and federal requirements.
  • Conduct self in a professional manner and ensure the interaction with team members and other support groups is conducted in a courteous and efficient manner conducive to the College’s values.
  • Ensure that other duties as may be assigned, be handled in a manner necessary to meet college standards.


  • BA or BS, preferably in agriculture, business or management from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Experience in some phase of agriculture and farming with a general overall knowledge of agriculture.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Experience in general office management and an independent ability to process correspondence in a single-person office.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Bilingual fluency, especially in Japanese.
  • Demonstrated bicultural experience, especially in understanding of Southeast Asian culture.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience working with governmental agencies.


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