Seed Programs International

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Program Coordinator

About SPI: Seed Programs International (SPI) is a 501c3 non-profit since 1999. Our mission is to provide good quality seed, expertise, and training materials to humanitarian organizations working around the world. Vegetable garden programs help alleviate malnutrition and poverty, support equitable leadership, and recover from crises. SPI operates via a three-person office in Asheville, NC (expanding to four with this announcement). Our worldwide partners are essential to our work, and range from community-based organizations, to larger NGOs, to volunteer-driven secular and faith-based service projects.

Position Description: As lead Programs staff at SPI, this position provides independent leadership for our programs while also interacting with and supporting the vision and direction of other organizational leadership. Duties will include:

  • Manage effective use of budgets to achieve objectives specific to each region, partnership, and project concept where SPI resources are deployed;
  • Partner outreach; follow-up in support of their overseas project management;
  • Contractor relations and management;
  • Program evaluation and support for reporting; daily documentation of activities and data;
  • Design and develop programs;
  • Support fundraising.

This is an evolving position. As a result, applicants should be comfortable with an on-the-job process of fully defining responsibilities. To some degree, duties will be designed around the strengths of the successful applicant. However, due to the small size of our office, it is necessary to “wear many hats” and be willing to take on tasks in the complete range required of a small non-profit, ranging from menial and repetitive to complex and creative. Opportunities for travel are minimal. Our international work is via partner organizations based in the field.

Required Skills:

  • Substantial (2+ years full-time equivalent) non-profit administrative and/or program experience, or similar work in the for-profit sector. Applicants with international development experience will be prioritized.
  • Ability to work on projects independently in a detail-oriented and effective manner while also closely following supervision when required. Efficient, independent problem-solver.
  • Likes to and excels at organizing and documenting materials, ideas, and processes.
  • Capable user of Google Suite (Docs, Sheets) with capability to master other programs.
  • Strong communicator by telephone, in person, and by electronic media. Comfortable in both informal and formal settings.
  • Note: In spite of the agricultural nature of our mission, our work is 98% office-based. Successful applicant will show a strong track record of excelling in office work with a focus on communication of all kinds; managing detailed records, files, and data; and daily effective and diligent work.

Preferred/Desired Skills:
The following are not required to qualify for the position and are unlikely to all be found in one person, but are likely to be some of the factors causing top applicants to stand out from the general pool:

  • Knowledge, training, and/or experience in vegetable-growing techniques and horticultural science.
  • Budget management experience.
  • Experience with salesforce.com or similar CRM system.
  • International development experience and connections.
  • Language and/or cultural skill relevant to our international partner interactions.
  • Experience organizing small events.
  • Excellence in writing.
  • Knowledge/experience with/of psychosocial issues related to crisis recovery, and/or harmful practices such as gender-based violence, and/or under-resourced demographics.

Schedule and Compensation:
This is a full time position but we are open to discussing a 30+ hour/week arrangement with the right candidate. If this is of interest due to other commitments in your life, state in cover letter; pay would be pro-rated accordingly. Pay is $36,000 per year for full time. Health insurance benefits are not provided. Work hours are a standard business week with some flexibility possible, and some flexibility required due to international communication across time zones

Application Instructions:
Application deadline: February 25. Apply by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Use the email subject line: Program Coordinator.

With apologies, we are very busy with our daily work and it is not possible to make time to respond to questions from individual applicants outside of the formal interview process. All unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email after the hiring process is complete.

At SPI, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and staff. Diversity and inclusion among our staff is critical to our success as a global company, and we are committed to building a staff that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on either your application form, covering letter, or resume.

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Seed Programs International

PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815


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Registered Charity No. 839858107RR0001
Lombardy, ON

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.