Marion Institute Blog
Human Resources/Financial Services Manager Job Opening
We are looking to fill the Human Resources/Financial Services Manager job opening immediately. Founded in 1993, The Marion Institute is a non-profit that works to address the root cause of sustainability and social justice issues. Located in Marion, Massachusetts, the Marion Institute programs and serendipity projects seek to create deep, lasting and positive change at both a local and global level. See more at www.marioninstitute.org.
Who you are:
You have a number of years’ experience in the human resource field and can use your knowledge and expertise to build a strong foundation in a busy social justice nonprofit. You are a motivated, self-starter who would like a varied, interesting work environment, and are able to work across differences. You passionately believe in our mission and want to use your diverse array of skills to create positive change in and around your community.
- Process all accounts payable and wire transfers in a timely manner and properly record all invoices and other items for payment in QuickBooks.
- Process payroll
- Prepare monthly Pension report and submit payment.
- Process sales tax payments quarterly via the internet.
- Maintain and reconcile petty cash.
- Act as liaison between all programs/projects and MI relative to Accounts Payable.
- Assist team members and management with the interpretation and correct application of company policies, procedures, programs and practices, while exercising the highest degree of confidentiality, professionalism and cultural sensitivity.
- Respond to employee relation issues such as employee complaints, harassment allegations, and civil rights complaints.
- Assist Executive Director in conducting or arranging for trainings and/or other human resource development activities.
- Contribute to promoting a positive and productive work environment that values diversity and inclusion.
- Oversee the development, implementation, and management of a performance management system.
- Create and maintain personnel files for all employees.
- Develop and maintain current job descriptions for all team positions.
- Create independent consultant contracts when necessary.
- Prepare and process 1099’s for outside consultants and vendors.
- Maintain employee handbook. Propose, develop, and implement policies related to employment, benefits, and work processes. Ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.
- Maintain a tracking system for all types of leave of all employees; Monitor accumulation of employee accrued vacation, wellness time, maternity, personal leave, time logs and schedules.
- Directly implement and administrate employee benefit programs, including Pension, Health, Dental, Disability and Life Insurance, etc.
- Review plans and rates for all insurance policies prior to renewal/open enrollment and make periodic updates/changes when necessary.
- Manage 403b plan and process required annual Form 5500 reporting.
- Periodic review of all benefits with emphasis on cost/value and if they reflect MI’s values of sustainability.
- Prepare benefit enrollment packets and process new enrollments and terminations.
- Plan and direct activities of teammates in carrying out such functions as developing sources of qualified applicants, screening applicants, scheduling and assisting Executive Director with conducting interviews, checking references and background, and evaluating applicant qualifications.
- Implement and direct new employee orientation programs including completing appropriate forms, team introductions, review of the personnel manual and policies and procedures, explanation and discussion of job responsibilities, and orientation to the organization.
- Participate in disciplinary, hiring and termination meetings with teammates upon request.
- Ensure required non-profit documents are in place [e.g. D&O Insurance, state registration for fundraising, tax exemption, etc.
- Seek legal counsel on any legal questions and issues regarding MI.
- Assist Executive Director in review and execution of legal contracts/agreements.
- Advanced knowledge of local state and federal employment laws and procedures;
- Advanced knowledge of recruitment trends and technologies;
- Advanced knowledge of wage and hour laws;
- Advanced knowledge of staffing and employment practices;
- Advanced knowledge of employee relation's procedures and applicable law;
- Working knowledge of QuickBooks preferred;
- Excellent computer and organization skills;
- Strong project management experience and an ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities and timelines;
- Highly skilled, confident, outgoing, courteous, and professional in all written and verbal communications;
- High energy, maturity and leadership skills with the ability to build relationships with flexibility and finesse;
- Self-starter; works independently and enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives;
- Committed to diversity within the office; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstance;
How to apply:
Please send cover letter, resume, and references to:
Janet Milkman, Executive Director
202 Spring Street
Marion, MA 02738
The Marion Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, military status, or status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part-time 20hrs/week
SALARY: Competitive nonprofit salary, commensurate with experience.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 17, 2015. We are looking to fill this position immediately and encourage you to apply before the deadline.
June 20, 2015 - Open Farm Day
Round the Bend Farm 92 Allens Neck Road Dartmouth, MA
Hours are 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Open Farm Days are an opportunity for us to welcome our extended SouthCoast community to the farm. Through educational workshops, programs and opportunities that are offered during Open Farm Days, we aim to provide an access point for individuals that are seeking more and are stirred to learn practical homesteading skills while engaging in new social relationships with our landscapes, the earth, our communities and one another. It is also a time where our Agripreneurs can sell their goods directly to you. We define an agripreneur as someone that creates a business opportunity in food and farming at RTB and makes a positive difference in local food production, consumption, lifestyle choices and career pathways while acknowledging the responsibility to contribute and give back to their communities and specifically the work and mission of RTB. Agripreneurs at RTB are the sole proprietor of their business; they are not paid by RTB.
This Month's Highlights Include:
- An interactive farm tour at 2:00 pm. This is a great time to get all your RTB questions answered and to learn about the role we play in the production of food.
- The SouthCoast Energy Challenge will be onsite to answer your home energy questions and to sign you up for a no-cost visit from a home energy expert, a $300-$600 savings.
- Native Spaces, a local jazz band featuring spoken word artist, Erik Andrade of La Soul Renaissance, will be performing from 4:00 - 6:00pm.
- Ashley will be selling freshly picked seasonal veggies - kale, chard, early beets, and more!
- Geoff will have an abundance of grass-fed, grass-finished ground beef and selected cuts - tenderloin, bone-in rib eye, and NY strips. Volume discounts for ground beef purchases!
- Lucy Tabit's Hana’s Honey will be available
- Local (Western MA) maple syrup
RTB is happy to have representatives from the SouthCoast Energy Challenge on-site at this month's Open Farm Day, June 20, 2015. The SouthCoast Energy Challenge is a nonprofit organization that offers resources for local residents to save money through saved energy. Their Challenge is to reduce the region's carbon footprint, a goal that is achieved by helping you make your home more efficient. The work, funded through the Mass Save program and offered to you at no cost, is valued at $300-600.
If you have not already signed up for a no-cost visit from a home energy expert, this is the perfect time to do so. Give your home the retrofits it needs this summer!
There are many quotes we find ourselves saying repeatedly at Round the Bend Farm (RTB). Be the Change you want to See in the World by Gandhi, Walk our Talk, and Let Food be Thy Medicine and Medicine be Thy Food by Hippocrates are just a few of the most common. Hippocrates’s quote especially resonates with us as we truly believe that healthy, local food creates healthy bodies and communities. Hippocrates lived during a time in our history (born in Greece c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC) when many believed that medicine was directly linked to religion and ill health was punishment that was inflicted by the gods. Conversely, Hippocrates, a trained physician, believed that diseases were caused naturally, not because of superstition and gods. He spent his life contending and teaching that disease was the product of environmental factors, diet, and living habits. Now, fast forward to 2015, we understand how true his message was and yet we still do not always heed the warning signs. Our lives are busy and convenience has become all too often the message we are bombarded with by media regarding our food choices. At RTB, we want to help foster an old message in a new way, Food is Medicine, and it can be convenient and even free, as you will see in some instances. Each month, RTB will highlight a seasonal food that we are currently eating on the farm in our Food is Medicine section of our newsletter. We hope you enjoy the information and recipes.
This month we have been enjoying a daily dose of the wild edible weed known as Lambs Quarters (Chenopodium album). Yes, I said weed. However, once upon a time, this annual weed received more respect. Prior to the introduction of spinach from Southeast Asia, lambs quarters were the go-to-greens. They are a genuine super-food high in Vitamins A and C, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, manganese, potassium and iron. In fact, they contain more iron and protein than raw cabbage or spinach, more calcium and vitamin B1 than raw cabbage, and more vitamin B2 than cabbage or spinach. According to Joan Richardson’s Wild Edible Plants of New England, lambs quarters “even outclasses spinach as a storehouse of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin C, and great amounts of vitamin A, not to mention all the minerals pulled out of the earth by its strong taproot.”
The shapes of its leaves are varied. Young leaves tend to resemble a goose-foot, hence the Genus name Chenopodium while older top leaves are more diamond or triangular in shape. A dusty or talcum-powder appearance is often visible and acts as a natural water-repellent on the leaves. The top two inches of the plant are the most tender and its taste is similar to chard or spinach.
Steaming this wild edible is one way to consume it, but it is also delicious added to soups, sautés, salads and smoothies. When consuming lambs quarter raw, it is wise to eat small to moderate quantities because it contains oxalic acid. However, when cooked this acid is completely broken down, so eat with abandon when it is cooked.
As you begin to forage for this wild edible on your own, there are some good rules to live by. Only harvest what you need, plenty of other critters enjoy this plant in the wild too. Lambs quarters absorb nitrates readily so only harvest in soils that have not been treated with pesticides or artificially treated in any way. Lastly, beware of turpentine-smelling lookalikes. Safe to eat lambs quarters do not emit a bad smell when you crush its leaves between your fingers.
Michael Pollan is one of my favorite food writers. He is often heard advocating for Americans to eat more wild botanicals. In his book, In Defense of Food, he calls lambs quarters and purslane, “two of the most nutritious plants in the world.”
Roasted Lambs Quarters – by Liz Wiley
2 cups (soft) lamb's quarters stems chopped into pieces (about 6cm long)
2 tbsp. olive oil (or oil of your choice, flax seed is good)
Spices (as many as you like)
2-3 sliced garlic cloves or garlic powder
Wash the lamb's quarters stems and place into a bowl. Add the oil and spices and blend well.
Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and evenly spread the stems on the sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt.
Bake at 350 degrees F until crispy (or to your liking). As some ovens differ in heat distribution, ten minutes may be sufficient depending on thickness of the stems. Check frequently to avoid burning them.
Tailor spices to your taste preference.
When cooked crispy, roasted lamb's quarters can be broken and added to salads or soups for extra flavor!
On behalf of the Marion Institute Board of Directors, I am writing to share exciting news. We are delighted to inform you of our selection of Janet Milkman as the new Executive Director of the Marion Institute. We received an overwhelming response to the job opening and were fortunate to have had a marvelous group of candidates who were imminently qualified for the position! Although it was a very difficult decision, we are confident that Janet’s knowledge, experience and dedication to energy and the environment make her an ideal fit for the mission, team and friends of the Marion Institute. Janet will officially join us on June 8, 2015.
Coming to the Marion Institute after serving as the Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Janet possesses a deep experience in non-profit management, including fundraising for foundations and corporations, managing staff and boards of directors; and has been a leader in energy and environmental policy at the state and local level for 25 years. I hope that you will join the Marion Institute team and Board of Directors in welcoming Janet to the organization. Needless to repeat, we are all very excited about her forthcoming tenure with the Marion Institute!
President and Co-Founder of the Marion Institute
On Thursday, June 11th, Grow Education will be hosting a Garden Tour and Cocktail Reception. The tour will visit two school gardens at Carney Academy and Hathaway Elementary School in New Bedford, MA. The Cocktail Reception at CORK Wine and Tapas Bar will follow the Garden Tour. For more information or to RSVP please see the flyer below.
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