The Kellogg Campus of Alaska Pacific University is a 900-acre working farm in the Matanuska Valley, 40 miles north of Anchorage in Palmer, AK. Spring Creek Farm provides hands-on experiential education in ecological horticulture and food system resilience; food produced on the farm is used by APU dining services and distributed through a farmer’s market and community-supported agriculture (CSA) shares. A portion of the food grown by students is donated to the food insecure through the Alaska Tilth program.The Kellogg Campus also hosts a variety of education programs, including coursework for the Master of Science degree in Outdoor Studies and Environmental Education and the BA in Sustainability Studies, farmer training activities, student internships, and an environmental learning center for home-schooled students. The Kellogg Campus is central to APU’s commitment to community engagement, place-based learning, and the recognition of Indigenous knowledge and cultures.
The natural setting of APU’s Kellogg Campus, in the spirit of Louise Kellogg’s vision, is to be used to offer exceptional and integrated academic and co-curricular programs that are ecologically, socially and financially sustainable. The Kellogg Campus Manager is responsible for furthering this mission in three primary areas: 1) Increasing environmental and sustainability education opportunities in South Central Alaska by working in collaboration with APU faculty and programs and community partners 2) Growing the campus’s role as an educational center for culturally responsive sustainable and innovative practices; 3) Supporting and ensuring the long term financial viability of the Kellogg Campus and Kellogg Campus based programs through grant initiative development and associated financial management.
Campus Program Support
- Coordinates with APU leadership to develop and align project goals and strategies and meet any legal obligations on the Kellogg Campus including the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.
- Engages and updates key constituencies at APU in the operations of the Kellogg Campus as necessary.
- Fosters, promotes, and strengthens interactions among various APU departments engaged with the Kellogg Campus, including but not limited to the Facility Maintenance and Dining Services.
- Develops strategic community partners to create a strong network for Kellogg Campus based programs support and additional innovative programs that promote access to healthy community infrastructure including housing, energy, clean water and food that are regionally and culturally appropriate.
- Oversees the expansion of food sovereignty projects as applicable to the Kellogg Campus working closely with local tribes and key stakeholders involved in local agriculture and food security.
- Administers farm production – assuring scheduled production, delivery, and efficiency of daily operations, and record keeping.
- Develops and manages the APU Farmer’s Market.
- Assures dissemination of information about events and programs through websites, blogs and social media.
- Develops infrastructure projects and funding options in coordination with APU leadership, and as determined by budget, to increase program capacity.
- Promotes and markets approved rental objectives and maintains relationships with renters.
- Maintains knowledge of leading community health, sustainability and environmental education programs in higher education Advances APU and ANTHC’s missions by supporting the growth of communication and community outreach responsibilities including: self-supporting options like tours, workshop series and training programs geared towards ongoing Kellogg Campus programs and projects.
- Attends annual meetings of the Kellogg Trust to provide updates.
- Publishes Annual Report and quarterly updates of Kellogg Campus progress for stakeholders.
Farm Facilities Maintenance
- Assures safety of property and facilities.
- Oversees maintenance of the Kellogg campus in working order: snow removal, lawn mowing, tree trimming of roof line, clear and proper signage, trash and recycling removal, restocking supplies, routine cleaning oversight, and weekly inspection of APU facility, vehicles and equipment. Communicates with all programs that occur on the Kellogg Campus.
- Communicates and coordinates with APU’s facility management for major repairs and service needs.
- Maintains positive communication and emergency (on call) issues with the APU Kellogg Campus user groups.
- Coordinates all scheduling and facility use by APU (departments, clubs, and classes) and community workdays as desired and appropriate.
- Meets monthly with APU Maintenance Department and CFO for farm updates and planning.
- Manages Kellogg Campus based student employees; including hire/ fire, supervision, and performance development of summer interns, Work-Study students, AmeriCorps VISTA members, and any in-kind student or community volunteer throughout the year.
Accounting & Budgeting
- Maintains detailed accounting of expenditures and revenues for the Kellogg Campus, including regular evaluation of applicable budgets, accounts and available funds.
- Invoices customers in a timely fashion and ensure that all revenues are collected.
- Develops fiscal year budget with the APU Leadership and then the Finance Department for the Kellogg Campus based on anticipated operational expenses and expected capital improvements and expansion.
- Works closely with the President’s Office and the Office of Advancement and Sponsored Programs in the application, reporting, and overall process for grants, all reimbursement incentives, Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, and other funding opportunities.
Knowledge and Skills
- Knowledge and experience in development and acquisition of grant awards
- Skill in working with budgets and cash flow.
- Skill in multitasking.
- Skill in consistently meeting or exceeding deadlines and goals.
- Skill in working effectively with diverse groups and individuals.
- Skill in being self-directed, collaborative, organized, and having an attentive to details.
- Skill in facility maintenance and scheduling.
- Skill in operating farm machinery.
- Skill in project and employee management.
Minimum Education Qualification
Bachelor’s degree in sustainability studies, environmental science/studies, environmental education, community health, or related field. Progressively responsible professional work-related experience, education, or training may be substituted for academic credentials upon review.
Minimum Experience Qualification
Supervisory and Non-Supervisory: Two (2) years of management of an educational facility.Apply Online