Senior Data Systems Coordinator

Practical Farmers of Iowa

Ames, Iowa

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $54,500 to $60,000
Deadline Jul 04, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Practical Farmers of Iowa is Hiring a Senior Data Systems Coordinator

About PFI

Practical Farmers of Iowa is a nonprofit organization that has worked to equip farmers to build resilient farms and communities since 1985. We create learning opportunities via farmer-led events, on-farm research and educational content through our robust network of farmers. We also provide funding and technical assistance to help farmers adopt regenerative farming practices and grow farm businesses. Our vision is an Iowa with healthy soil, healthy food, clean air, clean water, resilient farms and vibrant communities.

This work has always been rooted in our value of welcoming everyone and creating a culture of mutual respect. We believe that a diversity of people, ideas and perspectives strengthens our ability to find creative solutions, enriches our understanding and broadens our impact. At Practical Farmers, we celebrate this diversity and are committed to ensuring that our policies and practices create an equitable and inclusive workplace. We take equal opportunity seriously and seek to empower and support all applicants and teammates.

Practical Farmers offers a flexible, supportive and fast-paced work environment. Professional development is a core part of our culture and team members are encouraged to take independent initiative to help fulfill our mission.

About the Position

The farm viability department provides innovative, personalized support to help farmers achieve their goals. We partner with farmers to implement new on-farm practices, develop markets and create robust farm business plans. We make key connections across the food and agriculture supply chain, develop strategic partnerships and shape the policies that encourage resilient farms to thrive.

We’re seeking a senior data systems coordinator to lead the viability team in developing and using a consistent data strategy for our various program areas that assists staff in tracking progress to goals and milestones, resulting in easier meta-analysis and reporting.


  • Design and implement data management tools for the farm viability department
  • Design and implement processes to ensure consistency and efficiency within the farm viability department
  • Analyze farm viability data and report results
  • Train farm viability department staff on data management systems
  • Facilitate collaboration and teamwork between the farm viability and membership departments to achieve project deliverables
  • Manage database system projects for the farm viability team

Required Qualifications and Characteristics

  • Minimum of one year of experience building and maintaining database systems
  • Knowledge of creating workflow automations
  • Experience building or setting up databases for automation purposes
  • Experience maintaining and cleaning data
  • Experience providing training and coaching to ensure relevant groups properly use the system
  • Experience working with large teams to collect end user goals to translate into database design
  • Strong data management skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work with a multidisciplinary team and also independently
  • Ability to manage concurrent active projects effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to organize work, set goals and adhere to deadlines for independent and team projects
  • Ability to drive projects to completion, including holding other team members accountable
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data to make informed decisions

Desired Qualifications and Characteristics

  • 3-plus years of experience building and maintaining database systems
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics platform and Airtable
  • Ability to understand the relationship between data and member engagement and community-building
  • Experience with Qualtrics, Zapier and DocuSign, and with SharePoint integrations for Airtable
  • Experience standardizing folder structures
  • Clear interest in applying skills to serving the member engagement desired by staff

This is a full-time position based in our Ames, Iowa, office with potential for a remote schedule. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can work from our Ames office one to two days per week. The candidate must be in the Ames office at least once per month and for our annual conference. The salary range for this position is $54,500 to $60,000 with annual opportunity for merit salary increases and position advancement.

PFI values its employees and is a flexible and supportive work environment. We offer employees a competitive benefits package that includes employee health insurance with 100% employer-paid premium, generous paid time off, flexible hours, six weeks of fully paid parental leave and 4% automatic 401k contribution after one year of employment.

We also encourage employee professional development and offer a range of specialty benefits employees can use to support their wellness, sustainability and financial goals. Examples of our specialty benefits include contributions towards spouse and dependent health insurance, stipends for remote workers and reimbursements for fitness costs, CSA subscriptions, student loans or eco-friendly purchases. Practical Farmers is a family-friendly employer.

Please apply by completing the application form (including contact information, cover letter, resume and references) at the bottom of this page. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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