Careers at ORIS

Thank you for your interest in working with ORIS. We are always interested in hearing from passionate, dedicated, culturally-sensitve professionals who are interested in supporting new Americans to achieve their goals. Individuals with refugee or immigrant backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Please check this page regularly for a list of current openings.

Current Job Openings

Program Director

Job Summary:
ORIS will hire a Program Director for its NASAP to manage its New American agricultural initiatives. These initiatives currently include beginner farmer, farmers’ market promotion, risk management, and youth farm and food leader projects. The Program Director will be responsible for defining and then realizing each program’s objectives and unifying these programs under a common set of NASAP goals. These goals should, in turn, support the ORIS mission.

Supervision Received:
Works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director.

Supervision Exercised:
NASAP program staff

 Establish and implement clear, time-lined work plans for each NASAP-affiliated project and identify programmatic elements that are common across all projects
 Draft and then implement a sustainable, 2 to 3-year business plan for Fresh Start Farms
 Identify and prepare grant and partnership proposals as may be necessary to support NASAP activities and component projects
 Identify potential operational workflow and program cost efficiencies across all NASAP projects and affect project changes necessary to realize these efficiencies.
 Work collaboratively with New Hampshire’s and Northern New England’s beginning and minority farmer community to further NASAP’s goals, farmer sustainability, and ORIS mission
 Work collaboratively with local and regional farm development resources in government, academia, and civil society to strengthen NASAP projects
 Will engage in developing grants funds both federal and local in order to sustain the NASAP program
 Will coordinate with NASAP Staff to make sure the implementation of all USDA grants.
 Submit progress reports to Funders in consultation with ED
 Other duties as may be requested by the Executive Director

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 Experience working in cross-cultural environments and familiarity with refugee resettlement strongly preferred
 At least 5 years of experience with market gardening / beginning farmer program implementation and management
 Strong familiarity with USDA grant-funded initiatives, performance expectations, and reporting standards
 Excellent communications skills, in both written and oral capacities
 Strong organization skills
 Works well independently and as part of a team
 Have reliable personal transportation to travel within the State of New Hampshire
 Available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends
 Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional experience
 Fluency in one or more relevant languages (French, Swahili, Lingala, or Kinyarwanda) is preferred.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to

ORIS is an equal opportunity employer.


Internships and Volunteering

Volunteers and interns are valuable to our work. We often have a variety of volunteer and internship opportunities available. We aim to find opportunities that align with interns’ and volunteers’ experiences, skills, and goals as well as our organizational needs. Please contact us to discuss opportunities. Check out our volunteering opportunities page for more info.

Listen to what past volunteers and interns have said about their experience at ORIS:

“By volunteering with ORIS I have not only been given great responsibility and ownership of my work, but also a view into the inner workings of a non-profit. Every day that I volunteer means seeing more and more of the impact that this organization has on the community, and knowing that I am a part of it. Developing community workshops has given me the opportunity to better understand the issues pressing refugees and immigrants, and the support I have received from all the ORIS staff and volunteers has propelled me to do my best work! By researching everything from how to dress for an interview to how to apply for permanent residence, my volunteer experience has taught me useful information. At ORIS, I have seen volunteers become ingrained in the core mission of the organization and I know that I have grown during my time here.”

– Intern, Summer 2014