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Food Systems Development Coordinator

Company: Working Landscapes
Location: Warrenton
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

-Are you a dedicated, motivated and adaptable person who is excited to put your shoulder to the wheel building more resilient and just regional food systems? - Do you know that you have something special to contribute? - If so, we want to hear from you! - - -We are hiring a key team player to build food system connections from Farm to Institution, including farms, processors, distributors and institutions like schools, childcare centers, hospitals and more.. - You will help to imagine, research and build connections that increase access to fresh, healthy food across our region. -You will be working as part of a small team to figure out complex things, so great communication, team work and ability to think on your feet is required. - You will deepen existing relationships and establish new connections-built on trust, reliability, integrity and transparency-across the regional food system.. You will work with partners, especially school districts and other institutional buyers, to understand what they need and how to create a food system that supports their procurement of regionally grown food. You will interface with our socially responsible food hub, ByWay Foods (where we produce fresh-cut vegetables, healthy meals, produce boxes, and compost), as well as other processing partners. -Responsibilities: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Farmer services

Create opportunities to link small farmers to new markets through ethical, traceable, food supply chain connections involving our hub. - -Provide one-on-one support to farmers in achieving farm safety or other certifications (e.g., GAP, organic); - in accessing technical or financial support (for example, grant writing), and in adopting and monitoring regenerative agricultural practicesOffer legible, relevant programs and services for target farmer populations, in accordance with our commitment to work with small and minority operations. -Institutional services
Develop and deepen relationships with institutional buyers -In collaboration with other staff, support marketing campaigns to promote locally/regionally sourced foods to institutional marketsDocument and understand the needs and practices of institutional buyers (through conversations, surveys, data analysis) and develop strategies for meeting those needs -Value chain development services
Serve as the project manager for collaborating food processors on a major farm to institution effort involving four other processors in NCSupport product development, logistics, and capacity building as neededTrack value chain development activities, and demonstrate leadership in developing creative ways to document, illustrate and share value chain linkages and product flowsCreate opportunities to build trust, collaboration and transparency among partnersDevelop strategies for addressing food waste, promoting circular economies, and promoting climate mobilization as an integral part of this body of work - -Administrative and organizational
-Contribute to grant proposals, fundraising initiatives and story-telling on behalf of the organization. -Stay abreast of relevant news and developments in the sector; engage in professional development. -Contribute content (short writing, images, statistics on programs) to organizational promotional materials on a regular basis. - -Represent the organization through networking events, conferences, media events, collaborative projects, open houses, etc. as requested; help to organize events as appropriate. - -Promote a healthy, respectful, adaptive and productive workplace culture. -Qualifications
Stellar interpersonal communication skillsThree years of project management experience in food systems, agriculture, or related field -Strong computer skills, with ability to quickly learn and use new programs.Ability to think analytically, listen carefully and communicate clearly in writing and verballyCommitment to building relationships, networks, skills and understanding that prepare our communities for the great unravelingAbility to plan and complete complex tasks with little direct supervisionAbility to travel alone to meet with project partners (sometimes overnight)Willingness to take ownership of and solve problems that are within the scope of this position; willingness to admit errors, discuss challenges and learn as part of a team.Ability to work and make decisions under pressure; ability to manage competing priorities in evolving settings.Excellent record keeping and data management skills; attention to detailPhysically fit; able to drive, bend, stand, walk and pull/push for long periods of time and lift up to 25 pounds repeatedly. - Able to work outdoors in heat and cold, and indoors in refrigerated spaces. - -The ideal candidate will have
Experience with institutional food purchasing (e.g., schools, hospitals, child care centers)Experience managing logisticsExperience with data analysis, mapping programs, infographic developmentExperience working with small farmers, especially on GAP certificationExcellent writing skills. -Experience living and working in a rural environment, and/or working with small farmers.Experience working in a socioeconomically diverse environment and interacting successfully with individuals from different backgrounds.Ability and willingness to participate in all aspects of Working Landscapes' programs, including vegetable processing, distribution, meal preparation, and office administration, as needed -Compensation: Salary range from $45,000 to $55,000 per year (exempt), depending on experience. - This full-time position includes paid health insurance for the employee and family and paid time off. - Hours will vary throughout the year/season, and may require some early morning, evening, and weekend work. - - - -Working Landscapes is an equal opportunity employer. - -www.WorkingLandscapesNC.orgByWayFoods.com - -Powered by JazzHR

Keywords: Working Landscapes, Durham , Food Systems Development Coordinator, Professions , Warrenton, North Carolina

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