Postdoctoral Position in Global Health and Food Equity – Available Immediately

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The University at Buffalo invites outstanding candidates to apply for a postdoctoral position in food equity to join the university-wide Community on Global Health Equity

About the position

Applications are invited for an outstanding postdoctoral scholar to join a university-wide interdisciplinary research initiative on Food Equity and Global Health. Joining an interdisciplinary team of faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and research staff across multiple schools, including the Schools of Public Health and Health Professions, the School of Architecture and Planning, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the selected postdoctoral scholar will focus her/his research on alleviating food and nutritional inequities by harnessing the power of non-health disciplines including architecture, applied economics, engineering, international development, social work, urban, regional and rural planning and policy, and related disciplines. The candidate will join the Food Equity project, and develop a research portfolio working under the guidance of faculty mentors in the School of Architecture and Planning, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of Public Health and health Professions.

Eligibility requirements

Candidate must hold a doctorate in the following or related fields: urban and regional planning, international development, food systems, engineering, and/or public policy.  An eligible candidate’s dissertation and research interests should be related to advancing food equity and public health in a global setting, preferably in low-resource communities.

Skills and experience

Experience in conducting interdisciplinary research on food systems, food equity, and nutrition-related issues are essential. Supervision of graduate student research will be helpful. Candidates with quantitative or qualitative methodological strengths are welcome to apply. Familiarity with use of spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems is welcome. Applicants from engineering disciplines will need to demonstrate capability in modeling complex systems; dealing with large quantity of data are a plus.


Selected candidate will conduct independent research with guidance from Drs. Samina Raja, Li Lin, Korydon Smith, and Pavani Ram. Candidates are encouraged to identify a principal mentor among this faculty group. Candidate will also collaborate closely with faculty aligned with the Food Equity Project within the Community of Global Health Equity. The department home for this position will be Urban and Regional Planning.
The candidate will be expected to contribute intellectually to the research portfolio of the Food Equity Project of the UB CGHE through research-related activities, including generating original scholarship and contributing to ongoing research through the UB CGHE.

About the UB Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity

The grand challenge of global health inequity is one of the defining issues of the 21st century, attracting unprecedented levels of interest and the attention of thinkers who are concerned about the underlying social, economic, political, and environmental factors of this challenge, in addition to the biomedical manifestations. The UB Community for Global Health Equity (CGHE) was established in July 2015 to bring the strength of UB faculty across many disciplines to bear on this most vexing of world problems. The UB CGHE advances global health equity by harnessing the power of interdisciplinary scholarship and action spanning architecture, planning, engineering, social sciences, and supportive disciplines (APEX disciplines). Read more about UB CGHE here:

The selected postdoctoral scholar will be from an APEX discipline, and will join a team of faculty and researchers across multiple disciplines including public health and APEX disciplines.

The WHO defines health inequity as “unjust differences in health between persons of different social groups.”  These differences between one population (and group) and another are due, in part, to one or more of the following systemic barriers:

  1. gaps in foundational science (e.g., lack of drug discovery to treat neglected tropical diseases)
  2. socio-cultural barriers or phenomena (e.g., gender gap in provision and utilization of healthcare)
  3. ineffectual and/or unjust public policies (e.g., land-use policies that (inadvertently) limit people’s access to nutritious foods)
  4. ineffective practices or unequal access to best practices (e.g., lack of safe construction practices in hard-to-reach rural areas)

Low resources and/or low capacity for change at global, social, and/or institutional levels exacerbate these systemic barriers. This Community’s aim is to “influence the influencers,” the leaders, organizations, and policy makers that can reduce or eliminate barriers to improved global health and well-being for all in settings around the world:

  1. research bodies (e.g., universities or funding agencies)
  2. facilitative/dissemination organizations, including international organizations (e.g., state agency providing assistance to refugees or international organization promoting child health)
  3. policy makers and implementers (e.g., ministries of rural development)
  4. professional/practitioner organizations (e.g., urban planning organizations or organizations providing healthcare)

Application review, deadlines, and remuneration

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. The position is for two years. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity employer.

Apply online via the UB Jobs interface:

About the University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. It is the flagship and the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus State University of New York System. With 27,000 students, the University at Buffalo is a Carnegie Class I research university and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). The university offers 83 Ph.D. and 190 master’s degree programs, and has outstanding supercomputing, library, and research facilities, including numerous interdisciplinary centers and institutes for faculty collaboration. The University at Buffalo has three campuses: UB South campus, UB Downtown campus, and UB North Campus.

The post-doctoral position will be housed in the Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity located in historic Hayes Hall on UB’s South Campus.

The UB South Campus, home to the School of Public Health and Health Professions and the School of Architecture and Planning, is located in the University Heights neighborhood with coffee shops, eateries, bookstores, and a full array of commercial outlets and services. The campus is highly accessible, situated on a subway and other transit lines. Housing opportunities are abundant and affordable. With a combined population of 9.7 million, the binational Niagara region of Western New York and Southern Ontario offers a high quality of life and an exceptional setting for engaging planning issues. The region spans an international border, and includes large cities, varied suburbs, dramatic landscapes, and quiet villages. For additional information about the University at Buffalo and the community, see

Contact information

Dr. Samina Raja, Associate Professor and Community for Global Health Equity faculty

Consulting Opportunity: San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market

The San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market in San Francisco, CA is looking for a Fund Development Consultant.

Scope of Services

To continue to run the Market successfully and to implement the Reinvestment Plan, the Market needs to diversify funding beyond our traditional rent revenue model.

This contract position is responsible for developing and potentially implementing a broad funding program. More specifically, this position will create a strategy to diversify the San Francisco Market Corporation’s funding for capital improvements that will support infrastructure development, as well as provide resources to aid our programmatic work that focuses, but is not limited to, health, workforce development, local farmers, and food recovery.

We envision potential funding sources such as government- local, state, and federal, philanthropy- private, community and corporate, and alternative financing. We are not seeking to develop an individual donor program at this time.

About the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market

The San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market (SFWPM or “Market”), located in the Bayview Hunters Point community, is one of the largest, multi-tenanted produce wholesale and distribution facility in the US. The Market spans over 20 acres, including 485,000 square feet of warehouse and logistics space. The Market provides critical food infrastructure and services to over 30 wholesale and distribution businesses that store, aggregate, and distribute fresh produce to businesses across the Bay Area.

The San Francisco Market Corporation is the non-profit governing body of the Market. The mission of the San Francisco Market Corporation is to link the produce and food communities of SF and beyond, through the successful operation and development of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market.

The vision of the San Francisco Market Corporation is to make the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market a vibrant, thriving and sustainable food center.

It is an exciting time at the Market; we have embarked on a multi-year Reinvestment Project to upgrade and expand our facility. The first phase of the Reinvestment Project included the transition of the Market to a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and the construction of an 82,000 sq. ft. LEED-Gold warehouse. Future planned phases of the Reinvestment Project include building replacements and road infrastructure work with an approximate total cost of 100 million dollars. As we are investing and planning for the future of the Market, we continue to focus our efforts on increasing the impact of our programs, which include: local job generation, support for local farmers and growers, and maximizing food recovery opportunities.

 To Apply

We are looking for an individual or consulting firm with experience developing and implementing effective fund development strategies. If you are interested in helping us with this project please share with us your relevant experience, why you would be a good fit for this position, and two examples of similar projects that you have worked on to Elie Steinberg at

JOB OPENING: Duke World Food Policy Center – Food Policy Project Administrator

The Food Policy Project Administrator will serve as an important member of the World Food Policy Center (WFPC) planning effort, reporting to the Associate Director, and providing research, grant writing, communications and technical tool development, and outreach support for the proposed center.

The WFPC is a proposed center housed at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, currently undertaking a strategic planning phase that is building toward a full launch sometime in 2017. The vision for the center is to bridge research and policy practitioner worlds by coordinating work across disconnected food policy communities (1) obesity, overnutrition, non-communicable diseases; 2) hunger & food insecurity; 3) the reciprocal relationship of agriculture and the environment; and 4) food safety and defense. The center will engage in work from the most global at the multi-state or state level outside the US, at the US national level, and also at a very local level, investing time and resources into projects in Durham, NC and in the Carolinas. 

This is a full-time, one year contract, renewable annually thereafter contingent on Center funding. The full job description can be found here. Applicants should submit their CV and cover letter via email to Heather Griswold ( Application deadline is end of day Friday, September 9, 2016. (Note: timeline has been extended – the old date of Sept 6 is listed on the PDF for the job description)

JOB OPENING: Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council – Manager

The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, an initiative of Green Umbrella, works to promote a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system for all within the Greater Cincinnati region. Green Umbrella, the leading alliance working to maximize environmental sustainability in Greater Cincinnati, drives collaboration to fuel measurable improvements in key sustainability areas the vision of having our region recognized as one of the top 10 most sustainable metro areas in the nation by 2020.

Green Umbrella seeks a dynamic leader to advance integrated food policy work by providing strategic direction to policy makers and stakeholders through policy analysis, development, coordination, and technical assistance. Focus will be on equitable and sustainable food policies which are most impactful for building a local food economy and increasing healthy food access within a tri-state 10-county region. The manager will report to Green Umbrella’s Executive Director and will work closely with the Council’s Leadership Team and in conjunction with Green Umbrella’s Local Food Action Team.

More information available here:

INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE: Fall 2016 Policy Intern at National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – Washington, DC

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Policy Intern for the fall term beginning late August 2016 and lasting until early January 2017.  This position is paid, full time, and is located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please see the position description at:

JOB OPENING: South Carolina Policy Coordinator – Columbia, SC

  • The South Carolina Policy Coordinator is a full-time, salaried position (40 hours/week) with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA).  The position is based in Columbia, SC. The SC Policy Coordinator works as part of the Policy Team to advocate for state policies that better support local food, organic farming, and resilient regional food systems.

    About CFSA
    Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a member based 501(c)(3) non- profit organization that helps people grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming. We support farming and food that is good for consumers, good for farmers and farm workers, and good for the land.

    The SC Policy Coordinator works in collaboration with the Policy Director, other CFSA staff, and partner organizations to influence the South Carolina General Assembly, state-level administrative agencies, and land-grant universities on issues of importance to local and organic food and farming in South Carolina. Specific responsibilities include assisting in the development of state level advocacy goals, advocating for specific policy solutions to achieve those goals, educating state (and occasionally federal) policy-makers on issues of importance to the local and organic food and farming community, and organizing and overseeing grassroots communications campaigns in support of CFSA’s policy goals.

    The work will primarily take place remotely in Columbia, SC. CFSA’s main office is located in Pittsboro, NC.

    The SC Policy Coordinator reports to the Policy Director.


    STATE POLICY (80%):
    •       Engage CFSA members and stakeholder communities in developing policy priorities and grassroots campaigns for South Carolina.
    •       Develop legislative and regulatory proposals and strategies to advance CFSA’s advocacy priorities, and implement strategies to influence legislative and regulatory processes.
    •       Educate state legislators and their staff and administrative agency personnel regarding CFSA’s advocacy priorities.
    •       Monitor state legislative developments and organize CFSA grassroots and grasstops responses to issues relevant to CFSA’s policy priorities and overall mission.
    •       Follow SC news related to food and farming policy, and assist with the development of a monthly e-newsletter compiling policy news for CFSA’s members.
    •       Coordinate grassroots campaign implementation with CFSA’s Community Mobilizer and partner organizations.
    •       Coordinate media (traditional and social) outreach, in conjunction with CFSA communications staff and partner organizations, in support of policy campaigns.
    •       Influence administrators of agriculture programs at SC’s land-grant university to increase resources allocated to organic agriculture research and education.
    •       Establish and maintain relationships with other academic institutions that are supportive of local, organic food system development.
    •       Achieve policy wins that advance CFSA’s mission and advocacy priorities.

    •       Provide resources and guidance to local communities (such as food councils, extension offices, community development agencies) to successfully develop and implement policies to promote local food economies, stewardship of agricultural resources, and healthy diets.
    •       Coordinate with regional and community-based partners to implement local policy campaigns
    •       Collaborate with allied organizations to offer grassroots leadership development programs.
    •       Support and strengthen CFSA’s community mobilization network.

    •       Increase awareness and visibility of CFSA’s advocacy work, by giving presentations, accepting speaking engagements, and conducting general outreach.
    •       Represent CFSA at meetings and events held by allied organizations and stakeholders.
    •       Identify and pursue opportunities to expand CFSA membership and ensure member satisfaction.
    •       Identify and pursue, in conjunction with other CFSA staff, funding opportunities to support policy initiatives.
    •       Participate in work planning with the Policy Team on an annual basis, and in weekly meetings of the Policy Team about ongoing work.
    •       Meet all certification and recordkeeping requirements placed on lobbyists by the state of South Carolina.
    •       Contribute to quarterly reports documenting the work of the Policy Team.

    •       Either a JD or master’s degree in public policy plus 3 years’professional experience, or five years’ professional experience. The required experience must include work on successful policy campaigns (local, state or federal) that engage diverse partners and communities in efforts to promote systemic change. Note that resumes that do not document the required number of years of policy advocacy experience will not be considered.
    •       Familiarity with the state legislative process and the role of administrative agencies in crafting policy.
    •       Demonstrated success working on policy campaigns targeting legislative or administrative policy makers.
    •       Experience engaging the public in grassroots policy action.
    •       Must be self-directed and capable of successful work outside of a traditional office structure.
    •       Proven ability to work well within a team, and with individuals, both internal and external, from diverse backgrounds.
    •       Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    •       Exceptional organization and time management ability, with proven ability to multitask, and consistently meet or exceed deadlines and goals.
    •       Commitment to sustainable agriculture principles.
    •       Strong knowledgeable of food systems issues; knowledge of the Carolinas’ food systems preferred.
    •       Strong analytic skills, including ability to identify systemic problems and develop innovative solutions.
    •       Excellent interpersonal skills.

    CFSA offers a competitive non-profit sector salary in the low- to mid- $40K,
    DOE, with generous vacation and retirement benefits as well as a monthly
    fringe benefit to support the purchase of health insurance.  CFSA is an equal
    opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and people of

    To apply, submit a resume, list of professional references and a cover letter
    explaining why you want to work to promote local, organic agriculture to with “SC Policy Coordinator” in the subject
    line.  You will receive electronic confirmation of your email submission.  No
    calls, please.

    Applications are due by August 1, 2016.  The anticipated start date is October
    1, 2016.

JOB OPENING: Food Systems & Health Analyst – Washington, DC

Food Systems and Health Analyst

Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington, DC

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) seeks a skilled analyst to lend public health and health equity expertise to our multi-disciplinary Food and Environment team. We’re leading the call for a national food policy that ensures access to affordable, healthy food for all Americans; guarantees fair wages for millions of farm and food workers; and protects the nation’s farmland, air, water, and climate. As Food Systems and Health Analyst, you will design and carry out creative research leading to solutions for our nation’s food system, and communicate them to policy makers, allies, and the public. Come join our team and help us fix food!

JOB OPENING: City of Baltimore City Planner II

City Planner II list is currently opened ( until June 30, 2016. If you know anyone who has an interest and qualifies, please share this information.

When there are food access planner position openings anytime throughout this year, the city must refer to the city planner II list that is generated from this posting. Therefore, if you have any interest in working for department planning as a food access planner now or within the year, than apply now to be on the list- application due by June 30th. This is the list we will use throughout the year for any food access planner job openings.

No calls or emails please.

JOB OPENING: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Policy Director (Washington, DC)

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) seeks a passionate, highly experienced policy professional who will build upon the Coalition’s accomplishments over the past 28 years. The Coalition establishes and secures support and funding for dozens of policies and programs that promote conservation; foster family farm agriculture; build new value-added and regional food markets and businesses; protect food system integrity; and support sustainable and organic research, education and extension. The Policy Director shares in the leadership of the organization with the Managing Director.

More information available here.

JOB OPENING: City of Madison, WI Food Policy Coordinator

The City of Madison is hiring a Food Policy Coordinator. This position will direct food policy work for the City of Madison by providing leadership and strategic direction to policymakers and stakeholders including, but not limited to, policy development, coordination, implementation, and analysis.  This position will also oversee several food-related programs and provide administration and analysis of the programs. The position will have an intense focus on increasing equitable access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food to all communities and developing polices that positively impact the health and well-being of all residents of the City of Madison and beyond.

See full position description here.

Apply for this position by June 23, 2016.