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:

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.

JOB OPENING: ChangeLab Solutions – Program Director

ChangeLab Solutions seeks applications for a program director to lead national public health law and policy projects. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced public health or policy professional who wants to develop strategy for major projects that will influence public health policy in states and communities across the country. The successful candidate will work with our interdisciplinary team of lawyers, urban planners, policy analysts, and public health professionals to develop legal and policy solutions that advance health, equity, and sustainability in low-income communities and communities of color across the nation.

For more information: Program Director Job Description

JOB OPENING: NYC Food Policy – Policy Advisor

The Office of the Food Policy director for New York City Food Policy is seeking a Policy Advisor to support the Office in all efforts to implement the administration’s food policy agenda and to accomplish the food policy goals laid out in OneNYC, The Plan for a Strong and Just City.

More information:

JOB OPENING: USDA Know Your Farmer Know Your Food – Ag Marketing Specialist

As part of the effort to institutionalize the work that has taken place during this administration on local and regional food systems at USDA, we are posting a *permanent, full-time position* that will be charged with coordinating the Department’s *Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food* initiative and shepherding work across USDA to support local and regional foods.

The job posting is available here:

It is open to both current/former federal employees and those who have
never been employed in the federal government.

The window to submit applications is *only open until Monday (May 9).*