American Farmland Trust (AFT) seeks an energetic self-starter to coordinate extension and outreach to help local governments build capacity to plan for food and agriculture and develop public policies to strengthen community food systems.
AFT is the nation’s leading national organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound stewardship and keeping farmers on the land. The Community Outreach Coordinator will support AFT’s partnership in a USDA-funded integrated research, education and extension project called Growing Food Connections (GFC). The Coordinator’s primary responsibilities will be to coordinate and deliver training and technical assistance to eight counties across the United States.
The ideal candidate will have a background in land use or community planning, sustainable agriculture, food systems and public policy at the local government level. S/he will have a passion for community engagement, excellent listening, communication and interpersonal skills, experience working with diverse populations, and demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of closely knit team. Strong computer skills and an ability to coordinate multiple people, partners and deliverables is essential.
The Coordinator will report directly to AFT’s Assistant Vice President of Programs and work closely with other project staff within AFT and with GFC partner organizations. The position is full time and based out of AFT’s Northampton, Mass. Office. Extensive travel is required.
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The Worcester Food Policy Council (WFPC) is comprised of community organizations and stakeholders who align with the Council mission to “engage diverse partners to foster a healthy and just food system” for Worcester. Members of the Council work together collaboratively to: advocate for policies and systems changes to improve our food system; educate our community and policy makers on food systems issues that impact our communities; eliminate inequity as it relates to food access; collaborate to effect a cultural change towards healthy eating; and celebrate our assets, actions and accomplishments. This full-time position is funded by the Worcester County Food Bank and reports to the Director of Advocacy at the Food Bank.
For more information: http://worcesterfoodandactiveliving.org/jobsinternships/
The Detroit Food Policy Council is seeking a Program Manager to plan and implement the Council’s research and policy activities. This is a full time salaried position with flexible scheduling to accommodate required evening and weekend work. The full job description is below. To apply please send cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org with DFPC Program Manager Application in the subject line or via mail to: Detroit Food Policy Council, Attention: Hiring Manager, 1420 Washington Blvd., Ste. 230, Detroit, MI 48226. Only potential interviewees will be contacted. No phone calls please.
More information available here.
There is a vacancy at the City Planning Commission for the Community Health Planning Assignment in the City Planner 3 specification. This innovative position bridges public health and planning and as such is also a part of the Get Healthy Philly team. Applications are accepted through 12/25. The assignment description is just below and the full specification (and application) is linked here: https://phila.peopleadmin.com/postings/26052
COMMUNITY HEALTH PLANNING ASSIGNMENT
Integrates public health considerations into planning policy and project implementation; coordinates, conducts and analyses Health Impact Assessments (HIA) and makes recommendations for District Plans and other City Planning Commission adopted and accepted plans; communicates the health impacts of planning decisions to stakeholders; presents findings and recommendations at meetings; collaborates with a variety of city agencies and external partners to implement recommendations, including bicycle and pedestrian safety interventions and zoning re-mappings to improve access to health-supportive goods, services, and infrastructure; performs project management duties; manages HIA process for proposed development projects as required; convenes stakeholders to screen and scope each HIA.
Performs Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping and analysis; develops and utilizes spatial analysis tools designed to assist in identifying opportunities to improve health; develops proposals and reports; oversees the work of student interns; performs analysis as necessary on factors affecting fresh-food access, active transportation, and other health issues; develops new tools to evaluate the health impacts of major projects to incorporate health considerations into the daily activities of the City Planning Commission; develops educational materials for presentation to the public including the Citizens Planning Institute.
Represents Philadelphia City Planning Commission at events relevant to healthy planning goals; serves as a technical resource to community groups; solicits information from the community to establish health-related priorities; considers community input in planning process; engages design and development communities to build capacity and support for projects that support the healthy built-environment goals of the City Planning Commission and the Department of Public Health.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 12/13.)
EDUCATION: Completion of a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university in a field related to city planning*
GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Two years of technical city planning experience in the area of assignment.
SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE: One year of technical city planning experience at the full performance level in the area of assignment.
The Food Program Director (Director) works with the Food Council, staff, and volunteers to meet goals set by the Food Council and the grant work plan. The Director is expected to work with a high degree of independence and reports to the BHC Initiative Manager; meets with the BHC Program Team twice a month; and meets with the Food Program Advisory Team on a monthly basis. The Director is responsible for overall administration of the Food Council and BHC food work:
– Leads program strategy development and implementation;
– Integrates both community and funder priorities into program strategy;
– Oversees project budget in conjunction with First 5 staff;
– Builds the leadership and capacity of Food Council members and the community to make positive food system change;
– Collaborates and builds relationships with Food Council members, community groups, organizations, local and tribal governments on policy and system change to create an equitable, healthy food system;
– Creates content for social media and other platforms;
– Plans community events;
– Supervises staff and volunteers;
– Identifies additional resources and funding for the program; and
– Other duties as needed
For more information: http://www.dnatlfood.com/
The City of Victoria, BC is hiring a Food System Coordinator:
“Victoria is a leading edge capital city that embraces the future and builds on the past, where human well-being and the environment are priorities and where the community feels valued, heard and understood. The City of Victoria is currently recruiting for a Food System Coordinator, a position best suited for a solutions-oriented professional with experience in food policy and sustainable food systems issues in a municipal setting, and who thrives in a high-paced work environment full of variety and opportunity. Our ideal candidate is a strong relationship builder, proud to represent the City and work proactively with others. If you are a team player, a proven problem solver and you are passionate about the community and what you do – we would like to hear from you! ”
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Anyone interested in an exciting new job? The City of Atlanta, Georgia, recently announced their search for a Director of Urban Agriculture. Applications are due September 15. Among a number of duties, this position will: “Coordinate with various City of Atlanta Departments to streamline procedures for the creation and support of urban agriculture in the city, including improving access for growers to public and private lands, facilitating the permitting process, obtaining necessary zoning permits, code compliance, brownfields conversion and other issues related to advancing urban agriculture in Atlanta.” To find out more and learn how to apply, click here.