Friday, November 16, 2018

Executive Director - SAWG (Remote)

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (Southern SAWG) is seeking to hire an entrepreneurial, visionary leader and fundraiser to serve as Executive Director. Southern SAWG’s mission is to increase the collective power of the sustainable agriculture movement in 13 southern states by building knowledge, awareness, and community among farmers and their key partners.
Southern SAWG has been a lead organization in the Southern region, working for the past 27 years to foster a more sustainable food and agriculture system throughout its member states – one that yields dignity and economic viability for farmers and farm workers, and provides safe and secure food for all, produced in harmony with nature. We are engaged in extensive outreach and education over a broad and diverse region, both geographically and demographically. Southern SAWG links more than 150 organizations and many individuals throughout the 13 Southern states of AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, & VA.
*Whereas the position is seen as remote, residence in one of our member states is required.  Due to our large geographical coverage, the staff and contractors of Southern SAWG operate out of their home offices.

A full job description may be found here.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Executive Director - NOFA VT

About NOFA-VT
Founded in 1971, NOFA-VT has served as the Vermont voice for organic agriculture for commercial producers, homesteaders and gardeners. NOFA-VT works to support local, organic farmers and gardeners to increase certified organic land in Vermont, and make healthy food more accessible to all Vermonters, while building strong, agriculture-based communities. By developing public awareness, we grow markets for organic food. Through organic certification, technical assistance, research, policy and advocacy, we work to grow organic agriculture in Vermont.
About the Position
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is seeking a dynamic and experienced professional to serve as its Executive Director to lead the organization and continue to build an inclusive and energetic tent for Vermont’s agricultural community.
The Executive Director will be responsible for providing leadership and direction toward the achievement of NOFA-VT’s mission and goals; administering the operations and programs of NOFA-VT; executing the policies established by the Board of Directors; overseeing the preparation of meaningful reports reflecting the financial health of the organization; providing human resources leadership and supervising staff; and representing the goals and work of the organization to the wider community.
A minimum of 5 years of nonprofit management experience is required. A Master’s Degree or equivalent work experience is highly desired. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the complexities and challenges within the organic food and farming industry as well as knowledge of organic farming in Vermont is a plus. More information about the position can be found at: https://nofavt.org/about-us/join-our-team.
To apply, submit a cover letter outlining qualifications for this position, resume and three references to edsearch@nofavt.org by January 15, 2019.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Director of Food Equity - Ecotrust

Ecotrust seeks a new core member of our Food & Farms team to develop and drive forward food equity initiatives, manage our farm to institution body of work, develop staff, and oversee team operations. Joining the team at a time of transition and opportunity, the Director of Food Equity will report to and work hand in hand with the Vice President of Food & Farms to shape the strategic vision for the future of our food work, bringing fresh eyes to our farm to institution initiatives, and leading the program team in visioning and executing a stronger racial equity impact. The Director of Food Equity will be responsible for the operational success of the Food & Farms program, setting the vision and tone for team culture, management, and development, providing leadership around issues of food justice and access, stewarding programmatic resources, and ensuring strong program delivery and evaluation.

This is a full-time position covering the Pacific Northwest, based out of Portland or Seattle, and requires moderate travel.

Learn more about this position: Info session Thursday November 15th @ 10AM
Ecotrust’s Food & Farms team is hosting an informational session about this position at Ecotrust on Thursday November 15th at 10am. You can join us live in the Alder Room or call in via conference line to ask questions:
·       Click this link to join by computer audio/video: https://zoom.us/j/821875399
·       Dial this number to join by phone: (669) 900-6833
·       Meeting ID: 821 875 399
RSVPs encouraged. Please email avargas@ecotrust.org to let us know if you’ll be joining in person or remotely. If you will be unable to join, you may also submit questions to avargas@ecotrust.org ahead of time. We will record the session and post the recording to the Ecotrust website shortly afterwards.

A full job description may be found here.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Executive Director - National Farm to School Network

NFSN is seeking a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. In partnership with the NFSN Advisory Board, Core and Supporting Partners and national staff, the Executive Director is responsible for implementation of the NFSN strategic plan through organizational programming and operations, ensuring long term financial sustainability and advancement of the farm to school movement. Responsible for shaping the vision and future direction of the organization, the Executive Director will seek opportunities for expanding partnerships and funders and for scaling up impact so that farm to school and ECE are a norm in all communities across the U.S. The ideal candidate will possess a commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, access and belonging, as demonstrated through career, educational and life experience. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). Estimated start date is April 2019. The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019.

A full job description may be found here.

In addition, applications for the Policy Specialist position are still being accepted.

D.C. Federal Policy Associate - National Young Farmers Coalition

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) seeks a full-time Federal Policy Associate to grow our federal policy team and be an advocate for our policy work on behalf of young farmers and ranchers. The Federal Policy Associate will be based in Washington, DC and report to our Federal Policy Director.
NYFC represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. We envision a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming. In order to achieve this vision, we are building a coalition of farmers, ranchers, and supportive consumers of all racial, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. NYFC strongly encourages women, LGBTQ individuals, military veterans, and people of color to apply.
Responsibilities will include:
  • Monitor, research, and analyze federal policy and legislation related to young farmers, and work with the Federal Policy Director to advance NYFC’s policy platform and legislative priorities;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key Congressional offices, federal agencies, allied organizations, and private stakeholders to advance NYFC’s work;
  • Draft and present materials for NYFC’s new and existing policy priorities for lawmakers, stakeholders, and the media, including fact sheets, one-pagers, bill summaries, testimony, and presentations;
  • Work with NYFC’s grassroots and communications teams to help inform and mobilize NYFC’s network of young farmers;
  • Support NYFC’s policy program by assisting in program strategy, grant reporting, and other tasks.
Qualifications:
  • At least two years of experience in public policy, including a working knowledge of the Congressional policy-making process, the farm bill, and/or USDA programs and administration
  • Strongly identify with NYFC’s core mission, platform, and guiding principles
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and experience working with diverse communities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication
  • Works well independently, with a team, and in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to think creatively about policy and program reforms that address structural barriers for young farmers and ranchers

A full job description may be found here.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

PhD and MS Research Assistantships in areas of Economics of Food Systems available at Colorado State University

Areas of Study:         
  • Economic impacts of policies supporting U.S. farm to school programs
  • Food security and dietary quality effects of urban food policies
  • Economic analysis of alcoholic beverage industry and related marketing

Deadlines: application deadline is February 15, 2018, start date is May - August 2018.


Contact: Chris Goemans, Chair of the Graduate Program, (970) 491-7261, chris.goemans@colostate.edu

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (DARE) at Colorado State University has openings for at least 3 PhD/MS students in different specialty areas within the broad umbrella of the economics of food systems. Specifically, we are recruiting for students interested in supporting the three following new/ongoing research areas:
 
·       Economic impacts of policies supporting U.S. farm to school program. An ongoing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funded research project in the Department is evaluating: 1) farm and ranch profitability impacts of sales through these markets (preliminary results using state-level policy data shows that these policies matter); 2) spillover impacts to household purchases at retail grocery stores resulting from farm to school programs; and 3) changes in levels of students’ consumptions of fruits and vegetables based on local procurement. The selected student would augment this work by building a database of Federal, State, and Philanthropic grants supporting K-12 farm to school programming in the U.S. (including the possibility of a Washington DC based internship). Once built, the database will enable to research team to investigate how policies, and specifically grant dollars, impact the success of these programs.
Primary supervisors: Dr. Bonanno, Dr. Jablonski, Dr. Thilmany.  
 
·       Food security and dietary quality effects of urban food policies
As consumers become more interested in their food and its origin, urban communities are increasingly integrating food into mainstream planning and policymaking. We are looking for a graduate student to work closely with a team of inter-disciplinary researchers to understand how households’ food security and dietary quality may be affected by urban policies and programs. Part of this work, funded from the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR), will involve collecting data, and modeling household purchasing decisions, and their response to key proposed interventions.
Primary supervisors: Dr. Bonanno, Dr. Jablonski, Dr. Thilmany,  
 
·       Economic analysis of alcoholic beverage industry and related marketing
Alcoholic beverage industries have been experiencing tremendous growth and transformation to their marketing channels. This is especially prevalent within the craft beer industry, which has grown at an exponential rate over the past decade. Graduate students in this field have the opportunity to examine a variety of issues such as: the impact of state and federal policies on alcohol sales and distribution; changing market structure and marketing tactics; and the growth of related industries (e.g. input materials and retail distribution). Colorado State is well-positioned to support such research with its new established Liquid Arts Research Forum (LARF), a multi-disciplinary collaboration working with industry leaders.
Primary supervisors: Dr. Berning, Dr. Bonanno, Dr. Costanigro

Within each of these topic areas, the selected students will work closely with an inter-disciplinary team of faculty involved in applied research. The student will develop a skillset in the areas of applied policy analysis and micro econometric modeling. Additionally, the selected students may have the opportunity to perform both primary data collection as well as empirical analyses of secondary, restricted-access data. Direct interaction with diverse stakeholders will provide an opportunity to understand and evaluate the importance of applied research for effective policy recommendations. To learn more about these initiatives, please visit: http://foodsystems.colostate.edu  
Requirements: strong candidates will possess an innate curiosity and a passion for studying the economics of food systems. Students should have the desire and ability to develop their quantitative skills (including econometric), microeconomic foundations, and relevant policy analysis. Previous research experience, excellent written and oral communication, organizational skills, ability to work independently, and experience in any segment of the food system are desirable.
Graduate assistantship includes:
·       2-4 years of a competitive stipend, commensurate with the student’s experience and engagement in research
·       2-3 years of full tuition support
·       Full medical insurance
·       Potential for summer salary and travel funds to cover costs for academic conferences.
 
The student will be responsible for required graduate fees. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.
The graduate program in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at CSU We offer rigorous coursework, coupled with training in applied research and an emphasis on close collaborations between faculty and students. Most of our students are directly involved in grants and projects in cooperation with government agencies and industry stakeholders.
Specific information about the program can be found at http://dare.agsci.colostate.edu/graduate/graduate-programs/

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Communications and Legislative Affairs Officer

Job Description

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established by bipartisan Congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today's food and agriculture challenges. FFAR leverages public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population.

FFAR seeks a Communications and Legislative Affairs Officer to join the Foundation during an exciting time in the organization’s history. The Communications and Legislative Affairs Officer works across departments to elevate the FFAR brand by envisioning and executing new ways of sharing the Foundation’s goals and accomplishments with a variety of audiences.

Reporting to the Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, the Officer plays a key role in building and strengthening relationships with stakeholders including reporters, Members of Congress, their staff, and representatives of organizations in the food and agriculture community, including commodity groups, research organizations, universities, scientific societies, government officials, associations and others.

The Communications and Legislative Affairs department updates the community through press releases, webinars, email communications, social media, in-person events and meetings, and an annual report. The Officer serves as the main point of contact for FFAR interviews and gathers multimedia to convey impact of FFAR grants.

The Officer will lead projects independently in some cases and support the Director in others.

Location: Washington, DC

Responsibilities

Communications and Public Relations
·         Collaborate with Director on press strategy and outreach
·         Pitch stories to the media and staff executive interviews with some internal and external support
·         Collaborate with Director on press release writing and distribution
·         Create and execute a digital media strategy including social media, email communications and website content
·         Participate in development of speeches, presentations, talking points, blog posts, and guest articles for executives and board members as needed
·         Manage relationships with design, media tracking and web design firms including management of marketing materials development

Legislative Affairs and Stakeholder Relations
·         Participate in monthly Governance and Federal Relations Committee calls
·         Proactively educate Members of Congress and their staff on FFAR-funded projects and impact in their districts
·         Liaise with Senate and House Agriculture Committee staff as needed
·         Work with Director to plan and execute events including Congressional staff briefings, research presentations and receptions
·         Work with Director, other colleagues and Executive Director to plan and execute quarterly stakeholder engagement events (virtual and in-person briefings)

Minimum Qualifications
·         Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public policy or related degree.
·         Three-six years of professional experience in a communications or legislative affairs role.
·         Exceptional writing and presentation skills.
·         Superior Excel and PowerPoint skills.
·         Professional social media experience and/or graphic design
·         Self-motivated, creative problem solver with ability to prioritize under multiple deadlines.
·         Enthusiasm for/interest in improving the food system through scientific innovation.

Application Instructions

The position is open for immediate hire. Interested candidates should send a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing your specific qualifications, interest in the position, and salary requirements to communications@foundationfar.org by November 19, 2018. Please specify Communications and Legislative Affairs Officer in the subject line of your message. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted. No phone calls please.

FFAR is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Monday, November 5, 2018

FASPE Law Fellowship

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for its 2019 Law program

FASPE Law is a fully-funded, two-week fellowship program in professional ethics and ethical leadership that begins by examining the actions and choices of German lawyers in enabling Nazi policies. It then draws on this historical example to help Law Fellows both grasp their role as influencers in their field and in their communities as well as identify and confront the ethical issues currently facing lawyers and the legal profession. The program takes place in Germany and Poland at the sites of Nazi actions, allowing Fellows to benefit from the power of the place and immersive, contextual learning.

DETAILS
Program Dates: Saturday, May 25 - Friday, June 7, 2019.
Fully-funded: All program costs are covered, including travel, lodging, and food. 
Interdisciplinary: FASPE Law Fellows travel with Fellows in the FASPE Business and Journalism programs.
Itinerary: Fellows will travel to Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim (the location of the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz).
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a JD or LLM (or equivalent) program OR have received such a degree between May 2017 and January 2019. 
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FASPE programs are non-denominational. Candidates of all nationalities, religions, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 


To learn more about FASPE and to apply, please visit: http://www.faspe-ethics.org/how-to-apply/
For a list of previous Fellows, please visit http://www.faspe-ethics.org/fellows-by-year/
Completed applications are due by Friday, December 28, 2018. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Analyst in Environmental Policy - Library of Congress

The Resources, Science and Industry Division of the Congressional Research Service seeks an Analyst in Environmental Policy. The analyst will possess knowledge of the history, trends, and current status of environmental policy issues related to groundwater contamination prevention and response, interrelationships of groundwater contamination with federal programs, and aspects of surface water quality. The ideal candidate will demonstrate ability to develop expertise in new areas.

This position requires the ability to utilize analytical methods and techniques to analyze policy issues for the U.S. Congress. Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative approaches in research and familiar with issues related to groundwater contamination prevention and response, interrelationships of groundwater contamination with federal programs, and aspects of surface water quality. Strong writing and presentation skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, are required.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

A full job description may be found here.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

International Policy Analyst - FDA

This position is in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of the Center Director (OCD), International Affairs Staff (IAS). The incumbent will serve as the Center's focal point for international issues for foods, cosmetics, nutrition and labeling providing leadership and coordination in decision-making on international matters, and enhancing FDA representation in international policy and technical support.

Responsibilities:
Serve as an agency specialist on international public health and its trade impact, areas of importance with respect to international policy direction and the agency?s long-term goals and objectives.
Represent FDA in negotiations with high level foreign government representatives.
Articulate FDA positions on matters related to public health and trade in a persuasive manner.
Work with the IAS Director and other senior policy staff to develop or oversee the development of agency policies, programs, procedures or guidance.

A link to the full description may be found here.

Program Specialist - USDA Food and Nutrition Service

The Regional Office is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs administered by State agencies. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you at FNS!

As a Program Specialist in either the SNAP or SNP Divisions, the incumbent will:
  • Plan, direct, and participate in formal management evaluation reviews of State and local program operations.
  • Analyze and provide technical assistance and consultation on all aspects of assigned program operations.
  • Meet with State agency representatives to discuss areas of policy and operational non-compliance.
  • Prepare special reports and briefings to alert management to positive trends as well as deficiencies and inconsistencies.
  • Work closely with the Team Lead and Branch Chief to implement and accomplish goals and objectives of the FNS Strategic Plan and unit work plan.
  • Develop written reports of findings and recommendations; negotiate corrective action; and conduct post-review evaluation of corrective action.
  • Coordinate regional training efforts including schedules, agendas, and development of materials.
  • Train state and local staff on program requirements through formal and informal presentations.


A full job description may be found here.

Associate Attorney - Earthjustice

The Northeast Office of Earthjustice, based in New York City, is hiring an Associate Attorney to conduct legal advocacy and litigation. Ideally, the successful applicant will start as soon as possible.

The Northeast office presses for a swift transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, promotes environmental justice in communities overburdened by pollution, champions more protective regulation of toxic chemicals and pesticides, and fights for sustainable food and farming. The attorney selected for the position will conduct legal advocacy and litigation on the full array of the office’s environmental and health matters. Although the community-based initiatives and regional work of the Northeast office currently focus on New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, we often take on cases with national scope or address programmatic priorities that take us outside of our region.

The Associate Attorney program is designed to help early-career attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various aspects of public-interest litigation. The term for the associate position is three years, with potential for extension. Some associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice, while others use the experience as a springboard to other career opportunities in environmental litigation or other areas.

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits. Compensation is based on experience. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

A full job description may be found here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

FTCLDF - Executive Director

The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), a growing, nationally
recognized 501(c)(4) nonprofit, seeks an experienced executive to expand its
legal defense, advocacy and other programs in support of America’s independent
farmers and their customers. The Executive Director is responsible for
overseeing FTCLDF’s day-to-day work, including administration, programs, legal
services, and strategic planning, and primary near-term goals of maintaining
and growing a broad base of financial support and a legal network supporting
member services nationwide. Candidates should have solid nonprofit management
and fundraising experience, a strong legal background, and a passion for
facilitating and defending the rights of farmers and consumers to produce,
buy, and sell farm-fresh foods.

Position Responsibilities:

Governance
- Work closely with members of the board of directors to set and meet
organizational goals; and
- Lead in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s ongoing
mission.

Operations
- Works closely with the board and staff to ensure programs, services,
strategic planning, and public outreach align at all times with FTCLDF’s
mission;
- Maintains consistent and productive communication with the organization’s
members and other financial supporters;
- Monitors federal and state policy developments, and coordinates federal,
state, and local policy and legal activities; and
-Hires and retains competent, qualified staff and contractors, and oversees
their work.

Legal Services
- Provides direct legal services to and conducts legal research for FTCLDF
members and clients;
-Uses her/his broad understanding of the regulatory environment affecting
independent farmers to provide input to litigator(s) pursuing member cases;
-Secures and supervises local counsel retained to assist FTCLDF contract
attorneys; and
- Maintains and reviews time records, work summaries, invoices, and expense
reimbursement requests for all contract attorneys and outside counsel.

Fundraising
- Works closely with development staff, members, and others to raise funds to
support organizational goals and mission; and
- Engages in sound fiscal management practices.

Marketing and Communications
- Develops and implements communications and brand recognition strategies with
a focus on increasing public awareness of FTCLDF’s work, mission, programs,
and services;
- Serves as national advocate and spokesperson for FTCLDF, assuring the
highest level of external communications/marketing to increase support for
FTCLDF and its mission;
- Maintains regular and consistent communications with staff, membership, and
donors on important legal and policy developments; and
- Leverages in-person appearances, mass outreach, social media, and
conventional and new media coverage to drive FTCLDF’s mission and message.

This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of position
responsibilities. The board may assign other tasks and duties where, when, and
as it deems appropriate.

Required Qualifications
- Juris Doctor (J.D.) from accredited law school and current U.S. state bar
membership
- Three to five years nonprofit management experience;
- Strong understanding of key federal, state, and local food issues, laws, and
regulations;
- Solid, hands-on fundraising and budget-management skills;
- Strong written and oral communications skills;
 -Willingness and capacity to interface and engage with diverse members and
donors;
- Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff;
- Strong public speaking abilities; and
- Demonstrated ability to work in a distributed, virtual organization, and
ability to work from home or other personally provided work environment.

Preferred Qualifications

- Experience in litigation and in transactional legal work;
-Experience managing and supervising attorneys; and
- Willingness to travel (as needed) and to speak at conferences, fundraisers,
and other events.

More Information

Pay is commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Our benefits
package includes health coverage allowance and paid time off. Position may be
based anywhere in the United States.

Send resume and cover letter to EDSearchCommittee@farmtoconsumer.org.

National Farm to School Network - Policy Specialist

Policy Specialist
The National Farm to School Network seeks a Policy Specialist to lead implementation of the organization's policy priorities, including influencing federal administrative, rulemaking, and legislative actions, and supporting the development of its biennial report of state level policies supportive of farm to school. The Policy Specialist will cultivate relationships with policymakers and their staff, partner organizations and advocacy coalitions, manage and facilitate NFSN's Policy Group, and educate and mobilize NFSN stakeholder around key issues. Read full position description here

Additional Information 
This is a full-time (40 hours per week), exempt position that includes benefits. Salary range is $55,000-60,000 and is commensurate with experience. This position is based in Washington, DC. 

Learn More & Apply
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to jobs@farmtoschool.org
The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. 

About the National Farm to School Network
The National Farm to School Network is an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education (including school gardens) into schools and early care and education (ECE) settings. Farm to school empowers children and families to make informed food choices, while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. NFSN provides vision, leadership and support at the state, regional and national levels to connect and expand the farm to school movement. Our network includes Core Partner and Supporting Partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. Territories, thousands of farm to school supporters, an Advisory Board and national staff. For more information, visit www.farmtoschool.org

Please direct questions about this open position to jobs@farmtoschool.org


Monday, October 22, 2018

DC Policy Associate

Policy Associate:

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) led efforts to win passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (to improve school food), Food Safety Modernization Act, Menu Labeling, and Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act. The Policy Associate will join our team’s work to restrict the use of harmful food additives; reduce risk from foodborne pathogens; help stop deceptive ads and labels; ensure biotech crops and animals are safe for humans and the environment; and reduce the amounts of sodium and added sugars in food.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

· Assist with policy initiatives such as food labeling, food safety, antimicrobial resistance, additives, sodium reduction, and dietary supplements.

· Provide policy, analytical and project support to CSPI’s Biotechnology Director.

· Work with the Executive Director on emerging issues for CSPI work.

· Research, organize, and execute policy strategies to achieve public health goals.

· Draft and edit reports, fact sheets, regulatory and public-facing petitions, comments, speeches, freedom of information act requests, and administrative appeals to attain program goals.

· Work with health and consumer organization partners and mobilize support for policy priorities.

· Work with congressional offices, state attorneys general, and agencies, such as FDA, FTC, CDC, and USDA, to achieve public policy goals.

· Represent CSPI at meetings, conferences, public hearings, and coalition meetings.

· Assist with other program-related projects as needed.

Qualifications:

· Demonstrated commitment to public-interest and/or public health advocacy.

· Advanced degree required (e.g., MPH, MPP, JD).
At least 3 years of legislative, public policy, and/or regulatory experience in food/nutrition/health/science.
Ability to read, analyze, interpret and translate legal, financial, policy, regulatory and scientific documents.

· Superlative writing, research, and verbal communications skills.

· Excellent judgment and consistent professionalism, with the ability to take responsibility for multiple projects and deadlines.

· Intellectual agility and the ability to operate on deadlines and as part of a rigorous and fast-paced team.

· Ability to engage internal and external stakeholders in a credible, professional manner.

· Strong oral and presentation skills, and comfortable with public speaking.

· Proficiency with MSOffice applications, social media, advocacy tools and other web-based applications.

· Ability to work additional hours as needed.

CSPI is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety. CSPI provides valuable, objective information to the public, represents citizens' interests before governmental bodies, and serves as a watchdog over industry. CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH), the nation's largest‑circulation nutrition newsletter. CSPI is supported by the subscribers to NAH, donors, and foundation grants.

To Apply Please email your application materials, which should include a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, and résumé to hr@cspinet.org. Include “PA-comfood” in the subject line.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Food Sovereignty and Racial Equity Post-Doc RA

*Note: in many situations, an LL.M. degree or even a J.D. is assumed to be on the same academic level as a PhD.
  
Food Sovereignty and Racial Equity Post-Doctorate Research Associate
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity
http://www.canr.msu.edu/news/seeking-food-sovereignty-and-racial-equity-post-doctorate-research-associate

The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) and MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) are seeking a post-doctorate research associate (Fixed-Term) position. This position is an initial one-year appointment, with a one-year reappointment contingent upon funding and performance. The position will be housed at the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems at 480 Wilson Road – Natural Resources Building – East Lansing Michigan

This is an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated, resourceful, experienced, and committed candidate to bring creative vision to an existing foundation of relationships and learnings in the areas of food sovereignty and racial equity. The ideal candidate holds a PhD in fields related to food and racial justice issues in a social science or humanities discipline, exhibits openness to engaging in a range of interdisciplinary team-oriented applied research approaches, and has lived experience with equity issues, cultural competency, and community engagement.

This postdoctoral position is the first of two positions that are planned to be part of a unique exchange program and partnership between Michigan State University and Ohio State University. The second position is planned to be filled at Ohio State University at a later date. The candidates chosen to fill them will work closely and collaboratively with leaders and researchers from both institutions, and particularly the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation at Ohio State, and the Food@MSU initiative, to establish a regional community of practice committed to furthering food justice and racial equity.

A full job description may be found here.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Good Food Institute - Multiple Openings

The Good Food Institute is hiring for multiple remote positions.

Find open positions and apply online here.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Amy's Kitchen - Corporate Counsel

SUMMARY

The objective of Amy’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) is to be a creative, fun, easy-to-work-with team that protects the company, delivers practical advice, operates efficiently, and facilitates each department’s success. Consistent with Amy’s vision and core values, the Corporate Counsel will provide a wide range of legal services and advice to business functions throughout the organization, including in the areas of labor and employment, claim preparation, prosecution and defense, contract drafting and review, dispute resolution, real estate and regulatory compliance. This position will work to support the goals, strategies and measures of the OGSMs of the company and OGC. The position shall provide regular updates to the Associate General Counsel on pending matters, and shall work within the Office of General Counsel in the administration, advice and resolution of material issues concerning the organization.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
 Other duties may be assigned.
  • Help manage and support the day-to-day affairs of the Office of General Counsel, including reviewing and processing written requests made to the Office of General Counsel by other functions, and interfacing with outside counsel and consultants.
  • Counsel the business on labor and employment-related issues, including workplace investigations, attendance and leave matters, suspension and termination, and handle related labor and employment disputes.
  • Review, draft and negotiate contracts, including equipment purchase and service agreements, NDAs, marketing agreements and various professional services and consulting agreements.
  • Provide legal advice and support to various departments, including HR, Manufacturing, Engineering, Marketing, Regulatory Affairs, Sales and Finance.
  • Prepare and provide trainings to the business on legal and compliance matters.
  • Assist with corporate compliance matters, including compliance with corporate formalities.
  • Provide high caliber, proactive, collaborative, solutions-oriented advice designed to mitigate risk, maximize recoveries and promote the business, including people safety and food safety.
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism in responding to and handling confidential, privileged and sensitive issues.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisors.

A full job description may be found here.

PepsiCo - Legal Specialist (Serbia)

Job Description:

To provide accurate and timely legal advice to all departments within the organization and two factories in Serbia and Bosnia on all legal matters and laws that impacts, or may impact, on the organization. This professional is responsible for providing support in discrete legal issues by advising the organization, drafting various legal documents and structuring remedies for the relevant issues. Legal advisor is responsible to support the Legal Manager in the identification and management of legal risks within the organisation.

Key responsibilities:
 
  • To conduct legal analysis and research on various legal matters of the client within the organization;
  • To provide advice on a range of legal matters as necessary or desirable to ensure business operates effectively and efficiently, and to ensure compliance with applicable laws and company policies;
  • To assist in drafting legal opinions, memoranda and other briefing documents;
  • To conduct legal research by utilizing various resources and selecting the relevant material to analyse the legal information;
  • To assist in reviewing the legal material and any other relevant documents and to identify the most important issues that need to be sorted out on a priority basis;
  • To draw up formalities regarding the settlement of disputes and monitor the implementation of the legal clauses;
  • To develop and maintain relationships to facilitate effective delivery of legal advice and assistance;
  • To take part in and facilitate training and education of staff, on relevant legal responsibilities and company policies;
  • To manage relationships with outside counsels and clients where appropriate;

A full job description may be found here.

Agricultural Worker Project (Bilingual)

Bilingual (English/Spanish) Agricultural Worker Project Staff Attorney, St. Paul, Mankato, or Worthington, Minnesota

SMRLS provides free, high-quality legal help in critical civil matters to low-income people in southern Minnesota, as well as to agricultural workers throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. For more than 100 years, SMRLS has helped individuals and families secure and protect their basic needs, maintaining freedom from hunger, homelessness, sickness, and abuse.

AWP provides free civil legal services to agricultural workers in Minnesota and North Dakota focused on improving clients’ working and living conditions through legal representation, outreach, and education. AWP advises and represents clients with cases involving wage theft, workplace health and safety violations, inadequate employer-provided housing, labor trafficking, employment discrimination or retaliation, H-2A contract violations, and other legal matters that specifically impact agricultural workers. AWP provides education to agricultural workers in Minnesota and North Dakota about their legal rights through extensive outreach and presentations to agricultural worker communities.

AWP is looking for a motivated, creative, and flexible staff attorney who is bilingual in English and Spanish to join its team of dedicated attorneys and paralegals to address and resolve the myriad legal issues that negatively impact the working and living conditions of agricultural workers. AWP currently has staff in SMRLS’ offices in Moorhead, Minnesota and Saint Paul, Minnesota. The attorney selected for this position will have the option of being based in SMRLS’ Saint Paul, Mankato, or Worthington office and will be supervised by AWP’s lead attorney, located in the Saint Paul office. In addition to maintaining a case load, the staff attorney is expected to travel throughout Minnesota with other staff members in order to conduct outreach to agricultural workers, provide legal rights presentations, and to meet with clients.

A full job description may be found here.

General Mills - Food Law Counsel

General Mills is seeking a Food Law Counsel in Minneapolis, MN.  The Food Law Counsel will advise the business on product regulatory issues/requirements while handling a complete range of food law issues, including:
  • Ingredient approvals for food and color additives
  • Product claims, such as health claims, nutrient content claims and structure-function claims
  • Food safety issues related to FSMA as well as the general adulteration and misbranding provisions of the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act
Additional Responsibilities Include:
  • Participate as the Law Department representative on cross-functional teams
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the company’s businesses and business practices; engage in a proactive style of legal practice in order to best serve the business
  • Serve as the expert resource for Law Department, regulatory and business colleagues on the issues described above
  • Undertake additional responsibilities as determined from time to time
  • Travel as required to represent the interests of General Mills
A full job description may be found here.

USDA - Loan Technician

Responsibilities:

This position is assigned to Community Programs within the State Office, USDA, Rural Development (RD). This position serves as a trainee assisting higher graded technicians in performing a variety of technical and clerical support functions involving mortgage loans, grants and loan guarantee programs.
  • Reviews loan/grant documents, forms, and materials for adequacy, completeness, accuracy, and conformance with program eligibility requirements.
  • Explains programs to customers and responds to technician inquiries from internal or external customers.
  • Uses multiple electronic data systems to input, track, and update information on applicants and recipients.
  • Research payment information, assists borrowers with payment issues, and reconciles borrower accounts.
  • Prepares and reviews closing related documents to ensure adequacy, completeness, and accuracy of information.
  • Performs routine clerical functions such as phone coverage, mail, monitoring supplies, and timekeeping duties.
A full job description may be found here.

FDA - Senior Policy Analyst

Summary:
This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of the Commissioner (OC), Office of Policy, Planning, Legislation and Analysis (OPPLA), Office of Policy (OP), Policy Development and Coordination Staff (PDCS) located in Silver Spring, MD.

Responsibilities:
-Apply provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDC Act), Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), and their implementing regulations and policies to a variety of broad and controversial subjects arising under these laws and regulations.
-Provide authoritative advice and guidance to top Agency/organization officials and other stakeholders on critical problems and complex policy issues affecting programs carried out under the FDC Act, PHS Act, and their implementing regulations.
-Establish, direct, and participate in work groups (with scientific, legal, legislative, and regulatory expertise) to develop a consensus of recommendations for action that usually involve several disciplines.
-Develop and propose coordinated responses, alternatives, or solutions to resolve complex policy, legal, and regulatory issues arising under the FDC Act, PHS Act, related federal public health statutes, and their implementing regulations.
-Develop and write speeches, testimony, technical assistance, talking points, complex memoranda, summaries, articles, and reports on a variety of topics arising under the FDC Act, PHS Act, and related federal public health statutes.

A full job description may be found here.

FDA - Supervisory Congressional Affairs Specialist

Summary:

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration, Office of the Commissioner, Office of Policy, Planning, Legislation and Analysis (OPPLA), Office of Legislation (OL), located in Silver Spring, MD.

Responsibilities:

Direct the development and clearance of HHS position papers and departmental reports, Secretarial and Commissioner correspondence, and other materials for submission to Congress.
Plan and direct the activities of a staff of Legislative Analysts and Correspondents.
Analyze proposed legislation and work closely with Agency and Departmental witnesses and Congressional staff in preparing for Congressional hearings and briefings.
Advise key Agency, Departmental, and Administration officials regarding legislative needs and pending Congressional legislation on FDA regulated matters.
Develop formal bill reports, legislative proposals, testimony, and briefing materials used by Administration and Departmental officials and Congress in the drafting of legislative language and formal consideration of the legislation by the Congress.

A full job description may be found here.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

CAFF - Executive Director

The Executive Director leads and implements the strategy for CAFF, is responsible for its overall effectiveness, and manages staff members to ensure organizational goals are met. Major areas of responsibility include: strategic planning, fundraising, external relations, financial management, operations management, personnel management, and Board relations.


The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is a membership organization guided by a
board of directors that includes family farmers and others who are passionate about food,
farming, and the environment. CAFF’s mission is to build sustainable food and farming systems
through policy advocacy and on-the-ground programs that create more resilient family farms,
communities, and ecosystems. We help farmers increase their income and sustainability and
make it easy for community members and businesses to find and choose local food.

CAFF works on-the-ground with family farmers to assist them with sustainable growing
practices, food safety plans, and introductions to new markets. CAFF has taken exciting steps
to further expand its reach and ensure its ongoing vitality by merging with The Farmers Guild
(Jan 2017) and merging the California Small Farm Conference into our organization (Fall 2018).
This year CAFF celebrates its 40th year as the leading organization in California advocating for a
sustainable food and farming system.

A full job description may be found here.

North Carolina State University - Local Food Program Manager

The Extension Local Food Program Manager provides program management and coordination for NC Cooperative Extension’s Local Food Program. Primary responsibilities and expectations are the following:

This position will develop an annual plan of work and proposed budget for the Local Food Program based on needs assessments gathered from agents, advisory groups and internal Extension working groups. This input and prioritization of projects will guide intended outcomes and impacts.

This position will work with other local food leadership groups to build Extension’s statewide capacity in local food systems. This will happen mainly through resource development, managing the local food web portal and online courses, participating/ leading cross disciplinary curriculum and training development teams, co-chairing the Local Food Program Team and delivering training. This work will primarily be accomplished through the efforts of cross disciplinary working teams.
A full position description may be found here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Policy Director - National Family Farm Coalition

Organizational Description

National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to mobilize family farmers and ranchers to achieve fair prices, vibrant communities, and healthy foods free of corporate domination. Our diverse grassroots member organizations demand viable livelihoods; fair prices; equitable access to credit, USDA programs, and other essential resources for family farmers and ranchers (particularly minority producers), fishermen, and workers; safe and healthy food; and economically and environmentally sound rural communities free of corporate domination. Founded in 1986, NFFC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization with 26 member organizations across more than 30 states.

Job Description
NFFC seeks a determined, committed, and creative individual to join our team as our DC-based Policy Director who can identify and further a broad spectrum of policy opportunities to achieve our goals. The candidate should have extensive knowledge of farm policy and Capitol Hill advocacy, as well as enthusiasm for and expertise in building membership capacity and alliances working for fair policies that ensure access to credit, land, seeds, programs, technical assistance, markets, fair prices and other resources essential for family farmers, ranchers, and fishermen. Position includes extensive collaboration between representatives from national, state, and regional organizations as well as other sectors, such as environmental or consumer organizations.

Position will be based at the NFFC office in Washington, DC; periodic travel is required, including occasional international travel.

Primary Job Functions
· Advocate for a strong family farm and rural agenda in Washington, DC;

· Advance member organizations’ priorities on federal farm, food, and fisheries policies through direct and grassroots advocacy to Congress and federal agencies;

· Develop and maintain relationships with key allies and public officials;

· Monitor, research and analyze the implications of federal legislation, budget appropriations, agency (USDA, EPA, FDA, NOAA, etc.) activities, corporate mergers, and international trade agreements on family farmers, ranchers, and fishermen;

· Help define strategies and methods for increasing capacity and effectiveness of our policy advocacy and implementation at local, regional, and state levels;

· Explore other policy change opportunities on state, local, and institutional levels that have potential to result in broad spectrum changes that achieve NFFC’s goals;

· Work with other staff to provide NFFC members’ perspectives for press releases and other media opportunities;

· Assist Coalition members visiting legislators, making speaking engagements, and participating in workshop and panels in DC and other locations;

· Maintain regular communications with Coalition staff, membership and key allies, including actions and responses around policy advocacy.

Experience and Knowledge

· 3-5 years of public policy, legislative, and other relevant policy experience;

· Experience working with grassroots organizations and rural communities on developing and implementing policy platforms;

· Existing relationships with key players at various policy making levels in family farm/fisheries, food, and trade policies helpful;

· Demonstrated commitment and openness to racial equity, and social and economic justice;

· Experience working with, coordinating, and nurturing movements that are geographically and culturally diverse and embrace persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, and personalities preferred;

· Strong written and verbal communications skills;

· Professional attitude, strong ethics, and willingness to learn and grow;

· High emotional intelligence, self-awareness, empathy, and active listening skills;

· Strong creative and strategic thinking skills;

· Comfortable with uncertainty and ability to perform well under pressure;

· Embodies a mission-driven attitude with conviction, confidence, and optimism; and,

· Fluency in MS Office (or similar) software, and familiarity with use of social media.

Salary and Benefits

This is a permanent, full-time position reporting to the National Program Coordinator.

Compensation is commensurate with experience; please submit salary requirements. A competitive benefits package is included.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We carefully consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, class, national origin, family status, age, disability, marital status, ancestry, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Contact Information 
Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three references to familyfarmcoalition@gmail.com by November 1, 2018.