Wednesday, January 20, 2016

International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems: Support Team and Research Assistance

JOB VACANCY: 

Full-time member of support team of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)

The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) is looking for a full-time staff member to join its secretariat and support the range of work undertaken by the panel.

IPES-Food is a new independent panel that brings together different disciplines and different types of knowledge in order to influence processes of food systems reform in various regions of the world. The panel looks holistically at the problems in global food systems, and is focused in particular on power relations and the political economy of food systems. The panel is co-chaired by Olivier De Schutter (former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food) and Olivia Yambi (nutritionist and former UNICEF representative to Kenya), and comprises environmental scientists, development economists, public health specialists, agronomists and sociologists, as well as experienced practitioners from civil society and social movements.

The panel provides analysis of food systems (e.g. through reports, briefs and other outputs), adopting a systems-wide perspective, and convenes discussions among multiple actors with food systems knowledge. Through its various workstreams the panel contributes to the shaping of policies and reforms related to sustainable food systems. More on IPES-Food can be found here: www.ipes-food.org

Job functions:
The chosen candidate would join the current coordinator in contributing to the various tasks carried out by the secretariat, including:
• Strategic: Long-term strategic planning in conjunction with co-chairs, internal communications with panel members.
• Outreach: Forging and managing partnerships, representation at events, advocacy.
• Communications: Communications with stakeholders, media relations, updating website, dissemination strategy for reports. • Research support: Research and editorial support for reports, liaising with research assistants.
• Events: Planning internal panel meetings, planning external consultations, workshops and other events linked to workstreams.
• Fundraising: Preparing fundraising budgets and briefs, and meeting with potential donors, in order to secure additional financing.
• Administration & Financial: Budget planning, liaison with funders.
Requirements:
• Excellent knowledge of food systems issues. Motivation to work towards food systems reform and integrated understandings of food systems.
• An all-rounder with a range of skills and a high degree of flexibility.
• Minimum 2-3 years experience in policy-related roles on food and/or related fields (e.g. agriculture, environment,
trade, development, nutrition and health).
• Master’s level qualifications in a relevant field; PhD / post-doctoral research may be an asset depending on
responsibilities candidate wishes to emphasize (see below), but not essential.
• Ability to write and communicate clearly on complex topics; strong editorial skills.
• Strong analytical skills, allowing rapid understanding of political processes and contribution to research processes.
• Some experience of project management, including events planning and budgeting is essential.
• Fundraising and experience of donor relations is desirable.
• Communications / Media Relations / Website Management experience is a strong asset.
• Fluent in English (written and spoken). Knowledge of French (written and spoken) would be a major asset; other
languages also a significant asset.

NB There is scope for the role to be adapted on the basis of strong candidatures with more specialized profiles (e.g. those applying primarily as a researcher / project manager / fundraiser). Candidates are therefore welcome to emphasize particular areas of responsibility which they have an interest and expertise in taking on.

Conditions:
• The secretariat is based in Brussels and officially hosted at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). Other working locations could potentially be considered on the basis of strong candidatures.
• Fixed-term contract (CDD) of 12 months with extension foreseen.
• Competitive salary based on UCL university payscale.
• Regular short-term travel (2-4 times per year) required for panel meetings, liaison with donors and external events.
How to apply:
Candidates must send the following documents to nick.jacobs@ipes-food.org by 5th February 2016.
• CV
• Cover letter (1-page maximum)
• Writing sample in English (e.g. published article, blog, executive summary of dissertation).

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CONSULTANT WANTED:  part-time research assistant to the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). 

The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) is looking for a consultant research assistant to help prepare a food policy report on the role of cities in building sustainable food systems. Candidates could be independent, based in a university/research institution or civil society organization anywhere in the world.

IPES-Food is an independent panel that brings together different disciplines and different types of knowledge in order to inform and influence processes of food systems reform in various regions of the world. The panel looks holistically at the problems in global food systems, and is focused in particular on power relations and the political economy of food systems. The panel is co-chaired by Olivier De Schutter (former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food) and Olivia Yambi (nutritionist and former UNICEF representative to Kenya), and comprises environmental scientists, development economists, public health specialists, agronomists and sociologists, as well as experienced practitioners from civil society and social movements. The panel provides analysis of food systems (e.g. through reports, briefs and other outputs), adopting a systems- wide perspective, and convenes discussions among multiple actors with food systems knowledge in order to influence policy processes. More on IPES-Food can be found here: www.ipes-food.org

Tasks
The researcher would support panel members involved in producing a food policy report on the role of cities in building sustainable food systems. The researcher would work primarily with the panel member leading the report, Professor Corinna Hawkes based at the Centre for Food Policy, City University London. The main part of the work would involve research and writing, with additional responsibilities for stakeholder engagement and communications.
1) Research: There would be two main research tasks:
• Identifying information about the origins and activities of policies implemented in cities to improve food systems.
Examples include policies on urban agriculture, waste, climate change, poverty, food insecurity, undernutrition and
obesity/diet-related non-communicable diseases
• Preparing case studies from select cities on the policy economy of policy development and implementation
2) Stakeholder engagement: Regular engagement with the wide range of existing stakeholders already active in effort to improve city-level food systems in UN agencies, governments, civil society and universities/research institutions.
3) Communications: Working closely with the IPES-Food Secretariat, preparing and delivering a communications plan for the report in the lead up to the UN HABITAT III conference in November 2016.

Requirements
Knowledge
• Existing knowledge of urban food systems and the current actors involved in the promotion of more
sustainable/healthy urban food systems. Motivation to work towards food systems reform and integrated
understandings of food systems.
• Knowledge of political economy of policy development/policy processes and methodologies for studying policy
processes.
Skills
• Strong writing skills. Ability to write and communicate clearly on complex topics; strong editorial skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills. Good teamworker able to communicate effectively with external stakeholders
• Fluent in English (written and spoken). French and/or Spanish speaker would be a major asset; other languages also
an asset.

Experience
• Masters level qualifications in a relevant field (preferable); undergraduate degree also considered if has relevant
experience.
• International experience.
• Some experience of communications and external stakeholder engagement (preferable).
Conditions
• Time period: Immediate start (or as soon as possible) for a minimum of six months.
• Hours: 1-2 days per week (or equivalent hours spread across week).
• Fees: The consultant would be paid a daily consultancy rate dependent on experience.

How to apply:
Please send the following documents to nick.jacobs@ipes-food.org as soon as possible, at latest January 26th:
• CV
• Cover letter. The letter should state how the candidate meets each of the eight requirements listed above.
• Two writing samples in English (e.g. published article, blog, column, executive summary of dissertation).
* Specify location(s) - city & state - as FIRST ITEM in the Subject Line description.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Farmers Legal Action Group, Executive Director

Date Announced: January 13, 2016
Deadline: Until Filled
Salary: DOE
Location:  St. Paul, Minnesota

Organization: Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization and ensure continued excellence in fulfilling its mission.

FLAG is a national nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing legal services and support to family farmers and their communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land. Founded in 1986 in response to the farm credit crisis, FLAG has a well­ developed expertise in topics essential for the survival of small family farms, and plays a vital role in the many conversations about building a more equitable and sustainable food system for our community. In recent years, FLAG has worked extensively with Minnesota’s growing immigrant farming communities, and serves as an educational resource for other farm advocacy and direct service organizations.

Job Duties:
1) Strategic development to achieve mission;
2) Provide leadership to all fundraising efforts and initiatives;
3) Maintain visibility of the organization;
4) Advocate on behalf of family farmers, as time permits;
5) Manage internal operations; and
6) Work with Board of Directors regarding organization governance.

Qualifications: Applicants should have (1) law degree or substantive knowledge of agriculture issues, (2) demonstrated fund raising ability, (3) demonstrated commitment to public interest/social justice work, (4) experience running a non-profit organization, and (5) excellent oral and written communications skills.

Compensation: Depends on experience.

Benefits: FLAG offers excellent benefits, including health and dental coverage.

EOE: FLAG is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and people of color.

Applications: E-mail (1) a cover letter explaining qualifications for and interest in position, (2) résumé, and (3) list of three references to: hiring16@flaginc.org.

For more information, visit FLAG's website flaginc.org and read the press release which includes a direct link to a longer description of the position.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Executive Director: Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network

Do you care about healthy food? Are you passionate about promoting sustainable agricultural practices, fair and prosperous farming systems, and access to healthy food for all? Then lead the Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network (WSFFN, aka The Network) in its efforts to educate, organize and advocate for advancing sustainable food & farming programs and policies in Washington State and beyond as we make our food systems more economically prosperous, ecologically sound, and socially equitable.
The Position:
WSFFN’s Executive Director will lead The Network into a new era, providing both vision and action to strengthen sustainable food and farming systems. This position is an opportunity to expand the organization’s impact through the growth of partnerships, programs, membership and financial support, in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff. Although the organization’s office is currently located in Mt. Vernon, WA, we welcome all to apply. This position is based in Washington State and involves travel around the state.
 
 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Allegheny Mountain Institute Executive Director

Allegheny Mountain Institute is seeking a qualified, food and farm savvy leader to fulfill the position of its Executive Director. A commitment to building sustainable food systems and community are key components of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and an ideal candidate will have, not only an interest in these areas, but the passion and drive to dig deep, leading our organization as it works towards building a healthier food culture in our region. The Executive Director will have overall operational responsibility for Allegheny Mountain Institute’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. A minimum of five years executive experience (preferable in a nonprofit organization) is required, as well as a bachelor’s degree and/or experience in a relevant field.

For more information, visit the Allegheny Mountain Institute website.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Assistant Professor, Oregon State University Small Farms Program

Oregon State University Small Farms Program (part of the Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems) is hiring a 0.75 FTE extension faculty position with opportunities for full time employment (funding is recurring). The position is located in Salem, Oregon in the mid-Willamette Valley of western Oregon (about 60 minutes south of Portland). The position collaborates with other Small Farms faculty in a very effective team. The OSU Small Farms program focuses on organic/biological/sustainable approaches to farming and enhancement of local/regional food systems. The goal of the program is to change the world. 
Position Number: 16640.
Closing Date: January 3, 2016.
For information on the Small Farms Program: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu

Summary of position duties:
Small Farm Production Provide consultation and educational programs and materials addressing scale appropriate technology for organic/biological and conventional farming systems consistent with clientele goals. A potential programmatic emphasis for this position is forages and pasture management as they interface with grass-based livestock systems, specialty grains and other agronomic crops appropriate for small scale production, weed control and nutrient management. Conduct demonstrations and appropriate applied research of interest to beginning and experienced farmers, such as, but not limited to, variety trials, equipment demonstrations, sustainable agriculture methods, etc.

Food Systems Development
Contribute to regional food system efforts with a focus on small-scale, sustainable and organic farm and food businesses. Activities may include but are not limited to:
--Identify economic development opportunities related to small-scale production and processing to add value to locally grown foods and the development of new markets to consumers and retail food services.
--Engage with community-based organizations to support innovation and entrepreneurship within local and regional food systems.
--Provide technical assistance on production, marketing, processing, distribution, regulatory compliance, business planning and viability, and other elements of long-term sustainability for new small-scale, farm-direct food businesses.

The position is at the rank of Assistant Professor (Practice). Minimum MS (Phd preferred) in Crop Science, Agronomy, Soils, Horticulture, or closely related field.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Food Law Academic Specialist (Teaching), Michigan State University

Michigan State University is accepting applications for a new position: Food Law Academic Specialist (Teaching).

The Academic Specialist will teach a classroom, undergraduate course in United States food law, develop and teach an online version of the same course, assist with other online food law courses, and provide other initiatives of the Institute for Food Laws and Regulations (IFLR). The position is a full-time, annual year position.

A more complete description is attached. To apply, visit the MSU Applicant Web page. Search for job #2454.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Mary Anne Verleger at (517) 355–8295 or Verlege3@anr.msu.edu

For questions about the positions, please contact Neal Fortin, IFLR Director, E-mail: fortinne@msu.edu.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

College of the Atlantic: Faculty Position in Food & Sustainable Agriculture Systems

College of the Atlantic
Faculty Position Available in Food & Sustainable Agriculture Systems
Published November 14, 2015
Apply by December 15, 2015

The successful candidate will teach five courses per year that prepare students to explore social, cultural, political, ecological, and economic implications of food systems within the broad-based transdisciplinary curriculum of the College.

These courses should utilize a range of methodological approaches in the subject areas of sustainable agriculture, food systems, farm and food policy, and the political ecology of local and global food systems. Other topical areas of interest are: food justice, agrarian studies, rural-urban food security, and the emerging field of aquaculture.

Candidates must have a terminal degree and/or significant equivalent professional experience. The field of academic specialization is open. We encourage applicants from across the sciences, social sciences and humanities who are comfortable working collaboratively – with colleagues from different disciplinary traditions and on farms, with farmers. Our two organic farms (http://www.coa.edu/farms/) provide both formal and informal teaching and learning opportunities for our students. The successful candidate must have a track record of excellent teaching, a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching at all levels, the ability to teach across disciplines, and the capacity to engage students in projects both on and off campus. Advising and mentoring students, directing senior projects, supervising independent studies, and contributing to college governance and service are part of the responsibilities of faculty membership.

COA is an interdisciplinary college of approximately 350 students and 35 faculty – where theory is tied to practice. Faculty are not organized via departments and all students design their own major in Human Ecology (BA, MPhil).  The average class size is 13. Our educational approach integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and seeks to understand the relationships between humans and their built, natural, and social-cultural environments.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter that speaks to their unique qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae that includes contact information for three references, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three relevant course descriptions in a single PDF file to SAFS@coa.edu by December 15, 2015. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Full-time faculty appointments are unranked and salaries are calculated according to earned degrees and years of relevant experience.

This is an endowed faculty chair.  College of the Atlantic is committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity, and multicultural education. COA is an AA/EEO employer.  Applications are especially encouraged from persons who would enhance COA’s ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Agricultural Mediation Program Coordinator, State of Maryland

Maryland Department of Agriculture Marketing Services is currently recruiting for a permanent position:

Agricultural Mediation Program Coordinator (Administrator II) Job # 15-002587-0039, Closing date 12/2/15.

Interested candidates can view the job announcement and apply via this link Agricultural Mediation Program Coordinator . Information on state jobs and benefits can be found on the Department of Budget & Management website at www.dbm.maryland.gov

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Legal Aid - Nebraska Farm & Ranch Project

Legal Aid of Nebraska is seeking a Staff Attorney for its Farm & Ranch Project.  Must have law degree and eligible to practice law in Nebraska, have familiarity with issues facing underserved rural residents, agricultural communities, and/or food production more generally and have a demonstrated interest or experience in advancing goal of equal justice for all.  See the full announcement and contact information at :  http://www.legalaidofnebraska.org/node/1126/staff-attorney-farm-ranch-project.  

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University

The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston is hiring at the associate professor and full professor level in (1) food industry marketing and management and (2) food policy implementation and evaluation, among others. Applicants may include researchers in business, economics, psychology, and law, as well as public health and nutrition. The Friedman School brings together biomedical, social, behavioral, public health, economics, and food systems scientists to conduct work that improves the nutritional health and well-being of populations throughout the world.

Food Industry Marketing and Management

Contact: parke.wilde@tufts.edu


Food Policy Implementation and Evaluation

Contact: sean.cash@tufts.edu


Other open searches at the Friedman School

Friday, November 6, 2015

Legislative Assistant, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Progressive Maine Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree seeks an experienced and proactive legislative assistant to handle her sustainable agriculture legislative portfolio and other legislative issues in her Washington D.C. office. Congresswoman Pingree is a national leader on local food and sustainable agriculture issues and the ideal candidate should have strong connections in these issue areas. Excellent writing and analytical skills, a proven record of generating and advancing legislative ideas, and a demonstrated ability to work with other offices and committees to advance the member’s agenda are important. Experience on Capitol Hill either in a Member office/committee or as an outside advocate is desired. The legislative assistant will be responsible for developing initiatives, tracking legislation, drafting correspondence and floor statements, and representing the Member in meetings and working closely with the district staff on outreach opportunities.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Pingree.Resume@mail.house.gov. Position will begin January 2016.

Government Affairs Associate, The Organic Trade Association

The Organic Trade Association is proud to be the voice of the $39B U.S. organic industry on Capitol Hill, and we’re looking for a Government Affairs Associate to join our high-functioning policy team. Are you motivated by legislative analysis, coalition building, Congressional outreach, and advocacy work? Are you excited about working in the fastest growing sector of food and agriculture? The Government Affairs Associate will assist in development of policy strategy through legislative engagement. If you have experience in grassroots or legislative advocacy and are a strong analyst, writer and communicator, we would like to learn more about your experience and interests.

To learn more, see the full job description.

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to mkarlin@ota.com.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Counsel, CropLife America, Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

Junior to mid-level legal position. Counsel is responsible for providing a variety of complex legal services to the organization. Duties include legal research, analysis, drafting, and presentation (oral and written).

Education, Work Experience and/or Licensure:
Juris Doctorate required.
Admitted to practice before the bar of any State or the District of Columbia required.
2-5 years of previous legal experience preferred.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Perform complex legal research and analysis in the areas of environmental, administrative, corporate and nonprofit law.
  • Draft, with limited assistance, legal memoranda, presentations, committee minutes, white papers, media releases and comments to proposed regulatory actions.
  • Assist General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel with corporate governance.
  • Monitor and analyze administrative, corporate and environmental regulatory requirements and assist General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel in planning and implementing strategies to ensure continued legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Plan for and participate in meetings and assist in providing legal counsel and committee support to the Board of Directors, Strategic Oversight Council and various issue management teams.
  • Support CLA staff in the development of research and public policy presentations.
View the full posting and apply here

Monday, October 19, 2015

Legislative Analyst: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


Job Title:Legislative Analyst
Department:Legislative Branch
Agency:Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:150224

SALARY RANGE:

$76,378.00 to $99,296.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 19, 2015 to Monday, November 9, 2015

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1412-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Open - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:


The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Office of Congressional Information and Publishing (CIP) is seeking a Legislative Analyst to join its Legislative Analysis and Information Section (LAIS). The Office of Congressional Information and Publishing is the organization within CRS and the Library of Congress that is mandated to produce legislative information for the United States Congress. This information is considered to be authoritative for Federal legislation: it is consulted widely by lawmakers, policymakers, academics, and members of the public who are seeking accurate, objective information on both new and amended Federal legislation.

Drawing on his/her knowledge of the Federal legislative process as well as knowledge of specific subject fields (e.g., criminal law, environmental law and regulation, international law, etc.), the Legislative Analyst will: analyze newly-introduced and amended Federal legislation to determine the legislation's meaning, intent, and impact on existing law; prepare official digests and other summaries and abstracts of Federal legislation; communicate and collaborate with the CRS research community to ensure integration of legislative analysis and research products; and consult with congressional staff and committees to resolve questions regarding legislative intent and/or errors or omissions in legislative drafting; combine expert knowledge of one or more legislative subject areas with knowledge of new methods for organizing, accessing, and disseminating information to create and maintain innovative products and services; and analyze gaps in the congressional information services, evaluate new options, and make recommendations. The Legislative Analyst performs this work in an online environment.
For more information, go to USAJOBS or follow this link - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/418971400

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Nat'L Sustainable Ag Coalition - Paid Internships in DC

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Policy Intern and a Grassroots Intern for Winter/Spring 2016, beginning in early January 2016 and ending in mid May 2016.  These positions are paid, full time, and located in NSAC's DC office on Capitol Hill.

NSAC is the leading advocacy organization for federal policy that supports sustainable agriculture and food systems.  We work towards the vision of creating a safe, nutritious, and affordable food supply produced by a legion of diverse family farmers who make a decent living pursuing their trade, while sustaining the environment and contributing to the strength of their communities.  NSAC's collaborative work environment offers a unique career opportunity to advance federal sustainable agriculture policy as a part of a dedicated and effective team.

Full descriptions and application instructions for both internships are available here

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Blue Apron Attorney Position in New York, NY

COUNSEL, FOOD LAW, REGULATORY & MARKETING
at Blue Apron
New York, NY Headquarters
Blue Apron is seeking a bright, energetic, business-minded and self-motivated attorney with 5-7 years of proven experience in food regulatory and compliance matters, product claim substantiation analysis for labels, advertising and other promotional materials, and drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, gained at a leading law firm and in-house (ideally at a food manufacturer or similar CPG company with an ecommerce presence) to join its growing Legal team; IP experience a plus. In this position, the successful candidate will interface with members of the company’s executive and business teams to manage the company’s regulatory affairs and assist in the execution of a broad range of compliance, marketing and commercial initiatives.

This position reports directly to the General Counsel and Secretary and is based in the company’s corporate headquarters in Soho.

For more information, visit the Blue Apron website.

Monday, September 28, 2015

NSAC Policy Specialist Position in Washington, D.C.

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. NSAC is currently seeking a Policy Specialist for our Marketing, Food Systems, and Rural Development portfolio. This position is located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill. The Policy Specialist, one of six Policy Specialists at NSAC, reports to NSAC’s Policy Director.

For more information, see the full job posting.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Urban Agriculture Specialist, Baltimore, MD

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EXTENSION (UME)
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Title: Agent

Functional Title: Agent (Urban Agriculture Specialist)

Position Number: 103415

Category Status: Faculty Non-Tenured, On Track, Full-Time

Unit:  AGNR-UME-Baltimore City (Statewide responsibilities, to specifically include: Baltimore City, Annapolis and the urban counties of Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, Anne Arundel and Prince George’s)

 Location: 6615 Reisterstown Road • Suite 201 • Baltimore, MD 21215 (Home Office)

 Purpose:

The Urban Agriculture Educator is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, and evaluating Extension educational programs for Maryland urban and suburban communities and residents. Specifically, this position will provide leadership and delivery of educational programming related to urban agriculture and food systems including production, harvesting, packaging, marketing, food safety, and other sustainability issues. The Educator will facilitate partnerships with local and state agencies, elected officials, communities, landowners, residents, industry and environmental groups in developing economic urban farming opportunities while protecting, as well as advocating for a science-based and responsible approach to handling the state’s natural resources.

 Responsibilities:

•          Identify urban agriculture and food system needs, issues, and opportunities of communities in Maryland, specifically Baltimore City, Annapolis and the urban counties of Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, Anne Arundel and Prince George’s.

•          Teach targeted audiences new urban farming practices, procedures, techniques and skills that will ultimately result in positive behavioral and/or practice change over time.

•          Provide expertise and support for sustainable urban agricultural practices in field and greenhouse operations throughout Maryland.

•          Serve as a Core Member on the Agriculture and Food Systems Focus Team, working collaboratively with UME Action Teams to identify and develop statewide priorities and signature programs, as well as how and where they need to be implemented across the state

•          Establish a subject matter expertise in urban agriculture and lead appropriate applied and problem-solving research in that area.

•          Interpret and disseminate the latest research findings in the fields relevant to the position utilizing publications and state of the art education and communication techniques.

Qualifications:
Required–

•          Ph.D. in agricultural or horticultural sciences or related field of studies.

•          Background in area of agriculture and natural resource economics, agriculture production and technologies, and basic business and marketing.

•          Possess knowledge of sustainable farming practices that includes: integrated pest management (IPM), high tunnel and greenhouse production, plasticulture systems, soil fertility, irrigation, and the harvesting and handling of safe produce under GAP protocol.

•          Demonstrated leadership and management abilities with evidence of being able to work well with volunteers and diverse clientele.

•          Personal transportation and valid driver’s license. Must be willing to travel throughout the state of Maryland as needed.
•          Knowledge and use of computer technology for educational programming and management.

•          Flexible work schedule required for delivering evening and weekend educational programs and activities as determined by clientele availability and needs.

•          Evidence of excellent teaching & communication skills.

•          The successful candidate is required to obtain a clear background check by the State of Maryland and the FBI.

Preferences–

•          Extension or similar work experience.

•          Experience working with volunteers and diverse audiences in all socioeconomic levels.


Salary & Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with experience. Base $58,450 The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.


Applications:

All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu. A complete application packet includes a letter of application, a current (signed) resume or Curriculum Vitae, official transcripts, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and E-mail address.

Closing Date:  September 30, 2015 or until an acceptable candidate is identified.


Agricultural Law Attorney Position, Bismarck, ND

Baumstark Braaten Law Partners, an established agricultural law firm in Bismarck, North Dakota is seeking to hire a new agricultural law attorney.  Contact the firm directly for more information.

In addition, members of the firm will be at the American Agricultural Law Association Annual Conference, October 22-23 in Charleston, South Carolina and would be available for interviews during the conference.

Derrick Braaten
Baumstark Braaten Law Partners
109 North 4th Street, Suite 100
Bismarck, ND  58501
Phone:  701-221-2911
Fax:  701-221-5842
derrick@baumstarkbraaten.com
www.baumstarkbraaten.com

Friday, September 11, 2015

Food Systems Professor, The Evergreen State College


Faculty Position in Sustainable Food Systems and Food Justice

This is a full time faculty position starting in the 2016/17 academic year.

The Evergreen State College seeks a broadly trained social scientist or historian with expertise in sustainable food systems and food justice. Applicants must be able to teach topics related to food sovereignty and food security through the lens of food/agricultural policy, economics and history. In addition, the successful candidate must have experience in community food advocacy.

Faculty at Evergreen are expected to teach undergraduates at all levels. Applicants should demonstrate commitment to developing interdisciplinary curricula with faculty colleagues and in helping undergraduates develop the capacity to link theory to practice. The preferred candidate would have experience in pursuing innovative teaching practices, as well as teaching diverse and under-represented populations. Evergreen's curricular structure facilitates project-based undergraduate research, as well as internships with public and private organizations, including local and state agencies and tribes. Candidates who will support and develop these opportunities in collaboration with the Center for Community Based Learning and Action are highly desirable.

For more information and to apply, visit the Evergreen State College website

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Assistant Attorney General: Missouri Ag & Environment Division

#01-150903-03: Assistant Attorney General
Company:  Office of the Attorney General
Posted Date: September 3, 2015

Job Description:

The Office of the Attorney General is seeking an attorney to serve in its Agriculture and Environment Division in Jefferson City.

The division enforces the state’s environmental laws, assuring that Missouri’s citizens are free from the impact of dangerous water pollution and air pollution and illegal hazardous waste.

Attorneys also work to protect and enhance agriculture and protect our food supply.

Attorneys appear in court and administrative proceedings.

This position presents excellent opportunities for significant courtroom experience, including trials and contempt proceedings.

Candidates should have excellent writing skills and a strong commitment to public service, and be licensed to practice law in Missouri.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Job Contact Information: Apply online or send resume to:

Personnel
Missouri Attorney General's Office
 P.O. Box 899
Jefferson City, MO 65102

EOE
Expiration Date: November 3, 2015
- See more at: http://www.mobar.org/Jobs-for-Lawyers/Full-Time-or-Part-Time-Employment/01-150903-03---Assistant-Attorney-General/#sthash.GXhatBLx.dpuf

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Corporate Associate - Mid-Level (Restaurant, Food & Beverage); Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is seeking an associate to join its Business & Tax group, with a focus on the firm’s nationally-recognized restaurant and food & beverage industry practices. Candidates should have a minimum of three years’ experience in the areas of mergers & acquisitions and other business transactions, commercial contracts and general corporate law. Finance experience, including private securities offerings, or franchise experience is desirable. Candidates should have strong substantive skills, a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others, and an interest in working with exceptional restaurant and food & beverage clients. Practical work experience in the industry a plus.

In addition to Portland, Oregon, where the leaders of the restaurant and food & beverage teams reside, strong candidates will be considered for other DWT offices as well, including Seattle, San Francisco and New York. 

View the full posting here.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Temporary- Manager, Product Labeling & Regulatory Reporting, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Position Description

Designs, implements, and manages dietary supplement and OTC pharmaceutical drug labeling compliance program for both Sam’s Club and Walmart private by ensuring product labels comply with federal, state, and local laws; and partnering with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure compliance.

Tracks, investigates, and develops plans to address new labeling requirements and other regulatory changes relevant to H&W products by working closely with key internal and external stakeholders to review and determine legal requirements related to product safety & labeling compliance.

Demonstrates up-to-date expertise in dietary supplement product labeling and applies this to the development, execution, and improvement of action plans by providing expert advice and guidance to others in the application of information and best practices; supporting and aligning efforts to meet customer and business needs; and building commitment for perspectives and rationales.

Provides and supports the implementation of business solutions by building relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders; identifying business needs; determining and carrying out necessary processes and practices; monitoring progress and results; recognizing and capitalizing on improvement opportunities; and adapting to competing demands, organizational changes, and new responsibilities.

This position would also be responsible for managing follow up to complaint investigations, drafting and tracking regulatory responses, as well as drafting business updates informing key stakeholders of emerging issues.

Models compliance with company policies and procedures and supports company mission, values, and standards of ethics and integrity by incorporating these into the development and implementation of business plans; using the Open Door Policy; and demonstrating and assisting others with how to apply these in executing business processes and practices.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate would have training or experience in regulatory research and dietary supplement, OTC pharmaceutical, or food labeling. Experience in a third party consulting firm or regulatory agency is also valid. The candidate must have knowledge of federal and state food or OTC pharmaceutical labeling, research capabilities and be able to provide expert advice and guidance to both internal and external customers. This person must have effective communication and influence skills as well as excellent editing and writing skills. The individual must be highly organized, analytical, and an excellent problem solver. Research, communication, attention to details, and decision making are daily responsibilities. The candidate must be a self-starter, must be able to multi-task managing multiple projects, and have a high sense of urgency and integrity. 

View the full posting here.

Entry-Level Teaching Position: The University of South Dakota School of Law

Entry-Level Teaching Positions

The University of South Dakota School of Law may have one or some combination of tenure-track Assistant Professor positions, or contract lectureship positions.  The positions, if any, will be available the 2016-2017 academic year.  Areas of special interest are insurance, family law, agricultural law, the law of technology, civil procedure and skills courses related to civil procedure.  Other possibilities may perhaps include bar preparation or advanced writing courses. The successful applicant must be a licensed attorney in a United States jurisdiction (a state or the District of Columbia) by the time of the appointment.

Appointments for the tenure-track positions are expected to fulfill the tripartite responsibilities of teaching, scholarship, and service.  Appointments at the Lecturer (or Senior Lecturer) position are expected to carry at least the same teaching load as tenure-track appointments and engage in service activities that typically emphasize student organizations, co-curricular activities, extracurricular activities, and free-standing law school events.

Diversity and inclusiveness are values that are embraced and practiced at the University of South Dakota.  Candidates who support these values are encouraged to apply.  EEO/AA.

Applications must be submitted through the Board of Regents electronic employment site: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu/. Include on the website: application letter, vita, and names and addresses of three current references.  Inquiries about the use of the website may be directed to: Tiffany C. Graham, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, University of South Dakota School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069; by email at Tiffany.Graham@usd.edu; or by telephone at 605-677-5393.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Agribusiness Counsel in Georgia

A dynamic and growing multi-state agribusiness wishes to hire an experienced Agribusiness Counsel to join its leadership team.  This is a new position.  The agribusiness is an operating subsidiary of a leading private asset manager which manages a multi-billion dollar global portfolio. Primary responsibilities will include providing pro-active counsel on a wide range of agribusiness-related commercial, operations, regulatory, operations and real estate matters. This is a great opportunity for a strategic and hands-on attorney interested in actively supporting a dynamic agribusiness.  This person will be officed near Valdosta, Georgia and will report to the senior manager of the agribusiness and a senior in-house counsel of the parent firm.

Primary Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

•   Counsel and support agribusiness (land owner, tenant, employer, grower, supplier, processor, packer, importer) across a very broad range of transactions, including real estate / farm leasing, grower, packing and supplier agreements, equipment purchase and leasing agreements, shipping agreements, easements.
•   Provide counsel on natural resources, energy and environmental matters, including water, oil & gas, pesticides, energy.
•   Provide counsel on diverse federal, state and local regulatory matters core to the business and operations, including product labeling, marketing, advertising, packaging, transportation, food safety, and product recall.
•   Manage claims and litigation, including commercial disputes with tenants, customers, neighbors and vendors.
•   Proactively develop and implement legal management and reporting systems, such as contract management and claims management, to support the agribusiness and reduce legal and regulatory risk.
•   Review, draft, and negotiate other commercial agreements, including non-disclosure agreements, transportation contracts, consulting agreements, and engagement letters.
•   Work with outside counsel, asset managers, and members of the leadership team to address other legal, regulatory, and business issues.

Knowledge/Skills/Competencies:

•   Highest levels of professionalism, problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills.
•   J.D. degree, with at least 10 years of diverse agribusiness experience. Admitted to practice law, preferably in Georgia or Florida.
•   Prior work at regionally or nationally recognized law firm; in-house experience with an agribusiness strongly preferred.
•   Broad agribusiness-related experience including several of the following areas: environmental, land use, natural resources, intellectual property, food safety, worker safety.
•   Familiarity with agribusiness regulatory compliance (e.g. Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, Food Safety Modernization Act, Sanitary Food Transportation Act, Clean Water Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and state counterparts).
•   Enthusiastic and adaptable with a demonstrated ability to effectively incorporate legal and regulatory compliance into a dynamic operating business.
•   Demonstrated ability to assess and communicate risk and achieve positive client outcomes.
•   Actively participate as legal advisor in fast paced, multi-state business leadership team.
•   Consensus builder among diverse parties, including regulators.
•   “Think like an owner”
•   Interact effectively with internal and external contacts at all levels, including regulatory agency personnel, and customers.

Please direct resumes and/or questions to:
Millie Johnson
mjohnson@lakeland-ag.com

Friday, August 14, 2015

Wallace Center International: 6 Month Paid Internship

The Wallace Center is seeking an Intern, Sustainable and Equitable Food Systems in their office in
Arlington, VA.

The Wallace Center has been a key organization in fostering a more sustainable food and agricultural system in the U.S. since 1983. Today, the Wallace Center is focused on expanding and accelerating the expansion of sustainable and regional food systems throughout the U.S., with a vision for a healthy small and mid-size farm sector and regional food system the offers more good food—healthy, green, fair, affordable food—to more people. Wallace Center is achieving this through regional partnerships, developing new knowledge, building capacity and networking in order to “scale up” the good food value chain beyond the direct marketing realm to retail and institutional markets and other wholesale markets. Wallace Center is looking for an intern that will support the following program: The Wallace Center’s Strengthening Sustainable Farming and Food Hub Development project’s purpose is to support more sustainable agriculture and expand opportunities for small farmers by building the capacity of food hubs to be successful. The program’s specific objectives include: building food hubs’ capacity to overcome current challenges and position them for long-term success through technical assistance and a re-granting program; building small farm capacity and that of their food hub partners to increase and diversity production quantity and quality; and expanding the capacity of the National Good Food Network and its Food Hub Collaboration to assist food hubs and small farm and inform stakeholders of their status and impact.

POSITION SUMMARY:

This six month internship is focused on supporting the Strengthening Sustainable Farming and Food Hub Development initiative described above. The Intern will provide support for outreach activities including technical assistance provision, research, conferences, events, meetings, and communications. This position offers the successful candidate a diverse and meaningful experience in the area of food systems with a dynamic and leading organization in the field.

For more information, go to http://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=1104410&Ad=70960.



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Food Safety & Nutrition Advocate; The Consumer Federation of America


The Consumer Federation of America seeks an experienced advocate to lead its work on food safety and nutrition. Responsibilities include organizing a major food policy conference and managing the Safe Food Coalition. Please address inquiries and applications to Rachel Weintraub at rweintraub@consumerfed.org. View the full posting here.

Food Access Planner, City of Seattle

The City of Seattle's Office of Sustainability & Environment is hiring a Food Access Planner. This position will manage the Fresh  Bucks Farmers Market incentive program and oversee all elements of the federal Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant across King County. This is a fantastic
opportunity for someone with a commitment to improving health, fighting poverty, and strengthening the local food system for everyone in our communities. With that goal in mind, we're looking for skilled, experienced candidates with a passion for this work - please spread the word!

The full job description is available at https://www.linkedin.com/jobs2/view/63883648 or
http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/default_neogov.asp (search for jobs posted to Office of Sustainability & Environment).

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Organic Policy Coordinator Position Description - North Carolina

Organic Policy Coordinator Position Description

The Organic Policy Coordinator is a full-time (40 hours/week) position with
the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), based in CFSA’s Pittsboro,
NC office. The Organic Policy Coordinator works as part of the Policy Team to
advocate for the interests of family-scale organic farmers with national and
state regulators. This is a 15-month, grant funded position.

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 sustainable farming that is good for consumers, good for
farmers and farm workers, and good for the land.

Job Summary

The Organic Policy Coordinator position is a full-time, salaried position. In
collaboration with the Policy Director, the Organic Policy Coordinator will
research and advocate for organic integrity and spearhead efforts to promote
the interests of family-scale organic farmers with national and state
regulators.  The Organic Policy Coordinator will identify and implement
strategies and tactics to prevent dilution of the organic standards and ensure
that consumers’ expectations of the standards—environmental stewardship,
family-scale farming, fair labor practices, high animal welfare standards,
zero tolerance for GMOs, freedom from chemical residues, and wholesomeness—are
met.

Job Responsibilities

1. Research (40%)

•       Conduct research and draft comments on National Organic Standards
Board (NOSB) issues.
•       Research and draft legislative and regulatory proposals to mitigate
negative impact of federal and state law on organic agriculture in the
Carolinas.
•       Research and draft state and federal legislative and regulatory
proposals to promote organic agriculture in the Carolinas and family-scale
organic farms and food businesses.
•       Research and draft educational materials to help organic farms and
food businesses understand laws and regulations.
•       Meet with CFSA member organic farmers and food businesses to solicit
their input and understand the impact of agricultural policies on their
operations.

2. Advocacy (55%)

•       Attend and represent the interests of CFSA at meetings of the NOSB,
the National Organic Coalition (NOC), and other agencies.
•       Assist the Policy Team to develop and implement state- and federal-
level advocacy campaigns on issues impacting the integrity of the USDA Organic
label, including support for environmental stewardship, family-scale farming,
fair labor practices, high animal welfare standards, zero tolerance for GMOs,
and freedom from chemical residues.
•       Assist the Policy Team to develop and implement state- and federal-
level advocacy campaigns related to the impacts of Genetically Modified
Organisms (GMOs) on the environment, crop seed supplies, farmers, and public
health.
•       Develop relationships with NOSB members, NOP staff, and other USDA
officials responsible for organics.
•       Serve as an ombudsman to organic certification agencies for CFSA
member farms and businesses.
•       Lead organic stakeholder advisory committees to the state departments
of agriculture in NC and SC.
•       Represent the interests of organic agriculture with state regulatory
agencies.
•       Advocate for research needs of the organic sector with land grant
universities in NC and SC.
•       Undertake other advocacy activities related to organic agriculture, as
necessary.

3. Communications and Administrative Support (5%)

•       Seek opportunities to raise the visibility of CFSA and organic
agriculture policy efforts (e.g. tabling, speaking engagements, or
collaborative programming with other organizations).

Position Requirements

•       A JD or Master’s Degree in Public Policy or other relevant field of
study, or a BA or BS degree in a relevant field of study and 10 years of
relevant work experience.
•       Strong commitment to the values embodied in CFSA’s mission and
programs.
•       Strong analytic skills, including ability to identify systemic
problems and develop innovative solutions.
•       Excellent oral and written communication skills.
•       Exceptional organizational skills and time management ability, with
proven ability to multitask, and consistently meet or exceed deadlines and
goals.
•       Proven ability to work well within a team, and with individuals, both
internal and external, from diverse backgrounds.
•       Must be self-directed, attentive to details and enthusiastic.
•       Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills with an
ability to prioritize, negotiate with, and work with a variety of internal and
external stakeholders.
•       A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced
environment; ability to concurrently work on strategic issues and operational
details.
Personal qualities of integrity, accountability, credibility, and dedication
to sustainable agriculture and the mission of CFSA

Strongly Preferred Qualifications

•       Familiarity with the National Organic Program and agriculture in
general.
•       Experience with the development of public policy at the state or
federal level.

Salary range is between $36,000-$45,000 DOE for this position, 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 color. 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 apply@carolinafarmstewards.org with “Organic
Policy Coordinator” in the subject line.  You will receive electronic
confirmation of your email submission.  No calls, please.

Applications are due by August 24, 2015.  The anticipated start date is
October 5, 2015.

Michigan State University Institute for Food Laws & Regulations: Two positions open

The Michigan State University (MSU) Institute for Food Laws and Regulations (IFLR) is accepting applications for two new positions:  Food Law Academic Specialist (Teaching) and a Research Fellow in Global Food Law.

The Academic Specialist will teach an undergraduate course in United States food law, assist with online food law courses, and provide support for food science laboratory coursework.

The Research Fellow will organize and implement the Global Food Law Summer Seminar, complete at least one mentored research project, assist in other projects supporting IFLR and the Master Program in Global Food Law. Both positions are full-time, annual year positions.

For the full position descriptions and to apply, visit the MSU Applicant Web page.  For the Research Fellow position, search for job #1077. For the Food Law Academic Specialist (Teaching) position, search for job #1676.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Mary Anne Verleger at (517) 355-8295 or Verlege3@anr.msu.edu.

For questions about the positions, please contact Neal Fortin, IFLR Director, E-mail: fortinne@msu.edu.