Sunday, May 22, 2016

Commodity Futures: Internship and Part Time Law Clerk Positions

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Office of the Inspector General (CFTC OIG) is seeking a law student to fill an unpaid summer internship position. The internship is a great opportunity to learn about the IG community (which combats fraud, waste, and abuse in government) and about the CFTC and the regulation of commodity markets in the United States. Duration of internship and work hours are negotiable. If interested, please send an email to rsarvis@cftc.gov describing your interest, and please attach a resume or CV. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

CFTC OIG is also accepting applications for a part-time law clerk position HERE. This position is aimed at recent law school graduates who have taken, or will be taking, the bar exam. Applications for the law clerk position will not be considered unless submitted through the USAJOBS website. The listing closesMay 31, 2016.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Director of Child Nutrition Policy & Programs: Hunger Free New York City

Hunger Free New York City (HFNYC) is seeking a full-time Director of Child Nutrition Policy and Programs to support its work to ensure that every child in New York City and America has access to sufficient, nutritious food. By increasing participation in federal child nutrition assistance programs, including school meals, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Women, Infants, Children (WIC) program, we connect kids with the food they need to grow and thrive. The Director of Child Nutrition Policy and Programs will work with Hunger Free America (HFA) and Hunger Free NYC staff and community partners - utilizing advocacy, outreach, communications, and volunteerism - to promote child nutrition programs and services locally and nationally. This position is based in New York City and reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Director of Child Nutrition Policy and Programs will:
  • Direct the organization’s policy, outreach, technical assistance, volunteerism, and research work on child nutrition programs, with a particular focus on the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP), SFSP, and WIC.
  • Direct HFNYC’s Summer Meals Outreach Program, including managing a team of AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates and interns in community outreach, to increase participation in SFSP in NYC.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with local, state, and federal child nutrition program administrators and keep abreast of program rules and regulations, policy guidance, and other issues regarding child nutrition programs.
  • Monitor major child nutrition policy developments; collaborate with the Policy and Communications Departments to respond, when appropriate.
  • Serve as NYCCAH’s main liaison with local, state, and federal officials, as well as local, state, and national nonprofit organizations and stakeholders, regarding child nutrition programs.
  • Provide technical assistance to NSBP, SFSP, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and WIC sites to advance best practices that increase access and utilization of these programs; develop reports on best practices and challenges in those programs.
  • Collaborate with HFA’s Strategic Volunteerism Department to recruit and manage volunteers for outreach and other service opportunities with SFSP, WIC, and other child nutrition programs.
  • Collaborate cross-departmentally to provide education, training, and technical assistance to national service participants and other partner organizations to increase their ability to conduct and coordinate child nutrition program outreach and volunteerism.
  • Collaborate with the Development Department to prepare proposals, progress reports, and other materials for funders.
  • Prepare draft materials – e.g. public testimony, grant proposals, fact sheets, press releases, outreach materials – for the media, funders, elected officials, partner organizations, and the public.
  • Create and update sections on the Hunger Free America website regarding child nutrition programs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:
  • A Bachelor’s Degree with at least 4-5 years of related experience. A Master’s Degree in social work, public health, nutrition, public administration, public policy, non-profit management, or a related field is a plus.
  • Experience working at either a nonprofit organization or a government agency on outreach and/or policy work relating to child nutrition and/or federal safety net programs.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and managing child nutrition and/or related programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise staff, national service members, interns, and volunteers.
  • Knowledge of federal child nutrition programs and the NYC school system, including SchoolFood.
  • Experience providing training and technical assistance to non-profit organizations.
  • Excellent writing, communication, research, and analysis skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and relationship-building skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational and management skills, with proven ability to multi-task effectively.
  • Positive, self-starter attitude; ability to take initiative, think creatively, and work independently.
  • Demonstrated experience in community engagement, including working in diverse neighborhoods and with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Commitment to Hunger Free America’s mission to end hunger in the United States.
Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be competitive with other similar positions in nonprofit organizations. Hunger Free NYC offers benefits to all full-time employees, including a health insurance plan. Employees also receive paid vacation, holiday, and sick time.

How to Apply:

To apply, submit a resume, a cover letter detailing your qualifications for this specific position, and a brief writing sample, to:

Email: jobs@hungerfreeamerica.org

Please use e-mail subject line, “Director of Child Nutrition.”

Hunger Free NYC is an equal opportunity employer. People of all races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position is open until filled.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Farm and Food Legal Fellow, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a legal fellow to work in its Rhode Island Advocacy Center. Working with the director of the Rhode Island Advocacy Center, as well as program staff, the Rhode Island Farm and Food Legal Fellow will be responsible for a suite of work related to CLF’s Farm and Food Initiative. Responsibilities will include identifying and advocating for policy changes, building coalitions, developing and overseeing a direct legal assistance pro bono network, conducting outreach and trainings, and communicating with the press and the public.

This position is based in CLF’s Providence office. The position will be full-time for two years, with the possibility of extension contingent on fundraising.

The ideal candidate will:
  • Have a J.D. and be a member of a state bar (Rhode Island Bar membership strongly preferred);
  • Have experience working with issues relating to agriculture, aquaculture, or other elements of the food system;
  • Have experience working with private law firms;
  • Have demonstrated experience with policy advocacy;
  • Have strong interpersonal skills, including the proven ability to work with people from different backgrounds and communities;
  • Have the ability to understand and explain scientific issues related to CLF’s environmental advocacy;
  • Have excellent organizational skills;
  • Have exemplary oral and written communication skills;
  • Be able to manage multiple advocacy projects;
  • Be a mature self-starter, able to work both independently and as a productive team member;
  • Be a persuasive, credible, well-prepared advocate;
  • Have the capacity to develop expertise in relevant non-legal technical or policy areas.


To view the full posting and to apply, visit the CLF website.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Local and Regional Food Systems Policy Advisor, USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs

This position is located in the Office of the Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). AMS facilitates the strategic marketing of agricultural products in domestic and international markets while assuring fair trading practices and promoting a competitive and efficient marketplace to the benefit of consumers of U.S. food and fiber products. The Office of the Administrator is responsible for the overall planning and administration of the broad marketing, regulatory, and related Departmental programs and activities assigned to AMS.

The incumbent serves as a Local and Regional Food Systems Policy Advisor and, as such, plays a critical role in advising Agency, Mission Area, and Departmental officials on key issues and decision-making processes on a variety of complex, important, and sometimes controversial activities concerning Departmental and interagency local and regional food systems policies and relevant programs. Primary responsibility includes coordination and leadership of the USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative.


To view the full posting and to apply, visit the USAJobs portal.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Attorney Advisor, USDA Office of the General Counsel, Washington, D.C.

There are two USDA OGC Attorney Advisor positions announced on USA Jobs.

From the announcement:

These positions are located in the Food Assistance International and Rural Division (FAIR) at the headquarters of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) in Washington D.C., which is an independent legal agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides legal advice and services on a centralized basis to the Secretary of Agriculture and all other officials and agencies of the Department with respect to all USDA programs and activities.

There are two positions associated with this vacancy.

  • The primary purpose of one position is to provide legal services to the Rural Development Mission Area, which provides financial and technical assistance to enhance economic development and improve the quality of life for rural America. The emphasis of this position will be advising on the single family and multi-family programs of the Rural Housing Service. 
  • The primary purpose of the other position is to provide legal services to the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Mission Area, which administers programs that provide food assistance to vulnerable populations across the country including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the School Meals programs.
For more information, visit USAJobs.  Applications for these positions will only be open until Monday, May 16, 2016.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

CLINICAL DIRECTOR, RESNICK PROGRAM FOR FOOD LAW AND POLICY

Description


CLINICAL DIRECTOR, RESNICK PROGRAM FOR FOOD LAW AND POLICY
START DATE: JULY 1, 2016

ABOUT THE RESNICK PROGRAM

The Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy (“Resnick Program”) is dedicated to studying and advancing solutions for improving the modern food system. Covering a wide range of local, national, and global food law and policy topics and issues, the program seeks solutions in support of a food system that embodies the values of transparency, accountability, and equity and that yields improved health and sustainability outcomes for all.

Leveraging our location in Los Angeles — an unrivaled global capital of diverse food cultures and consumers, in a state that grows more food than anywhere else in the world — the Program examines the ways in which the modern food system shapes consumers’ physical, economic, social and environmental health. More information about the program is available at our website: www.law.ucla.edu/Resnick.

ABOUT THE FOOD LAW AND POLICY CLINIC

The Resnick Program plans to launch a Food Law and Policy Clinic during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Food Law and Policy Clinic will be aimed at both student development and creating on the ground impacts. The clinic’s programmatic mission will be to facilitate sufficient access to socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable food and to improve food environments particularly for low income populations and marginalized communities. To achieve this goal, the program will provide assistance to groups who: 1) seek to expand healthy food access and improve food environments, and 2) are engaged in work that supports transition to sustainable food production and equitable distribution. The Clinic will train approximately eight to16 students per year (depending on whether the clinic runs one or two semesters) and focus on developing student skills, creative problem solving, professional responsibility, and an understanding of local government law and food law and policy issues.


To view the full position announcement and to apply, visit the UCLA recruitment webpage.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Food Systems Consultant -- Washington State

The Washington State Food System Roundtable (FSRT) is looking for an
individual or a firm to work with our existing membership for approximately
eight months throughout the remainder of 2016.

Consultant Services Requested:  We want to build support to strengthen
Washington’s food system and are looking for individuals/firms that will
effectively communicate the Roundtable goals, successfully engage
stakeholders, and identify the most viable stewardship of the vision and
action strategies.

At this juncture we are looking for letters of interest (LOI) by May 10, 2016
from prospective consultants in two distinct areas:
1.      Staff Support:
Eight months of staffing support for furthering the work of the Roundtable.
This includes deep stakeholder engagement, preparing for and facilitating
Coalition meetings, finalizing the Prospectus and supporting the development
of a sustainable Stewardship model to ensure long-term sustainability.
2.      Communications:
Develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy to effectively
promote our work.

For the full version of this solicitation please email
Jennifer.peterson@dshs.wa.gov..

Friday, April 15, 2016

FARMroots Legal Volunteer Opportunity, Greenmarket, GrowNYC



Organization Information

Greenmarket is a program of GrowNYC, a NYC-based non-profit organization. Greenmarket's mission is to promote regional agriculture and ensure a continuing supply of fresh local produce for New Yorkers. Greenmarket supports farmers and preserves farmland for the future by providing regional, small family farmers with opportunities to sell their fruits, vegetables and other farm products to New Yorkers.

FARMroots is Greenmarket’s Technical Assistance Program that provides both aspiring and established Greenmarket farmers with business technical assistance and training designed to ensure the long-term viability of participating farms and farmland. Technical assistance is provided through both in-house services and through the engagement of consultants. 

FARMroots offers a wide range of Beginning Farmer programming, as well as Technical Assistance support for established producers in the following key areas: 

• Farm Succession and Land Transfer 

• Financial and Business Planning 

• Legal Assistance 

• Strategic Marketing 

• Access to Capital 

• Food Safety and Risk Management 

To learn more about Greenmarket and FARMroots, visit http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket.

Legal Volunteer Opportunity Overview 

Responsibilities:

The summer legal volunteer will have the opportunity to contribute to a number of ongoing projects in the Technical Assistance areas listed above by providing legal support to all members of the FARMroots team. Responsibilities may include researching, drafting, and editing both internal and client-facing materials; correspondence with clients, partners, attorneys, consultants, and other stakeholders; and providing organizational and administrative support as needed. 

The summer legal volunteer will have exposure to the many areas of law that impact agricultural producers. Legal topics that may be encountered include business formation, contract negotiation, estate planning, real property leases, land use and conservation, tax, labor and employment, intellectual property, food safety, and regulatory issues.

Location: 

The summer legal volunteer will be located at the GrowNYC office in New York, NY.

Ideal Qualifications:

• Rising 2L or 3L 

• Strong research, analytical, writing, and communication skills 

• Ability to work independently, resourceful, and collaborative 

• A demonstrated commitment to food and agricultural law and policy issues 

• Background, coursework, or previous work experience in food or agriculture is preferred

Supervision:

The summer legal volunteer will be supervised by the FARMroots Program Director and the FARMroots Business Planning and Legal Specialist.

Time Commitment:

This summer legal volunteer opportunity requires a 10 to 12 week commitment, approximately 15 hours per week with some flexibility. This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. Students are highly encouraged to seek public interest fellowship funds or arrange to receive academic credit from their law school.

Applications:

Applications for the summer legal volunteer will be accepted until April 22, 2016. Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

Jack Hornickel, Esq.

FARMroots Business Planning and Legal Specialist 

Greenmarket, GrowNYC 

100 Gold Street, Suite 3300 

New York, NY 10038 

(212) 341-2256 

jhornickel@grownyc.org 

GrowNYC is an equal opportunity employer.











Analyst in Agricultural Policy, Library of Congress

Analyst in Agricultural Policy, Library of Congress

The application period for this position has been extended to April 22, 2016.

See job posting on USA Jobs at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/431957200/.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Food Safety Coordinator, Equal Exchange

The Food Safety Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that Equal Exchange’s food safety programs meet or exceed all federal, state, and local food safety regulations to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone in our supply chain: farmers, workers, and customers. This position is based out of West Bridgewater, MA, with occasional travel to Equal Exchange warehouses, suppliers, and co-packers.

To Apply:
Please send your resume, cover letter and answers to the application questions below to foodsafety@equalexchange.coop

Job Description:
Employment Status: Full Time, Regular Exempt Position
Hours: 40 hours/week
Starting Salary: $42,000
Benefits: Health/dental/vision insurance coverage, vacations, holidays, sick days, eligibility for worker ownership
Departments: Support Operations
Report to: Support Operations Manager


For more information and to apply, visit the equal exchange website.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Director: Rural Training & Research Center, Federation of Southern Cooperatives

Position Announcement
Director - Federation's Rural Training and Research Center
(RTRC)

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/LAF, is a regional cooperative and rural development organization, serving a membership of Black farmers, landowners, cooperatives and other low-income rural people in the Southeast. We are seeking an
experienced, energetic and creative person to serve as the Director of the Federation's Rural Training Center in Epes, Alabama. The person will report to the Federation's Executive Director, based in Atlanta, be a member of the organization's Executive Staff and will have day-today responsibilities to operate and develop the RTRC facilities and demonstration farming and forestry components, located on 850 acres in Sumter County, Alabama; and supervise the programs and staff of the organization based at the RTRC, and other related activities of the Alabama State Association of Cooperatives.

Persons interested in applying for this position should mail or email a letter of interest and an up-to-date resume to:

John Zippert, Director of Program Operations
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund
P. O. Box 95, Epes, Alabama 35460. 
Email:
The deadline for submitting your application is April 20, 2016.
More information on the mission, membership and programs of
the Federation is available at our website: www.federation.coop.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Executive Director, University of Arizona Natural Resources Users Law & Policy Center



The University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) and James E. Rogers College of Law have partnered to create the University of Arizona Natural Resources Users Law & Policy Center (NRULPC). The center will include a Law Practice Group to address the currently unmet legal needs of ranchers, farmers, miners and others whose business involves the use of natural resources and whose business often takes place on “working landscapes.” The Center will also support research, education and outreach to the resource users community. The Executive Director will report to the head of Cooperative Extension for all non-legal functions and the Dean of the College of Law for all law related functions.

Duties & Responsibilities

Implement, manage and provide leadership to the NRULPC, in three phases:

Phase 1. Engage stakeholders and the full range of CALS and university experts in natural resources to determine priorities for the NRULPC. The NRULPC will provide private and public lands natural resource users information and assistance when they face complex legal environments. The Executive Director will be tasked with determining which issues to focus on first based upon the needs of the industry.

Phase 2. Hire a Legal Director to establish a Public Interest Law Clinic within the Center that will offer College of Law and CALS students experiential learning opportunities by providing legal services and policy advice to resource users. The clinic will serve as a foundation to seek external funding to expand into the second phase.

Phase 3. Work with the Legal Director to establish a Law Practice Group, which is akin to a law firm, that will employ post-graduate legal fellows who can provide more advanced representation as full time lawyers and who will become a new source of legal expertise for the commercial world in this broad area, as well as CALS students whose expertise can inform policy work and research—this will be a clear contribution to Arizona’s and the nation’s economic development.

Collaborate with stakeholders, internal and external to the University.

Design and implement a consultative structure to ensure regular feedback and input from intra- and extra-mural stakeholders.

Report quarterly to intra- and extra-mural stakeholders.

Work with the Development teams in Law and CALS, develop and implement a fundraising plan so that the NRULPC is self-sustaining within three years of inception.

Travel will include face-to-face meetings, conferences, law/policy meetings, workshops, etc. The person will coordinate and attend face-to-face meetings with stakeholders such as Mining, Ranching and Forestry businesses. Plus attend law/policy meetings with the following types of agencies: Farm Bureau, Family Farm Alliance, Agribusiness and Water Council, Arizona Cotton Grower’s Association, the Arizona Cattleman’s Association (travel will be state-wide, but also throughout the West, and perhaps DC). Selected candidate should provide their own transportation.

Other duties as assigned.


For more information and to apply, visit the University of Arizona Human Resources website.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Student Trainee (Appeals Officer) USDA, National Appeals Division



The National Appeals Division is an independent office within the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that reports directly to the Secretary of Agriculture.

The mission of the National Appeals Division is to conduct impartial administrative appeals hearings and reviews of adverse program decisions made by officers, employees or committees of designated agencies of USDA.

This position serves as a Student Trainee signed to the appeals staff and/or regional office. Under the direct supervision of the Supervisory Appeals Officer (SAO) and the Deputy Regional Director (DRD).

The salary shown in this announcement reflects the base rate of pay for the Federal government. The salaries for each location are: Alexandria, VA ($53,435 - $69,460) 1 vacancy) and Cordova, TN ($48,968 - $63,654) (2 vacancies).

For more information visit the National Appeals Division Homepage at http://www.nad.usda.gov/
One or more positions may be filled using this Job Opportunity Announcement.

Duties

The Pathways Student Trainee (Appeals Officer) GS-09 position will provide assistance in a variety of functional areas, including, but not limited to, review Director review requests filed by parties and preparing review determinations for the Director, and reviewing Administrative Judge determinations. Such duties involve:
Examining first level National Appeals Division (NAD) decisions regarding direct and guaranteed rural housing loans and serving, commodity programs, deficiency payments, commodity loans, crop disaster programs, livestock programs, conservation programs, payment eligibility, and price support program which come before NAD;
Participating in examining evidentiary hearings in which one or both sides may be represented by an advocate or attorney;
Preparing memoranda in support of determinations for review by an experienced staff member and signature by the Director on regulatory issues;
Evaluating first level decisions to assess whether decisions are consistent with laws and regulations and their general applicable interpretations;
Performing administrative duties such as: gathers and reviews a variety of narrative and/or statistical data to prepare reports;
Conducting analyses of data to support conclusions or recommendations for action.




For more information and to apply, visit the USAJobs.gov site.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Clinical Law Professor, Center for Agriculture & Food Systems, Vermont Law School






Vermont Law School has a distinguished record of preparing students to serve their clients and the public interest. As the nation's leading environmental law and policy program (US News & World Report), which houses the nation’s most comprehensive sustainable food and agriculture law and policy program, we seek to fill the following position:

Clinical Law Professor

This new assistant professor position will work as a lawyer and teacher co-leading the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems’ (CAFS) dynamic clinical work with students, our LLM Fellows, and Program Officer for Legal Design to develop legal tools, resources and provide legal representation to support sustainable food systems. Responsibilities include developing creative legal resources for broad use; provision of legal advice; outreach and collaboration with local, national, and international organizations to amplify our progressive work; and representation of CAFS at conferences, professional organizations and vis a vis the media. For more about our leading edge clinic click here; for examples of our legal products click here. Teaching responsibilities include supervising students on projects & collaborating/assisting the other CAFS faculty in developing and teaching doctrinal courses. Requires min 2-3 yrs relevant legal practice exp, demonstrated commitment to sustainable food & agriculture, excellent analytical, research & writing skills, and interest in teaching. This is a two year position, with the second year dependent upon funding availability.









For more information on this and other positions, please visit our website at http://www.vermontlaw.edu/community/about-vls/employment-opportunities.









Apply via the link above or send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Human Resources, Vermont Law School, P.O. Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068 or to cblake@vermontlaw.edu.









Vermont Law School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in our workforce.
 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Farm & Food Legal Fellow, Rhode Island Advocacy Center



FARM AND FOOD LEGAL FELLOW, RHODE ISLAND 

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a legal fellow to work in its Rhode Island Advocacy Center. Working with the director of the Rhode Island Advocacy Center, as well as program staff, the Rhode Island Farm and Food Legal Fellow will be responsible for a suite of work related to CLF’s Farm and Food Initiative. Responsibilities will include identifying and advocating for policy changes, building coalitions, developing and overseeing a direct legal assistance pro bono network, conducting outreach and trainings, and communicating with the press and the public.

This position is based in CLF’s Providence office. The position will be full-time for two years, with the possibility of extension contingent on fundraising.

The ideal candidate will:

• Have a J.D. and be a member of a state bar (Rhode Island Bar membership strongly preferred);

• Have experience working with issues relating to agriculture, aquaculture, or other elements of the food system; 

• Have experience working with private law firms; 

• Have demonstrated experience with policy advocacy; 

• Have strong interpersonal skills, including the proven ability to work with people from different backgrounds and communities; 

• Have the ability to understand and explain scientific issues related to CLF’s environmental advocacy; 

• Have excellent organizational skills; 

• Have exemplary oral and written communication skills; 

• Be able to manage multiple advocacy projects; 

• Be a mature self-starter, able to work both independently and as a productive team member; 

• Be a persuasive, credible, well-prepared advocate; 

• Have the capacity to develop expertise in relevant non-legal technical or policy areas.

General Advocacy Work

• Conduct outreach to a diverse set of Rhode Island food-system stakeholders to identify common legal issues; 

• Build alliances and coalitions among community groups, public officials, business interests, and advocacy organizations; 

• Develop and oversee a direct legal assistance pro bono network serving farmers, aquaculturists, food businesses, and food organizations (the Legal Services Food Hub);

• Develop trainings to advise food-system stakeholders, pro bono attorneys, community groups, and other advocacy groups on legal and policy matters; 

• Write public educational materials, articles, and opinion pieces; 

• Educate and advocate to local, state, and federal legislatures and administrations; 

• Engage in public outreach and speaking on advocacy initiatives; 

• Work effectively with administrative support staff; 

• Work with other CLF attorneys and communications and policy specialists; and 

• Work with the media to amplify and disseminate CLF’s work and policy goals.

Management Responsibilities

• Participate in efforts to raise financial support for individual initiatives and for the organization as a whole, and prepare funder reports and related materials as requested by the Rhode Island advocacy center director and/or program directors; 

• Be actively involved in the mentoring and recruiting activities for interns, staff, and volunteers; 

• Prepare and present for management and board approval proposals for new work; and 

• Participate in program strategic planning. 

Experience in a nonprofit public interest advocacy setting is highly desirable. Candidate must be a registered member of a state bar (Rhode Island strongly preferred).

Salary and Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary for a legal fellow, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive, and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected.

CLF protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A nonprofit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders — in statehouses, courthouses and boardrooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings — to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Send your resume titled "your last name-first initial-resume" (e.g. "SMITH J RESUME") and a detailed cover letter titled "your last name-first initial-cover" (e.g. "SMITH J COVER") to careers@clf.org. Please make "Rhode Island Legal Fellow" the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.










Friday, March 18, 2016

Temporary Position re: GM Labeling Compliance at Walmart

Walmart has a new temporary position open in their Labeling Compliance Department. It's a 3-6 months project, working with our alumna Amy White and her colleagues.  This position will primarily focused on GMO labeling in Vermont, data capture and analysis, but the successful candidate would also likely be called upon to research legal/regulatory issues in a variety of interesting areas as they arise.
 

If interested, send a resume and a cover letter to both Catherine Cosby, Catherine.Cosby@walmart.com and Amy White, Amy.White@wal-mart.com
 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Human Rights Attorney, Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC)

About FFSC

The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances the human rights of farmworkers, the long-term interests of growers, and the ethical supply chain concerns of retail food companies through implementation of the Fair Food Program (FFP), a unique worker-led, market-driven social responsibility program that emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' successful Campaign for Fair Food. The FFP has been recognized by human rights experts as "the best workplace-monitoring program" in the US and "one of the great human rights success stories of our day." To learn more, please see the FFSC's annual report.

About the Position

Attorneys make findings of fact and apply the Fair Food Code of Conduct to those facts; draft comprehensive reports; negotiate corrective action plans; carry out complaint intake, investigation and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting; conduct legal research; prepare memoranda of law on issues affecting farmworker rights; and make presentations to staff and director, as well as the public. FFSC is based in Sarasota, FL, with work-related travel throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Salary and benefits are competitive within the non-profit sector.

Qualifications/Skills
Fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole;
Strong communication and interviewing skills;
Strong writing and documentation skills, including attention to detail;
Ability to connect facts and discern patterns;
Ability to interact well with people of different nationalities, gender, and education levels;
Comfort working in rural areas, including onsite at farms (outdoors);
Willingness to work irregular hours and "do what is necessary";
Ability to work well as part of a team, as well as independently;
Discipline and initiative; and
Valid drivers' license




View the full Job Posting here.

Executive Director, Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York



EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NOFA-NY


The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, Inc. (NOFA-NY) is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization into the next decade. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to organic agriculture as well as experience in organizational management and fundraising.

Founded in 1983, NOFA-NY is the premier statewide organization growing a strong organic and sustainable agriculture movement in New York State. NOFA-NY provides education and assistance to local organic and sustainable farmers; connects consumers with these farmers; and advocates policies that support a sustainable food and farm system at both the state and federal levels.

NOFA-NY’s Executive Director leads a vibrant member-based organization representing over 1,200 certified organic and sustainable farms in New York State, the nation’s largest consumer market, and a dedicated staff of 12.

Position Requirements and Expectations: The Executive Director will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors and Staff to lead the organization’s: 

· Vision- Exemplify progressive leadership that promotes organic and sustainable agriculture

· Network Building – Expand and strengthen NOFA-NY’s role as a leader of the organic farming community and local foods movement by building relationships with state and national organizations.

 · Fundraising – Lead and work with staff to maintain and grow NOFA-NY’s financial stability by coordinating grants for federal, state, and foundation funding, cultivating major donors, growing individual donations and membership, organizing fundraising events.

· Policy Action – Contribute, articulate and implement clear policy that promotes sustainable and organic farming and food in New York State.

· Membership Development- Improve programs and policies that promote and increase membership and influence of NOFA-NY

· Program Development –Work with Education and Operations managers, and staff to develop and support dynamic and engaging educational programs that meet the stated needs of our constituents. 

· Organizational Management – Insure collaboration and cooperation among NOFA-NY staff, Certified Organic LLC staff and with the Board of Directors. Oversee and support financial management, communications, development, and program development.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have extensive practical experience in organizational management and a record of exemplary success in the professional domains encompassed by the position requirements and expectations described above. The successful candidate will have:

· Experience with local, organic agriculture, and rural community development.

· An engaging and positive personality.

· A proven ability to manage and inspire a professional staff and board.

· Experience with management and administration.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills through all media channels.

· A proven, creative and effective fundraising record with public and private donors, foundations, and grant writing.

· An effective and respected public presence.

· Excellent communication skills

· Willingness to travel, and meet farmers, funders, members and staff.

· Ability to be the public face of NOFA-NY as a leader in the national organic food and farming movement.

· Ability to build bridges among diverse communities, stakeholders and networks. 

Although NOFA-NY’s office is located in Farmington, NY, extensive statewide travel will be part of the job. The candidate may be based elsewhere. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and comparable to those of organizations of similar type, size, and location. NOFA-NY’s benefits package includes employer-paid medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan. Vacation, personal, and compensatory time policies are generous.


Application: Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, two relevant writing samples, and three references (two supervisor references) to NOFA-NY’s Search Committee. The cover letter should specifically address the following four points:

1. Your commitment and passion for organic food and farming.

2. Your connection with agriculture.

3. Your experience in organizational management and administration.

4. Your experience in fundraising detailing experience with grants and donors.


Application materials shall be submitted electronically by April 15th, 2016 as a single PDF attachment and addressed to hr@nofany.org, subject line: “<candidate’s name> – NOFA-NY ED Application.” 

Questions regarding this announcement may be submitted by email to hr@nofany.org; subject line: “<your name> – NOFA-NY ED Inquiry.” Please include your full name and contact information (email address and phone number) in the body of the email.

NOFA-NY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

CRS Legislative Attorney: Environmental, Energy and Constitutional Law

Legislative Attorney (Environmental, Energy, and Constitutional Law)

CRS has extended the application deadline for the Legislative Attorney (Environmental, Energy, and Constitutional Law), GS-13 until March 28, 2016.


Click here for more information.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

CRS Legislative Attorney: Food & Drug and Constitutional Law

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/429254400/

Job Title:  Legislative Attorney (Food and Drug and Constitutional Law)
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:  160042

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), American Law Division (ALD), seeks a Legislative Attorney to analyze legal questions that emerge from the work of Congress related to food and drug and constitutional law in particular and American public law generally. This is a non-litigating position emphasizing qualifications and interest in legal research and writing in a public service legislative context. Candidates with research experience in and broad general knowledge of legal issues regarding food and drugs and the U.S. Constitution in particular and American public law in general; who demonstrate strong research, writing, and oral communication skills; and who possess a portfolio of high quality legal analytical writing are encouraged to apply. Experience as a judicial clerk will be beneficial.

JOB SUMMARY:
The position’s primary focus is the broad area of food and drug and constitutional law. However, given ALD’s relatively small staff and the breadth of issues ALD covers for Congress, candidates must also be capable of working in a number of different areas of the law and have the intellectual curiosity to seek out and maintain a broad portfolio of legal issues. Thus, applicants should also have knowledge of administrative law and budget and appropriations.

The Legislative Attorney prepares objective, non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive and background memoranda and reports on legal issues of national significance; provides personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff on legal issues throughout the legislative process; and participates in or leads team research projects and seminars. The Legislative Attorney is expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide legal analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.

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.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on legal and public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.


DUTIES:

Prepares probing and innovative written legal analyses, arguments, briefs, or other analytical documents that relate complex variables within the attorney's specialized field of law to the development, interpretation, or implementation of important public policies.

Provides congressional staff with consultations and oral briefings that clarify legal questions, identify and discuss legal options, and inform congressional staff of CRS informational and analytical capabilities within the scope of the attorney's subject areas.

Prepares authoritative descriptive and background reports, memoranda, bill digests, surveys of laws, comparisons of laws and bills, and other types of written responses for congressional committees, Members, and staff that are characterized by substantial breadth and depth and that cover all pertinent factors and relationships.

Advises and assists other legislative attorneys and analysts and specialists through provision of legal analysis and information in support of their service to Congress.

Prepares and delivers oral presentations at CRS seminars and other outreach programs.

In response to congressional inquiries, locates, organizes, summarizes, and interprets legal information and other pre-existing legal materials, on difficult or misunderstood policy issues through research, including search of the reference collections and databases of CRS, the Library, other institutions or through contacts and networking with Executive Branch officials or other professionals in the field.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:


BASIC REQUIREMENT: Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, a territory of the United States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
In addition, applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
  • Knowledge of food and drug and constitutional law in particular and American public law generally**
  • Ability to analyze legal issues**
  • Ability to write in a legal context**
  • Ability to convey legal analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations
  • Ability to work effectively in a high pressure environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of analysis and consultation
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion
  • Ability to build and maintain a professional network
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing
SALARY RANGE:
$92,145.00 to $119,794.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 to Monday, April 4, 2016

SERIES & GRADE:
GS-0905-13

POSITION INFORMATION:
Open - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
15
DUTY LOCATIONS:
1 vacancy - Washington DC

WHO MAY APPLY:
U.S. citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:
Public Trust - Background Investigation

Associate Counsel: Livestock Marketing Association


http://www.lmaweb.com/careers/

ASSOCIATE COUNSEL, LIVESTOCK MARKETING ASSOCIATION
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Job Description: Assists Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) and its members with legal inquiries related to Packers and Stockyard Act requirements and other business-related legal issues. Assists in government and industry affairs activities for the LMA.

Duties Include:


  • Works with out-of-house counsel to respond to LMA-member questions about market-related legal and compliance issues.
  • Develops educational training materials for LMA-membership relating to legal issues.
  • Works with Region Executive Officers to provide state-specific training materials.
  • Legal research.
  • Assists Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs in representing LMA’s interest before U.S. Congress and Executive Branch departments and agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, and USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service.
  • Manages fundraising for LMA Political Action Committee.
  • Develops and executes grassroots advocacy plan engaging LMA members with their elected officials.
  • Reviews proposed policy for its potential impact on the marketing sector.


The following knowledge and skills are required:


  • Law degree
  • Demonstrated knowledge of/experience in the livestock industry
  • Legal research skills
  • Good interpersonal communication skills

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Please send cover letter and resume to Chelsea Good, VP of Government and Industry Affairs, cgood@lmaweb.com, 816-305-9540.



Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Program Associate 1, Wallace Center: Pasture Project



Program Associate 1, Wallace Center: Pasture Project - Arlington, VA

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants for the position of Program Associate 1 for the Wallace Center. The responsibilities, duties and qualifications for this position are described in the attached position description.

GENERAL:

Winrock is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development with a focus on social and environmental issues. As a mission driven, field-based organization, we believe that sustainable development is inclusive and that complex challenges require integrated solutions. Winrock embraces continuous quality improvement and a culture of impact, accountability and entrepreneurship.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include life, disability and medical insurance; retirement; and other normal Winrock benefits.

APPLICATIONS:

Applicants should go to Jobs page at http://www.winrock.org/page/careers-winrock to submit their application, cover letter and current resume. Candidates must not require sponsorship to work in the U.S.


POSITION SUMMARY:

The Program Associate will support the Center’s Pasture Project, working in coordination with other staff, consultants, and partner organizations to achieve project goals. Project goals are ambitious and multi-faceted and the project is structured as a continuous adaptation of methods. The person in this position must manage many pieces of work occurring simultaneously, helping ensure that all are on task and each element of the project is progressing effectively. He or she should thrive in a fast-paced environment, be adaptive, comfortable moving forward in the face of uncertainty, and able to build strong working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and skills. The Program Associate will also at times lend support to other Wallace Center projects and program development efforts.

Director of Food Strategy - Rhode Island

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND invites applications for the position of
CHIEF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

DEPARTMENT:                                   DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
DIVISION:                                            Office of Director
OPENING DATE:                                 03/03/16
CLOSING DATE:                                  03/22/16 11:59 PM
SALARY:                                              $37.95 - $43.02 Hourly
$69,076.00 - $78,305.00 Annually
PAY GRADE:                                        134 A
JOB TYPE:                                            Non-Union (99)
NAME OF BARGAINING UNIT
UNION:                                               Non-Union (99)
LOCATION:                                         235 Promenade Street, Providence
SCHEDULED WORK DAYS:
HOURS OF WORK                               Monday - Friday8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
WORK WEEK:                                                 Non-Standard
RESTRICTIONS/LIMITATIONS:           Limited to Grant Funding
ASSIGNMENT(S)/COMMENTS:         Pending Budget Approval
JOB NUMBER:                                     1710-10000-00 (11834)
CLASS DEFINITION:

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Within a state department, to be responsible for the total planning, program development and research for the various programs of the department, for the purpose of coordinating the programs within the department and with other departments and agencies, improving present programs and creating new programs to provide better services to the people of the state in the most effective and efficient manner possible; and to do related work as required. . . .


    Develop a state food plan and provide leadership and coordination around the multiple activities and initiatives related to food system development in Rhode Island.
    Connect the IFNPAC function with economic development and government process reform efforts, spearhead a robust tracking and metrics system for food sector development, and interface with all levels of government to streamline processes and systems affecting local food system development efforts.
    Align food sector development goals with economic development tools at the municipal and state level; streamline food and also associate goals that address policy development.
    Develop and maintain working relationships with leadership and key staff in IFNPAC member agencies to ensure engagement of member agency stakeholders in the State's food policy agenda.
    Track relevant data and metrics to measure progress on specific goals related to food equity, economic development, policy change, and community engagement; perform complex analysis of legislative and policy recommendations regarding food on public health.
    Advocate for IFNPAC goals and values in meetings with other state entities developing strategic plans that could impact food systems and health outcomes.
    Meet with food systems funders and investors to discuss opportunities to bring food system investments into Rhode Island; Interface with Federal government on regulatory and federal legislative barriers and opportunities; and coordinate, develop and submit an Annual Report to the Rhode Island General Assembly, as well as multiple technical reports to the IFNPAC membership, as needed.


APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AThttp://www.apply.ri.gov

One Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908
Position #1710-10000-00 (11834)
CHIEF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
CW
Job Bulletin

CRS Agricultural Policy Analyst - Washington, D.C.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/431957200

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Resources, Science and Industry Division (RSI) is seeking an Analyst in Agricultural Policy. Analyst duties include preparing objective, non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive background reports on issues of national significance; providing personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff on public policy issues throughout the legislative process; and participating in or leading team research projects and seminars. The employee is also expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide public policy and legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.

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.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and committees.

SALARY RANGE:                     $92,145.00 to $119,794.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:                          Tuesday, March 8, 2016 to Friday, April 8, 2016
SERIES & GRADE:                    GS-0101-13
POSITION INFORMATION:     Open - Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:      15
DUTY LOCATIONS:                  Washington DC, DC
WHO MAY APPLY:                   U.S. citizens
SECURITY CLEARANCE:        Public Trust - Background Investigation