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.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Feeding America San Diego: Chief Executive Officer

"Feeding America San Diego is seeking an experienced and inspirational Chief Executive Officer to lead this impactful and growing nonprofit that feeds 59,000 hungry children, seniors and families each week."

For more information, consult the Job Announcement posted on the Feed America San Diego website.

Texas A&M Faculty: Agricultural and Food Law Opportunity

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW seeks to expand its academic program and its strong commitment to scholarship by hiring multiple exceptional faculty candidates for tenure-track or tenured positions, with rank dependent on qualifications and experience.  Candidates must have a J.D. degree or its equivalent.  Preference will be given to those with demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and strong classroom teaching skills.  Successful candidates will be expected to teach and engage in research and service.  While the law school welcomes applications in all subject areas, it particularly invites applications from:

1)      Candidates who are interested in building synergies with Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, with an emphasis on scholars engaged in international business law who focus on cross-border transactions, trade, and economic law (finance, investments, dispute resolution, etc.);

2)      Candidates who are interested in building synergies with the broad mission of Texas A&M University’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, which include but are not limited to scholars engaged in agricultural law (including regulatory issues surrounding agriculture), rural law, community development law, food law, ecosystem sciences, and forensic evidence; and

3)      Visionary leaders in experiential education interested in guiding our existing Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic (with concentrations in both trademarks and patents), Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, Family Law and Benefits Clinic, Employment Mediation Clinic, Wills & Estates Clinic, Innocence Clinic, Externship Program, Equal Justice/Pro Bono Program, and Advocacy Program, with a particular emphasis on candidates who may have an interest in participating in our Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic or developing an Immigration Law Clinic.

Texas A&M University is a tier one research institution and American Association of Universities member.  The university consists of 16 colleges and schools that collectively rank among the top 20 higher education institutions nationwide in terms of research and development expenditures.  As part of its commitment to continue building on its tradition of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and public service, Texas A&M acquired the law school from Texas Wesleyan University in August of 2013.  Since that time, the law school has embarked on a program of investment that increased its entering class credentials and financial aid budgets, while shrinking the class size; hired eleven new faculty members, including nine prominent lateral hires; improved its physical facility; and substantially increased its career services, admissions, and student services staff.

Texas A&M School of Law is located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the country.  The Fort Worth/Dallas area, with a total population in excess of six million people, offers a low cost of living, a strong economy, and access to world-class museums, restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor activities.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Texas A&M welcomes applications from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals who will enhance the rich diversity of the university’s academic community. Applicants should email a résumé and cover letter indicating research and teaching interests to Professor Timothy Mulvaney, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at appointments@law.tamu.edu.  Alternatively, résumés can be mailed to Professor Mulvaney at Texas A&M University School of Law, 1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6509.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fulbright Grant Opportunities for Legal Studies Abroad

Fulbright Grant Opportunities for Legal Studies Abroad

With over 80 Fulbright Scholar awards available in countries around the globe for U.S. law professors, researchers and professionals, now is the time to refresh your thinking and learn about law in a context other than that of the U.S.

The Fulbright Scholar Program now offers more short-term options to teach and/or research than ever before, including Fulbright Flex, an award feature that provides grants for multiple, short-term segments over the course of one to three years.

Watch our informational webinar on Fulbright Opportunities in Law Around the World to learn more about the program from the perspective of a Fulbright legal scholar alumnus. Receive virtual guidance and application support from one of our experienced grant officers by registering for a Virtual Advising session this Thursday, July 16, 2015, 11:00am – 12:00pm EST.

Eligibility
Open to both academics and professionals. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Click here to read the full eligibility guidelines.

How to Apply
Check out our website to learn more about some of Fulbright’s highlighted law awards and to read samples of successfully funded projects. Application Guidelines and Review Criteria are also available.

Click here to start your application today! The deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year is August 3, 2015.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Food Safety & Nutrition Advocate, Consumer Federation of America

 
 

Food Safety and Nutrition

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 Chris Waldrop at cwaldrop@consumerfed.org.




Monday, May 11, 2015

Associate Director of Distance Education Programs, Texas A&M University


The Associate Director of Distance Education Programs is responsible for administering the day to day operations of the online graduate programs. The Associate Director will be involved in close interaction with students and adjuncts from around the world on a daily basis, and will assist the Director with developing strategy sessions, timely implementation of ideas, constant improvement and assessment of the program, communication with students about curricular needs, career objectives, as well as addressing administrative needs, such as registration for and enrollment in courses.

For more information and to apply, visit the Texas A&M Job Path site.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Associate Attorney: FDA Practice - Morgan Lewis Washington, DC

Junior to Mid-Level FDA Associate
Job Description
The Washington, D.C.office of Morgan Lewis, an international law firm with nearly 2,000 attorneys, seeks a highly qualified junior to mid-level associate for its thriving and growing FDA regulatory practice centered in Washington, D.C. Demonstrated experience in FDA regulation, compliance and enforcement matters is required. The ideal candidates will have excellent academic credentials, strong writing and analytical skills, as well as strong experience in the regulatory arenas.

Practice Description:
Morgan Lewis understands the challenges facing the food, drug and medical device industries in this era of increasing governmental regulation and enforcement. The pace of new regulations and statutes affecting regulatory and compliance obligations, creates new opportunities and challenges for manufacturers and suppliers to the life sciences industry. Life sciences sectors are becoming increasingly interconnected and the laws governing them are closely linked. Providing effective and efficient legal services to the life sciences industries requires integrated legal advice that addresses different regulatory structures and emerging industry developments.
Morgan Lewis has assembled a group of nationally recognized FDA attorneys and professionals who take a collaborative and integrated approach to the representation of life sciences industry clients in matters involving FDA regulation, compliance, and government enforcement matters as well as commercial and transactional issue.

To apply: Please submit your resume, law school transcripts, and writing sample.  

https://jobs.smartbrief.com/action/listing?listingid=092332C5-EAC5-4AFC-8445-CF4E0B05CABF&briefid=3e572e18-3fbc-11d5-ad13-000244141872&sid=07b66c7e-9707-4b0a-809b-2f063962eb3b&utm_source=brief


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Penn State Agricultural Law Center: Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney, Agricultural Law Center

Penn State Law in University Park is seeking a licensed attorney with experience in Pennsylvania agricultural law and Pennsylvania shale law to work in the Agricultural Law Center on a variety of research and outreach projects.  This position reports to and provides support for the Director of the Agricultural Law Center.  This position is responsible for conducting legal research and disseminating legal information to outside stakeholders through a variety of methods including the preparation of written, verbal, and electronic work product.  This position will involve the preparation of work product within a range of substantive topics including Pennsylvania agricultural statutes and regulations, agricultural labor, Chesapeake Bay-related legal developments, Pennsylvania oil and gas law, and other agricultural law and shale law topics.

The minimum requirements for the level 1 position are: a J.D. or LL.B. from an ABA-accredited law school.  Candidates must be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar or be eligible to become admitted.  Candidates should be knowledgeable about current issues and the relevant stakeholders within Pennsylvania’s agricultural and shale communities.  This position requires excellent communication, writing, and public speaking skills as well as the ability and desire to develop relationships with external stakeholders and Penn State colleagues.  Moderate travel within Pennsylvania may be required.  The candidate must possess a valid driver’s license.  Standard Penn State background checks will be required.  This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding.

Please apply through vacancy #56475 on the Penn State Jobs website via this link:https://psu.jobs/job/56475. Please submit your cover letter and resume.  A law school transcript will be requested of candidates selected to interview.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:  For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Global Food Law Research Fellow, Institute for Food Laws & Regulation (IFLR), Michigan State University

The Institute for Food Laws and Regulation (IFLR) in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University is seeking a Research Fellow in Global Food Law. This position is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term appointment at the level of academic specialist (research). This is a one-year appointment with a possibility of renewal for a second year subject to funding and needs.

Professional Qualifications: J.D. or other advanced degree related to global food law. Strong writing, research, and communication skills. Keen motivation to learn and succeed professionally. Interest in global food law scholarship and education. Ability to work collaboratively and independently. Time management and project management skills.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will organize and implement the Global Food Law Summer Seminar, which involves coordinating a series of speakers and logistics for the seminar; complete at least one mentored research project, which culminates in a manuscript of publishable quality; and participate in program outreach online and at conferences and seminars as appropriate. The Fellow will also assist the program director with other projects supporting the Institute for Food Laws and Regulations and the Master Program in Global Food Law at the Michigan State University College of Law.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Michigan State University provides its faculty and academic staff with a variety of benefits, which are among the best in academia. Among the most important are a retirement program, and health, prescription drug, dental, and life insurance coverage.

Application Procedures: Applicants will submit the following: 1) a 1-page letter of intent; 2) a writing sample; 3) a research proposal (in 500 words or less); 4) a detailed curriculum vita; and 5) the names and full contact information for three references.

Applications must be submitted via the MSU Applicant Web page (or search for job 1077 at https://jobs.msu.edu/).

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Institution.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Programme Assistant, Food & Sustainability/Climate Change


JOB TITLE: Programme Assistant, Food and Sustainability/ Climate Change

LOCATION: Geneva, Switzerland 

DURATION: 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016 (preceded by ten days preparation in UK from mid-August 2015)

This is an opportunity for a person with an interest in international affairs and in international organizations to experience a range of international work, while working primarily as an assistant to QUNO’s Representative for Food & Sustainability in her work relating to agricultural trade and investment and on intellectual property of plants. The work also includes a support role to QUNO’s Bonn-based Representative for Climate Change, maintaining strong linkages between QUNO’s work in Geneva and in Bonn, contributing to programme outreach, and acting as a Geneva-based presence in meetings where appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities

The post will comprise two sets of responsibilities as follows:

1) Programme work (approximately 60% of time. 70% of the programme work is estimated to be on food and sustainability and 30% on climate change)

Assisting the Representatives Food and Sustainability and Climate Change. This might include assisting with and supporting QUNO's work relating to agricultural trade; assisting with and supporting QUNO's work relating to innovation and intellectual property in agriculture; acting as active link person between the Representative for Climate Change in Bonn and Geneva based staff, including: facilitating her participation in virtual meetings; making arrangements for her presence at in-person meetings and generally supporting a high level of integration; contributing to programme outreach; and participating in Geneva-based meetings where appropriate; attending UN, NGO and other meetings; representing QUNO at such meetings, as appropriate; assisting in setting up and participating in meetings at Quaker House; writing internal notes and reports and external communications; collecting, reading, analysing, sorting and filing documents; helping to prepare submissions to the UN, and other materials; responding to enquiries by letter, email and telephone.

2) Administrative tasks providing support to QUNO as a whole (approximately 40% of time) assisting with the organization and the logistics of QUNO’s Geneva Summer School assisting in the arrangements for lunches and other events which take place at Quaker House, including cooking and clearing up and other tasks around the House; working with members of staff on general routine clerical duties including minute taking, dealing with filing, the post, photocopying, and all aspects of hospitality; assisting with the maintenance of the QUNO database and other tasks related to QUNO outreach activities; assisting with managing and editing QUNO’s Geneva Reporter.

Closing date for completed applications: 30 March 2015 

Interviews: Expected in London on 13 May 2015

Starting date: 1 September 2015, with a mandatory preparation period in the UK expected to be of ten days and to begin 18 August, for which a small allowance will be paid. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to participate in the QUNO Geneva Summer School (5-16 July 2015) at QUNO’s expense.

TO APPLY

All applications must be made on the QUNO Programme Assistant application form for this position that is available on-line on the QUNO webpage. Your completed form should be sent by email to qunojob2@quno.ch with "Programme Assistant, Food and Sustainability/Climate Change" in the subject line. If you decide to apply for both Programme Assistant positions, you must apply for each one separately using the relevant form. 

All applications will be treated in confidence. Your application will be automatically acknowledged by the email system. While we are grateful for all applications, we regret that beyond this acknowledgement, we can only respond to shortlisted candidates. If you have not been invited to interview by 1 May 2015 please consider that your application has not been successful on this occasion.


View the full job posting here.








Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ag Innovations Network: Program Director


The Program Director will utilize their entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit to discern and take advantage of opportunities for Ag Innovations Network to apply its unique approach to solution creation. Ag Innovation Network’s core change method is creating and facilitating dynamic coalitions of leaders to uncover solutions as powerful as the challenges we face. The Program Director will work in partnership with our process and facilitation team to create and lead these projects and coalitions, assuring that they are responsive to the challenges being faced, fulfilling the expectations of funders, and advancing a sustainable food system. 

Position Description

The Program Director will lead our Regional Food Systems Program, and will be responsible for identifying food systems related project opportunities, assessing their feasibility, and directing them through the development phase into implementation.  

Specific duties of the Program Director include, but are not limited to:
  • Planning, delivering, and evaluating food systems related projects that align with the mission of Ag Innovations Network.
  • Fostering strong and collaborative relationships with a range of leaders to identify critical needs and challenges, and develop the partnerships, approaches, and strategies needed for positive change in the food system.
  • Developing and maintaining a current and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the issues, developments, methods, and players relevant to project topic areas.
  • Collaborating with the Ag Innovations Network facilitation team in the design of innovative and effective social innovation processes and meetings (both virtual and face-to-face) that accomplish the projects’ objectives.
  • Developing informational and educational products related to the projects, including meeting results, final reports and white papers, conference presentations and webinars, etc.
  • Developing outreach, implementation, and communication strategies for effective and impactful dissemination of project findings and results, and collaborating with partners and Ag Innovations Network team members on implementing these.
  • Helping to develop grants and contract funding resources to advance program priorities, and satisfying all reporting requirements of funders.
  • Participating as a member in the Ag Innovations Network learning community and actively contributing to that community about what is working and is needed in the field.
  • Participating as a team member on other Ag Innovations Network projects.

About Ag Innovations Network

Ag Innovations Network brings leaders together to create a better food system for people, business, and the environment. We are trusted facilitators and process designers with deep food system knowledge and an extensive network of practitioners, professionals, and advocates in agriculture and natural resource management. We combine our expertise, knowledge, and network to stimulate creativity and spur collaborative innovation and impact. Ag Innovations Network (http://aginnovations.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1999.

We lead coalitions working both at the intersection of agriculture and the environment (the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment, and the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply), and on human systems (such as the Regulations Affecting Agriculture project and the California Ag Workforce Housing & Transportation project). We also consult and work in local communities on regional food system issues, train transformative leaders in collaborative change-making, consult as facilitators to a variety of public- and private-sector food-related clients, and act as a fiscal sponsor agency to a number of other related initiatives across the country, including the Sustainable Food Lab and the Academy for Systemic Change.


Location

Ag Innovations Network is located in Sebastopol, California, about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. The work environment is challenging, learning, collaborative, fun, and intentional. This region has a rich agricultural heritage owing to its climate and soils, and its diverse landscapes make for some of the most stunning scenery and best outdoor recreation opportunities in the world. While the region is famous for its world-class wines, it is also an epicenter for the local, organic, sustainable food movement.  

Application Process

Apply by submitting a letter explaining how and why you can effectively develop and manage multi-stakeholder initiatives to create a better food system for all (cover letter); a curriculum vita or resume; and the names and contact information for three professional references to jobs@aginnovations.org. This position is open until filled, however, applications received by April 3rd will get first priority screening.



Friday, March 13, 2015

Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic: 2015 Clinical Fellow

The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, a division of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School, is seeking a Clinical Fellow to start in summer or early fall 2015.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic, the Fellow will work independently and with the Director, staff, and students on a broad range of international, federal, state, and local policy projects addressing the health, environmental, and economic impacts of our food system. FLPC projects make cutting-edge policy recommendations to increase access to nutritious food for individuals and families, reduce diet-related diseases, and assist small-scale and sustainable food producers in participating in markets.

FLPC’s projects fall into four main categories: Food Policy Councils and Food Systems Planning; Food Access and Obesity Prevention; Food Waste; and, Sustainable Food Production. Some current and past Clinic projects include:
  • Assisting with the development and research needs of state and local food policy councils;
  • Conducting training for food policy councils and other community coalitions to better understand the legal and policy context and achieve their food system goals;
  • Commenting on major federal regulations, such as the Food and Drug Administration rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act;
  • Identifying and promoting creative policies to reduce the 40% of food that goes to waste in the United States; and
  • Researching and recommending policies that all levels of government can use to improve the foods served in schools.

As the FLPC is a division of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, the Fellow will also work closely will staff and students throughout the Center, including on projects at the intersection of health and food law and policy.
                                 
The Fellow’s work will entail, but is not limited to:
  • Serving as the lead attorney on one or several projects, which includes managing and directing the day-to-day project work;
  • Managing client and partner relationships on the projects the Fellow oversees;
  • Working closely with students on the projects the Fellow oversees;
  • Assisting with development of the classroom courses offered in conjunction with the Clinic;
  • Delivering presentations of our work to local and regional food policy groups and at national conferences;
  • Undertaking various administrative tasks within the Clinic, including event planning, communications, development, and other tasks that arise; and
  • Helping to set and implement the vision for the ongoing development and success of the Clinic.
                      
Qualifications:
JD required, earned within the last three years. Successful candidates should possess the following skills and attributes: strong writing, research, and communication skills; keen motivation to learn and achieve superior professional practice and mentoring of students; creative problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to work innovatively within broad program goals; strong sense of self-motivation and entrepreneurial mindset; strong organizational, time management, and project management skills; demonstrated leadership experience; ability to work independently, as well as in teams, and in demanding and periodically high stress circumstances; and relevant academic or professional experience.

Note: This is an expected two-year fellowship, subject to funding and departmental needs.

Additional Information:
Established in 2010, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic addresses the health, environmental, and economic consequences of the laws and policies that govern our food system. The FLPC utilizes substantive expertise in food law and policy and a robust policy skill set to assist nonprofit and governmental clients in a variety of local, state, federal, and international settings in understanding and improving the laws impacting the food system. As the oldest food law clinical program in the United States, the FLPC is a pioneer in the field of food law and policy, and serves as a counselor and model for lawyers and law schools entering this field. The FLPC is a division of the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation.

Law students enrolled in the Clinic get hands-on learning experience conducting legal and policy research for individuals, communities, and governments on a wide range of food law and policy issues. The FLPC has trained dozens of clinical students at HLS, as well as many interns, volunteers, and pro bono students from Harvard and other schools across the United States. Working in the FLPC allows students to provide public service as law students, while honing their legal skills in order to continue addressing food policy concerns and other pressing social issues post-graduation.

FLPC projects have seen a high level of success, including passing new legislation, regulations, and ordinances at the state and local levels; providing legal and policy trainings to a broad range of community and advocacy groups; and participating in key dialogues about improving the food system at all levels of government.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To apply: http://hls.harvard.edu/dept/hr/jobs-at-hls/; Requisition #35181BR

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Earth Justice: Litigation Operations Manager

Litigation Operations Manager

VP of Litigation | San Francisco, CA, United States

The Litigation Operations Manager is responsible for overseeing the effective creation and functioning of information and administrative systems in support of Earthjustice’s litigation practice. The position will manage litigation operations, including system oversight, administrative project planning, time and billing reporting, enhancement of existing processes and procedures, information and system quality control, and other general litigation operation functions. This position reports to the VP of Litigation and the SVP of Operations and serves as a member of the Operations department management team.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS
  • Lead projects designed to improve work flows, strengthen compliance and support the litigation functions of the organization.
  • Investigate and carefully apply useful technology tools to all phases of the litigation lifecycle, including litigation support, case management, time tracking, billing and reporting.
  • In partnership with IT, lead transition to new case information database, including implementing work flows and ensuring quality of data migration.
  • Manage proper administration of case information database, including department-wide functioning, information quality control and efficient processes.
  • In partnership with Finance, improve time tracking and billing procedures and practices, introducing new tools and systems as needed.
  • Manage department-wide document administration and retention process, improving consistency of systems and work flows.
  • Liaise with Office Managers, Managing Attorneys and other regional office staff to gain feedback on operations performance and to develop business process improvements and tools to support litigation needs, such as e-discovery support and complex Word tools.
  • Gather, maintain and interpret case information for reporting needs of the VPs of Litigation and President.
  • Contribute to better internal communication by supporting intra- and inter-departmental information sharing through Sharepoint-based intraweb, email and other tools.
  • Negotiate and manage Westlaw account and other department resources, as needed.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for operations projects within the litigation practice, as needed.
  • Maintain familiarity with trends in law practice administration and advise VPs, Managing Attorneys and Litigation staff on opportunities for improvements to Earthjustice Litigation department functioning.
  • Maintain a familiarity with Litigation department substantive issues for purposes of supporting department information, reporting and operational functioning needs.
  • Contribute to and support plans for lawyer and litigation support staff training.
  • Manage and coordinate litigation administrative support staff needs, as needed.
  • Develop, track and manage litigation operations budgets and associated contracts and services.
  • Depending on experience, this position may supervise projects and other efforts performed on assigned issues by Assistants, Interns or Contractors.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field plus a minimum of five years of relevant work experience required.
  • B.S. in Business Administration and/or advanced degree in law or related field a plus.
  • Expert technical specialist with seasoned knowledge of all aspects of business planning, project management, work flow planning, budgeting and financial management.
  • Certification or training in project management desired.
  • Strong knowledge of case management, tracking and billing systems and litigation support software a must; proficient knowledge of TimeSlips a strong plus
  • Understanding of law firm operations and the litigation process.
  • Superb project management skills, attention to detail and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • In-depth proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe Reader, and Acrobat. Working knowledge of Access, HTML and project management software
  • Demonstrated experience developing, implementing and tracking budgets.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple tasks, sometimes under time pressure and facing unexpected challenges, with excellent results.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Focus and attention to detail, including the management of complex information.
  • Ability to take change in stride, overcome obstacles and adapt to unforeseen conditions; successful at on-the-fly adaptation when needed.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and good judgment about people and situations
  • Persuasiveness and ability to influence others to achieve goals.
  • Ability to maintain confidences and confidential information.
  • Excellent written and in-person communications skills.

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


To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter.

NO TELEPHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED. 

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected.  As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

Earth Justice: Legal Extern, Wa. D.C.

Legal Extern

Washington, DC | Washington, DC, United States

Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a full- or part-time externship position in its Washington, D.C., office for Spring 2015. This position is designed for a current or recent law student (with academic credit or academic fellowship) who is seeking the opportunity to volunteer for at least 20–40 hours per week for a short-term period of 3 months or more on a variety of environmental litigation projects.
Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer. 
Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with nine regional offices across the U.S., including the Washington, D.C. Office.
Earthjustice’s Washington, D.C. Office serves both as a regional office for issues arising in the mid-Atlantic states, and as a center for litigation on important national environmental issues. The D.C. Office’s docket currently includes litigation to: protect public health and the environment from toxic air pollution; prompt the regulation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; protect streams, wetlands, drinking water supplies, and other waters from pollution and outright destruction; compel the federal government to improve its management and protection of our ocean resources; advance energy efficiency and clean energy solutions; and challenge the federal government's practice of allowing mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian region. For more information about the office’s work, visit: http://earthjustice.org/about/offices/dc.
Responsibilities
Externs work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, an extern’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. Externs may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, to participate in moots of oral arguments, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel.
To Apply:
Applications are welcome from current or recent law students with academic credit. There is no available compensation, salary, or benefits for externs.
Candidates interested in the Washington, D.C., position should sumbit a letter of interest that states the applicant’s dates of availability and describes the applicant’s current or potential status as a current or recent law student participating in a program for credit or an academic fellowship, with resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and list of 3 professional references.
Please, no phone calls. 
Application Deadline:
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis for Spring 2015.
Earthjustice Values:
Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. 
As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

http://earthjustice.org/about/jobs


Earth Justice: Associate Attorney

Associate Attorney

Alaska | Anchorage or Juneau, AK, United States

The Alaska office of Earthjustice is seeking applications for an Associate Attorney position.

The core issues of the Alaska office docket are protection of the Alaska coastal rain forest, safeguarding of America’s Arctic, conservation of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystem, action to combat climate change and limit its effects, wildlife conservation, protection of lands and waters from mining activities, air and water quality enforcement, and national park and other public lands management. Our clients include national, regional and local conservation organizations, Alaska Native tribal organizations, ecotourism businesses, and communities, as well as other organizations concerned about enforcing the laws to protect the environment.

Responsibilities: Among other responsibilities, the associate will:
  • Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects;
  • Draft motions, briefs and other pleadings;
  • Prepare comments on proposed agency actions, permits, and environmental review documents;
  • Investigate facts and assist with case development; and
  • Interact with clients and work with experts.

The associate attorney may have primary responsibility for some matters but will generally work collaboratively with other lawyers in the office.

Qualifications: Applicants must be law-school graduates who are admitted to or will apply for admission to the Alaska bar. Additional qualifications include:
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills;
  • Strong self-motivation;
  • An ability and willingness to work closely with others;
  • A commitment to public interest work and the role of Earthjustice and its mission; and
  • Preferably, one to three years of litigation or other relevant experience post law school.

The Alaska office has locations in Juneau and Anchorage.

The term for this position is two years, with a possible extension for a third year.

Earthjustice’s compensation is based on experience, is competitive with other non-profit organizations, and includes an excellent benefits package.

To Apply:
Please include a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the associate position, a resume, a legal writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), an unofficial copy of your law school transcript and contact information for three references.

If you cannot attach one or more of the requested documents because of a technical difficulty with the form below, please email the attachments to jobs@earthjustice.org.  In your email, please indicate which job you are applying for and which web browser you used, including the version number if possible.  Also, briefly describe the technical problem you encountered.  This will help us ensure that the web interface is working smoothly and your application is considered.

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

Link to Application: 

http://earthjustice.org/about/jobs

Fair Food Standards Council: Human Rights Attorney

HUMAN RIGHTS ATTORNEY

FL
GA
SC
NC
VA
NJ 

FAIR FOOD STANDARDS COUNCIL

www.fairfoodstandards.org
Date Posted: 02/26/2015
Job Type: ATTORNEY
Schedule Type: Full Time
Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution/Negotiation/Mediation, Employment/Labor, Farm Worker/Migrant Worker, Human Rights, Immigration, International Law, Non-Profit, Poverty, Women's Rights

Job Description

About FFSCThe mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances both the human rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of growers through implementation of the Fair Food Program (FFP), a unique worker-led, market-driven social responsibility program which emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ successful Campaign for Fair Food. The FFP has become the gold standard for social responsibility in US agriculture, recognized by longtime labor and human rights observers 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 or the New York Times’ 2014 article on the Fair Food Program.

About the PositionAttorneys 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

  • 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. 

Application Instructions:

Applicants should send a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating interest in the position to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza at info@fairfoodstandards.org. The subject line of the email should read FFSC Attorney Position. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
The FFSC is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a workforce that reflects and can relate easily to the diverse populations involved in the Fair Food Program.