Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association seeking to fill two positions; Organic Policy Coordinator and Lomax Farm Coordinator. Deadline Approaching

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association seeking to fill two positions; Organic Policy Coordinator and Lomax Farm Coordinator

CFSA Organic Policy Coordinator

The Organic Policy Coordinator is a full-time (40 hours/week) position with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) that may be based in CFSA’s Pittsboro, NC office or at a remote location within the Carolinas. The Organic Policy Coordinator works as part of the CFSA Policy Team to advocate for the interests of family-scale organic farmers with federal and state policymakers.

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 analyze legislative and regulatory proposals that support organic integrity. The Coordinator will develop policy proposals that promote the interests of family-scale organic farmers and advocate for their passage and implementation with national and state policymakers. 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.

Applications are due by March 6, 2017.

All the details and apply at https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/jobs/

CFSA Lomax Farm Coordinator

The Lomax Farm Coordinator is a full-time (40 hrs. /week) salaried position with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA). The Lomax Farm Coordinator is based at the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm in Concord, NC and is responsible for operational management of programs at the farm.

Job Summary:
The Lomax Farm Coordinator is responsible for supporting farming operations at the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm including production and non-production areas and will be responsible for the physical assets of the facility. The Lomax Farm Coordinator reports to CFSA’s Lomax Manager and may supervise volunteers.

Applications are due by February 24, 2017.

All the details and apply at https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/jobs/



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Faculty Specialist, Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Maryland

Position Announcement: Faculty Specialist, Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Maryland

The University of Maryland’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics seeks a highly motivated individual to provide legal analysis and develop extension programs for farmers, lawyers, and other agriculture professionals, on legal policy issues of importance to agriculture and natural resources in Maryland, Delaware, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Funding is secured on an annual basis, so reappointment is dependent on continued funding and satisfactory job performance.

Responsibilities:
•Provide legal analysis to the University of Maryland and University of Delaware by developing policy-oriented extension programs on legal issues of importance and emerging legal issues to agriculture, natural resources, food, and environmental in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region.
•Work with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics on research collaborations with faculty as well as graduate students.
•Work with Agriculture Law Education Initiative faculty and staff on extension and research collaborations.
•Work with University of Delaware faculty and staff on extension and research collaborations.
•Explore and utilize additional dissemination techniques including short online videos, webinars, and, social media (including but not limited to blog posting, Facebook, and Twitter).
•Occasional night and weekend travel and work is required.
•Other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

The Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) is a collaboration of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB); the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP); and the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). ALEI is an initiative of the University of Maryland: MPowering the State, a strategic alliance between UMB and UMCP created in 2012 to significantly expand research, business development, and student opportunities at both universities.


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

Monday, February 20, 2017

Position Announcement: Managing Attorney, Arkansas Agriculture Department

Position Announcement: Managing Attorney, Arkansas Agriculture Department

The position will have broad responsibilities that will include assisting with the regulatory and administrative functioning of the department which consists of the Arkansas State Plant Board, Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, and Arkansas Forestry Commission.


The Managing Attorney is responsible for conducting legal research and writing legal documents for use in litigation, providing legal assistance to the agency, and supervising subordinate attorneys and legal administrative support staff. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Typical Functions Supervises and manages support staff and subordinate attorneys by interviewing, hiring, providing training, assigning workloads, and evaluating performance of incumbents. Provides legal services and advice to management and divisions on a broad range of matters. Represents the agency in negotiations. Represents the agency in litigation including all administrative and court proceedings. Interprets and analyzes all state and federal laws. Drafts new or revised policy and legislation. Conducts legal research. Drafts and prepares legal briefings and pleadings and responds to subpoenas. May develop and prepare budgets. Performs other duties as assigned.


For more information and to apply visit the Arkansas State Jobs website.

Monday, February 6, 2017

LL.M. Program in Ag & Food Law - Opportunities to Attend Tuition Free Plus Stipend

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law is pleased to announce assistantship and scholarship opportunities for the 2017-18 academic year.  For more information about our academic program, see blog post at LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law.

New LL.M. Assistantship Opportunities 


We will offer three new assistantship opportunities that provide for a full tuition waiver, plus a monthly stipend. Candidates selected for these positions are enrolled as full-time degree candidates in the LL.M. Program, with part time work duties designed to enhance their career development and build their professional resumes. Only face-to-face LL.M. candidates are eligible for these particular positions.

Advisor, The Journal of Food Law & Policy, The Arkansas Law Review, and Arkansas Law Notes
  • This position calls for an LL.M. candidate to help guide the three student-edited publications at the law school, the Journal of Food Law & Policy, the Arkansas Law Review, and Arkansas Law Notes. Duties will include advising the student Boards and assisting with the teaching of a specialized course in scholarly writing. This position will be designated to an LL.M. candidate with a background of service on a law review or journal and a demonstrated interest in academic scholarship. 
Adjunct Instructor, Political Science Pre-Law 
  • This position includes service as an adjunct instructor teaching a course in "The Judicial Process" within the Political Science Department in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. This class explores the the U.S. legal system and is designed for undergraduate pre-law students. It is taught in the law school. This position will be designated to an LL.M. candidate with a background in political science and/or jurisprudence, legal practice or clerking experience, and an interest in teaching.
Academic Success, Accelerated J.D. Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers
  • This position will serve as a source of academic support to a small number (2-6) of candidates within the Accelerated J.D. Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers. The students in this program are attorneys with their law license from a jurisdiction outside of the United States. More information on the Accelerated J.D. program is available on our website. Additional work under the guidance of the law school's Director of Academic Success will also be included. This position is designed for someone with an interest in building international connections and a small group teaching experience.
Additional graduate and research assistantships may be available. 

Additional Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities


All LL.M. candidates, including distance students are also able to apply for the Leland Leatherman Cooperative Law Scholarship, the Donald B. Pedersen Scholarships and the Benjamin Franklin Lever Tuition Fellowship. Visit our Costs and Financial Aid webpage for more information.

Qualified candidates will be matched to the appropriate assignment based on their background and experience. Interested applicants should:

1) Apply to the LL.M. Program 
2) Note an interest in one or more of the available positions by a statement included with the application packet. 

Contact us at llm@uark.edu or 479-575-3706 for more information.  

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Michigan State University Community & Economic Development Extension Educator, Mason, Michigan

Community Food Systems and Community/Economic Development Extension Educator Salary

Minimum base salary of $45,000 Benefits

Visit: https://jobs.msu.edu/ 
Posting Number: 4744
Application Deadline: March 10, 2017 

Community & Economic Development Extension Educator Position Overview

As a community food systems/community & economic development extension educator, this position seeks to build local capacity and enhance community participation on local food, community development and community vitality issues. Target audiences for education and capacity-building programs include local government officials, public officials, local leaders, small businesses and industries, local and regional food providers, marketers and distributors, community-based organizations and the general public.

Educational programs addressing community needs and local food opportunities may include establishing and working closely with local food policy councils, local leadership trainings, data-supported regional economic development education, local and regional food production system trainings, and community planning.

Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
 Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs based on current and projected community needs within south-central Michigan.
 Assist in the development and growth of local food systems in MSUE’s District 8 & 12, and the integration of Michigan’s Good Food Charter.
 Assist in facilitating local and regional efforts that advance a “healthy community” agenda.
 Work with local and regional change efforts, including data-supported strategic planning and decision making to enhance community vitality.
 Assist in strategic planning and facilitation related to local and regional community and economic development efforts.
 Assist with coordination and delivery of the Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities annual conference.
 Fully participate in the Greening Michigan Institute’s Community Food System meetings, trainings and other activities. Engage with other MSUE work teams, as appropriate.
 Author educational materials on topics related to local foods, including mass media articles, fact sheets and/or Extension Bulletins.
 Maintain regular communications with appropriate local and regional food system players and community development organizations
 Support and promote and inclusive locally-based approach to education and outreach and encourages local participation and is aimed at building community-level capacity and empowering all interests.
 Design, coordinate, support and/or teach educational programs of benefit to local and regional decision-makers, including:
 Write grants, generate revenue and establish partnerships that leverage public, private and not-for-profit funds in ways consistent with MSU Extension policies, and which foster effective programming.
 Develop and follow a personal plan for professional development consistent with personal and organizational goals, participate in staff meetings and other program activities as appropriate and needed.
 Gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSUE, the Greening Michigan Institute and the appropriate work group(s).

Qualifications:
 Master’s Degree in community sustainability, urban and regional planning, community and/or economic development, agricultural economics, sociology/rural sociology, and/or related field.
 Knowledge of local food system and/or economic, community and/or regional development theories and practices.
 Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
 Experience and proven ability working productively with a team.

Application Process:

Interested and qualified candidates should visit the Michigan State University jobs page at www.jobs.msu.edu to apply for posting number (insert number) under the MSU Extension postings.

For questions, please contact Dr. David Ivan, Director, MSU Extension Greening Michigan Institute (517-432-7602; ivand@msu.edu) or Gina Flores, MSU Extension Human Resources (517-353-9251; flores35@anr.msu.edu).

Saturday, February 4, 2017

LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law is accepting applications for the class beginning in the Fall of 2017. 


For over 35 years, the University of Arkansas has been recognized as the leader in agricultural and food law education. With graduates working in 38 different states and at least 18 foreign countries, our network of alumni is unsurpassed. In addition to our resident faculty, our visiting professors include experts in specialized agricultural and food law topics from Washington D.C., Washington state, California, Iowa, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, and Vermont. Through live video-conferencing, we link with students and professors in other countries, giving our studies a true global reach. Our extensive curriculum reflects both the practical and the policy issues that impact agriculture and our overall food system.

Attending the Program through our face-to-face option allows students to experience the beauty and charm of Fayetteville, Arkansas, a picturesque college town nestled at the foot of the Ozark Mountains.  With a vibrant local food community and an award winning Farmers Market, the Fayetteville food and farm scene complements our academic study.  Fayetteville has been recognized among the best places to live in America by U.S. News & World Report (ranked third in 2016); was listed as one of the top 10 best college towns by Livability.com and was listed as one of the “Best Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes. With a low cost-of-living, a moderate climate, and abundant cultural opportunities, most our students find their living experience almost as rewarding as the studies.



Recognizing that not all of our students cannot join us in Arkansas, we also offer classes by distance instruction.  Distance students can video-conference into the classroom, participating as a member of the class from their home or office.  Classes are recorded for later viewing.  Online courses provide for carefully structured directed learning, often with videos, online participation, and occasional video-conferenced discussion groups.  All of our distance courses are designed with the assistance of the experts working with the University of Arkansas Global Campus, assuring the best quality instruction and design.



There is complete integration between our face-to-face and distance programs, with our distance students always welcome to come to campus and our online courses open to all.

For more information visit our website, follow our blog at agfoodllm, and follow us on Twitter @agfoodlaw.  Or call us at 479.575.3706;  email LLM.uark.edu.


Executive Director, Youth Garden Project - Moab, UT

The Youth Garden Project is seeking applications for an Executive Director.

The Youth Garden Project is a non-profit organization in Moab, Utah. Our work
focuses on growing healthy children, families, and community through
educational programs in a 1.5 acre garden and orchard. The organization has a
staff of four and up to eight seasonal interns.

Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be
responsible for the successful leadership and management of this dynamic
organization. The successful candidate will exhibit strong communication,
financial management, and fundraising skills.

Position Responsibilities
Organizational Leadership:
• Responsible for successful execution of operations and the implementation of
the strategic plan.
• Communicate with the Board of Directors regarding matters of governance and
organizational
activities.
• Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and properly
maintain official records
and documents.
• Maintain confidential information concerning employees, donors, volunteers,
and program
participants and uphold a high standard of confidentially and ethics
throughout the organization.

Fiscal Management:
• Responsible for the financial well-being of the organization.
• Develop a comprehensive annual operating budget and a plan to meet income
and expense goals.
• Maintain sound financial practices, including healthy cash flows, strong
internal financial controls,
and ethical use of funds and resources.
• Work with the Associate Director to maintain fiscal record keeping
processes.
Fundraising:
• Create and implement a fundraising plan to meet annual budget goals and grow
the organization.
• Sustain relationships with current donors including, individuals,
foundations, corporations, and
government agencies.
• Seek new funding opportunities and build new relationships with potential
donors.
• Secure funding that will allow both short term and long term organizational
goals to be met.
• Apply for, manage, and report on all grants received according to each
funder’s guidelines.

Operations and Staff Management
• Responsible for the recruitment, hiring, and supervision, of all staff
positions.
• Partner with each staff member to create annual goals for their respective
roles, performance
measures, a plan to meet annual goals and opportunities for professional
development.
• Work with employees to oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation
of the organization's
programs and services.
• Manage contracts with companies providing employee benefits and represent
all employees and the
best interest of the organization when making decisions regarding benefits.
• Communicate and enforce organizational policies with employees, interns, and
volunteers.
• Oversee management and maintenance of YGP site, including all assets, and
off-site intern housing.
• Ensure compliance with all elements of current site lease.
Marketing & Public Relations:
• Develop and implement a marketing and branding plan that shares YGP’s story
with stakeholders and potential donors locally, regionally, and nationally.
• Strengthen the organizational brand through marketing and communications.
• Establish positive working relationships and collaborative arrangements with
community groups,
funders, businesses and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the
organization.
• Ensure that the mission, vision, core values, and programs are represented
to parents, agencies,
organizations, partners, government entities, and the general public.

Desired Skills and Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and four years experience in a
leadership position.
• Three years fundraising experience, including securing gifts from individual
donors, corporations,
and foundations both locally and nationally.
• Proven ability to increase organization’s income streams through identifying
and securing new
donors and grants.
• Marketing and Public Relations experience with proven success in creating a
marketing campaign to
reach organizational goals.
• Experience with QuickBooks, facilitating budgets, and effectively creating
and using reports to
monitor financial activity.
• Strong, collaborative leader and team builder who can foster a healthy and
productive work environment, with experience successfully managing full-time
employees.
• Highly organized with ability to manage and prioritize multiple
responsibilities.
• Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

Position Details and Benefits
This is a full-time, year-round position. Evening and weekend hours will be
required for some events, programs and meetings. Salary commensurate to
experience. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, group health
insurance plan, and IRA. Estimated Start Date: April 24, 2017

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for
three professional references to employment@youthgardenproject.org.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the
position is filled.

For more information visit: www.youthgardenproject.org/beinvolved.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Center for Public Interest - Unpaid Internships

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

CSPI offers unpaid internships on a full-time and part-time basis each summer and during the school year. We provide a collegial work environment and flexible schedule to accommodate intern academic responsibilities and work-life balance. If the intern’s school offers academic credit for internships, we will work with the intern to meet his or her school’s requirements. We also reimburse interns up to $5/day for commuting expenses.

We currently have summer internships available in each of the following projects.

Health Promotion Policy

The Health Promotion Policy Project advocates for health promotion and prevention of disease at the local, state and federal levels, encourages the food industry to improve their products and practices, and engages health professionals, academics, and concerned citizens in supporting our efforts. In particular, Health Promotion Policy is working with advocates at the federal and state/local levels on policies to reduce sugary drink consumption (such as soda taxes and warning labels) and to reduce sodium in the food supply. Interest and experience in advocacy research, organizing and lobbying are a plus.

Litigation


The Litigation Project uses state and federal courts to help correct corporate misbehavior. The project brings its own advocacy lawsuits, working with private lawyers across the country. CSPI's legal filings have produced binding settlements resulting in more honest labeling of artificial ingredients and halting deceptive marketing. Many of the legal matters in these cases are developing issues with many interesting questions of both law and social policy. We are considering applications from first and second year law students. Applicants should have a strong interest in consumer and regulatory law, excellent legal research and writing skills, a commitment to public interest work, and must submit a legal writing sample.

Nutrition Action Healthletter


CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH), the nation’s largest circulation nutrition newsletter. Interns assist with a variety of research and writing projects, especially helping to prepare material for the nutritionaction.com website and social media. Applicants should have strong research and writing skills. A background in nutrition or journalism is preferred.

Nutrition Policy

This project covers hot topics related to nutrition and health policies. Current issues include school foods, food additives, food marketing to children, obesity prevention, and getting junk food out of retail checkout aisles. Projects may involve research for policy analysis and development, tracking legislation and regulations, grassroots organizing to support state and local policy, and assisting in federal policy advocacy. Applicants should have a strong college-level science, public policy or law background and must submit a writing sample.

Regulatory Affairs & Food Additives

This opening is for bright, hardworking law, and policy/science graduate-level, students, to work on food additives and government oversight of the food supply. The work involves legislative analysis and regulatory filings as well as research and advocacy related to corporate practices. Projects may involve conducting research for policy analysis and development, tracking regulation and legislation, and assisting with ongoing policy advocacy. Applicants should have a strong background in public interest advocacy and must submit a non-technical writing sample (i.e., not a legal memo) as part of their application.

Application materials should include the following:

1. A cover letter indicating issues of interest, future plans, and dates of availability.

2. A résumé. Experience with advocacy groups is advantageous.

3. Writing sample, if required by the specific project (one-to-three-page document that demonstrates your ability to write in a clear and concise manner).

Email application materials to: hr@cspinet.org and include department preference in subject line.

Monday, January 23, 2017

University of Missouri, Department of Rural Sociology

The Department of Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri is recruiting for two graduate assistantships to begin fall term 2017. Students interested in addressing critical challenges of the 21st century – including preserving our natural resources, providing safe and nutritious food for an expanding population, adapting to climate changes, and maintaining sustainable rural livelihoods – are encouraged to apply.  The Department maintains active research and extension projects in food security, farmer adaptation to climate change, inclusion and diversity in rural areas, local food systems, natural resource-based communities and international development. 

 The two assistantships can be available at either masters or PhD level, depending on the student’s background and education. The goal of the Ph.D. program is to provide the next generation of rural sociologists with academic and professional skills and credentials relevant to critical issues of sustainable development, defined as development that is socially equitable, economically viable and environmentally responsible. Students completing a Master of Science in Rural Sociology are prepared for positions in the public and private sectors in the areas of community development, policy analysis and/or community leadership and facilitation. 

To find out more about these assistantships, contact Jere Gilles, Director of Graduate Studies (gillesj@missouri.edu). To find out more about the Department’s faculty and research interests or to apply for admittance to the program explore the website at http://dass.missouri.edu/ruralsoc. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis, but to be considered for assistantships students must apply by March 1, 2017.”







Friday, December 16, 2016

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - Policy Specialist in Washington D.C.

NSAC is hiring a Policy Specialist to join our DC team!

For a position description and instructions on how to apply, please see the position announcement on our jobs page: http://sustainableagriculture.net/about-us/jobs/

This full-time, salaried position will be part of our policy team focusing on a wide range of federal sustainable farm and food policy issues. We are seeking an applicant for this position with experience in conservation / environmental policy; the position portfolio also includes a role in NSAC's racial equity work.

We are actively seeking applications from folks historically under-represented in this field, including but not limited to women and people of color.


-- 
Sarah Hackney | Grassroots Director
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
110 Maryland Ave NE, Suite 209
Washington, DC 20002-5622

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC

The Congressional Research Service is seeking applications for the position of Legislative Attorney (Administrative Law) in Washington, D.C.

The application period opened on Dec. 15, 2016 and will close on January 11, 2017.   For more information, go to USA Jobs at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/459819900.


Food Studies Faculty Position - Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine is seeking applicants for a full time, tenure track position with teaching and scholarly expertise in the study of local, national, and/or global food systems. Possible academic fields include Sociology, Economics, Geography, Environmental Policy, Public Policy or a graduate interdisciplinary program in Food Studies.  The faculty’s appointment will be a joint appointment in Food Studies and Economics, with a primary commitment to the USM Food Studies Program but with support and mentoring from Economics and related faculty in the social sciences. The position is open to either a beginning assistant professor, an assistant professor with 2 or more years of full time faculty status or a beginning associate professor with commensurate experience.


Apply online at



Molly D. Anderson
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Food Studies
119 Franklin Environmental Center on Hillcrest
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753

E-mail:  MollyA@middlebury.edu
Phone:  802.443.3644

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities: Fellowship & Americorps Opportunities

Fellowships

The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities offers three fellowship cycles: Fall (September-December), Spring (February-May), and Summer (June-August) in Traverse City, Michigan, in addition to some remote opportunities. 
Groundwork Fellows will complete projects alongside our policy staff, attend conferences and networking sessions, and receive professional development training. Each fellow will complete an independent project to complement Groundwork’s program areas based on their area of expertise, and present this project to conclude their term. The Groundwork fellowship program aims to address key issue areas in our community and showcase cross-program understanding of community resiliency. As a fellow, you will focus on your individual program area while benefiting from a dynamic, supportive professional community addressing a variety of issues. 
Successful fellowship applicants will be awarded a competitive stipend in addition to assistance with housing and unique opportunities in our local community. A minimum of 25-35 hours per week is required for summer fellowships. 15-25 hours per week is required for fall and spring fellowships. Depending on the institution, current students may be eligible to earn academic credit. 
Groundwork is also a service site for AmeriCorps VISTA and FoodCorps full-year service programs. All available positions are posted below.
Currently we are seeking applications for Spring and Summer terms for the following:

FARMS, FOOD & HEALTH FELLOWSHIP

Groundwork Center seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist with connecting local food to healthcare and wellness initiatives in our region, as well as support in carrying out a statewide policy initiative focused on school children’s health and local economy entitled 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms. Click here to learn more.

BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES FELLOWSHIP

Groundwork Center seeks a dynamic, self-starter to implement strategies to increase access to healthy food in communities throughout northwest lower Michigan. Click here to learn more.

PIPELINE AND CLIMATE SOLUTIONS FELLOWSHIP

Groundwork Center seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist with advancing a Great Lakes Business Network to support action on the Line 5 oil pipeline operates in the Straits of Mackinac, as well as support for the newly formed Michigan Climate Action Network. Click here to learn more.

CLEAN ENERGY FELLOWSHIP

Groundwork Center seeks a dynamic, high-level undergraduate or graduate student or mid-career professional who will work with Groundwork to catalyze the 100% Local Clean Energy movement here in northwest Michigan – and spark an energy revolution across Michigan and the Midwest. Click here to learn more.

For questions about fellowship opportunities contact Meghan McDermott at meghan@groundworkcenter.org to learn more.

POSITION: FARM TO SCHOOL AMERICORPS VISTA 

We are currently supporting the hiring of an AmeriCorps VISTA service member to begin service in late 2016 or early 2017. Duties include teaching farm to school lessons in classrooms for grades K-6, maintaining school gardens, and assisting food service with efforts to procure more local, healthy food. This is a full-time, paid position, with a one-year service commitment. Applications are expected to go live in the next few weeks. More information on the farm to school program at Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District can be found at farmtoschool.tbaisd.org



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

ALDF Animal Law Litigation Fellowship

ALDF Animal Law Institute Litigation Fellowship


Animal Legal Defense Fund
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is extremely pleased to announce a new Litigation Fellowship with the ALDF Animal Law Institute, a first-of-its-kind program that, by training classes of promising litigators in strategic impact litigation, will further ALDF’s mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of all animals.
About ALDF:
For more than three decades, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and well over one-hundred thousand members. Every day, ALDF works to protect animals by:
  • Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law;
  • Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases;
  • Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes;
  • Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws;
  • Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and our Animal Law Program;
  • Providing public education through seminars, workshops, and other outreach efforts.
In addition to our national headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Animal Legal Defense Fund maintains an office in Portland, Oregon.
About the Animal Law Institute Litigation Fellowship:
The Fellow will learn to develop state and federal strategic impact litigation that betters the lives and legal status of animals. The Fellow will operate as part of a team, but will ultimately be responsible for the innovation and success of his or her projects while developing litigation skills. The model applicants must have earned a J.D. within the past three years, excelled in school, earned strong work references, and have a sincere and proven interest in animal protection. The primary focus of the fellowships is on civil animal law issues, but all Fellows will be exposed to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.
The Fellowship begins in the Fall of 2017, lasts roughly two years and is based at ALDF’s headquarters in Cotati, California. The position offers a salary of $55,000 annually, full medical and dental benefits, and a casual office environment, including companion animals.
The application deadline for this position is January 1, 2017. The position will remain open until filled. Recent graduates interested in applying should email a cover letter, résumé (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) to wcromwell@aldf.org. Please include all materials into a single PDF file, Only complete applications will be considered. In the alternative, materials can be sent to:
Animal Legal Defense Fund
National Headquarters
525 East Cotati Avenue
Cotati, CA 94931
Attention – Wendy Cromwell

Location: Cotati, California
Wendy Cromwell

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Assistant Professor Childhood Foods & Nutrition - University of Illinois


College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences: Assistant Professor of School/Childhood Foods and Nutrition - Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (F1600143)
Open Date:
11/17/2016
Close Date:
01/15/2017



ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
SCHOOL / CHILDHOOD FOODS AND NUTRITION

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at the University of Illinois seeks an expert in school/childhood foods and nutrition to fill a full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure track-faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate will contribute to the FSHN Department’s core areas of integrated food, nutrition and health; food safety and security; and food materials science and engineering by pursuing discoveries in the psychosocial, environmental, educational, and technical aspects of school/childhood foods and nutrition programs, policies and practices, including food production, service, and management. The individual will develop an integrated program that evaluates a safe, nutritious, accessible, and affordable food supply in the school environment, setting the stage in childhood for life-long eating patterns and health outcomes. Disparities in school food systems as related to vulnerable children may be explored.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will establish and maintain an externally funded and independent research program focused on school/childhood foods and nutrition. Focus will be on applied sciences and extension of research findings. The successful candidate will teach in related areas, such as undergraduate-level community nutrition or a new course in foods systems, food service leadership, or food/nutrition policy and regulation and graduate-level food systems management or food policy development and implementation, as examples. Service-learning courses are likely, along with partnerships with school food service organizations and school systems. This position will involve research, teaching and service obligations.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have an earned doctorate in the food and nutrition sciences or related discipline. Evidence of professional promise and excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Cross-training and postdoctoral training in nutritional sciences, food science and/or technology, hospitality management, and/or childhood development; ability to secure extramural funding; a strong publication record; ability to mentor students; experience in college-level teaching; and engagement in professional associations are desired.

PROPOSED START DATE AND LOCATION: August 16, 2017; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, please create your candidate profile and upload all required materials at http://go.aces.illinois.edu/FSHNChildHFoodsandNutr.



Friday, December 2, 2016

Ohio Food Policy Council Coordinator

Job Description

Ohio Food Policy Council Coordinator


Food policy councils across the state of Ohio promote the provision of healthy, local food, support farmers and local food and agriculture economies and are intentional about the planning for food and agricultural systems. These councils are often volunteer or part-time staff working with little outside support and limited opportunities to network and build collective capacity.

Objective – To build the capacity and network of Ohio’s food policy councils.

Position Summary

The Coordinator is a part-time position of 30-35 hours per week that will support the more than two dozen local and regional food policy councils/coalitions by centralizing resources, providing support for council policy work and by increasing opportunities for peer to peer learning and engagement in larger food system initiatives. The Coordinator will foster an environment of trust and collaboration among councils by supporting them individually, regionally and collectively and by enabling them to connect with and support broader food system initiatives.

Job Responsibilities

1. Research, analyze and summarize best practices and resources to be shared with local councils.

2. Engage council staff and volunteers to assess strengths, needs, goals, initiatives and opportunities, share resources.

3. Inventory existing policies as well as policy or program resource needs.

4. Seek ways to leverage additional support for local food systems

5. Review feedback from the InFACT dialogues and participate in ongoing listening sessions

6. Build peer to peer networks.

7. Lead fund raising activities to secure ongoing support for food policy coordination at the state level.

8. Manage expenses and provide regular budget and program updates to inform the Ohio Food Policy Network steering committee.

9. Build positive relationships with policy makers, food system stakeholders and organizations to advance the work of food policy.

10. Perform other duties, as required.

Required Qualifications


Experience with food and agricultural policy, health policy practice, and/or local and regional planning or related disciplines.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively, to quickly synthesize information and identify needs and resources and the build effective coalitions

Strong skills in facilitation, verbal and written communications, research and grant writing

Excellent project management and organizational abilities

How to apply

Review of applications begins on January 3,2017. Interested candidates are advised to apply by this date to receive full consideration, although the position will stay open until filled.

Your application should be addressed to Ohio Food Policy Network Steering Committee, and consists of three items: a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references (indicate relationship to you). In your cover letter please address how your experience and background meet the requirements of the position and include salary history and expectations. Please combine these as a single PDF file and submit via email to OFPN@oeffa.org with subject line “OFPN Coordinator". Electronic submissions only; incomplete applications will not be considered.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Senior Sustainability Analyst - General Mills

Sr. Sustainability Analyst
Job Number: 5434
Location(s): Berkeley, CA


We serve the world by making food people love. As one of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills believes that food should make us better. Food brings us joy and nourishes our lives, connecting us to each other and the earth. General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Yoplait and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, General Mills had global net sales of US$16.6 billion during fiscal 2016.

We seek out the best talent, provide them with rich development resources, support, and the chance to lead something big. Choosing a career with General Mills means joining a company where you can make a difference in the lives of millions of people. There is tremendous opportunity here for individuals who are leaders, innovators, and want to be part of a company that serves the world by making food people love.

Located in Berkeley, CA, Annie’s Inc. (a Division of General Mills) is a rapidly growing natural and organic food company with a widely recognized brand, offering consumers great-tasting products in large packaged food categories. We sell premium products made from high-quality ingredients at affordable prices. Our products appeal to health-conscious consumers who seek to avoid artificial flavors, synthetic colors and preservatives that are used in many conventional packaged foods. Our loyal and growing consumer following has enabled us to migrate from our natural and organic roots to a brand sold across the mainstream grocery, mass merchandiser and natural retailer channels. Today, we offer over 145 products and are present in over 35,000 retail locations in the United States and Canada.

Position Summary:

Annie’s is seeking a Sustainability Senior Analyst who will play a key role in supporting and expanding our supply chain sustainability programs and reporting activities, and supporting the team with internal and external engagement. At Annie’s, the sustainability team plays a critical role by guiding and collaborating with cross-functional teams to provide substantiated and meaningful data about the brand’s sustainability efforts and then collaborates with the marketing team to communicate these details in a credible and approachable manner. The Sustainability Senior Analyst reports to Annie’s head of Sustainability and will collaborate internally across Annie’s and General Mills, as well as with external stakeholders such as suppliers, consultants, and vendors.

Key Responsibilities:

Refresh and lead sustainable packaging strategy by collaborating with Packaging Engineer, Operations and Brand teams to identify opportunities for more sustainable materials, better recoverability and optimized design. Identify opportunities within General Mills and through external engagement to improve sustainable packaging position.
Support manufacturing programs focused on environmental and social impacts.
Support research and initiatives captured through our ingredient action plans, including refining and improving our programs to have a more positive impact on the agricultural origins of our products.
Collect and analyze data to identify opportunities for environmental and social impact improvements in ingredients, packaging and manufacturing, leveraging existing systems and also creating new processes to manually track data.
Lead reporting and benchmarking of sustainability metrics and data collection, as currently defined and aligned with best practices (e.g. Sustainable Food Trade Association), involving cross-functional departments as necessary. Work with sustainability team to maintain baseline measurements and key sustainability metrics to monitor progress.
Support development of public facing report, continually reviewing the reporting process to ensure it’s aligned with industry best practices and reflective of Annie’s brand mission and values.
Contribute evidence-based research and analysis and convert to consumer-friendly sustainability messaging; engage with internal teams to share messages through appropriate channels.
Provide content expertise and thought leadership to internal community on sustainability issues. Support sustainability team to consult to General Mills’ family of organic/natural brands and the Organic Center of Excellence on sustainability issues and strategies.
Develop presentations and speak at conferences and seminars on sustainability topics.

Requirements:

Master’s Degree in a related field required.
5+ years of experience in working on corporate responsibility/sustainability issues within a consumer products company or as an advisor/consultant.
Demonstrated industry experience, ideally within the organic/natural industry for consumer goods and/or manufacturing. Familiarity with industry research and trends, and ability to distill substantial and complex data into key insights and relevant takeaways.
Ability to work cross-functionally and effectively to create awareness on sustainability issues.
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and outstanding relationship building skills at all levels inside and outside the organization, including senior executives, vendors, and suppliers.
Strong quantitative analytical skills, problem-solving, and ability to assess the quality of others’ work, particularly quantitative work.
Results oriented with an ability to operate multiple projects. A self-starter with superior organizational skills.
Demonstrated business and financial analysis skills, and proficiency with Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment, and effectively manage and meet multiple, simultaneous deadlines with minimum assistance while maintaining a sense of humor.
Ability to travel up to 20%

Apply at: www.careers.generalmills.com

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

USDA - Agricultural Marketing Service

USDA - Agricultural Marketing Service - Various Positions

This job will be posted beginning tomorrow (11/23) through 11/30.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/457203900

Summary

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

Transportation and Marketing (TM) consists of three business lines - transportation research and analysis, local food marketing research and technical assistance, and competitive grants administration that support the orderly marketing of agricultural products and promote wholesale and direct marketing opportunities.

The Marketing Services Division is responsible for conducting and supporting market research and analysis of agricultural marketing channels, processes and methods, and providing planning and design recommendations for agricultural marketing facilities, in order to facilitate the efficient and economical distribution of U.S. food and fiber products, primarily locally produced and distributed agricultural products.

Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range.

Salary Range

$53,435.00 to $100,736.00 / Per Year
Duties

The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.

The duties may include, but are not limited to:
Provides consultations, designs, drawings incorporating applicable design standards, codes, techniques, and practices which have potential impact on buildings, facilities and functional operations.
Keeps abreast of the latest developments in architecture, engineering and related disciplines.
Collaborates with architectural and engineering firms and in-house design staff to assure that site-specific architectural requirements are satisfied and all technical requirements are coordinated.
Recommends changes to plans or specifications developed by contract architects, engineers and others, and prepares comments.
Writes design articles in lay-person language for agricultural and community planning/development press.
Periodically develops blogs to market services to more general audiences.
Writes or participates in writing journal articles in architectural review publications.
Makes clear written and oral presentations and communications to governmental conferences, tribal groups, and other organizations, as required.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Senior Manager Social Responsibility, Springdale AR


Title Sr Manager Social Responsibility
Job Function Corporate & External Affairs
City Springdale, AR

Position Number 10757335 Sr Mgr Social Responsibility

Job Description SUMMARY: The primary responsibility of this position is responsible for the planning, design, daily management and evaluation of community investment programs in Tyson Foods' headquarters communities (Northwest Arkansas; Chicago, Illinois;Siouxland/Dakota Dunes, South Dakota).

This position works with key business and functional leaders, advisory committees, executive leadership and related non-profits and communities to advance the company's business and CSR goals. Other responsibilities include: Assists in the creation and implementation of a five-year community investment plan in alignment with corporate social responsibility strategy; Implements and monitors a comprehensive community grants portfolio specific to geographic regions, funding priorities and other needs as identified, to ensure the successful start-up and establishment of the community investment program; Supports refinement of grant program portfolio in alignment with community investment program focus areas; identifies other opportunities to streamline grant-making process for maximum efficiency; Oversees all stages of grant-making in the community portfolio including solicitation, due diligence and evaluationof funding proposals. Develops collaborative relationships with grant applicants to help build capacity of organization and ensure achievement of grant objectives; Manages the community portfolio of grants in accordance with the work plan and budget; ensures proper and timely disbursement of grant funds and tracks grant expenditures; makes funding recommendations to the Sr. Director and Advisory Committee in accordance with corporate priorities; Works with grantees to monitorand evaluate the performance and progress of grants to ensure consistency with the conditions of the award. Assists in the creation of a comprehensive system to measure return on social investments; Creates and facilitates regional community giving councils utilizing employee volunteers; Produces summary and analysis on progress of grants and targeted initiatives for submission to the Sr. Director, functional and executive management, and advisory committees; Supervises program associate and provides day-to-day guidance on assignments and tasks.

REQUIREMENTS:
EDUCATION: BA/BS minimum; Master's preferred.

EXPERIENCE: 5+ years of experience in community-based issues and/or program development within a corporatephilanthropy/giving department. Minimum of three years of supervisory experience.

COMPUTER SKILLS: Personal computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint; proficient in social media.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Exceptional communication skills, including public speaking and relationship-building with senior executives, community leaders and organizations. Must be able to translate plans/policies into specific goals, tactics, action plans and deliverables.

SPECIAL SKILLS (if applicable): Excellent project management skills including planning, project implementation, analysis and evaluation; experience with social investment ROI highly desired. Experience working, and relationships with, senior management, governmental agencies, community-based organizations and/or philanthropic organizations. Curiosity, passion and commitment to excellence in addressing issues facing communities. Excellent problem-solving, conceptual thinking, quantitative and analytical skills. Ability to work independently and/or be a team player working collaboratively across functions and business lines. Ability to anticipate, analyze and develop recommendations and/or solution.

To apply please go to:  https://www.tysonfoodscareers.com/Professional/Search-for-Careers.aspx

Friday, November 11, 2016

Head of Governmental Relations and Regulatory Affairs




Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs
Location: Cincinnati, OH, US, 45201

Company: Kroger

Position Summary:

Responsible for leading and implementing the company’s federal government relations strategy and tactics including working closely with division leadership to counsel and guide state and local advocacy activities. Collaborate with the company’s executive team to help the company realize an ambitious public affairs strategy to expand its license to operate and be recognized among the most reputable and influential companies in America. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Functions:
Lead, develop and implement plans to achieve company’s key legislative and regulatory priorities
Serve as a trusted advisor to the CEO, EVPs and other senior leaders on issues, policies and industry matters
Provide foresight and insight; continuously scanning the horizon for trends and themes prior to and as they emerge concerning legislative and regulatory issues
Provide leadership and counsel to division public affairs leaders as they work to achieve state and local legislative and regulatory priorities
Manage external contractor and lobbyist relationships while keeping work on schedule and within budget
Manage relationships with federal trade associations to ensure company’s perspective and interests are represented
Lead annual division solicitation for company’s Political Action Committee (PAC) and lead contribution strategy
Serve as a lead team member on all topics that impact the company’s license to operate, including managing the internal policy-making process to ensure company is apprised of and responding to emerging issues
Provide advice and strategies to senior leadership regarding government, regulatory and policy issues that may affect the company’s business and reputation
Serve as a core member of the External Affairs team to align and execute on corporate priorities and initiatives, including managing potential crisis and reputational issues
Travel independently to participate in government, industry and trade association meetings while representing the organization
Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
Minimum Position Qualifications:
8+ years of experience in public affairs or government relations
Previous experience in Washington, D.C. is critical, serving as a primary point of contact to legislative offices for a company, organization or issue
Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing or Political Science
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to analyze and solve problems
Strong planning and organizational skills
Desired Previous Job Experience:
Previous work as a public affairs leader in retail or corporate environment, within/managing public relations agencies
Previous work with elected officials or political campaigns
Experience in the food and agriculture value chain

Required Travel: Up to 50%

Apply at https://jobs.kroger.com/

University of Arkansas - Associate General Counsel




Assoc. General Counsel
Posting Number NC589P
Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/17247
Working Title Assoc. General Counsel
Position Number 2576
Department Legal Services
About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 26,700 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country’s finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation’s best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.
About the College/Department
Department Home Page
Job Type Administrator
Summary of Job Duties

The Associate General Counsel will advise the University, its Board, officers, administrators, campuses, units, faculty and staff on legal issues affecting the campuses and units of the University, including employment matters, litigation representation, policy and contract drafting and review. The duties of the Associate General Counsel contribute in the effort to further the mission of the UA System.

Minimum Qualifications
Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
Juris Doctor degree from an accredited American Bar Association law school
License to practice law in the State of Arkansas
Three years experience in the practice of law, with a governmental or nonprofit entity, in private practice, with a corporation, or clerkship
Preferred Qualifications
Experience in litigation, employment law, higher education legal issues, and governmental compliance

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
Knowledge of employment law, contract law and legal issues in higher education
Outstanding written and oral communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work professionally under pressure
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Ability to have a strong commitment to teamwork, customer service and collaboration
Maturity, sound judgment, good work ethic and ability to work closely with the other members of the General Counsel’s office
Physical activities associated with this position

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date 11/05/2016
Close Date 11/19/2016
Open Until Filled

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at jobs.uark.edu.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Capture Consultant - Winrock International

Capture Consultant, USDA Food For Education - Mauritania

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: 
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.
Winrock International Welcomes Applicants from all geographic regions of the world. If you do not have a five digit zip code in your region, please populate the zip code prompt with 11111 to proceed.

CONSULTANCY ANNOUNCEMENT:
Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting applicants for Capture Consultant for its Civil Society and Education team. The responsibilities, duties and qualifications are described in the position description.

GENERAL:
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that brings more than 30 years of experience empowering the disadvantaged, increasing economic opportunity, and sustaining natural resources. Around the world, Winrock works collaboratively with government officials and staff to address educational constraints in curriculum and teacher training, works with communities to increase agricultural production, provides training on water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and improves energy and water use efficiencies. Our work is designed to ensure sustainability, local ownership, and increased resilience to climactic and economic shocks.

Winrock has been working in West Africa since the 1990s to develop sustainable energy solutions for agricultural development, open new markets for smallholder farmers, increase educational opportunities for girls and boys through scholarships and mentoring, and address root causes of hunger and poverty through building the capacity of African leaders, communities, and institutions.

SALARY: The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

APPLICATIONS:
Applicants may go to Winrock’s job page at www.winrock.org to complete an online application, submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Capture Consultant, Food For Education by November 15, 2016. EEO/AA.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
Title: Capture Consultant

Location: Nouakchott, Mauritania (Primary) and Assaba, Brakna, Gorgol, and/or Guidimaka (Secondary)

Department: Civil Society and Education

Reports to: Proposal Lead

Position Summary:
Winrock is seeking a capture consultant to help with proposal preparation for a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food for Education project. The primary role of the consultant is to assist the capture team in setting up and facilitating meetings with stakeholders in Nouakchott as well as the Southern regions of Assaba, Brakna, Gorgol and/or Guidimaka. The total level of effort will not exceed 25 days.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Organize meetings with national level government ministries (Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Ministry of Rural and Economic Development, etc.), service providers, international and Mauritanian NGOs, and other stakeholders working to support primary school education, health and nutrition, and food distribution in Southern Mauritania, within Assaba, Brakna, Gorgol and/or Guidimaka.
Organize meetings with district and commune level government ministries (Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Ministry of Rural and Economic Development, etc.), service providers, local NGOs, community leaders, school authorities, and other stakeholders working to support primary school education, health and nutrition, and food distribution in Southern Mauritania, within Assaba, Brakna, Gorgol and/or Guidimaka.
Organize a meeting with local school officials, teachers and potential beneficiaries in one or two target districts to ensure the needs of communities with schools will be met by the project.
Accompany Winrock staff in meetings and where appropriate, serve as translator with local stakeholders.
Assist in leading a stakeholder workshop among project beneficiaries in either Assaba, Brakna, Gorgol and/or Guidimaka.
Prepare follow up emails or letters of thanks to those who met with Winrock.
Assist in the collection of relevant follow-up documents (project reports, research, policy, tools, etc.) from stakeholder groups and other sources.
Assist in collection of “Letters of Support” from potential partners identified with Winrock
Help develop and continuously add to the list of potential stakeholders relevant to proposed programming.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:
The consultant will be expected to produce the following during his/her consultancy:

A complete itinerary of confirmed meetings with key stakeholders and a final version with all names, titles, and contact information of individuals met

Copies of all thank you emails or letters sent

Draft agenda and confirmed participants for a stakeholder workshop in one of the target districts.

Summary report of main information conveyed at meetings attended.

2-page consultancy report detailing work completed corresponding to the tasks assigned

Letters of support collected from partners as instructed by Winrock staff

Qualifications and Background:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree preferred

Experience: 10+ years of experience interfacing with government ministries, local Mauritanian NGOs, local government, and community groups.

Skills & Knowledge:
Knowledge of Southern Mauritania (Assaba, Brakna, Gorgol, Guidimaka) required.
Fluency in Arabic, English and French required.
Local Language knowledge a plus.





Assistant Professor of Urban Agriculture - Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University Location: Frankfort, KY 40601

Document ID: AA324-091N

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF URBAN AGRICULTURE (TENURE TRACK)

SUMMARY:

The Assistant Professor of Urban Agriculture is a tenure track position at Kentucky State University in the College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems (CAFSSS). This Ph.D. level position will lead cooperative research and extension projects to assist in the development of urban agricultural systems. This position will support the horticultural production and associated economic issues with urban agriculture, as well as work with other programs to support the development of community gardens and aquaponics ventures. Stakeholders include urban farmers, small-scale and organic fruit and vegetable farmers, aquaponics producers, home and community gardeners, environmental consultants, and urban planners. The successful candidate will assist in teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses including urban agricultural systems and related areas.

Develop an integrated research program in support of the development of community gardens and aquaponics ventures. Stakeholders include urban farmers, small-scale and organic fruit and vegetable farmers, aquaponics producers, home and community gardeners, environmental consultants, and urban planners.

Develop research and extension proposals, conduct research, analyze research results, and publish results in area of urban agricultural systems.

Share research-based results with stakeholders through extension programs.

Mentor graduate and undergraduate students engaged in applied research projects.

Serve on committees for university, stakeholder groups, and professional associations.

Work with small and limited resource farmers and underserved communities.

Other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Ph.D. degree required in the field of Agriculture, Horticulture, or related areas. Salary is commensurate with experience. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

Candidates should have knowledge in the areas of urban agricultural systems.

Candidates must demonstrate the potential for collaborative, integrated, multi-disciplinary research, granting, publishing, and stakeholder involvement.

Preference will be given to candidates with a record of excellence in research and teaching and the ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in the university setting.

Ability to monitor or supervise laboratory research.

Ability to work under deadlines.

Will need a valid Kentucky Driver's License.

Please fill out the application located in the employment section on www.kysu.edu and submit a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to: jobs@kysu.edu .