Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Opportunity for the Recognition of Outstanding Student Research

Opportunity for the Recognition of Outstanding Student Research by applying for the Thomas Marchione Award


Honoring the seminal academic and humanitarian work of Thomas J. Marchione, this award is given to an MA, MS or Ph.D. student whose active engagement in food security and food sovereignty issues continues and expands Dr. Marchione’s efforts toward food justice, food access, and food as a human right. The award can be in recognition of exemplary work completed or in progress, or for proposed work in the field of food as a human right and the social justice aspects of food systems.
Ideally, the recipient will be working towards, in Dr. Marchione’s words, “the best and more sustainable approaches to fulfill the right to food.” There will be one annual award of $750 (this will include a 1 year student membership to the American Anthropological Association and the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition). The award may be for proposed or in-process research or a research prize for completed work.

Eligibility: Open to Masters and Doctoral level students who will have completed their coursework and research proposal by the time of the annual American Anthropological Association meeting in the discipline of anthropology or allied fields (e.g. sociology, food studies, nutrition, etc.). Students already engaged in relevant research, action or advocacy may apply in acknowledgement of their accomplishments. Proposals must be focused on migrant and/or refugee communities in the United States or on developing world countries.

For more details on the award requirements, please go to the website of the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition: https://foodanthro.com/thomas-marchione-award/

DEADLINE: JULY 14, 2017

Submit your application to Amy Trubek via email at atrubek@uvm.edu.






 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Senior Associate in Policy for the Safe Food Project, Pew Charitable Trusts



Project Overview Pew's Safe Food Project seeks to modernize and strengthen federal government oversight of meat and poultry safety in order to better protect public health and undertake additional initiatives to reduce foodborne illness. Position Overview The Senior Associate, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, will inform and influence public policy by providing research and programmatic support to achieve the goals of the project. This will include expanding subject matter expertise in food safety law and policy, in particular oversight of meat and poultry as well as law and policy related to public health; participating in the execution of the project's research and outreach goals; drafting legislative language and supporting materials concerning safety oversight of meat and poultry production and assisting with convening meetings and stakeholder communications.

Reporting to the Project Director, the Senior Associate will also work with Pew colleagues in communications, research, government relations, human resources, and other areas. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.
Under the direction of the Project Director and guidance of other staff, contribute to policy advocacy and outreach efforts:

- Play a major role in developing strategies to modernize safety oversight of meat and poultry and in participating in the project's activities related to the coalition advocating for meat and poultry modernization legislation.
- Assist in planning, organizing, and coordinating in-person and online convenings of advocacy groups, policy makers and other key audiences, including meetings hosted or sponsored by Pew and briefings on Capitol Hill.
- Collaborate with the communications and government relations teams to generate materials and presentations for outreach to the media, policymakers, and key stakeholders related to food safety and ensure that materials are timely, accurate, and relevant.
- Communicate with and cultivate relationships between Pew and key stakeholders, including scientific and medical professional societies; state and federal legislative, regulatory, and public health officials and policy makers; agricultural producers; food retailers; advocacy groups; members of the public; and other domestic and international stakeholders. Under the direction of the Project Director and guidance of others:
- Expand on an already-existing knowledge of issues related to food safety law and policy, particularly as it relates to meat and poultry.
- Proactively identify, monitor and influence the positions of key stakeholders and thought leaders on meat and poultry safety issues. Under the direction of the Project Director and guidance of other staff, contribute to research and publication efforts:
- Define and research key policy issues related to oversight of meat and poultry production and to public health that will support the project's legislative and/or policy goals.
- Draft documents related to project and, review and edit reports and other documents from staff, consultants and/or stakeholders.
- Contribute to and participate in broader Trusts-related projects and activities as requested.
- A bachelor's degree in a research or policy-related discipline required. Professional or advanced degree in law, public policy, or research-related field preferred.
- Minimum of four years directly related professional experience in public policy or research.
- Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
- Knowledge of animal agriculture and food safety laws and policies.
- Excellent applied research and analytical skills, including a proven ability to comprehend scientific research, synthesize large amounts of scientific information, identify themes, and present the information to an informed general audience.
- Ability to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as to identify, understand, and synthesize different policy perspectives.
- Excellent oral and written skills, including an ease in communicating complex concepts and issues in a clear, effective manner for policy and general audiences.
- Demonstrated project- and time-management skills, including the ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, resolve problems creatively and logically, organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details.
- Ability to work professionally and collegiality within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.

Compensation and Benefits As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and complete benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to help you maintain a good balance.
Travel This position is expected to include occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences. The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

For more information and to apply, visit the Pew Charitable Trust website

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Extension Assistant Professor, NC State University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences



The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is seeking applications to fill a non-tenure track Extension Assistant Professor position in the area of Agricultural Law. The effort split for the position will be 70% Extension and 30% Academic.

The position will develop an extension program that will include publishing through a wide variety of media including peer reviewed publications, factsheets, and web-based materials in the area of Agricultural Law. Presentations to a wide variety of audiences on a broad range of timely agricultural law topics will be a vital component of the extension program. It will also include providing training for professionals including county extension faculty, attorneys, appraisers, and certified foresters. It will also include, but not limited to, county and other programs on topics that include agritourism, voluntary agricultural district programs, conservation, estate planning, transition of farm businesses, energy Issues, business organizational structures, food safety, farm land preservation, liability management, farm labor, and environmental compliance. It is expected that the program will include working with the North Carolina Bar Association and North Carolina State government agencies. The successful candidate will be expected to become a state, national, and internationally recognized expert and leader in the Agricultural Law.

The teaching component of the position includes instructing two undergraduate courses per year. The classes could include agricultural law, environmental law, or other courses on an as needed basis. There is also opportunity to teach distance education overload. Performance will be assessed along several dimensions: the success of the extension program; effective teaching at the undergraduate level; and service to the department, college, university and scholarly organizations. Willingness to participate in interdisciplinary collaborations across academic units is a plus.

Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the College and University as a whole. Therefore, the successful candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is respectful and welcoming of all groups. The department will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To view the full posting and to apply, visit the NC State University Human Resources Website

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Analyst in Environmental Policy, Library of Congress

Job Overview

About the Agency

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

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

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

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

While it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of that grade.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

The position description number for this position is 4748.

The incumbent of this position is eligible to work a flexitime or compflex work schedule.

RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THE PERSON(S) SELECTED UNDER THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.




View the full posting and apply via the USA Jobs website.

Policy Director (interim, potential to become permanent), National Family Farm Coalition



Policy Director (interim, potential to become permanent); National Family Farm Coalition

Location: Washington, D.C.

Organizational Description
National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) unites and strengthens the work of its diverse grassroots member organizations to demand viable livelihoods for family farmers, fishermen and workers; safe and healthy food for all; and economically and environmentally sound rural communities. Founded in 1987, NFFC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed to fair prices and equitable access to credit, USDA programs and other essential resources for all, including minority, producers.

Job Description

NFFC seeks a determined, committed and creative individual as Interim Policy Director to bring the concerns of NFFC member organizations to Capitol Hill and the Administration and to track family farm-related legislation, including the next Farm Bill. The candidate should have extensive knowledge of farm policy (or closely related issue) and Capitol Hill advocacy, as well as enthusiasm for and expertise in building membership capacity and alliances working for fair federal policies.

Position will be based at the NFFC office in Washington, DC; periodic travel is required.
                                                                                      
Primary Job Functions

Advocate for a strong family farm and rural agenda in Washington, DC:

Support member organizations’ priorities on federal farm and fishery policy through direct and grassroots advocacy to Congress and federal agencies;

Facilitate training and travel for Coalition members making lobby visits to DC;

Coordinate and/or conduct research and analysis on the implications of federal legislation and budget appropriations on family farmers and fishermen;

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

Develop and maintain relationships with key allies and public officials.

Experience and Knowledge

3-5 years of public policy, legislative, communications, and/or grassroots organizing, including work with rural communities and in Washington, DC;

Existing relationships with key players at the federal level in family farm/fisheries, food and trade policies;

Demonstrated commitment to racial, social and economic justice with significant experience working with persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages and personalities;

Coordinating and nurturing geographically dispersed and culturally diverse coalitions, including leadership development;

Excellent written and verbal communications skills;

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

Social media platforms and MS Office (or similar) software.                             

Salary and Benefits

This is a nine-month interim position with the potential to become permanent. Compensation is commensurate with experience; please submit salary requirements. A competitive benefits package is included.

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

Contact Information

Interested parties should send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three references to familyfarmcoalition@gmail.com  at their earliest convenience.

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Senior Manager II, Sustainability, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Corporate

This is a Senior Manager II role in Corporate Affairs. The role involves being a subject matter expert in sustainability, requiring an ability to understand complex sustainability science and emerging issues and make thoughtful judgments for the company. This role involves managing external relationships with suppliers and NGOs, being an consultant for the business teams on more sustainable products and supply chains and being a strong corporate affairs athlete in supporting communications and stakeholder relationships on behalf of the company. The portfolio of work with focus on leading our company strategy to more sustainably source key commodities. It will also support the sustainability program in our global produce business, including produce specs, local sourcing, small holder sourcing, pesticides, etc.


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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Program Officer, Wallace Center, Winrock International



POSITION TITLE: Program Officer, Wallace Center

LOCATION: Arlington, VA

GROUP: Agriculture & Enterprise

UNIT: Wallace Center

REPORTS TO: Programs Director, Wallace Center

DESIRED START DATE: April 2017 (exact dates flexible)

 BACKGROUND:

The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a national leader in sustainable and equitable food systems development that supports entrepreneurs and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is healthier for people, the environment, and the economy. To achieve this vision, the Center builds and strengthens linkages in the emerging chain of businesses and civic efforts focused on making good food—healthy, green, fair, and affordable food—an everyday reality in every community. The Wallace Center is a unit within the Enterprise and Agriculture Group of Winrock International and works across the United States on national level initiatives as well as regionally in partnership with other organizations.

Through the Pasture Project, the Wallace Center at Winrock International is addressing barriers to and developing solutions for water and soil quality issues in the upper Mississippi River Watershed with particular emphasis on adaptive rotational grazing and multi-species cover cropping. Grass-based production strategies can offer farmer’s economic benefits while simultaneously reducing the impact of agriculture on water and soil quality.

The Wallace Center helps farmers use effective and profitable approaches to improve conservation on working lands by integrating pasture and intensive rotational grazing into farm operations. Engaged throughout the Upper Mississippi River Basin, we focus direct technical assistance in watersheds that are conservation priorities. Geographically our activity is focused in WI, MN, IA, IL and IN working with regional organizations and farmers developing a comprehensive path to conservation-minded farming. Our path to change integrates tried and true approaches to technical assistance with designed to address pressing needs.

Together, these approaches form a comprehensive client-centered approach that starts by building awareness of the combined economic and environmental impact of integrating livestock and follows through with peer to peer support and direct technical assistance. While we build a path for farmers, we also build the capacity of supporters at each step, helping ensure sustainability and scalability of these efforts. Wallace Center works regionally and nationally to reduce the barriers to raising grass-fed beef and increase the number of stakeholders supporting sustainable farm management.


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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Clinical Director, Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center; Univ of Arizona

Clinical Director, Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center


Title:               Clinical Director, Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center
Department: Law Instruction (3603)
Location:  Main Campus


The University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) and the James E. Rogers College of Law have partnered to create the University of Arizona Natural Resource Users Law & Policy Center (NRULPC). The Center’s mandate is to support research, education, and outreach to the resource users community, and to establish a law clinic at the College of Law that will help to address the currently unmet legal needs of ranchers, farmers, the timber industry, miners, groups with common issues, and others whose business involves the use of natural resources and whose business often takes place on “working landscapes.”

With an Executive Director in place, the University now seeks applicants for a Clinical Director who will establish and manage a public interest law clinic for resource users at the College of Law. The clinic will offer College of Law and CALS students experiential learning opportunities by providing legal services and policy advice to resource users. The Clinical Director will work closely with the Executive Director in establishing and directing the clinic, with a “dotted-line” report to the Executive Director and the College of Law’s Director of Clinics, and a direct report to the College of Law’s Dean. This is a full-time fiscal year-to-year appointment, renewable up to two-years.

For more information, see the complete job posting and application information at https://uacareers.com/postings/17530

Contact information:  Cindy DeLancey
Executive Director, Natural Resource Users Law & Policy Center
cdelancey@email.arizona.edu


Monday, April 10, 2017

Intern, Community-Based Food Systems, Wallace Center at Winrock International

POSITION TITLE: Intern, Community-Based Food Systems

LOCATION: Little Rock, AR

UNIT: Wallace Center

GROUP: Enterprise & Agriculture Group

REPORTS TO: Program Officer, Community-Based Food Systems, Wallace Center

BACKGROUND:

The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a national leader in sustainable and equitable food systems development that supports entrepreneurs and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is healthier for people, the environment, and the economy. To achieve this vision, the Center builds and strengthens linkages in the emerging chain of organizations, businesses and civic efforts focused on making good food—healthy, green, fair, and affordable food—an everyday reality in every community. The Wallace Center is a unit within the Enterprise and Agriculture Group of Winrock

International and works across the United States on national level initiatives as well as regionally in partnership with other organizations. www.wallacecenter.org
Through its Community-Based Food Systems initiative area, the Wallace Center supports and builds the capacity of community-based organizations who are working to increase access to healthy, fresh, affordable, and fair food in vulnerable communities. To achieve this, the team designs targeted training and technical assistance to partner organizations delivered through a number of modalities, including webinars, conference calls, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, peer and expert site visits, group trainings, web resources, workshops, and one-on-one support. In 2017, the team will launch a new national Community of Practice (CoP) for food systems organizations to build capacity, foster linkages and relationships, share best practices and lessons learned, and solve challenges resulting in more viable local food systems and healthier communities. The Community-Based Food Systems team is also developing new projects in Arkansas, an area of work that is expected to grow in the coming years.
POSITION SUMMARY:
As part of the Community-Based Food Systems team, the Intern will play a key role in planning for and launching the new national Community of Practice (CoP) while providing day-to-day administrative support for existing programs. She/he will help design and implement an outreach and marketing campaign to recruit CoP participants, support the development of an interactive online learning platform and resource portal, and research and generate content for the Center’s trainings and technical assistance programs. The Intern will work with other members of the Wallace Center team in support of these projects as well as independently to achieve project and initiative goals.
This position offers the successful candidate a diverse and meaningful experience with a dynamic and leading organization in the field. While primarily office based, this position will offer the successful candidate a high level of engagement with critical issues and strategies in the expansion of sustainable and equitable food systems and with those leading this work across the US.
This full-time, paid, 6-month internship opportunity will begin Monday June 5, 2017.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Assist with the design and implementation of a targeted marketing and outreach campaign to recruit and engage community-based organizations in the new CoP
  • Support the development of an interactive online learning platform and resource library
  • Research and collect relevant materials, resources, publications and tools/toolkits
  • Draft content for press releases, social media posts, blogs, and websites
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for technical assistance and training provision
  • Provide support at meetings, including coordinating schedules and taking notes
  • Other duties as assigned 
To view this opening, click on the link below.
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Professor of Practice, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Tufts University's Friedman School is looking for a Professor of Practice (no PhD necessary) in Food Policy and Policy Implementation: 

The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (http://nutrition.tufts.edu) at Tufts University (http://www.tufts.edu/) seeks candidates for a faculty position in the field of food policy and policy implementation for Professor of the Practice (PoP).  Appointments for Professor of the Practice are reserved for individuals whose outstanding expertise and contributions to the Friedman School are derived from the relevant professional experience, such as in government, non-governmental organizations, or business.  Candidates should ordinarily have a doctorate degree. Significant experience as a practitioner in government, advocacy, law, political science, public policy, business, economics, psychology, health sciences, industry or a closely related field is required.  Candidates for this position should have a strong advocacy, policy change, and public impact record in food and nutrition.

https://apply.interfolio.com/ 41322

The position is designed for a senior experienced high-profile person who does not necessarily have a Ph.D., but who does have useful policy or industry experience to share that would be of interest in research and teaching. The person is slated to be a leader in Friedman School initiatives to have a real-world "public impact."

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Director of Operations, Farm Fresh HQ, Kansas City

Fresh Farm HQ is hiring a Director of Operations!!  Come be part of a very exciting farmer owned business that is truly adding value to Kansas City's food system.  You have the opportunity to help our mission driven food hub thrive and grow. Applications are due April 17th! 

Brief Company Overview:  Fresh Farm HQ is a Cooperative Association owned and operated by farmers, which started operations in early 2016.  FFHQ is a mission driven organization that will strengthen the local food system by expanding opportunities for regional farmers wanting to scale-up and meet the demand for local nutritious food.  We aggregate and distribute locally produced vegetables, fruits, and proteins from producers, with a focus on small to medium size farms that are within a 150 mile radius of Kansas City, MO, and selling to wholesale outlets including corporations, institutions, grocers, and restaurants. (more info at www.freshfarmhq.com

The goals of Fresh Farm HQ are to: 
  • Provide an aggregation point for local producers, spurring increased production of locally-grown products.
  • Provide small to medium sized producers a market through which they can receive competitive prices.
  • Increase viability of local family farms through a cooperatively-managed and producer- owned food hub.
  • Enable corporations, grocery stores, restaurants, and regional institutions to consistently and reliably secure local food.
  • Support increased regional food security and healthy eating.

The Director of Operations will report directly to the Board of Directors President and have the following responsibilities:   
  • Run the Day to Day operation of Fresh Farm HQ
  • Be the main representative of Fresh Farm HQ in the regional buyer’s market
  • Marketing the business to farmer/producers
  • Marketing the business to buyers, (corporations, restaurants, grocery stores, and institutions such as hospitals and schools)
  • Coordinating sales and distribution along the chain from farmer to buyer.
  • Work closely with the board of directors to strategically plan for ongoing sales and operations.
  • Communicate effectively with the Board to allow the Board to make informed and timely decisions. 
  • Maintain a positive and visible presence in the community working closely with other professional, civic and community leaders and organizations.
  • Lead the development of strategic partnerships with community groups like After the Harvest

Position Info: 
  • Job Location:  Kansas City, with some regional travel required
  • Start Date:  End of April         
  • Wage: Negotiable
  • Hours:  Full-time, with a need for flexible scheduling

Professional Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree with a preferred focus in food systems, value chain management, regional planning, or agriculture.  Experience can be substituted for education.
  • Strong time management skills
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to complete tasks and implement programs Computer competency in the use of standard office software programs, internet programs and social media
  • Preference given to candidates with experience in local food sector
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong public speaking ability
  • Communicate the mission and vision of Fresh Farm HQ
  • Other duties as assigned
Apply by April 17th

Submit a cover letter and resume including at least 3 business references to:  info@freshfarmhq.com

Thanks for your interest,

Katie Nixon
FFHQ, Board of Directors Secretary

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Analyst in Natural Resources Policy, Library of Congress

The Resources, Science and Industry Division (RSI) of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) is seeking an Analyst in Natural Resources Policy to join its Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section. The analyst will conduct analyses that inform congressional deliberations on natural resources policy as applies to fish and wildlife and the biological sciences. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the history, trends, and current status of natural resources policy and interrelationships with other key ecosystem, conservation, and multi-use issues.

This position requires the ability to utilize analytical methods and techniques to analyze policy issues for the U.S. Congress. Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative approaches in research and familiar with natural resources policy issues with an emphasis on fish and wildlife and the biological science and interrelationships with other key ecosystem, conservation, and multi-use issues. Strong writing and presentation skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, are required.

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

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

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


For the full posting and to apply, visit the USAJobs website.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Farm & Food Legal Fellow, Yale Law School

FARM & FOOD LEGAL FELLOW

The Yale Environmental Protection Clinic (EPC) and Yale Community and Economic
Development Clinic (CED), in collaboration with the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), seek
to hire a Farm and Food Legal Fellow to begin in September 2017.

The Legal Fellow will work under the supervision of the EPC director, CED director, CLF’s
Director of Farm and Food, and other program staff. The Legal Fellow will spend approximately
half of their time establishing and coordinating CLF’s Legal Food Hub program in Connecticut,
and the remaining time on clinical projects and independent research within the EPC and CED.
The Legal Fellow’s primary responsibilities will include developing and overseeing a direct legal
assistance pro bono network (the new Connecticut branch of CLF’s Legal Food Hub program),
conducting outreach and trainings on farm and food legal issues, communicating with the press
and the public, supervising or supporting student projects related to farm, food, sustainability,
and developing community-based connections and relationships. The position requires a creative
and outgoing self-starter with the confidence to forge new paths.

The Legal Fellow will be based at Yale Law School in New Haven, CT. The position will be
full-time for one year with a second year preferred depending on funding.

Organizational Background
The Environmental Protection Clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic that addresses environmental
law and policy problems on behalf of client organizations such as environmental groups,
government agencies, and international bodies.

The Community and Economic Development Clinic provides transactional legal services to
clients seeking to promote economic opportunity and mobility.

Conservation Law Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported law and policy advocacy
organization based in Boston with several offices throughout New England. Founded in 1966,
CLF’s mission is to advocate on behalf of the region's environment and communities.

The Legal Food Hub program is a free legal services clearinghouse that provides pro bono legal
assistance, workshops, and trainings to for farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations
in order to foster a sustainable, resilient, and just food system. The Legal Food Hub also has the
dual goal of providing content-specific training to lawyers to enable the legal community to
better serve farmers and food businesses. The Legal Food Hub currently operates in Maine,
Massachusetts, and Rhode Island; the Legal Fellow will develop the Connecticut branch. You
can read more about CLF at www.clf.org and the Legal Food Hub at www.legalfoodhub.org.

The ideal candidate will:
Have a J.D. and be a member of or an applicant to a state bar prepared to apply for admission
to the Connecticut bar (candidates may qualify for admission without examination);
Have experience working with issues relating to agriculture, aquaculture, and other elements
of the food system;
Have experience with transactional law issues;
Have interest in policy advocacy;
Have experience working in coalitions with both public and private sector actors;
Have strong interpersonal skills, including the proven ability to work with people from
different backgrounds and communities;
Have excellent organizational skills;
Have exemplary oral and written communication skills;
Be able to manage multiple projects at once and report to multiple supervisors;
Be a mature self-starter, able to work both independently and as a productive team member;
Be a persuasive, credible, well-prepared advocate; and
Have the capacity to develop expertise in relevant non-legal technical or policy areas.

Expected responsibilities include the following:
Conduct outreach to a diverse set of Connecticut food-system stakeholders to identify
common legal issues;
Build alliances and coalitions among community groups, public officials, business interests,
and advocacy organizations;
Develop and oversee a direct legal assistance pro bono network serving farmers,
aquaculturists, food businesses, and food organizations (the Legal Food Hub);
Develop trainings to advise food-system stakeholders, pro bono attorneys, community groups,
and other advocacy groups on legal and policy matters;
Write public educational materials, articles, and opinion pieces;
Educate and advocate before local, state, and federal legislatures and administrations;
Engage in public outreach and speaking on advocacy initiatives;
Work effectively with administrative support staff;
Work with other EPC, CED, and CLF attorneys and communications and policy specialists;
Work with the media to amplify and disseminate work;
Work with and supervise clinical students; and
Assist in preparing funder reports and related materials as needed.

Salary and Benefits
Yale Law School offers a competitive salary and extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive,
and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected.

To Apply
Send a cover letter and resume to EPC director Josh Galperin at Joshua.Galperin@yale.edu.

Yale University is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not
discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a
veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation
or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people
from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal
financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX
Coordinator, at TitleIX@yale.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil
Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111,
Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: ocr.boston@ed.gov.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Program Associate 2, Community Based Food Systems; Wallace Center at Winrock International

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Program Associate 2, Community Based Food Systems - Little Rock, AR or
Arlington, VA

 The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a national leader in
 sustainable and equitable food systems development that supports entrepreneurs
 and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is
 healthier for people, the environment, and the economy.


 General: We are currently recruiting a motivated and experienced individual
 who is exceptionally talented at multi-tasking programmatic and administrative
 tasks and has the focus to handle complex and challenging responsibilities,
 including the ability to engage with practitioners in the fields of community-
 based food systems, philanthropy, government, enterprise development, and
 communications. Strong interpersonal skills are needed for this position, as
 well as the ability to self-start and work independently as well as working
 well in teams. A strong interest in domestic sustainable and equitable food
 systems is highly desirable and will become the basis for professional
 development.


 Salary/Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with experience and level of
 education. Excellent benefits offered.


 Applications: Interested applicants should go to the careers page at
http://www.winrock.org/join-us/careers/ to submit their applications, cover
 letter and current resume. This position will remain open until filled. EEO/
 AA.


 POSITION DESCRIPTION


 POSITION TITLE: Program Associate 2, Community-Based Food Systems

 LOCATION: Little Rock, AR or Arlington, VA

 UNIT: Wallace Center

 GROUP: Enterprise & Agriculture Group

 REPORTS TO: Program Officer, Community-Based Food Systems, Wallace Center


 BACKGROUND:
 The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a national leader in
 sustainable and equitable food systems development that supports entrepreneurs
 and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is
 healthier for people, the environment, and the economy. To achieve this
 vision, the Center builds and strengthens linkages in the emerging chain of
 organizations, businesses and civic efforts focused on making good food—
healthy, green, fair, and affordable food—an everyday reality in every
 community. The Wallace Center is a unit within the Enterprise and Agriculture
 Group of Winrock

 International and works across the United States on national level initiatives
 as well as regionally in partnership with other organizations.
www.wallacecenter.org


 Through its Community-Based Food Systems initiative area, the Wallace Center
 supports and builds the capacity of community-based organizations who are
 working to increase access to healthy, fresh, affordable, and fair food in
 vulnerable communities. To achieve this, the team designs targeted training
 and technical assistance to partner organizations delivered through a number
 of modalities, including webinars, conference calls, peer-to-peer learning
 opportunities, peer and expert site visits, group trainings, web resources,
 workshops, and one-on-one support. In 2017, the team will launch a new
 national Community of Practice (CoP) for food systems organizations to build
 capacity, foster linkages and relationships, share best practices and lessons
 learned, and solve challenges resulting in more viable local food systems and
 healthier communities. The Community-Based Food Systems team is also
 developing new projects in Arkansas, an area of work that is expected to grow
 in the coming years.


 POSITION SUMMARY:
 As part of the Community-Based Food Systems team, the Program Associate 2 will
 play a critical role in supporting and implementing the Wallace Center’s
 existing training and technical assistance program and will be deeply involved
 in planning and coordinating the activities of the new Community of Practice.
 She/he will also provide support for the Center’s biannual Food Hub Conference
 and contribute to other projects and new business development as appropriate.
 It is expected the Program Associate 2 will work with other members of the
 Wallace Center team in support of these projects as well as independently to
 achieve project and initiative goals. The position will support current
 programs as well as new program design and development of new funding
 opportunities. This position offers the successful candidate a high level of
 engagement with critical issues and strategies in the expansion of sustainable
 and equitable food systems and with those leading this work across the US.


 MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

•       Support the implementation and management of Wallace Center
 activities, including but not limited to assisting with the: coordination of
 technical assistance to selected organizations, outreach and networking among
 partners, conducting participatory research and analysis, and the development
 of training and technical materials in support of community-based food
 systems.

•       Coordinate requests for information and program support, including
 assisting with outreach and networking with partners, grantees, and those
 interested in the Center’s work.

•       Assist with technical assistance management, tracking, and evaluation.
 Duties include processing consultants’ and sub-awards’ paperwork (contracts
 and legal agreements) for hiring and/or granting; working with consultants and
 contractors to ensure proper and timely payment of invoices; coordinating
 events and travel; and overall support to the awards management processes and
 grants/contracts administration.

•       Draft, edit and/or proofread documents with reviewers, developing web
 content, promotional materials, press releases, etc.

•       Assist with logistics, operations and time management, e.g. meeting
 and travel planning, coordinating complicated project schedules, timelines and
 deadlines.

•       Support the completion of progress reports and the processing of
 financial reports to funders and help keep track of financial status of awards
 and overall program(s).

•       Provide excellent and timely client service and support relationship
 management, appropriate conflict resolution, and help strengthen the Center’s
 wide network of allies and partners.

•       Assist with the development of new business opportunities including
 proposal management, technical approach, partnership development and budgets.

•       Assist in work pertaining to technical topic areas such as: food
 access, equity, non-profit organizations, farmer viability, food value chains,
 supply chains, aggregation and distribution.

•       Assist with development and implementation of networking strategies
 that build capacity among organizations and advance the mission of Wallace
 Center.

•       Support the intern hiring process, staff coordination and training of
 new employees.

•       Represent Wallace Center at state and national level conferences and
 events.

•       Participate in Winrock-wide organizational trainings, committees and
 meetings as required and interested.

•       Perform other duties as necessary and (or) assigned. Some local and
 out-of-state (US domestic) travel may be required.


 QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:


 Education:
•       Minimum BA/BS in food systems, agriculture, rural or community
 development, environmental science or studies or policy, economics, political
 science, business, anthropology, or related fields. Master’s degree preferred.


 Experience:
 At least three years of related experience including:

•       Providing support and coordination of grant-funded projects and
 initiatives, preferably using project management tools and frameworks

•       Working to support the development of local food systems, sustainable
 agriculture and social enterprise, especially as it applies to underserved and
 vulnerable communities.

•       Working within socially and economically vulnerable communities in
 rural and urban contexts

•       An understanding of business and enterprise development and the range
 of skills and capacities one needs to be successful in food and agricultural
 business.

•       Understanding of key issues in facilitating local and healthy food
 supply/value chains.

•       Understanding of and experience working in the domestic non-profit
 sector.

•       Ability to research an issue and share findings in an organized and
 clear manner.

•       Outreach and communications with key stakeholders.

•       Grant writing and proposal preparation preferable.

•       Working in teams to foster positive social, environmental or economic
 outcomes.

 Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

•       Excellent communication skills (written and oral), including ability
 to understand, organize, and distill information from a variety of sources
 into concise content tailored to the reader.

•       Excellent interpersonal skills to work with internal and external
 clients and a wide range of stakeholders and demographics.

•       Professional demeanor and ability to prioritize responsibilities and
 function effectively during stressful or busy periods.

•       Excellent organizational and information management with an attention
 to detail and accuracy.

•       Takes initiative, self-starter, and self-directed in conjunction as
 well as the ability to work effectively in a team.

•       Process-oriented with a strong ability to build efficient systems for
 information management and project tracking.

•       Detail-oriented and organized, with ability to create and track large
 numbers of files and contacts.

•       Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple concurrent tasks.

•       Ability to quickly learn new policies and procedures, and to navigate
 the language of contracts and compliance.

•       Ability to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times

•       Cultural competency in communicating with a wide variety of
 stakeholders, ranging from national leaders in the field to grassroots
 organizations

•       Experience or proficiency using Microsoft Office software, including:
 Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with Salesforce is a plus.

•       Must not require sponsorship to work in the U. S.


 We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will
 receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion,
 sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national
 origin, caste, tribe, age (40 or older), disability status, protected veteran
 status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Animal Legal Defense Fund: Senior Staff Attorney, California

Animal Legal Defense Fund is Hiring a Senior Staff Attorney

Senior staff attorneys in ALDF’s Litigation Program are responsible for the day-to-day management of their assigned cases and projects, including ensuring the completion of all necessary research, filings, and other aspects of litigation. Senior staff attorneys also develop new cases, either by monitoring news for ideal sets of facts, or developing cases from assigned areas of law. 


Competitive salary DOE, excellent benefits package including 100% employer paid comprehensive health, dental, vision and life insurance plans. Optional Flexible Spending Account. Generous Paid Time Off, and 401k retirement plan with employer match.  Casual work environment which includes companion animals.
Location: Cotati, California


For more information, and to apply, visit the ALDF website Employment page. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Adjunct in Food Policy - Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Recruitment Period
Open date: March 15th, 2017
Next review date: April 15th, 2017
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: April 15th, 2017

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Description

The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a full time, non-tenure track academic year Assistant Adjunct position.

The Goldman School of Public Policy seeks applications from researchers in food policy, with an emphasis on the social movements of food production, food service, and labor practices and policies in these sectors. We anticipate that these scholars will study the political, legal, and social aspects of food policy, including: organizing social movements around food policy (e.g., the Local Food movement, Farm-to-Table, the Fight for $15 movement); the use of social media in political organization around food policy; food policy as a tool for broader social justice concerns; etc. We are looking for intellectually rigorous and exciting candidates who can engage with a diverse faculty and can teach innovative courses to our graduate students.

Teaching Responsibilities: Primary duties include teaching graduate level courses, minimum of one course per semester.

General Duties: In addition to teaching, duties include holding office hours, assigning grades, preparing course materials, and advising and mentoring graduate students on independent research projects. The successful applicant will have an active research agenda, be engaged in professional activities and leadership as appropriate, and engage in school and campus service.

The minimum basic qualifications required to be considered an applicant for this position are: Ph.D., J.D. or equivalent degree required at the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate should have demonstrated excellence in teaching. An MPP or MPA degree strongly preferred.


The full position announcement is available at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01304

To apply, please go to: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01304

Friday, March 10, 2017

Director of Innovation, Good Food Institute

The Good Food Institute (GFI) is on the forefront of the movement to use food technology and markets to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, from climate change and global hunger to antibiotic efficacy and the exploitation of billions of animals annually. The Good Food Institute’s Director of Innovation will have an critical role in ensuring that a good food future happens as quickly and efficiently as possible. At GFI, you will work with entrepreneurs and scientists to create new companies that will develop the latest innovations in plant-based and “clean meat,” dairy, and eggs; help current companies be successful; and create direct competition with conventional animal products—thereby driving millions of dollars into these sectors and transforming the food system.
 
How You Will Make a Difference
 
As GFI’s Director of Innovation, you will build and manage a team that is laser-focused on moving the best and most successful entrepreneurs, tissue engineers, synthetic biologists, plant biologists, and others into plant-based and clean food technology—both as founders of new food technology companies and as employees at companies GFI is helping to found and build. You will do this by:
  • Managing all aspects of the Innovation Department, including supervising staff, overseeing department budgeting and spending, creating and implementing expansion plans, and providing visionary leadership.
  • Developing and implementing strategic plans that address the needs of new and developing food companies, identifying product gaps, and making recommendations for new companies to fill the space.
  • Overseeing and assisting with writing and editing business plans, conducting market research and branding exercises, recruiting top talent, and mentoring our partners on all aspects of starting and running a company.
  • Building a dynamic team that will envision, develop, and support innovative companies and create forward-thinking plans for new foods, technologies, and growth in the good food space.
  • Creating engaging webinars and speaking at top business schools to highlight the expertise and innovations needed in the field and to inspire more business students, entrepreneurs, and scientists to get involved.
For more information and to apply, visit the Good Food Institute website.