Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Assistant to the President at Slow Foods USA

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Slow Food USA is a non-profit organization working to create a just and sustainable food system. With 225 volunteer-led chapters across the country, representing more than 25,000 members and reaching a network of 250,000 people, Slow Food USA advocates for food and farming policy that is good for the public, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet; creates youth programs to bring the values of eating local, sustainable and just food to schools and campuses; and preserves and promotes vanishing foods and food traditions. The Slow Food USA national headquarters is located in Brooklyn, NY.

The Assistant to the President and Manager of Special Projects will work closely with the president to aid him in moving forward Slow Food's strategic objectives. In addition, through managing, overseeing, and/or supporting select special projects, the position will be instrumental in moving forward key initiatives, some directly linked to the president, some in coordination with other staff. The work will be a combination of administrative support, coordination, and project management. It will be a fast paced job that will put you at heart of the food movement. While there will be some intense administrative functions, at its core, it willnot be a purely administrative job. The Assistant will be on a team, with the president, working to make sure we get done what needs to get done so that Slow Food can be successful in serving its members and leaders and changing our relationship to food and farming. Lastly, the position will require excellent judgement, discretion, exceptional interpersonal skills, and a commitment to do whatever it takes to move forward Slow Food's mission.

Academic Specialist/Outreach at C.S. Mott Group

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Play a lead role in coordinating and submitting large research grant proposals on behalf of the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems (C.S. Mott Group);

Serve as the point of contact for inquiries about the C.S. Mott Group's research and/or outreach programs;

Coordinate development and expansion of the C.S. Mott Group's web site, posting research and outreach project results as well as marketing of the C.S. Mott Group's programs;

Play a lead role in coordinating and submitting large outreach grant proposals on behalf of the C.S. Mott Group;
Check in regularly with staff and faculty affiliates to stay abreast of project opportunities and provide support on existing grants where needed;

Provide presentations on the C.S. Mott Group's research and outreach programs to MSU and non-MSU audiences as needed;
Serve as coordinator for C.S. Mott Group's advisory board meetings.

Required: A Master's in Business Admin, Communications science, or related food, agriculture, and health disciplines.

Director, Animal Law LL.M. Degree Program at Lewis & Clark

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As second-highest manager of a nationally recognized animal law program, and the director of the world’s first Animal Law LL.M. degree program, the person in this position is responsible for the day to day management of the Animal Law LL.M. degree program; maintaining the program’s quality and reputation through personal contact with prospective and current students and alumni; working diligently and creatively to identify and develop additional resources to grow the program; and maintaining the program’s national presence by marketing both the overall animal law program as well as the specific Animal Law LL.M. program through organizing and speaking at national conferences and workshops. When time permits, this person will teach one animal law seminar per academic year.

Lewis & Clark College will conduct background checks on the finalist(s). Lewis & Clark College is an equal opportunity employer.

Family Farm Food Safety Program Manager at CAFF

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Job Description: The Manager of the Family Farm Food Safety Program will develop a food safety program at CAFF that is focused on advising California specialty crop farmers on developing farm-level food safety plans, particularly small- and medium-scale family farmers engaged in direct marketing. Many such farmers have no experience with food safety issues. The idea is to create a position that is not simply a food safety auditor but is instead an advocate and advisor for California family farmers. The Manager will become familiar with all relevant food safety GAPs and outreach programs, including USDA and state programs, specialty crop-specific programs, private auditing firms’ programs, UC recommendations, as well as programs developed by the Produce Safety Alliance at Cornell. The manager will also be familiar with food safety requirements of California retailers, food service companies, processors, and other potential purchasers of family farm specialty crops. In collaboration with project partners from the University of California and other organizations, the Manager will conduct workshops for farmers and will be available for personal one-on-one consultations and farm visits with the target specialty crop farmers, in order to assist them in developing their own farm food safety plans. The Manager will also participate in a variety of conferences and other public processes related to food safety.

Eligible applicants must possess the following skills and experience:
• Farming experience, specialty crop experience desirable
• Food safety farm program implementation in one or more specialty crops and/or auditing experience, preferably both
• Interest in and familiarity with organic, biodynamic and sustainable agriculture
• Strong writing and verbal communications skills
• Self-directed, entrepreneurial and collaborative work style
• Willingness to travel in state as needed
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline
• A strong desire to defend the interests of family farmers

Terms: This is a full time salaried position with health benefits. The position will be located in Davis at Glide Ranch. The position is funded for two years, 2012 and 2013, by a Specialty Crop Block Grant award from CA Department of Food and Agriculture/USDA. Its continuation beyond 2013 will be contingent on securing additional funding. CAFF provides a competitive benefits package, and is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three references to The position will be open until filled.