Friday, April 27, 2012

Community Mobilizer with Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

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CFSA is a non-profit membership  organization that works to create a local and organic food system in North and  South Carolina.  We help people in the  Carolinas grow and eat local, organic foods by advocating for fair farm and  food policies, building the systems family farms need to thrive, and educating  and organizing farmers and the communities they serve.  Based in Pittsboro, NC, CFSA is the oldest  and largest sustainable agriculture organization in the Southeast. We have a  thirty-two-year record of successfully uniting farmers, consumers and  businesses to build a just, healthy food and farming future.


The Community Mobilizer is a thirty  hour per week paid position. The position is expected to start beginning of  June and is funded for 8 months to coincide with the end of current  congressional terms. Weekly schedule and exact start/end dates will be  determined at the time of hire. The term of the position may be extended  subject to availability of funds.

The Community Mobilizer must be  highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize and complete a wide  variety of tasks. Organizers must be comfortable interacting with people from a  wide variety of backgrounds; communicating the importance of Farm Bill reform;  confident in asking people to become CFSA members and/or to financially support  our work through donations; and to engage people to be active in regional  chapters and campaigns.

The Community Mobilizer will report directly to the Director  of the Sustainable Food NC Coalition, and will work closely with the Executive  Director.  The Community Mobilizer is based in  the Pittsboro, NC office. Some night and weekend meetings and extensive travel  throughout the Carolinas will be required.

  • Working  with CFSA Tour Coordinator to plan, coordinate and implement visits to at least  25 farmers markets and at least 12 restaurants, markets or other farm-to-fork  businesses across the NC and SC, focusing on the following key regions:  Triangle, Piedmont, Triad, Asheville, Charlotte, Upstate SC, and Charleston.
  • Working  with the CFSA Tour Coordinator to activate our membership by reaching out to  key ‘friends and allies’ to host informal barn-storm tour meet-ups in their  area and/or train members to get farmers listed on the local food finder.
  • Monitoring  federal Farm Bill legislation.
  • Analyzing  the relevance of the Farm Bill proposals to the sustainable and organic farming  communities in the Carolinas.
  • Assisting  CFSA communications staff to develop informational materials about the 2012  Farm Bill to distribute to CFSA’s grassroots network
  • Communicating  this information to CFSA's members and partners using a variety of electronic  and print methods (e.g., action alerts)
  • Providing  regular Farm Bill briefings to CFSA staff
  • Coordinating  grassroots outreach about the Farm Bill with CFSA’s 2012 Barn Storm Tour, with  special emphasis on connecting with the members of the Carolinas’ congressional  delegation while they are in their districts
  • Coordinating  grassroots outreach about the Farm Bill with prominent regional and state  events (e.g., conferences & forums)
  • Assist  CFSA team in formulating sound organizing strategies
  • Leverage  existing CFSA members, board and staff to build relationships and heighten  visibility of important Farm Bill issues in all of CFSA’s regional service  areas
  • Identify,  recruit, and develop community leaders for CFSA’s team of “super-activists”
  • Recruiting  new CFSA members
  • Track,  report, and evaluate weekly activity
  • Develop,  with supervisors, a simple tracking system for grassroots advocacy activities  taken and reported by CFSA members.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nutrition Policy Analyst at CSPI in D.C.

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on improving nutrition, food safety, and public health. CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, the nation's largest-circulation health newsletter. CSPI provides valuable, objective information to the public; represents citizens' interests before legislative, regulatory, and judicial bodies; and ensures that advances in science are used for the public good. CSPI is supported largely by the 850,000 subscribers to Nutrition Action Healthletterand by foundation grants.

The Nutrition Policy Associate advocates for improved nutrition and health policy with local, state and federal policy makers, encourages the food industry to improve their products and practices, and engages health professionals, academics, and concerned citizens in supporting nutrition policy. This position reports to the Director of Nutrition Policy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist Director of Nutrition Policy with lobbying activities, coalition building and grassroots organizing for nutrition policies, programs, and funding.
  • Help advocate for nutrition policies at the national, state and local level.
  • Assist with policy research and writing projects including drafting reports, correspondence, fact sheets and other advocacy materials.
  • Help develop advocacy materials for policy makers.
  • Cultivate support for nutrition policies from health professionals, university faculty, organizations and concerned citizens.
  • Represent CSPI at conferences, meetings and in coalitions.

  • Master’s degree (MS, MPH, MPP) in health, policy or nutrition and 3 years of professional policy experience, or a BS degree in one of these areas plus 7 years of professional policy experience.
  • Excellent research and writing skills with the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including public speaking experience.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process; lobbying or other legislative experience desirable.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, and government regulations.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and with supervision; and ability and willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Computer proficiency with MSOffice and experience with Internet-based research tools.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts, including applying concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed.
  • Commitment to CSPI’s work and mission.

Farm and Food Policy Analyst at Cornucopia Institute

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The Cornucopia Institute is seeking a fulltime employee to join its team conducting research and investigations into organic and sustainable food and farming production practices. This individual will also be involved with networking and communicating with farmers, consumers, food processors, retailers, organic certifiers and other NGOs. A heartfelt passion for protecting the environment, the good food movement, humane livestock husbandry and social/economic justice for family farmers is imperative.

The Cornucopia Institute is a farm policy research group focusing on research and education. It has become one of the most preeminent and aggressive organic and sustainable food and farming watchdogs. We seek to protect the integrity of the organic food label from governmental regulatory indifference as well as from agribusinesses cutting corners so as to profiteer from unethical and questionable food and agricultural practices.

Primary responsibilities for this position include:

Performing investigative projects under the direction of senior Cornucopia staff.

Developing documents and reports on investigative projects.

Interacting with farmers, corporate officials, retailers, and the media.

Providing materials for promulgating news releases and for posting on Cornucopia’s webpage, in Cornucopia’s newsletter, and through its social media outreach.

Attending relevant conferences and meetings (governmental, agricultural, trade shows, networking with other NGOs, etc.).