Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Animal Legal Defense Fund Fellowships

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has two new fellowship opportunities available.  These may or may not involve farm animal welfare issues.  Information is as follows: 

1) Litigation Fellow (JD required within last three years) to begin immediately. This position will last roughly one year. The application deadline is Oct. 15, 2012.

2) Litigation Fellows to begin in fall 2013. These positions will last roughly two years. The application deadline is Oct. 20, 2012.

For more information, contact Tom Linney, J.D., Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Monday, September 10, 2012

School Food Coordinator, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

This is a full-time position analyzing, developing, and implementing school food reforms to increases access to healthy foods to children and adolescents before, during and after the school day. This position is part of Get Healthy Philly, an initiative that aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity in Philadelphia by increasing access to healthy and affordable food, decreasing access to unhealthy food, and increasing opportunities for physical activity.  The School Food Coordinator will help develop, manage and implement school food reforms in Philadelphia public and/or charter schools and after school programs, including but not limited to: student engagement and feedback on new menu offerings and school food reforms; support with staff training for implementation of school food reforms; management of a food waste evaluation; identify and assist in scaling up innovative school food practices and partnerships.  This position will liaise with partners including but not limited to: the School District of Philadelphia; Philadelphia Parks & Recreation; and Out of School Time (OST) programs.  This position reports to the Food Policy Coordinator at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.


The School Food Coordinator will accomplish the following:
  • Assist the Food Services Division of the School District of Philadelphia with the implementation of priority recommendations including: increased fruit and vegetable offerings, more varied cycle menus, soliciting student feedback on menu choices and quality, and assessing food waste.
  • Coordinate with the department’s youth wellness coordinator to assist in the design and implementation of youth advocacy efforts that support the initiative.
  • Envision and help implement innovative school food solutions at select schools.
  • Manage evaluation partners related to a food waste assessment or other initiatives as required.
  • Coordinate citywide efforts to improve access to and quality of foods served before, during and after school in public, private, and/or charter schools.
  • Establish and build working relationships with academic institutions, public and private partners; help raise funds for pilot projects.
  • Liaise between the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and public and private partners involved in school food wellness initiatives.
  • Performs related work as required.

  • Masters in Public Health, or other related masters or doctoral degree in public health, public policy, political science.
  • Minimum two years working on school-based wellness activities.
  • Prior experience with school food policy or advocacy preferred.
  • Background or experience with research and evaluation preferred.
    - OR -
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Department of Public Health.

Salary range is 55,000 – 62,000 and is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

QUALIFIED APPLICANTS: If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Amanda Wagner, Food Policy Coordinator, at amanda.wagner@phila.gov.  The position will start approximately October 1, 2012 and is a ten month position ending June 30, 2013 contingent on the availability of continued funding.

SELC Seeks Office Director for Charlottesville, VA Headquarters

The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking an attorney to serve as director of its Charlottesville, Virginia Office. This is a rare opportunity to join one of the nation's most effective environmental advocacy organizations, and to lead an office addressing some of the most important and challenging facing both the Southeast and the nation.

About SELC and the Charlottesville Office
With offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Asheville, NC; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Richmond, VA; Birmingham, AL; and Nashville, TN), SELC uses law and policy expertise to protect the South’s natural resources—its land, air, water, coast and wetlands—and to preserve its rural countryside and community character. Although SELC's regional focus is the Southeast, much of our work is national in scope and impact.

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental law; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to stop the worst abuses of southern resources and set precedents to ensure their lasting protection. SELC works collaboratively with over 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve our common conservation goals. SELC's legal and policy staff comprises some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields, and over its 26-year history, SELC has earned a reputation as one of the most effective environmental organizations in the country.  SELC currently has a staff of 100, including 51 attorneys. 

SELC’s organizational structure integrates regional strategy and expertise with place-based action and results directed from its three core offices in Charlottesville, Chapel Hill, and Atlanta.  The Charlottesville office houses 12 lawyers responsible for SELC’s advocacy work in Virginia, and serves as SELC’s headquarters.

About the position
The Charlottesville Office Director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the office and its success, excluding regional headquarters functions.  This includes the full range of the organization's legal and policy work in Virginia, and institutional development and fundraising in Virginia.  The Office Director will work in close partnership with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Director of Development, all of whom are located in Charlottesville.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing, implementing, and leading the overall legal and policy advocacy program of the office.
  • Hiring and supervising attorneys and other Virginia staff.
  • Serving as principal SELC spokesperson in Virginia and working closely with the development and communications departments to strengthen and secure financial support for the organization and deliver its messages to various audiences.  This includes making face to face calls to help build relationships and raise funds from individuals and foundations.
  • Representing SELC in collaborations with other organizations and in other institutional relationships.
Compensation:  The salary range for this position is $90,000-130,000, commensurate with experience, plus an excellent benefits package.

Qualifications: SELC is seeking a talented, multifaceted lawyer who is a recognized leader and manager capable of both steering our work internally and building positive relationships with the environmental community, financial supporters, and key state leaders. The ideal candidate will be an excellent lawyer with 10 or more years experience; significant litigation, policy advocacy, or environmental practice experience; good presentation and people skills; a strong personal commitment to SELC's mission; and an understanding of the region and its environmental challenges and opportunities.

To Apply
: If you have these qualifications and are seeking one of the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding environmental advocacy positions available, please send your  letter of interest, resume, law school transcript, and at least three references to Hayley Parrish, Southern Environmental Law Center, 201 West Main Street, Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA  22902, or e-mail to VAjobs@selcva.org.  Please indicate clearly Office Director on subject line.

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, is continually seeking to diversify its staff, and strongly encourages applications from persons of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Grow Montana Coalition Coordinator

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking a Coordinator for Grow Montana, a statewide food and agriculture policy council. NCAT is a private non-profit organization that works to foster and promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. This is a great opportunity for an individual to work with an innovative team of leaders in food and agriculture from across the state. Founded in 2005, the Grow Montana collaborative promotes policies that support sustainable Montana-owned food production, processing, and distribution, and that improve all of our citizens' access to healthy Montana foods. Grow Montana envisions a vibrant Montana-based food system that fosters healthy communities, individuals, and environments.
This position is located in Butte, MT. All applications and their location needs will be considered.

The position requires the equivalent of a BA/BS degree plus a minimum of three years of related professional experience. The successful candidate will need to be well-organized and able to work independently as well as in a team. You should be an excellent communicator with experience in writing and public speaking. Other qualifications include but are not limited to:
  • Strong facilitative leadership skills with experience and knowledge of community development.
  • Strong organization-building skills with the ability to prioritize.
  • Professional experience in membership-driven community-based organizations.
  • Proven program and project development, coordination and implementation capacity.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience with foundation donors, individual donors, and/or grants.
  • Demonstrated passion for social change, and clear understanding of the vision of Grow Montana and community-based food systems.
  • Experience in community-based food systems.
  • Familiarity with state and federal policy arenas.
  • Familiarity with Montana’s community of progressive organizations, leaders, and policy makers.
The Grow Montana Coordinator will carry out the responsibilities of facilitating the Steering Committee and council partners and allies in their efforts to support community-based food systems by conducting public policy research and education that will garner statewide investments in healthy food systems, and increase the supply and access of diverse local products. The Coordinator, with guidance from the Steering Committee and NCAT staff, will also lead an inspiring campaign to frame our vision and conduct outreach and inquiry among Montana citizens and policy makers. She or he will strengthen partnerships and collaborations among relevant food and agriculture organizations in order to advance the council’s vision. The Grow Montana Coordinator will provide staff support to the Steering Committee, providing follow-up on decisions, facilitating participation of the coalition’s partners and allies, organizing fundraising, grant writing, and grant reporting. Some in-state travel will be required for meetings, conferences, and other relevant activities.

Salary and Benefits:
$28,000 - $35,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation and holidays, health, life and disability insurance, cafeteria (flex) and 401(k) plans and a pleasant, professional working environment.

Application Process:
Applications will be accepted through September 4, 2012 or until a suitable candidate can be identified. Early applications are encouraged and applications will be considered as they are received. All persons interested in being considered for the position must submit a cover letter highlighting their experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, a current resume and a completed NCAT application. Requests for an NCAT application and inquires about the application process should be directed to Jerrid Burk. Incomplete applications or reference on the application to "see resume" will not be considered. Applicants interested in learning more about NCAT can visit our website at www.ncat.org for a gateway to websites and projects developed by NCAT staff. Send completed application materials to:

Jerrid Burk
NCAT Human Resource Specialist
P.O. Box 3838
Butte, MT 59702

NCAT values diversity and encourages minority and women applicants to apply. For additional information about NCAT please visit our website at www.ncat.org.

It is NCAT’s policy and organizational philosophy to ensure that all of our employment practices, including recruitment and hiring, are administered for all individuals without regard to race, sex, creed, color, national origin, age, religion, marital or veterans status, disability, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

California Rural Legal Assistance Staff Attorney

California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) is in search of a Staff Attorney to further its mission of providing quality legal services to low-income individuals -- many of whom are farmworkers -- in over 22 California counties. This position is located in CRLA's El Centro, California office. 

Reporting to the Directing Attorney or Project Director, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

  • Provides legal service to low income clients and client groups including advice, negotiation, litigation and administrative advocacy in accordance with program priorities and case handling policies.
  • Reviews and supervises the work product of Community Workers and Clerical support staff relating to all clients being advised or represented by him/her.
  • Undertakes significant statewide impact activity, including institutional and group litigation or community economic development beneficial to the low income community.
  • Develops leadership in working with community, client and other advocacy groups related to statewide impact issues.
  • Works to develop specialized knowledge in  a substantive area of poverty law and acts as a  resource for other staff through participation in at least one CRLA task force.
  • Coordinates advocacy in substantive areas through collaboration with other human services providers, non-profit organizations and community, client or other advocacy groups.
  • Participates in CRLA training programs, local office case review or staff meetings or other CRLA activities as required.
  • Provides community education regarding legal rights and prepares materials relating to these presentations.
  • Works with members of the private bar as necessary in accordance with CRLA Private Bar Involvement.
  • Maintains contemporaneous time records in the CRLA case handling system. 
  • Maintains a good working relationship with all members of the office staff
  • Utilizes basic capabilities of word processing program. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Admitted to practice law before the court of any state.
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of California or willingness to take the next California Bar Exam.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with low income clients.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Good people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population.
This is a regular full-time Staff Attorney position $42,000-$67,500 based on bar admission date. Salary is union scale and not negotiable. Excellent employer paid benefits, including 401(k) and up to $4,750 per year in law school loan reimbursement.

To apply send resume with cover letter to: HR@crla.org E-mail attachments in Word or WordPerfect only, or copy and paste resume into body of e-mail. Include “Staff Attorney-El Centro” in subject of e-mail.

Kraft Foods, Senior Counsel - Sales & Food Services

Kraft Foods is searching for a Lead Attorney to advise its North America Sales organization, including the Mass/Food/Drug, Food Service and Vend channels, as well as the North American SnackCo Ingredients businesses for the $7 billion North American SnackCo Region.  This position is located in East Hanover, NJ.

  •  Ensures compliance with North American antitrust and competition laws.
  • Partners with the SVP Sales and his leadership team, as well as the North American Food Service leadership team.
  • Responsible for keeping management abreast of significant decisions, legislation and governmental regulatory rulings that may affect company’s sales, trade spending and competition policies
  • Provide day-to-day legal support for the approximately 6,100-member North American Direct Store Delivery (DSD), Warehouse and Food Service Sales Force.
  • Provide legal oversight to the Sales Finance Team in charge of administering the $1 billion-plus Biscuit trade spending budget to ensure legal compliance with U.S. antitrust and Canadian anti-competition law.
  • Provide general legal support to U.S. and Canadian Food Service businesses.
  • Provide antitrust advice and compliance training to the broader North American Sales Force organization (including Food Service) on matters including Fair & Equitable Treatment principles, Meeting Competition guidelines, trade spending, bracket pricing.
  • Assist the Sales Force Leadership Team in developing antitrust compliant sales policies and ensuring the fair administration of those policies.
  • Negotiate contracts with Food Service and Retail customers, brokers and distributors.
  • Review trade materials, trade advertising, co-marketing programs, promotions, customer-directed communication, pricing decisions, and selling stories for content, accuracy and antitrust compliance.
  • Provide support to Chief Counsel – Canada on Canadian-specific sales matters.
  • Provide support to NA M&A and corporate governance projects
  • Contributes to both the Regional and Global law department by working with other regional counsel on developing competition law policies, sharing best practices, etc.

  • JD Degree from an accredited law school and top academic credentials
  • 7-10 years of experience, including significant in-house or government agency experience pertaining to antitrust compliance,
  • prior major law firm experience preferred.
  • Strong antitrust and sales transaction experience, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry experience preferred.
  • Excellent management skills and business judgment with a capacity to make decisions and give reasoned, competent advice that demonstrates an understanding of overall business objectives and the risks/rewards of each situation.
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