Friday, February 22, 2013

IATP iso Agriculture & Climate Specialist

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) works at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems, locally and globally. IATP has offices in Minneapolis and Washington. This position is based in Minneapolis.

IATP has an immediate need for a full-time Agriculture and Climate Specialist to help lead and contribute to the Institute’s work related to climate, renewable energy and agriculture. The Specialist will work to advance climate friendly and sustainable renewable energy projects and policies at multiple levels, ranging from involvement and support for specific project work on the ground to coordinating organizational initiatives and networks engaged at the national and international levels. The successful candidate will have significant expertise in the area of agriculture and climate, very strong writing, analytical and communication skills, and the ability to coordinate work and people.

  • Coordinate IATP organizational climate and agriculture initiatives.
  • Manage specific IATP climate, renewable energy (including biofuels) and agriculture projects, including the newly created Rural Climate Network.
  • Participate in research, analysis, policy development and advocacy efforts
  • Supervise interns, and potentially staff, as needed
  • Support communications through the news media, social media and IATP websites, as well as written reports and analyses
  • Represent IATP publicly
  • Participate in fundraising and reporting
  • Understanding of agriculture and rural communities
  • Background in agriculture, climate science and/or renewable energy
  • 3-5 years experience working professionally on sustainable agriculture and/or climate issues
  • Excellent communication, public speaking, writing, analytical, and project management skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively and constructively with a diversity of colleagues and stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative while meeting agreed upon goals and deadlines
  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel
  • Solid computer skills
  • Masters degree or equivalent work in in agriculture, climate science, public policy or related fields preferred.
Compensation for this position is based on qualifications and experience. IATP offers excellent health insurance, vacation and sick leave benefits and a lively, creative work environment at our office in Minneapolis, MN.

APPLICATION: Send resume and cover letter to IATP Human Resources at The deadline for applications is February 25th, 2013, or when filled.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

PFHE seeking Legal Policy Analyst for Reducing Childhood Obesity Project

One of the nation's leading 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal sponsors, Public Health Foundation Enterprises has served nonprofit and government agencies since 1968.  PHFE's staff provides a wide spectrum of nationally recognized infrastructure and support expertise.  With Fiscal Sponsorship, Infrastructure Management, and Consulting Services, nonprofit and government agencies are able to reduce administrative overhead, improve accountability and spend more time and funding on programming and service delivery. PHFE's services help make communities healthier and make a difference in the lives of millions of people served by our government and nonprofit clients.   Reducing Childhood Obesity Through the collaborative efforts of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP), Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Programs (MCAH) and various other county and community partners, the Reducing Early Childhood Obesity program is a community-based project geared towards public education, skills-building and environmental change.

This campaign focuses on the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating among the nearly one million LA County children ages 0-5, their families and the communities where these children reside. PHFE/DHP is seeking a Legal Policy Analyst for the Reducing Childhood Obesity Project.  The Legal Policy Analyst will be responsible for providing guidance and implementation of efforts to decrease the promotion and marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children ages 0 to 5.

  • Work with contractor to identify legal and policy strategies to reduce marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages.
  • Oversee efforts of funded partners working to adopt food policies in cities that increase access to health food and beverage options. 
  • Direct the development of a commissioned report on these strategies and outreach plan to policymakers, government officials, and community organizations.
  • Provide guidance on development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of a voluntary public recognition program to encourage restaurants to adopt and promote healthful menu items.
  • Content expertise in public health practice and California local government.
  • Content expertise in food systems and built environment improvement strategies.
  • Experience in program planning, evaluation, and grant management.
  • Ability to make effective presentations to both the public and to professional groups.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment and manage multiple work tasks in a timely manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer literate and skilled in use of use of MS Windows-based programs, including Microsoft (MS) Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline related to the core business function of DPH
  • Four (4) years of experience in the analysis of mental health or public health program, two (2) years of which must have been at the level of Health Program Analyst I.
  • A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline related to the core business function of DPH may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license and/or ability to secure timely transportation for off-site travel to a variety of community sites throughout the region.

  • A Juris Doctorate preferred with a background in a broad range of legal issues relating to public health highly desirable.
  • Active membership in good standing of the State Bar or California.
This is a Full Time, non-exempt position with an hourly wage of $37.63.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Director of Externships and Academic Success, University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville is currently seeking a full-time Director of Externships and Academic Success to begin August 15, 2013. The Director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Externship and Academic Success programs.

The School of Law has an active and growing Externship program, which currently includes the following categories of placements: Corporate Counsel, Criminal Defense, Criminal Prosecution, International, Judicial, Legislative, Other Governmental, and Public Interest. In calendar year 2012, 118 students participated in externships. The Director will be the primary faculty supervisor. The Director will select and train field supervisors for each externship site, conduct site visits as needed, inform students of placement options; coordinate student application and registration; provide orientation, training, and on-going consultation to students; monitor student performance; and review students’ written work. The Director will also seek new externship opportunities, periodically review faculty policies and propose updates, and periodically update Program materials.

The School of Law’s Academic Success Program is in a transitional period. It currently consists of special advising for students identified as academically at-risk, a Teaching Assistant program in the first-year classes, and occasional workshop offerings. In addition to overseeing those initiatives, the Director will develop and propose an effective Academic Success program for the School of Law.

This is a non-tenure-track position. 

Salary range is in the $60,000s/commensurate with education, background, and experience.  

Minimum Requirements:
Applicants must have completed a J.D. degree and have a minimum of three years of law practice or teaching experience. 

Preferred Qualifications:  
Preferred qualifications are five years of law practice or teaching experience, as well as strong teaching, organizational, and public outreach skills. 

Where To Apply?  
To apply please send a letter of interest, current vita or resume, and contact information for three references.

Terri Huckleberry,
University of Arkansas School of Law
Waterman Hall
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

The job posting will be open until position is filled.

The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/EOE institution committed to achieving a culturally diverse faculty. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially individuals who contribute to the social, ethnic, and gender diversity of our faculty and academic community. Applications will be accepted without regard to age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation or national origin. Applicants must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

Growing Farmers Initiative Director, Stone Barn Center

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a non-profit farm and education center located just
25 miles north of Manhattan in Pocantico Hills, New York. Stone Barns operates an 80-acre fourseason
farm and is working on broader initiatives to create a healthy and sustainable food system  Through our Growing Farmers Initiative, children’s education programs, and diverse public
awareness programs, we work to improve the way America eats and farms.

Supervised by the Executive Director, the Growing Farmers Initiative Director will manage and lead one of the organization’s nationally recognized, signature initiatives.

The Director will evaluate ongoing programming and, with the Executive Director, develop and implement new programs to increase the success of beginning farmers and advance resilient agriculture. As the leader of this growing program, s/he will be asked to support fundraising for programming that gives new farmers the tools, experiences and opportunities they will need to engage in farming as a life-long profession. New efforts may include, but are not limited to:
  • development of a young farmer advisory board, development of university partnerships,
  • development of a best in class business planning program, development of an alumni network and
  • advancing the organization’s aggressive private lands strategy, which seeks to secure beginning
  • farmer access to 10,000 acres of new productive land in the next ten years. S/he will oversee the
  • execution of all existing programming including technical workshops, apprentice program and
  • curriculum, the Virtual Grange and the annual Young Farmers Conference.
  • S/he will work with the Executive Director to advance programs that leverage not only the Stone
  • Barns site and farm, but also its brand and institutional reach. S/he will work collaboratively with
  • other organizations in the Hudson Valley and beyond to develop complementary initiatives and
  • identify opportunities to support beginning farmers.
  • Develop a concerted strategy to support beginning farmers.
  • Set goals, articulate a theory of change, and establish clear evaluation criteria for each
  • program/investment.
  • Enhance use of the Center’s unique assets—including farm, restaurant/cooking and
  • proximity to NYC—to further the program and build the organization’s regional and
  • national impact.
  • Serve on Center’s Executive Team, taking part in decision-making for Center as a whole
  • (including farm, education, fundraising, and administration).
  • Develop new initiatives while managing a portfolio of existing programs.
  • Work with the Director of Marketing and Philanthropy to raise funds for the Initiative.
  • Manage $735,000 USDA beginning farmer grant and other designated funding.
  • Work with the Executive Director to communicate and engage important constituents and
  • stakeholders, including the Board of Directors and key partners.
  • Establish partnerships with like-minded organizations.
  • Manage Growing Farmers Initiative Coordinator
  • Minimum of ten years experience as a proven leader in program management and
  • development.
  • Experience working with farmers, entrepreneurs and/or collegians.
  • Experience working with new institutions or start-up companies.
  • Proven strategic planner with sound analytical ability, good judgment, and strong
  • operational focus.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, manage and align staff through effective communication,
  • performance management, positive interpersonal, diplomatic and negotiation skills.
  • Understanding of food and agriculture.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building competencies coupled with strong
  • written and verbal communication skills.
  • Energetic, forward thinking, creative individual with high ethical standards.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
Stone Barns Center offers a salary commensurate with experience and comprehensive benefits
including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and 401k plans. This is a full time, exempt position
with weekend and evening hours as required.

To Apply
  • Please send cover letter and resume to
  • Applications will be accepted through March 5, 2013.
  • Stone Barns Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse background.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Executive Director, Poughkeepsie Farm Project

The Poughkeepsie Farm Project is a non-profit organization that works toward a just and sustainable food system in the Mid-Hudson Valley by operating a member-supported farm, providing education about food and farming, and improving access to healthy locally-grown food.


The Poughkeepsie Farm Project is in search of a strategic and visionary leader who has a passion for, and demonstrated commitment to, farming and food justice issues, with the ability to be resourceful, set clear priorities, and guide investment in people and systems while aligning organizational resources and commitments.  The new Executive Director is a results-oriented problem-solver who is entrepreneurial and driven but also flexible, highly collaborative, and open to the input and thoughts of others.
Reports to: Board of Directors as represented by Chair, Board of Directors


  • Drive development of diverse and sustainable funding streams, including fee-for-service programs, events and philanthropic support, including grants, donations and fund drives; ensure a productive, respectful, donor-centered recognition and stewardship program that nurtures ongoing support;
  • Provide collaborative leadership and mentorship to a passionate and committed staff focused on farm/food education and food justice, ensuring each staff member has clarity about the goals of his/her role, the guidance and support to meet them, and an understanding of how they connect to the work of others and the overall mission of the PFP;
  • Establish mission based priorities, guided by the Board;  maintain and promote a welcoming, inclusive, and transparent organizational culture;
  • Ensure programmatic success by translating strategic plans into operational benchmarks/goals;
  • Assess current programming and develop new programming with a particular emphasis on ecological community-based agriculture, food justice, and the food system;
  • Act as the public spokesperson for the PFP in the community, and beyond;
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the PFP’s Board of Directors to ensure open communication about goals and expectations as well as the measurement and impact of financial and programmatic performance
  • Ability to review and interpret and communicate financial results to the board, and to closely manage activities to ensure on-budget performance;
  • Long term (capital) and annual financial planning and budgeting;
  • Regular financial reporting to the board (actual expenses & revenues vs. projected).


  • A successful track record of significant professional achievement in an innovative  non-profit or social enterprise environment preferably in the areas of farming or food justice; previous board management experience preferred;
  • Extensive experience in fundraising; the ideal candidate has built a high-performing fundraising operation that increases the recurrence and predictability of contributions, as well as long-term engagement of both institutional and individual donors;
  • Exceptional relationship-building skills, with the ability to work with diverse groups, including major funders, community organizations, businesses, and volunteers;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong financial skills with demonstrated experience in annual and capital budget planning and management;
  • Sensitivity to the needs of diverse racial and ethnic populations;
  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.

Application Process:

Please send a resume, a thoughtful cover letter, your salary requirements, and supply the names and contact information of three references, to  Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled,  with priority given to those candidates applying by February 24, 2013. 

Deputy Directory, Children's Food & Beverage Advertising Initiative

The CFBAI is a national advertising self-regulation program of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The goal of the Initiative is to shift advertising primarily directed to children ("child-directed advertising") to healthier foods. The CFBAI is the independent administrator of commitments from leading national consumer packaged goods companies and quick serve restaurants to advertise only healthier foods to children or not engage in child-directed advertising.
We are seeking a seasoned professional to join the staff. This critical position will assist in all facets of CFBAI program management and development, will have primary responsibility for conducting and overseeing the independent monitoring that we conduct to assess whether participants are complying with their pledge obligations, and will represent the VP for CFBAI as necessary.

  • Policy development and strategic planning
  • Interacting with high level representatives of the CFBAI participants
  • Conducting advertising reviews and analyzing audience composition data
  • Analyzing complex data regarding product formulations, nutritional standards, and advertising compliance issues
  • Writing complex, but plain English, reports and fact sheets for public distribution
  • Handling media relations
  • Doing public speaking
  • Monitoring domestic and international policy and regulatory developments regarding media and childhood obesity
  • Engaging in liaison work with regulators, congressional officials and NGOs


The successful candidate will have knowledge of the food industry, food law and policy issues, including a JD or RD with at least five years of experience dealing with national food advertisers regarding food and nutrition policy issues and policy experience dealing with marketing to children or comparable experience in a similar industry. In addition, he or she will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, be a strategic thinker, be able to set priorities and meet deadlines, and be able to take initiative and complete projects with minimal supervision. Experience dealing with opinion leaders and engaging in public speaking and media relations is highly desirable.


We offer great benefits including a flexible 35-hour week, teleworking opportunities, generous amounts of paid time off, medical and dental plans, and a 401(k) plan with immediate matching participation. We are located in Clarendon across from the metro station and our building offers affordable monthly and daily parking.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume, including salary requirements to

 Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.
3033 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 600
Arlington, VA 22201
Application Deadline: 02/22/2013

Staff Attorney: Livestock Marketing Association


The Livestock Marketing Association is the leading livestock trade association in the country ( and is based in Kansas City, Missouri.  This position is based in the Kansas City office.  In addition to the trade association, LMA also has an in-house insurance agency (LMIA) which serves its members.

This Staff Attorney position is a new position at LMA.  It is an entry level attorney position with mentoring provided through counsel on retainer to LMA.  The LMA work that is anticipated includes:  interpretation of GIPSA regulations, EPA environmental issues, Drug residue, Animal disease traceability, other issues that affect the livestock industry. Additional work will involve the Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency (LMIA). These duties may include insurance agency issues and reinsurance issues.

For further information and to apply, contact
Melanie Harris
Director, Human Resources
Livestock Marketing Association
10510 NW Ambassador Drive
Kansas City, MO  64153
Direct:  816-801-3226
Cell:     913-568-6313
FAX:    816-891-0652

Vice President, Gov't & Industry Affairs, Livestock Marketing Association


The Livestock Marketing Association is the leading livestock trade association in the country ( and is based in Kansas City, Missouri.  This position is based in the Kansas City office.  In addition to the trade association, LMA also has an in-house insurance agency (LMIA) which serves its members.

Job Description:  Manages and conducts government and industry affairs activities for the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) and, generally, the livestock marketing sector.

Duties Include:
  • Represents LMA’s interests before the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch departments and agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service, USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and other USDA agencies, as necessary, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies and departments, as required
  • Acts as LMA’s liaison with other industry organizations on livestock marketing, animal health, food safety, environmental and animal welfare issues and such other issues and interest s as they present themselves
  • Works with the Regional Executive Officers to coordinate state legislative and regulatory interests with those at the national level
  • Develops and secures legislation to improve conditions within the livestock marketing sector
  • Reviews legislation for its potential impact on the marketing sector; prepares testimony and testifies before congressional committees; Brings the marketing sector's position on key issues to the attention of the news media and the general public in cooperation with LMA’s Director of Communications
  • Prepares comments to proposed regulations published by federal departments and agencies
  • Works with LMA’s legal counsel on legislative, regulatory and legal issues
  • Attends state marketing association meetings to present LMA’s policies and government and industry affairs activities and issues
  • Works with the LMA leadership, managers and staff to carry out the programs and policies of the Association.

The following knowledge and skills are required:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of/experience in the livestock industry
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current/proposed federal/state regulations affecting the livestock industry
  • Demonstrated ability for public speaking
  • Law degree not required but helpful
  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, as well as 
  • knowledge of the structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar

Note:  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

For further information and to apply, contact
Melanie Harris
Director, Human Resources
Livestock Marketing Association
10510 NW Ambassador Drive
Kansas City, MO  64153
Direct:  816-801-3226
Cell:     913-568-6313
FAX:    816-891-0652

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Winrock International Seeks Program Director for Agriculture

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment.  Program emphasis includes education and children and youth leadership, gender equity and women's empowerment, civil society strengthening, agricultural productivity, forestry and natural resource management, rural enterprise and employment, and renewable energy. Winrock matches innovative approaches with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

The Program Director for the Agriculture unit is responsible for leading Winrock’s development and implementation of its strategic vision for the agriculture and food security sector; including development in the fields of sustainable production, marketing, and agriculture technology in Winrock’s global programs. The position is also responsible for developing and meeting new program funding targets as well as leading the design and submission of project/program proposals to potential donors, in both government and private sectors. This position requires strong management skills in order to effectively supervise all unit staff, oversee technical and research activities, and implement global projects/programs. The position also requires a demonstrated management skills are essential. The Program Director, Agriculture should be well versed in development issues and be committed to sustainable agriculture with its requirements for stability, resilience, close interaction with community and environmental health.   He/she should have a wide network of professional contacts within the U.S. and the international sustainable development community, have considerable overseas experience, and command respect and professional stature among his/her peers.

Click here for a full position description.

The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Winrock provides excellent benefits including: life, disability, and health (medical and dental) insurance; retirement contribution and accrued paid sick and vacation leave.  The position will be located in either Arlington, VA or Little Rock, AR.

Applicants may go to Winrock’s Job Page at to submit a current resume and cover letter. Winrock International is an equal opportunity andaffirmative action employer.
Winrock International is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

EarthJustice, Staff Attorney Position (Experienced, Ocean Protection / Fisheries Focused)

Earthjustice is the original environmental law organization, built on the belief that we all have a right to a healthy environment. We fight, using the power of the law to preserve, protect, and promote a healthier, more sustainable world for everyone. Through far-reaching, big-impact litigation, we ensure that those who jeopardize the health of the planet are held accountable to the law. We work tenaciously to preserve our natural heritage, safeguard our health, and promote a clean energy future.
Earthjustice has nine regional offices, an international program, and legislative policy and communications advocacy teams. We hire the best and brightest who share our passion for justice and a healthy environment for all people.

The Washington, D.C. office of Earthjustice is seeking a highly-experienced litigator and policy advocate to assist our efforts to enhance ocean ecosystems. The attorney selected for this position will focus on both litigation and other advocacy related to oceans. The attorney will be expected to engage in the full range of our activities to protect the oceans, including handling cases relating to fisheries, water quality, and other issues that affect ocean life. In addition, the attorney will be expected to participate in other advocacy efforts in furtherance of ocean conservation, including administrative and legislative activities.

  • Conduct factual investigations, develop legal theories, draft pleadings and briefs, and otherwise build a docket and manage new cases in state or federal courts and administrative tribunals.
  • Supervise the work of other lawyers, interns, and litigation assistants, who are part of the team on each case.
  • Manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners.
  • Integrate communications and policy advocacy into strategies for far-reaching, high-impact litigation.
  • Applicants must be law school graduates, who are admitted, or willing to apply for admission, to the District of Columbia bar.
  • At least 10 years of litigation experience in environmental law, preferably including significant experience litigating ocean resource cases in federal court.
  • Experience in administrative and judicial proceedings, at both the trial and appellate levels, including discovery, motion practice, evidentiary hearings, and oral argument.
  • Superb research, analysis, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Initiative, good judgment, a strong work ethic, passion for the environment, and proven ability to work both independently and in productive collaboration with others.


  • Applicants must be law school graduates, who are admitted, or willing to apply for admission, to the District of Columbia bar.
  • At least 10 years of litigation experience in environmental law, preferably including significant experience litigating ocean resource cases in federal court.
  • Experience in administrative and judicial proceedings, at both the trial and appellate levels, including discovery, motion practice, evidentiary hearings, and oral argument.
  • Superb research, analysis, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Initiative, good judgment, a strong work ethic, passion for the environment, and proven ability to work both independently and in productive collaboration with others.

Salary is commensurate with experience; includes exceptional benefits package.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position is open immediately. Please send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample from recent litigation, and names and contact information of three references by e-mail to: Subject line should read: Staff Attorney Application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No telephone calls and no hard copies.

Contact Information:

Washington, DC 20036

Winrock International to fill a Program Associate position

Winrock International is in search of a Program Associate to support project implementation, specifically the Building Capacity for Food Chains and Nourishing Networks-Regional Food Hubs projects and new business development activities.

  • Assist with the implementation and management of the project activities, including but not limited to: providing and connecting W.K.Kellogg grantees with technical assistance and capacity building opportunities.
  • Assist with the implementation and management of the project activities, including but not limited to:  assisting with the development of a Food Hub Community of Practice, providing and connecting food hubs with technical assistance and capacity building opportunities, and developing resources for food hubs and food hub stakeholders.
  • Assist with logistics, operations and time management, e.g. meeting and travel planning, coordinating complicated project schedules, timelines and deadlines.
  • Assist with processing consultants’ and sub-awards’ paperwork (contracts and legal agreements) for hiring and/or granting; working with consultants and subawards to ensure proper and timely payment of invoices; and overall support to the awards management processes and grants/contracts administration.
  • Assist with the completion of progress reports and the processing of financial reports to funders and help keep track of financial status of awardsand overall program(s).
  • Assist with copy writing and editing, e.g. drafting, editing and/or proofreading documents with reviewers, developing web content, promotional materials, press releases, etc.
  • Assist with the development of new business opportunities and new funding proposals.
  • Assist in work pertaining to technical topic areas such as: healthy food value chains, supply chains, aggregation and distribution, food deserts, and healthy food access to underserved communities.
  • Assist with development and implementation of networking strategies that build capacity among organizations and advance the mission of WallaceCenter.
  • Perform other duties as necessary and (or) assigned
  • Some local and out-of-state (US domestic) travel may be required.
Education:  B.A. or B.Sc. in related field required, Master’s degree preferred

Desirable experience includes:
  • General understanding of key issues in food systems or sustainable agriculture
  • Business and business development and supply chain management experience desirable but not essential.
  • Understanding of and experience 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
  • Work with culturally diverse populations and communities
  • Skills: Demonstrated communication skills (written and oral) for training materials, proposal preparation, public relations and communicating with partners. Fluent in English for both writing and speaking. Outgoing and communicative by nature.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, to work with internal and external clients and a wide range of stakeholders and demographics.
  • Excellent organizational and information management, with an attentionto detail and accuracy.
  • 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.
  • 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, PowerPoint.
  • Must have legal status to work in the U.S.
  • Position is based in Arlington, VA
Applicants should go to to complete an online application and attach resume and cover letter.

Vice President, Food & Farms Opening at Ecotrust

Organizational Summary
Ecotrust's mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity and environmental wellbeing. Our goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world. Ecotrust's programs and approach are based on the premise that economic, ecological and social equity systems are mutually interdependent: the triple bottom line. Founded in 1991 and based in Portland, Oregon, Ecotrust works in several programmatic areas: Fisheries, Forests & Ecosystem Services, Indigenous Affairs Program, Food & Farms, Whole Watershed Restoration, Marine Planning, and Knowledge Systems.

Vice President, Food & Farms Opening
The Vice President is a member of Ecotrust’s senior leadership team and runs Ecotrust’s Food and Farms program, which is a regional and national leader in efforts to build resilient food systems that are environmentally sound, socially just, and economically viable. Our Food and Farms program is one of the organization’s major initiatives in fostering the wellbeing of people and place in our bioregion, and it inspires action nationally and internationally. The program is also our most tangible for the general public, and provides a gateway for broader engagement with Ecotrust.

The Vice President leads strategic and annual program planning, manages program and project staff, leads program fundraising, ensures the integration of program strategy and integration with other Ecotrust programs and initiatives.

Desired outcomes over the next three to five years include: Eaters and producers of food will collaborate with agencies, investors and others to effect the procurement, policy and practice changes necessary to transform the regional food system toward greater resilience. New farmers and food producers will be experimenting at scale with innovative business models, integrated production methods, and robust value chains. Our region will serve as a model for others around the country and the world for making food systems resilient in the face of climate change and development pressures.

Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Actively participates in Ecotrust senior leadership team, attends weekly team meetings, helps identify, model and propagate best practices for success both within Ecotrust and across the food system, and helps set strategic direction for the organization as a whole;
  • Expands and leverages our network of Farm to School leaders and the associated constituents for greater impact in changing institutional procurement practices;
  • Expands and leverages online marketplace FoodHub to engage diverse food system stakeholders to visualize the needs and opportunities for investments, infrastructure, and next stage innovation to change the regional food system;
    Leads the development of an investment or venture approach for facilitating the transition of working lands and the succession of farms and ranches to a new generation of farmers;
  • Works with members of the senior leadership team to coordinate and integrate the implementation of Ecotrust’s major initiatives;
  • Proactively and deliberately cultivates networks of partners, influencers, and collaborators in industry, academia, civil society and government to achieve the goals of the program and the organization, and to scale our impact.
  • Develops annual and strategic plans and budgets for the Food and Farms program and presents them to the board of directors;
  • Cultivates donor and investor relationships; 
  • Generates revenue necessary to balance annual expenses for food and farms program and contribute to overall financial health of the organization;
  • Provides prudent financial management of limited organization resources;
  • Provides effective leadership, mentorship and management of program staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Ecotrust’s mission and values;
  • Proven leadership, networking and communication abilities in non-profit, for-profit or hybrid settings;
  • Proven fundraiser, project and people manager;
  • Five years plus professional experience in leadership roles in food and/or agriculture businesses or organizations;
  • Proven collaborator, with strong track record of success
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead a team;
  • Interest in long-term career with Ecotrust;
  • Effective communicator with exceptional inter-personal skills and experience relating to other cultures;
  • Creative, high energy, self starter, with initiative, and a tolerance for ambiguity;
  • Willingness to travel approximately 20% of the time.
Salary: Competitive, based on experience.
Application Procedure:
Please send a cover letter, application, and résumé to Adam Lane via e-mail at
no later than February 15th, 2013

Download an Ecotrust job application form hereWord version | PDF version

Ecotrust is a casual, team-oriented workplace located in Portland's historic Pearl District.
Ecotrust is an equal-opportunity employer and seeks to promote diversity through its hiring decisions.

University of Arkansas to add Agricultural Sustainability Faculty

The University of Arkansass is looking to fill a 12 month tenure track Associate/Full Professor position (85% research, 15% teaching).

The departmental home for the position will be determined upon candidate selection based on the selected candidate’s dominant discipline. The individual filling this position is expected to provide leadership to the broad research and outreach efforts in sustainability of Arkansas and U.S. agriculture. The appointment will include a 30% assignment for co-leadership to the UA System Division of Agriculture’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability.

Appropriate research topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • metrics and technologies to improve the sustainability of food, feed, fiber and biofuel production and processing
  • life cycle analysis
  • energy and water efficiency
  • ecosystem services
  • community prosperity.
Expectations:  The selected candidate will effectively:
  • lead and work with multi-disciplinary research teams
  • interact with diverse stakeholder groups including agricultural producers, agribusinesses, NGO’s, food retailers and manufacturers, community leaders and public agencies
  • and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Teaching responsibilities will include teaching one undergraduate course every year with campus-wide student appeal and an additional graduate level offering every other year.
  • Mentoring graduate students and advising undergraduate majors is also expected.
Minimum Requirements
An earned doctorate (or terminal degree) in an appropriate discipline such as:
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Crop or Soil Science
  • Horticulture
  • Food Science
  • Animal or Poultry Science
  • Entomology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Agricultural Law
  • Agricultural Systems Management
  • or a related discipline.
Experience and overall qualifications must be sufficient to qualify for rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure.

Ability to communicate effectively is essential.

Demonstrated capacity to lead multi-disciplinary research teams and relevant experience in agricultural sustainability are required.

Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding and conduct high quality research and outreach is required.

Prior experience in teaching agricultural sustainability is preferred.

Application Process:
Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is selected. Interested candidates should send a letter of application including a statement of accomplishments and qualifications, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and the name, complete address, email address, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to:

Dr. Nathan McKinney
Assistant Director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station

AFLS 210

Fayetteville AR 72701
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. All applicants are subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States. 

California Center for Public Health Advocacy in search of a State Policy Coordinator

The California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) is a nationally recognized leader in raising awareness about the causes and consequences of the obesity and diabetes epidemics and promoting the establishment of state and local policies to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

CCPHA seeks a midlevel professional to coordinate our state legislative advocacy efforts.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the State Policy Coordinator will be the Center’s day-to-day liaison with our contract lobbyist in the Capitol.

The State Policy Coordinator’s duties will include the following:
(1) developing background materials for CCPHA-sponsored bills;
(2) writing letters of support and opposition to state and national legislation;
(3) preparing legislative testimony;
(4) meeting with legislative staff and interest groups to advance CCPHA’s legislative interests;
(5) attending legislative hearings;
(6) participating in strategic coalitions and developing strategic partnerships;
(7) informing CCPHA’s statewide advocacy network about legislative activities and activating them at appropriate times;
(8) using social media to advance our policy agenda; and
(9) coordinating CCPHA’s state policy work with the other activities of the organization.
Qualifications for the position include:
  • Exceptional writing skills and good public speaking skills.
  • A public health or public policy background (knowledge of nutrition and physical activity issues is a plus).
  • Knowledge of the state policy making process (experience developing and/or advocating for policy reforms, and doing such work in California is a plus)
  • Ability to work independently, coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously, and work as a member of a team. 
  • Computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
This position is fulltime and is based in Davis, California.    Salary range is $40,000 - $55,000 depending on experience. Benefits include generous health, dental, and vision insurance and 403(b) contribution.

To apply, send a resume, writing sample and a cover letter postmarked by February 11, 2013 to:
California Center for Public Health Advocacy
ATTN: John Perez
PO Box 2309 Davis, California 95617

The California Center for Public Health Advocacy is an equal opportunity employer.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) seeks Regional Food System Coordinator

The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for California family farms and sustainable agriculture. CAFF is a membership organization guided by a board of directors that includes family farmers and others who are passionate about food, farming and the environment. CAFF runs Regional Food Systems projects such as Farm to School projects, Buy Fresh Buy Local campaigns, and providing technical assistance in accessing new markets to farmers around the state. Our main goals are to increase the economic viability of California family farmers and to connect communities with their local producers. See for more information.

The Regional Food System Coordinator is primarily responsible for providing administrative support to CAFF’s Regional Food Systems program but will also have the opportunity to develop and take on his/her own projects. The Coordinator reports to the Regional Food Systems Program Director.

Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program Coordination (50%):
  • Recruit new Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters 
  • Support Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters and members
  • Support CA Farm to School Taskforce program needs 
  • Develop infrastructure for communications and tracking of Farm to School partners across state
  • Develop and administer the CA FoodCorps program with LifeLab 
  • Supervise FoodCorps Fellow
Media/Communications (25%):
  • Support development of monthly newsletter content 
  • Write articles and press releases about the regional program work for media, AgAdvocate, etc.
  • Support RFS staff in creating marketing materials for their programs
Program Support (25%):
  • Support all regional offices in ensuring they have resources to do their work 
  • Support all regional office moves, openings, and closings 
  • Support administrative needs in Oakland office
  • Coordinate monthly RFS paperwork collection and mailings
  • Manage data collection and funder reports 
  • Write grants as needed
  • Participate in program and strategic planning
  • At least 2 years of experience in non-profit organizations 
  • Previous program coordination and/or office management experience
  • A minimum of one year experience in grant writing and reporting
  • Excellent organizational skills 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Background in agriculture and/or local food 
  • Social media experience

Additional Details:
  • Position located in CAFF's Oakland, CA office
  • Currently funded at 0.50 FTE. 
  • Health benefits are not provided. 
  • FTE and responsibilities may grow as funding is secured. 
  • Start Date:  by March 15, 2013 
Application Procedure:
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and 1 – 2 page writing sample to  Please use the subject: RFS Coordinator. The position closes on February 22, 2013.

CAFF’s policy is that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Fellowship at the urner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law

 The Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law offers a one-year post-graduate fellowship to provide a recent law school graduate the opportunity to learn to be an effective environmental advocate while working with the Clinic to address some of the most difficult and cutting-edge environmental issues of the day, including: sustainable energy and climate change, urban agriculture and farming, water resource protection, conservation and land use, and citizen enforcement and participation in regulatory and judicial proceedings.

The fellowship focuses on building the next generation of influential attorneys, judges, and academics specializing in public interest environmental law. The fellowship also provides intensive opportunities to develop clinical education skills. The next Turner Environmental Law Clinic Fellowship will begin mid-August 2013 and continue through August 2014.

The Turner Environmental Law Clinic fellow will work under the supervision of Clinic faculty on a variety of projects that will include, at a minimum, the following:
  • Supervise students in the Turner Environmental Law Clinic and assist with teaching in the Clinic’s seminar class.
  • Represent the Clinic’s clients in complex civil litigation and transactional matters, while working closely with co-counsel, expert witnesses, and municipal leaders.
  • Collaborate with Clinic faculty on environmental law and research projects.
The fellow may also choose to research and write at least one article, policy paper, or other approved project of publishable quality on a topic relating to environmental law.

Law school graduate within three years of graduation (2013 graduates are welcome to apply), excellent research and writing skills, and proven commitment to public service in the area of environmental law.

Salary is competitive with other public interest fellowship opportunities. Emory University offers a competitive benefits package.

Application Instructions:
E-mail a resume, statement of interest, transcript, list of three (3) references, and writing sample to the address below.

Melinda Banks, Administrative Assistant
Turner Environmental Law Clinic
1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
Application Deadline: 02/28/2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

North Carolina State University Seeking an Assistant Professor: Local Food

The department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences at North Carolina State University is seeking applicants for a tenure track Assistant Professor Position (50% research/50% extension) to address the growing area of local food systems and the impact they can have on the health of North Carolinians.

This position would bring policy-informing research together with outreach and engagement activities to further foster local foods as an important factor in healthy communities and families. NC State University and NC Cooperative Extension (NCCE) are positioned as a strong leadership voice at the intercept of public health, local food systems and community development. The Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences has identified a gap in the applied research surrounding the development, delivery and evaluation of how local foods can impact public health within communities, and ultimately with families in North Carolina.

Research Responsibilities
  • Evaluate the needs and impacts of local foods on North Carolinians using rigorous research methods
  • Inform policy decisions and extension activities, through research in the area of local foods, food availability, and food accessibility as it relates to healthy eating, overweight and obesity, and chronic disease risk reduction
  • Examine the link between the consumer, local foods, and health behaviors
  • Develop a social laboratory including the development of evaluation guidelines for projects and training local people in both the assessment and evaluation of projects

Extension Responsibilities
  • Lead a program to engage faculty within, and those supported by, the department who are currently 
  • Provide support to community gardens, local food availability, food safety and food accessibility
  • Work with county staff to develop strategies to work effectively with stakeholder within the local food systems and create materials to reduce barriers and increase the impacts of initiatives
  • Support all of NCCE professionals as they seek to partner with individuals and organizations within local foods systems

Educational requirements and preferred skills 
  • Earned doctorate in nutrition, food systems or health related field
    Past experience working in the area of local food systems
  • Research experience in public health policy and health behaviors
  • Proven publication record in the professional literature
  • Grant writing experience
  • Knowledge of the land grant system and/or Cooperative Extension

Application Process
Review of applications will begin on March 11, 2013 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Please attach a CV, cover letter and names of three references to your application. For further information or to apply visit and “search vacancies” for position number 00103088.

For questions, contact Dr. Benjamin Chapman, Assistant Professor and Search Committee Chair, at (919) 515-8099 or

AA/EOE.  ADA accommodations:  Call 919-513-3809.

NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information.  NC State University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.