Sunday, November 17, 2013

Part-Time Food Policy Council Coordinator and Mapping Consultant - Washtenaw Food Policy Council

The Washtenaw Food Policy Council (WFPC) has a mission to increase and preserve access to safe, local and healthy food for all Washtenaw County residents. 

The WFPC will hire a Food Policy Council Coordinator and Mapping Consultant to work to fulfill the goal of the capacity-building and mapping projects.  The Consultant will work with both Policy Action Teams (PATs) and the full Council to support the creation of policy priorities.  S/he will also oversee the mapping project, including researching and assessing existing food system mapping efforts, identifying assets and gaps, developing an action plan for a county-wide coordinated mapping effort, and utilizing the food system map to develop recommendations for policy impacts.  S/he will also provide other research and coordination support to the WFPC as needed.  The Food Policy Council Coordinator and Mapping Consultant reports to the WFPC Chair.

      Work with WFPC as a whole and PATs to create a WFPC policy platform
      Create and coordinate a Food Systems Mapping Committee, including Policy Action Team members, key stakeholders, and other interested community members
      Gather information about and existing mapping efforts (“Local Washtenaw” Branding & Marketing Campaign, Food Waste Policy Action Team County GIS map, USDA Food Atlas, others); identify assets and gaps in mapping; work with PATs to identify mapping needs that relate to policy issues
      Make recommendations and/or action plan for a county-wide coordinated mapping effort
      Oversee work with mapping partners and create, as needed, food system maps per plan
      Communicate with the council, appropriate stakeholders, and general citizenry through public education, Google maps, infographics, GIS, etc
      Work with WFPC and PATs to effectively build, sustain, and support a diverse council
      Participate in and/or provide coalition-building opportunities.

      3-5 years professional experience in one or more of the following areas:  food systems, agriculture, economic development, public health, public policy, environmental or food security issues.
      Knowledge and understanding of local food system issues.
      Project management experience.
      Exceptional organizational, management, research, and analytical skills.
      Experience working collaboratively and bringing together a diverse group of people.
      Strong oral and written communication skills.
      Experience with GIS and interactive web portal development desired.

PAY RANGE/LEVEL OF EFFORT:  $18 per hour for 15 hours per week, December 2013-July 2014.  Contracted hire through Washtenaw County Public Health.
TO APPLY:  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three references, a writing sample, and a project management/project planning work sample.  Be sure to address how you approach creating and managing projects involving people from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience.  Please submit all materials to description and details on application process are attached. Applications accepted until position is filled.