Saturday, July 23, 2016

Food Systems Specialist - Arizona Dept of Health Services

Phoenix, AZ: Food Systems Specialist - Health Program Manager II Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity with the Arizona Dept of Health Services Summary: This position is responsible for Advancing Arizona’s efforts to promote and increase access to healthy, affordable and locally grown food. The Food Systems Specialist is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to local farmers and businesses, developing policies, and building partnerships with external partners to promote policy change initiatives for healthy eating. This position is responsible for writing state plans to obtain federal grants, planning for services, overseeing contractors through the ADHS procurement processes, planning budgets and payments for services, and writing policies and procedures. Responsibilities include: – Providing leadership in planning, developing, coordinating, evaluating, and implementing comprehensive policy, systems, and environmental change strategies related to food systems to prevent obesity and chronic diseases. – Assisting with or leading trainings, workshops, and conferences in order to increase knowledge related to food systems. – Planning, conducting, and evaluating trainings for authorized growers, markets, and local agencies. – Providing technical assistance to local agencies, local agriculture industries, growers, and communities. – Recruiting and maintaining partnerships with hunger advocates, local agricultural industries, government agencies, food banks, farmers’ market managers and supporters, growers, retailers, and others. – Supporting a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of ADHS, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination. See the full job posting and learn how to apply here: -- Kate Nault O'Neill

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Graduate Assistantships: LL.M. Program in Ag & Food Law

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law has a few places remaining in our face-to-face and distance tracks for Fall 2016, for full or part-time enrollment. With an expanded curriculum and a deep base of alumni relationships, our Program prepares attorneys for a career in agricultural and food law. Visit our website and our blog for additional information.

We have several remaining Graduate Assistantships (GAs) to award. GAs are only available to full time LL.M. candidates who enroll in our face-to-face program. These GAs provide for a full tuition waiver plus a $5,000 stipend per semester in exchange for part-time work designed to enhance the student's education and build their professional reputation. While awards may shift to accommodate the expertise of applicants, GA placements are likely to include:
  • An opportunity to work with firms practicing food law, including one placement with our alumna, Lauren Handel, Handel Food Law
General law school GAs may also be available and include 
  • An opportunity to work with Accelerated JD candidates from foreign jurisdictions, assisting them with their transition to a U.S. law school setting;  
  • An opportunity to teach a Pre-Law Political Science class that introduces undergraduates to basic elements of our legal system and encourages them to explore a legal education:
  • An opportunity to teach an Upper Level Legal Writing class that focuses on Civil Pre-Trial documents (opportunity limited to attorneys with practice experience and/or LRW teaching experience);
    Interested attorneys and graduating 3Ls should complete the LL.M. application and indicate their interest in one or more of the GA opportunities.  Awards are highly competitive. Contact us for additional information at or call (479) 575-3706.
    It is always the goal of the LL.M. Program to attract candidates that reflect the rich racial, cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity of a global food system, expanding the reach and resources to all who seek to promote food justice.

    Friday, July 15, 2016

    Executive Director, Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS)

    Job Opening: Executive Director
    Status: Full-time, permanent
    Position Description

    Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) seeks a dynamic, passionate, experienced nonprofit leader who will grow our efforts to strengthen local food systems in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. The Executive Director (ED) will:

    Lead GMFTS by managing the finances, staff, programs, and structure required to enact GMFTS’s mission

    Ensure GMFTS’s sustainability by managing the budget in cooperation with the board

    Increase GMFTS’s visibility by serving as the external face of the organization and developing partnerships to support the organization’s mission

    Be responsible for the implementation of the GMFTS Strategic Plan, as well as setting and achieving ambitious goals in cooperation with the board.

    The ED must have a passion for the GMFTS work, demonstrated strengths in marketing and fundraising, a strategic vision, and the ability to support day-to-day operations of a small organization. Complete job description here.

    To Apply

    Send a resume, cover letter, and short professional writing sample (such as strategic plan, board memo, email, or grant application) to Please indicate how you learned about this position. Background check will be required. Deadline is 08/31/2016; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until that date.

    GMFTS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

    About Green Mountain Farm-to-School

    Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization located in Newport, Vermont. Our mission is to restore and strengthen local food systems in the Northeast Kingdom by promoting positive economic and educational relationships among schools, farms, and communities. We create healthy communities by working across the food system with capacity building, resource development, and technical assistance through GMFTS school gardens, Farm to School Programs, a food hub, a food truck, and statewide marketing campaigns.