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Fw: job announcement--please post to Community Garden listserve



----- Original Message -----
From: <ASFisher@aol.com>
To: <ftruacga@bellsouth.net>
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2001 1:56 PM
Subject: job announcement--please post to Community Garden listserve


FULL-TIME POSITION AVAILABLE
Farm-to-School Program Manager
Community Food Security Coalition

Exciting new opportunities have been identified to expand direct marketing
for small and regional family farmers and potentially revolutionize school
lunchroom options. Programs that provide farm-fresh items directly to
school cafeterias have begun to be piloted at a number of school districts
around the country. These farm-to-school programs give children and youth
healthy and appealing options at mealtime while also supporting regional
family farmers.

As a way to potentially jump start these initiatives nationally and
significantly expand the number of school districts participating in the
farm-to-school approach, the Community Food Security Coalition has developed
a national Farm-to-School Organizing and Technical Assistance program. It is
participating in a federally-funded consortium of nine institutions
including
major universities, school districts, a state department of education, and
non-profit organizations.

The ideal candidate will have a background in food system and/or
school-based issues and possess a combination of experiences in program
development, outreach, community organizing, public speaking, and technical
assistance provision.

Responsibilities:
The Farm to School Program Manager will direct the CFSC's Farm-to-School
Program.  The PM will work closely with the Coalition's Executive Director,
Farm-to-College Program Manager, and consortium partners. The PM will be
responsible for:

  Organizing and leading regional workshops for community groups, farmers
and
school food service officials to foster direct purchasing of farm products
by
schools
  Speaking at conferences on the Coalition's farm-to-school program
  Organizing a national conference on farm-to-school issues, as well as
short
courses and seminars at other conferences
  Coordinating with consortium partners and participating in planning
meetings
  Developing educational materials
  Developing a website and creating networking and communication
infrastructure
  Developing an advisory committee to assist with program design and
implementation
  Managing technical assistance consultants
  Program Evaluation
  Some grantwriting responsibilities

Requirements:
  Have at least two years program management experience
  Superior public speaking skills to engage diverse groups of people (food
service directors, parents, farmers, community groups, etc.)
  Must have excellent writing skills
  Excellent organizing skills
  Excellent inter-personal skills
  Detail oriented and well organized
  Able to complete multiple projects on deadline
  Self motivated, hard working, and dependable
  Experienced in providing training or technical assistance
  Able to work some weekends and evenings and to travel to conferences and
workshops around the country as needed
  Knowledgeable about one or more of the following: local food system,
secondary education, nutrition, community food security or family farming
issues
  Excellent computer skills including Word and Filemaker for MAC.

Preferred
  Website development and design
  Desktop publishing and design skills
  Grantwriting experience

Location
It is preferred but not required that the program manager be able to work
from the Coalition's national office in Los Angeles, California.

Salary + benefits
$35,000-$40,000 starting salary depending on experience. Benefits include
health and dental insurance, 12 days of paid vacation the first year, paid
holidays, and sick leave. The CFSC Board is committed to providing
retirement
benefits, with a plan expected to be implemented later this year. This
position is currently funded through Fall, 2003, but the position is likely
to continue when and if additional funding is secured.

The Community Food Security Coalition is an equal opportunity employer.
Women
and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: February 28, 2001

Fax or mail resume and cover letter to:
Community Food Security Coalition
PO Box 209
Venice, CA 90294
Fax: 310-822-1440



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