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Community Food Educator Job Posting

  • Subject: [cg] Community Food Educator Job Posting
  • From: Sharon Gordon <gordonse@one.net>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2001 15:07:12 -0400

Job Posting from Shana Berger.  Please respond to Shana.


From: "Shana Berger" <shana@justfood.org>
Subject: Community Food Educator Job Posting: Note-- Open Deadline
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2001 11:41:49 -0400

********************OPEN DEADLINE FOR POSITION****************
(Note: start date for job has changed to later than mid-May.)
Just Food - Job Description
Community Food Educator

Just Food is working with community-based organizations (CBOs) throughout
New York City to help establish CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) for
people of all incomes that ensure a full sense of ownership and
participation by low-income members. This requires working with CBOs, CSA
members and community residents to develop information and skills in using
fresh produce with the long term goal of improving CSA members health and
generating broader interest in CSAs generally.
General Scope of Work:
The Community Food Educator (CFE) will work on aspects of the CSA program
that involve helping low-income CSA members to feel comfortable using their
CSA vegetables and fully understand the CSA concept. The CFE will take the
lead role to develop and evaluate the cooking and nutrition elements of the
CSA program. The CFE is supervised by the CSA Program Coordinator.
The CFE will work with the CSA Coordinator, individual low-income CSA
members, community-based organizations, health and nutrition organizations,
and chefs and volunteers from various cooking/nutrition programs, in several
New York City neighborhoods.
 Using lessons learned during the first year of this position, take the
lead on further developing the Community Food Education component of the CSA
 Plan and conduct various types of educational activities tailored to
low-income CSA members to encourage consumption of nutritious meals with an
emphasis on local, seasonal plant foods. These activities include cooking
demonstrations conducted at CSA sites, single workshops on focused topics
conducted at CSA sites and a series of classes aimed at promoting increased
vegetable consumption and education on farming/food system issues;
 Develop and conduct cooking/health and nutrition trainings of the trainers
(TOT) aimed at strengthening the capacity of community leaders to educate
their own community. Work with these leaders to sharpen their
food/nutrition-related skills, facilitation capacity and lesson planning
 Assess food and nutrition-related needs and assets in newly established
CSA neighborhoods;
 Develop and coordinate volunteer program for chefs, food experts and
students at cooking schools who will be involved in conducting cooking
demonstrations/workshops/ongoing classes with new CSA groups and/or
materials development;
 Compile booklet of culturally appropriate tip sheets on CSA vegetables;
 Develop budgeting/saving component to community food educator work;
 Draw on already available resources and services necessary to develop
workshops and training materials on nutrition, agriculture, food budgeting
and cooking skills;
 Strong food handling, preparation and cooking skills;
 Strong background in nutrition and health education, curriculum and
materials development;
 Working knowledge of Spanish a must;
 Thorough knowledge of regional/seasonal eating and a general grasp of
overall food system;
 Experience with project development;
 Strong written and oral communication and facilitation skills and an
energetic and participatory teaching style;
 Ability to work well in teams with diverse groups across race, class and
urban/rural divides; and a desire to work with low-income community members
and experience in doing so;
 Be flexible with a great sense of humor;
 Ability to be self-guided;
 Highly organized and creative;
 Willingness to travel extensively via public transportation within the
city with cooking supplies in toe;
 Familiarity with NYC neighborhoods a plus;
 Word processing, spread sheet and basic internet abilities a must.

Project Duration: 6 months, beginning mid-May 2001 and ending mid-November
2001. This is a part time (3 days per week) position with possibility of
becoming a permanent position and extending to full time.
Salary: $19,200 (full time equivalent is $32K) with health, dental and life
To apply: Qualified candidates send cover letter, resume and 3
recommendation letters to Just Food, 307 7th Ave, Suite 1201, NY, NY 10001
or by fax: 212 645-9881 or by email: shana@justfood.org
<mailto:shana@justfood.org> open deadline

Shana Berger
Just Food
CSA in NYC Program Coordinator
307 7th Avenue, Suite 1201
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212 645-9880 ext 11
Fax: 212 645-9881
Email: shana@justfood.org

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