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California Alliance of Farmers' Markets Program Coordinator at Ecology Center - 3470

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California Alliance of Farmers' Markets Program Coordinator
Ecology Center
2530 San Pablo Ave., Suite H
Berkeley, CA 94702
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Job Description: 

The Ecology Center is actively working to create and promote an alternative, local, food system that is based on the values of environmental protection, justice, and access to healthy, sustainably produced food for all. The California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets (the Alliance), is a statewide farmers’ market industry coalition, initiated and staffed by the Ecology Center, working to help actualize these values through supporting the vibrancy and economic sustainability of California’s Farmers’ Markets.

The Ecology Center is seeking a Program Coordinator to staff the California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets (the Alliance) led by the Ecology Center. The Program Coordinator will serve as Chair for the 13-member Alliance Steering Committee and work with the Committee to execute project goals and work-plan. The Alliance Program Coordinator will also assist in researching, developing and advocating for farmers’ market and food policy on behalf of the Ecology Center and the Alliance.

This position is 50-75% time, 20-34 hours per week. Occasional travel up to 10%.

Starting hourly rate is $20.67 to $23.77, commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is eligible for benefits which include fully vested 401K plan, vacation/sick/holiday pay, Employee Assistance Program and paid employee medical, dental, and optional vision plan. Benefits pro-rated at 75 percent FTE.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Assist Program Director and Steering Committee in developing Alliance work-plan, goals, and objectives in accordance with grant objectives, the Alliance Steering Committee priorities, and the Ecology Center mission and strategic plan.
Under the direction of the Food and Farming Director, execute work-plan, goals, and objectives associated with the statewide Farmers’ Market Promotion Program Grant (FMPP), including overall project management, contractor procurement and management, data tracking, grant reporting, and other grant deliverables.
Under the direction of the Food and Farming Director and Communications Director, coordinate all Alliance marketing and promotions campaigns and media features, including working with content and media developers, media placement consultants, the Alliance Steering Committee, Alliance membership, and Ecology Center communications staff.
Work with Alliance Steering Committee to coordinate and execute statewide and regional farmers’ market manager trainings, in-person and via webinar. Work with curriculum developers and Alliance leadership to update Farmers’ Market Manager Manual as needed.
Coordinate bi-monthly Alliance Steering Committee meeting logistics, create agendas, send materials and reminder emails; coordinate with and track subcommittee progress and outcomes, and provide support to subcommittees as needed.
Work with Steering Committee to grow Alliance membership and income, develop new membership benefits and outreach tactics, recruit and track prospective and new members, and staff outreach events as needed.
Coordinate the Alliance’s data collection initiatives; provide technical assistance to Alliance membership on data collection initiatives; input and maintain data in order to feed statewide database, fundraise, and report for grants.
Represent Ecology Center and California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets interests to legislators and staff, farmers, farmers’ market operators, and the general public.
Lead the Alliance communications efforts, including the production and distribution of the Program’s electronic newsletter, the Alliance website, the Farmers’ Market Finder website, the program’s Facebook page and other social networking tools. Field initial phone calls and emails regarding California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets, and direct parties to appropriate resource or individual.
Support and occasionally lead fundraising efforts to support the work of the Alliance and Ecology Center.
Observe safe operating practices and comply with organizational safety policies.
Maintain familiarity with, follow, and ensure staff compliance with all Ecology Center policies and procedures in the performance of daily duties.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience: 

Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience coordinating or managing projects, programs, or grants or
High School Diploma/GED and four years of experience coordinating or managing projects, programs, or grants.
At least one year’s experience working with or for farmers’ markets, or closely related field, working directly with farmers and other diverse stakeholders.
Possession of a valid California driver’s license.
Ability to travel up to 10% of the time.

Minimum Qualifications:
Demonstrated commitment to the Ecology Center mission and vision.
Proven ability to work independently and exercise good judgment in a variety of environments and situations.
Knowledge of farmers’ markets and California’s direct marketing programs.
General environmental, farming, or social justice knowledge and literacy to support Ecology Center’s environmental and social justice mission.
Proven ability to successfully utilize traditional and social media marketing tools and strategies.
Proven ability to manage subcontractors and consultants to achieve high quality outcomes in a timely and effective manner.
Proven ability to provide technical assistance and/or and communicate effectively and courteously with a diverse audience.
Proven ability to convene and facilitate groups of diverse stakeholders, clients, or partners.
Ability to process documents and data with accuracy and efficiency.
Proven ability in developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with farmers, non-profit partners, decision-makers, other stakeholders, and/or members of the public.
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office-Word, Excel, group e-mail, GoogleDocs and social media sites; experience newsletter layout is a plus.
Ability to work independently to organize and perform assigned work on a daily and weekly basis.
Ability to work collaboratively and in a team.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Application Instructions: 

Complete application found at
Send completed application, resume, and cover letter to Carle Brinkman at
Please use “CFMA Program Coordinator” in subject line.

Position is open until filled. Please apply early as this position posting may close at any time. Application review beginning December 4, 2017.


We value diversity. People of color, people LGBTQIA-identified, women, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE/AA.