The Outreach and Advocacy Associate will support faith community projects, programs and relationships that engage religious groups in building sustainable food systems. These projects will include, but are not limited to advancing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) relationships, farm stands, gardens, food waste reduction, and green food procurement policies. The Outreach and Advocacy Associate will advance relationships that facilitate farmers marketing their products to faith-based organizations, and utilizing faith community assets like land and commercial kitchens for food production and processing. The Outreach and Advocacy Associate will work in a fluid environment; and needs to be able to collaborate with a team but also work independently to advance partnerships, and projects.
The Outreach and Advocacy Program Associate’s general responsibilities will include:
• Conduct outreach to faith-based groups and facilitate establishing or developing on-site CSA produce box drop-offs at faith community sites to facilitate congregants and neighbors purchasing from local farmers and other ISFC program goals.
• Organize and promote trainings and networking for faith-based groups advancing food security including: workshops, training-of-trainers, and a conference.
• Develop publications including fact sheets and best practices “tool kits” to increase direct marketing from local farms to congregations, other faith-based groups and their neighbors.
• Work with existing or new local partners to develop models, and best practices resources for implementing projects.
• Collect and summarize quantitative and qualitative data information for grant reports and to facilitate program evaluation;
• Facilitate grassroots advocacy for a more sustainable and just food system by supporting Interfaith Food’s work with local, state and national coalitions;
• Represent the organization at meetings with secular and faith-based advocates; and
• Prepare articles, and updates for organization’s web-site content and social media.
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The Outreach and Advocacy Program Associate will spend a majority of time implementing grants through the Calif. grants through the Calif. Dep’t. of Food & Agriculture and U.S. Dep’t. of Agriculture focused on:
• Expanding access to fruits and vegetables by improving nutritional awareness and increasing consumption; and expanding availability of affordable and locally grown food;
• Facilitating product sales & access to land to strengthen viability of beginning & minority farmers;
• Developing local markets & connecting farmers to consumers by enhancing direct marketing opportunities;
• Organizing and promoting a conference and workshops to support faith-based partnerships with direct market farmers; and
• Facilitating access to locally produced food by low-income families with nutrition incentives for farmers markets, CSA and produce stand purchases.
The Ideal Candidate: You have a familiarity with community organizing, sustainable agriculture, food justice and/or faith community work. You have an interest in advocacy for long-term food system change. Strong written communication, facilitation and conflict resolution skills are key. Experience with cross-cultural relationship building and social media is a plus. You can write messages for newsletters, social-media and utilize a CRM (Client Resource Management) system. B.A. degree or above is required. Applicants with at least 4 years of professional experience, preferably in the non-profit sector, will be most competitive. Spanish language skills are desirable.
Interested individuals should contact Steve Schwartz at Steve@interfaithfood.org or (707) 634-4672. Please submit a resume and cover letter by e-mail as soon as possible. We plan to schedule interviews beginning November 11, and will evaluate applications on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. We value and promote diversity in the workplace and we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.