Project Coordinator

Job Locations US-MA-Remote
Posted Date 2 months ago(11/24/2020 12:57 PM)
Job ID
2020-1733
# of Openings
1
Category
Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Type
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Massachusetts Farm to School Project

Overview

Massachusetts Farm to School (massfarmtoschool.org) was founded in 2004 as a grassroots initiative to increase access to healthy, locally-grown food in schools and other institutions across the state. Our mission is to strengthen local farms and fisheries and promote healthy communities by increasing local food purchasing and education at schools. We believe that all students - regardless of race, place, or class - deserve access to local foods and food education in school.

Massachusetts Farm to School works in the following ways to impact local food procurement, promotion, and education in institutions across the state. 1) We provide training and technical assistance to school food service professionals, farmers and fishermen, distributors, educators, and other advocates; 2) We coordinate local food outreach and promotion through our Harvest of the Month campaign; 3) We facilitate networking of farm to school practitioners; and 4) We provide leadership to advance policies that support expanded farm to school activity. Massachusetts Farm to School is a fiscally sponsored project pf TSNE (tsne.org). 

Responsibilities

Job Summary: The Project Coordinator is a temporary, grant-funded position that will provide support to two statewide farm to school initiatives focused on school gardens and local food promotion in schools.

 

This position is part-time at 20 hours per week through June 2022 and is eligible for full benefits through our fiscal sponsor, TSNE. The pay range for this position is $24,000 - $26,000 annually.  We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Essential Job Functions

Project Coordination (90%)

  • Coordinate effort to expand Mass. Farm to School’s (MFTS) current Harvest of the Month (HOTM) program offerings, with a focus on supporting schools to offer more culturally relevant meals;
  • Surveying HOTM program participants and suppliers, coordinate the development of new marketing materials with the Communications Director, and curate corresponding curriculum materials as needed;
  • Serve as liaison between project Advisory Team and project partner organizations;
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of a school garden survey with school administrators, educators, and other staff;
  • Work with MFTS staff and project partners to develop school garden food safety resources and trainings, ensuring materials are accessible to a diversity of school staff and volunteers;
  • Work with Communications Director to promote new school garden resources and participation in trainings;
  • Work with MFTS staff and project partners to coordinate the development of marketing materials promoting local producers in school settings;
  • Support all project evaluation activities.

General Administrative/Organizational Support (10%)

  • Support the Communications Director in developing and updating communications content as needed;
  • Assist MFTS staff with grant reports and proposals related to programming as needed;
  • Assist MFTS staff with general administrative and organizational support as needed;
  • Represent MFTS at regional/state events, meetings, and working groups when appropriate.

Special Requirements: Must be available for occasional statewide and regional (New England) travel. This position may require some occasional night and weekend availability. This position is based remotely within Massachusetts and requires reliable internet and phone connection.

Note: Staff travel and any in-person activities are currently restricted due to COVID-19. MFTS is following all state and CDC recommendations to maximize staff safety.

Qualifications

We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Experience with program coordination in an organizational setting;
  • Commitment to advancing racial equity in the farm to school movement. You apply an equity lens to all of your efforts and uphold inclusive practices in your work;
  • Familiarity with school garden and school food programming preferred;
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to engage effectively and sensitively with diverse constituents both remotely and in-person;
  • Excellent organizational skills and careful attention to detail;
  • Self starter who can work well with limited supervision and work effectively as part of a team;
  • Comfortable using basic computer programs, like Google Drive/Apps; database software; & Microsoft Office programs;
  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Massachusetts Farm to School.

TSNE/Massachusetts Farm to School envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

 

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/Massachusetts Farm to School will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  

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