Poisoning Paradise CTO

Job Locations US
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(4/8/2021 12:07 PM)
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Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
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Real Food Generation


Real Food Generation (RFG) (realfoodgen.org) harnesses the power of youth and universities to create an equitable and sustainable food system. After winning dozens of campaigns nationally that have resulted in $80 million committed to our definition of “Real Food” annually, we have proven that student organizing can drive substantial change in the food chain in every region of the country at a wide variety of schools. Building off of our successes, RFG launched two new initiatives in 2018. The Real Meals Campaign is an unprecedented coalition of national organizations representing farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and environmentalists working to change the food service management industry. Uprooted & Rising is a movement to end college and university support for Big Food and white supremacy in the food system and to direct the energy of our generation towards food sovereignty. Real Food Generation is a fiscally-sponsored organization of TSNE (tsne.org).


This fall, Uprooted & Rising (UNR), the Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA), and Herbicide-Free Campus (HFC) are co-hosting a Virtual Film Festival featuring the documentary Poisoning Paradise (2017), along with a series of 6 panel discussions in communities living on the frontlines of industrial food systems, genetically modified (GM) agriculture, and experimentation. The panels will explore how Big Food is situated within a longer colonial history of extractive practices that have severed Indigenous relationships of reciprocity with land and natural resources for over a century. Panels will highlight the interconnected struggles of communities seeking to protect their traditional food ways and their communities from the toxic impacts of Big Food and white supremacy. Each panel will take place in one region. These include: West Coast, Great Plains, Midwest, South, Northeast, and the islands of Hawaiʻi and Puerto Rico.


The Core Team Organizer (CTO) program is a part-time and temporary opportunity for student organizers and leaders in Uprooted & Rising and Real Food Challenge to gain leadership skills by devoting substantial time to progressing the movement through deep project-based work at the national or regional level and to gain experience as part-time staff in a movement organization. 


Uprooted & Rising is seeking two Core Team Organizers to support the development and execution of the national Poisoning Paradise virtual film festival campaign. The CTOs will work closely with the Director of Strategic Relations as well as other lead staff to build relationships and ground each panel in community, while learning key skills needed to execute a national campaign through hands-on work. Over the course of 7 months, CTOs will play key roles in the preparation, execution, and follow up to each panel. CTOs will be responsible for outreach and logistics, research and relationship building, and growing the movement by responding to interest generated by the film festival. 


Because Poisoning Paradise centers the story of a Native Hawaiian community pushing back against the agrochemical industry, the intention of this project is to bridge this experience with similar issues experienced by communities that have been marginalized by the food system in each of the 6 regions. Partnered organizations have interest in contextualizing the film and industrial agriculture in the larger historical context of colonization in each place, while also emphasizing the destructive nature of the biotech and agrochemical industries on global health, relationships, and culturally important foods of Indigenous communities around the world.


Essential Job Functions

  • Co-lead the national coordination of film festival with strong support from UNR staff and partners;
  • Research on regional food sovereignty efforts;
  • Co-organize 3 regional panels alongside partners, which includes: identifying, reaching out to and coordinating with panelists; recruitment for panels; coordinating logistics; liaising with Uprooted & Rising staff and leaders; coordinating with partners;
  • Support integration with UNR campaigns, regional organizers, and partnered organizations;
  • Develop promotional & recruitment materials (e.g., flyer, sign-up list);
  • Facilitate meetings and engage with Poisoning Paradise partners;
  • Develop clear project plans with goals and objectives;
  • Have regular leadership development check-ins with supervisor to keep the project on track and request additional support.

Other potential responsibilities

  • Work with regional organizers to support local screenings;
  • Coordinate stipends for regional organizing around panels and film screenings;
  • Supporting communications (i.e. social media, digital action toolkits, coordinate radio show appearances and blog posts to generate interest for the film).

How to Apply


Applicants should submit a brief cover letter and resume. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the final deadline is April 23, 2021.


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

  • Has worked on a food sovereignty or food justice project (preferably alongside BIPOC communities);
  • Experience with local organizing in the Midwest or experience as a leader on one of UNR’s campaign;
  • Ability to commit to 15 hrs/wk to this role from May - December 2021;
  • Previous experience in project coordination and group facilitation is a plus;
  • Experience with mass email systems and databases is a plus;
  • In-depth understanding of the impacts of Big Food and white supremacy on BIPOC communities;
  • Experience working with community-based groups;
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills is a plus;
  • Organizing with and alongside Indigenous communities is a plus;
  • A commitment to food sovereignty and racial justice;
  • Relational, eager to meet new people and build community;
  • Excitement for building networks for food sovereignty locally and across Turtle Island;
  • A passion for food sovereignty and a clear personal stake in transforming the food system and higher ed’s role in the food system;
  • Anticipates needs and takes initiative;
  • Strong research skills;
  • Strong time management and project management skills;
  • Strong self-motivation, an eagerness to be challenged and to learn;
  • Willingness to work some nights and weekends.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be primarily performed remotely from your location.

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $15.50/hr.


TSNE/Real Food Generation 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/Real Food Generation 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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