Program Associate

Job Locations US-MA-Remote
Posted Date 1 month ago(8/9/2021 1:13 PM)
Job ID
2021-1873
# 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 of TSNE (tsne.org).

Responsibilities

The Program Associate is a temporary, part time position that will provide organizational support in key program areas during a staff member’s leave, as well as provide event planning and communications support in preparation for our biennial statewide conference.

 

Key responsibilities of the Program Associate will include contributing to an ongoing statewide advocacy campaign to establish a farm to school grant program, assisting with event outreach and communications, and supporting the administration of the Harvest of the Month promotional program.

 

Essential Functions

 

Policy  (40%)

  • Support the Co-Directors and other staff in advancing the MA Food for MA Kids campaign to establish a statewide farm to school grant program. This will include tracking communications with legislators, communicating with coalition partners around campaign actions, and providing general administrative support for other campaign activities;
  • Work with the Co-Director to collect and document farm to school success stories to support the campaign;
  • Work with the Communications Director to draft outreach materials related to the campaign, including social media posts and action alerts.

Communications & Events (40%)

  • Work with Communications Director to conduct outreach for all events including drafting social media content to promote events;
  • Provide administrative support for the biennial farm to school conference (to be held in spring 2022) including tracking event registration, updating the conference website & materials. Support communication with presenters & sponsors;
  • Support the Communications Director in administration of the Harvest of the Month promotional program including adding new resources to MFTS website, responding to inquiries from program participants, and documenting stories of innovative program implementation.

General Administrative/Organizational Support (20%)

  • Support data collection or other program research and evaluation as needed;
  • Assist MFTS staff with general administrative and organizational support as needed.

Qualifications

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

  • Experience in an organizational setting either professionally or as a volunteer;
  • 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. Familiarity with Wordpress preferred;
  • Familiarity with school garden and school food programming preferred but not required;
  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Massachusetts Farm to School;
  • 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.

Special Requirements

  • Must be available for occasional statewide travel;
  • This position is based remotely within Massachusetts and requires reliable internet and phone connection.

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 100% remote.

Compensation: The starting rate of pay for this position is $23.00 - $25.00 per hour. This position is part-time at 15 hours per week through June 2022. Please note that 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.

Benefits: This position is not eligible for benefits.

 

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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