Organizer

Job Locations US-MA
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/13/2022 12:31 PM)
Job ID
2022-1950
# of Openings
1
Category
Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Type
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Massachusetts Food Systems Collaborative

Overview

The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative (mafoodsystem.org) (MFSC) supports collective action toward an equitable, sustainable, resilient, and connected local food system in Massachusetts. The Collaborative was created following the completion of the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan in December 2015.

 

Our relationships with organizations, public sector agencies and policymakers, and other food system stakeholders around the state inform the Collaborative’s priorities. We work toward policy change that will contribute to a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient food system by building broad support for advocacy campaigns and providing training and other resources to allow partners to participate effectively. We bring together players throughout the food system in an effort to demonstrate the breadth of the food system, and facilitate opportunities for stakeholders to work collaboratively.

 

Through these networks, we lead advocacy campaigns around items in the Plan that emphasize cross-sectoral collaboration; support equity, sustainability, and resilience in the food system; and have the potential for significant impact through coordinated grassroots efforts. These efforts work toward systemic solutions to targeted problems, increase communication among key stakeholders, and highlight and promote the sharing of best practices.

 

The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative is fiscally sponsored by TSNE (tsne.org).

Responsibilities

This organizer will work to build on the Collaborative's successes by broadening the base of individuals and organizations advocating for state policy change that supports an equitable, sustainable, and resilient local food system. They will build a diverse network of engaged leaders in local organizations that recognize the connections between food and other issues. And they will focus on developing relationships with and building the capacity of allies in non-food system sectors. These new allies will inform the Collaborative’s priorities and activities and strengthen and deepen the network of those supporting our campaigns, and will be supported in leading their own, particularly around priorities that address the needs of underserved and under-represented Massachusetts residents. Issues addressed will include land access, access to healthy foods, urban agriculture, food system education, and many others.

 

This is a new position and a new strategy for the Collaborative. The organizer will help develop the workplan in partnership with the director.

 

Essential Functions

 

Working with Collaborative staff, the Organizer will have the following primary responsibilities:

  • Identify and engage organizations and networks with shared values and perspectives related to social, racial, and economic justice;
  • Develop and coordinate educational resources to inform and engage community organizations and their members about local food system issues;
  • Identify and develop leadership among organizational staff and community members, especially those who have been historically inequitably treated, to build their capacity to engage in local food system policy advocacy;
  • Develop and implement systems to track and engage the growing network;
  • Work with other Collaborative staff to develop and implement advocacy campaigns;
  • Stay up-to-date and informed about Massachusetts’ local food system issues, policy, and stakeholder landscape;
  • Work with other Collaborative staff to ensure mutual support for each other’s work.

Qualifications

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

  • At least two years of previous experience working as an organizer in an issue related to social, racial, or economic injustice;
  • Strong experience using an equity lens through all aspects of their work;
  • Alignment with the Collaborative’s mission and values;
  • An understanding of advocacy principles and the public policy-making process;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to handle multiple complex projects at once;
  • Exceptional relationship-building skills;
  • Ability to travel to meetings, as needed;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and work successfully with persons of diverse backgrounds, including people with different racial, ethnic and class backgrounds, people of different genders, and people with disabilities;
  • Demonstrated commitment to building power in underrepresented communities to fight for social, economic and racial justice;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends (e.g. community meetings at times that members are more available);
  • An ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a team;
  • Must be detail-oriented; effectively prioritize, multi-task and problem-solve; pay attention to deadlines and details; have good organizational skills; communicate clearly and confidently; must demonstrate flexibility and work well under pressure;
  • Must have word processing and data entry skills using Microsoft programs (especially Word and Excel) and GoogleDrive; ability to relay information, messages and correspondence in a timely and organized manner; experience using spreadsheets and databases;
  • Massachusetts residency, required.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

 

Collaborative staff work from their homes in Massachusetts and are expected to provide their own computers, internet connections, and phones.

 

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.

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

  • Talk, hear and see in the normal range with or without correction;
  • Use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Move, Traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); reach with hands and arms; 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;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

 

Please submit your resume and cover letter with your application. We are committed to a diverse workforce and strongly encourage qualified individuals of diverse background and experiences to apply.

 

Compensation and Benefits

 

Location: Work will be remote in Massachusetts, with in-state travel.

Compensation: The salary for this position is $58,500/yr.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost MetLife Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

TSNE/MFSC 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/MFSC actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

 

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/MFSC 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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