Communications Assistant

Job Locations US-MA-Remote
Posted Date 1 month ago(7/22/2022 12:34 PM)
Job ID
2022-2073
# of Openings
1
Category
Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Type
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Massachusetts Farm to School Project

Overview

Massachusetts Farm to School 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

Massachusetts Farm to School is seeking a Communications Assistant to help drive the mission of the organization by providing support to the Communications Director in efforts to increase awareness about the importance of farm to school within the broader food system. The Communications Assistant will help the Director engage a wide variety of stakeholders through social media, email marketing, events outreach, press outreach, and database management.

 

The successful candidate will have strong writing skills, a demonstrated interest in social media management, both from a written & graphic standpoint. They should be a self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as a core member of an all-remote team. They should have the ability to toggle between multiple projects. This position is ideal for an early career individual who is social media savvy and looking to gain additional experience in non-profit communications.  

 

While the majority of the work will be completed remotely, we are seeking Massachusetts based candidates to enable occasional in-person meetings following public health guidance.

Essential Job Functions

Administrative Support

  • Provide administrative support to the Communications Director, including database management;
  • Assist in distribution of press and promotional materials and maintain records of distribution;
  • Manage invoices for our Harvest of the Month program;
  • Maintain general email account - responding and/or forwarding email to appropriate staff members.

Communications

  • Social Media: post drafting, creating graphics, engaging with followers, monitoring farm to school related accounts;
  • Promotional Materials: updating fact & info sheets, using design templates to create educational resources;
  • Email Marketing: supporting the Communications Director in email outreach efforts;
  • Website: updating pages and adding resources where required.

Qualifications

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

  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Massachusetts Farm to School;
  • Interest in agriculture, nutrition education, and/or school food;
  • At least 1 year of work or volunteer experience in a non-profit or other professional setting;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with program staff;
  • Experience with social media, knowledgeable about the latest platforms with a vision for how to maximize social media presence;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Google Workspace (Docs, Sheets, Slides);
  • Preferred – experience with WordPress; Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign & Photoshop); iMovie or other video editing software; database software; Mailchimp;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds who help to drive our mission;
  • High attention to detail. 

Special Requirements: 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.

Regarding COVID-19: TSNE considers the health and safety of our employees of the utmost importance, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and subject to your state and local laws, our policy requires that all employees performing in-person work at a TSNE designated office are fully vaccinated. For the purpose of this policy, fully vaccinated indicates that you have received a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, or both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Certain exemptions may be requested and will be considered by Human Resources.

 

Compensation and Benefits

 

Location: Work will be primarily performed remotely. This position is a part time, temporary position at 15 hours per week for approximately 10 months. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply as soon as possible with a preferred start date in early September. 

Compensation: The hourly rate for this position is $25.00

Benefits: This position is not eligible for benefits.

 

TSNE/Massachusetts Farm to School strives to achieve excellence through a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment that embraces all of our individual and collective differences. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Middle Eastern and North African, Bilingual and/or Bicultural candidates, and LGBTQ2SIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We value and honor the unique talents, learning styles, and lived experiences of each individual that enrich and strengthen our workplace culture, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

 

All employment conditions are based on an individual’s performance and job qualifications. TSNE/Massachusetts Farm to School prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, creed, color, religion, native language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, race-based hairstyles, or any other protected characteristic stated by federal and state law. Regardless of any class’ protection under the law or lack thereof, TSNE/Massachusetts Farm to School celebrates diversity and values the strengths that come with having a diverse team of employees. It is represented in our workplace culture, and it is who we are.

 

TSNE/Massachusetts Farm to School's EEO statement extends to volunteers, interns, contractors, vendors, and clients.

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