Middlebury College hiring FoodWorks Coordinator & Teaching Assistant

Washington, D.C.


Middlebury College is hiring a FoodWorks Coordinator & Teaching Assistant for Washington DC

Time commitment: April 1 – August 6, varying hours week

Approximate time requirements:
April – 20 hours total plus orientation trip to Middlebury; May – 40 hours total, June/July – 25 hours of work per week plus living with students

Travel costs are covered as well as room and board from June 5 to August 5.

Ability to drive and current driver’s license without violations in the last 3 years. Must have use of a car during the 9-week session.

Position Summary:
Middlebury FoodWorks (http://www.middlebury.edu/foodworks) is a nine-week cohort fellowship program for students interested in local food and sustainable development, currently operating in Louisville, Kentucky, Middlebury, Vermont and Washington, D.C. Its mission is to provide summer experiential opportunities that enhance student learning and engagement in food studies. Each student works four days a week in a paid internship focused on a different aspect of the food system. On the fifth day, students participate together in a curriculum designed to meet targeted learning objectives on sustainable agriculture and ecology; food systems; community and economic development; nutrition and health; and other topics such as food security and justice, policy, culture and traditions.

The FoodWorks Coordinator/T.A. will oversee day to day operations of the program. The coordinator will organize and manage locations and activities for each 5th Day, live with students in student housing the entire 9 weeks, encourage weekly dinners with fellows, and participate in organized social and civic events and activities. The coordinator is the daily contact person for the students at each site. They assist the FoodWorks Site Director with student life and all program elements to ensure the fellows experience a meaningful summer. They are in contact with the lead Faculty, FoodWorks Director, and Site Director and facilitate key discussion topics for 5th Days. The FoodWorks Coordinator/T.A. will be supervised by the Site Director and FoodWorks Director.

General Responsibilities:

  • Attend two day training and student orientation in April in Middlebury, VT.
  • Coordinate and manage site specific orientation upon arrival in June.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the program. Prepare for arrival of interns , maintain regular communication with interns, have emergency forms and other documentation signed, conduct employer meetings, coordinate interns’ arrivals and meet them at the airport as needed, help them acclimate and form a community
  • Oversee residential arrangements for summer interns.
  • Collaborate with FoodWorks Faculty to plan course components.
  • Organize 5th Day activities in collaboration with FoodWorks Director, Site Director and Faculty.
  • Fifth Days: Contact key local food stakeholders to gather ideas and feedback as well as insert them into the program as appropriate; conduct appropriate groundwork and investigation through site visits, presenter preparation, etc. to ensure quality programming.
  • Coordinate logistics, materials, transportation, meal and agenda for each session within the budget provided;
    Provide adequate communications to interns to participate fully in 5th Days;
  • Serve as the 5th Day discussion and reflection leader. Connect 5th Day themes to what is happening locally, nationally, globally and to internships and coursework.
  • Monitor progress and make adjustments as appropriate.
    Provide regular updates and check-ins with FoodWorks Director, Faculty, Site Director to ensure smooth implementation and coordination;
  • Facilitate informal weekly dinner and discussion with interns to expand upon internship, 5th Day, and community experiences.
  • Help students network and connect with leaders in the local food movement. Serve as a resource to interns.
  • Help Site Director with any housing pre-summer work.
    Troubleshoot employer and intern issues with FW Site Director.
  • Create weekly newsletter with employers, interns, mentors and Middlebury alumni.
  • Coordinate closing event and intern departures.
  • Conduct evaluation in coordination with other FoodWorks staff and faculty.

Education: Current graduate student or recent graduate of Food Systems master’s program preferred. Will consider undergraduate with food-related degree and at least 2 years of food systems work experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must demonstrate expertise and familiarity with food leaders and businesses in city where candidate is applying.
  • Knowledge about food system issues, organizations and approaches to solving problems.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, including strong oral and written communication abilities.
    Passion for educating others about food systems.
  • Patience, flexibility, tact, diplomacy and good judgment.
  • Compassionate and eager to work with college students.
    Able to work well with administrators, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to drive and current driver’s license without violations in the last 3 years. Must have use of a car during the 9-week session.
  • Ability to manage and defuse conflicts.
  • Simple computer skills (e-mail, word-processing, blogging, spreadsheet manipulation).

Applicant Document

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/C V