Washington – Sustainable Connections hiring Food & Farming Project & Marketing Specialist

Bellingham, Washington

Organization:  Sustainable Connections, www.SustainableConnections.org
Title:  Food & Farming Project & Marketing Specialist
Reports to:  Food & Farming Program Manager
Location:  Bellingham, WA
Status:  Regular/Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Application Deadline:  April 12th  

Join Sustainable Connections, an entrepreneurial non-profit organization that works with dozens of partner organizations and over 2,000 businesses a year to transform and model an economy built on sustainable business practices. Be a part of our team, supporting a community of food and farming businesses and working to increase local food consumption in NW Washington. Sustainable Connections is a results-oriented, small team workplace located in downtown Bellingham.

Due to steady growth in the Food & Farming Program, we are adding a new position to build the capacity of the program that will work closely with the Program Manager to grow the Eat Local First Campaign, lead and support annual events and publications, and work closely with partners at

Whatcom Farm-to-School to spearhead a community marketing strategy. The Food & Farming Project & Marketing Specialist reports to the Food & Farming Program Manager, working closely with the rest of the Food & Farming and Communications team members.

The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable and passionate about local food systems, experienced working with marketing campaigns, and enthusiastic about working with local businesses to share the work of Sustainable Connections throughout the region. This is a great opportunity for someone with exceptional marketing and project management skills to grow and further develop a nationally recognized organization that has already made significant impacts in our region.

Primary Responsibilities

 Project Management (30%)

  • Lead in planning and execution of the Whatcom Food & Farm Finder and Culinary Agritourism Map, two widely-used publications throughout the Puget Sound region, in collaboration with the Communications Manager and Food & Farming Outreach Coordinator. Compile content and oversee distribution and outreach.
  • Plan and execute details for Whatcom County’s September Eat Local Month.
  • Oversee Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project, including hosting two events per year, coordinating the CSA Farmer List, employer connections, and community outreach.

Farm-to-School Marketing Coordination (25%)

  • Work closely with Whatcom Farm-to-School team to implement a community marketing strategy centered around “What We Feed Our Kids Matters” and the Harvest of the Month campaign, connecting the dots between local food, schools, and local food businesses.
  • Work with F&F Outreach Coordinator and Communications Manager to implement communitywide Harvest of the Month campaigns, collateral, and business resources and toolkits.

 Eat Local First Business Outreach (25%)

  • Work closely with F&F Program Manager to implement campaign outreach and marketing strategy        Conduct ongoing business outreach and one-on-one marketing consultations with food and farming businesses of all kinds.
  • Track campaign deliverables and document best practices.

Food & Farming Program Support (20 %)

  • Work closely with F&F Program Manager to compile research and content for a NEW Community Food Atlas project, an online resource hub for food & farming businesses and organizations.
  • Collect best practice stories and content for case study creation for Food & Farming Program and Eat Local First.
  • Represent SC at events and with external partners as necessary.
  • Support outreach & logistics for other Food & Farming Program projects as needed.
  • Other related duties as assigned—We expect this position will grow and evolve over time.

Experience/Education Requirements

At least three years of professional experience in project management and/or marketing. Knowledge of food systems and prior work with food and farming businesses highly preferred.

Skills & Qualifications

The ideal candidate has:

  • Experience and/or education in food-based businesses/sustainable food systems and marketing (including PR, newsletters, updating websites, etc.)
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to represent Sustainable Connections in a professional manner with diverse constituencies
  • Excellent writing and communications skills; basic design skills are a big plus!
  • Proven competence to assess priorities, manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment, and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality
  • Great passion for the mission, vision, and values of Sustainable Connections o        An action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative approach to planning work
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work proactively and independently; excels in an open office environment
  • Basic working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and MailChimp preferred


This is a full-time, regular, non-exempt position; salary is DOE. Benefits include starting with 16 days paid time off/year and a 6-day holiday break from Dec. 25-Jan 1. Additional benefits include a great office space adjacent to downtown Bellingham, fun and supportive coworkers, a flexible working schedule, and the opportunity to help lead a nationally recognized organization! Late May/early June preferred start. 

To Apply:  Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references by email only to info@sustainableconnections.org. Please write “Project & Marketing Specialist Application” in the Subject. Applications are due April 12, 2017.

Sustainable Connections complies with all federal, state, and local laws which prohibit discrimination in employment.

 Sustainable Connections is an equal opportunity employer that believes it is the responsibility of the company and all its employees to ensure there is no discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, genetic information, or any other protected status.