Traverse City, Michigan
Are you passionate about increasing access to healthy food for all members of a community? Apply today for a Food Equity Fellowship with the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities based in Traverse City, MI.
Groundwork is seeking a dynamic post-graduate or mid-career professional who will work with Groundwork to help increase access to healthy food in communities throughout northwest lower Michigan.
As a Fellow you will work with nonprofit staff on important projects, build policy expertise and gain valuable professional development skills. This fellowship is an excellent opportunity to experience food and farming policy advocacy while working for a well-established, community-based nonprofit organization.
Responsibilities will include:
- Developing, designing, and maintaining resources used by anti-poverty advocates throughout the region
- Developing comprehensive “healthy food environment” plans for area food pantries, including developing content for a toolkit on how to create a food pantry environment centered around equity and health;
- Surveying food insecure families in Benzie and Antrim counties, and interviewing willing participants in order to provide a qualitative summary of rural food insecurity to accompany quantitative data;
- Preparing written or video content about Groundwork’s food equity work for the website and social media;
- Conducting research on grant opportunities, partnerships and other program resources;
- Collaborating with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for training and communications with local advocates (including teachers, parents, school administrators and community members);
- And, generally supporting the Food & Farming Program Director as needed.
The candidate must demonstrate:
- Experience in, and passion for food and farming issues, particularly in food and health equity;
- Experience organizing community leaders around social justice initiatives;
- Strong writing and communications skills;
- Working knowledge of social media platforms, specifically Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Groundwork seeks the following qualities in successful candidates:
- Strong commitment to Groundwork’s mission and programs;
- Understanding of and enthusiasm for resiliency principles;
- Proven ability to organize priorities, with keen attention to detail and deadlines;
- Self-directed working approach and initiative;
- Professional and pleasant demeanor;
- Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills;
- And, a sense of humor and positive outlook.
Duration and Term Dates
The Spring Fellowship term lasts from January 15th – June 15th, 2018.
Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure
This is a paid fellowship position requiring a minimum of 25 hours per week. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $4,000. Other benefits include access to an incredibly vibrant community in northern Michigan and schedules flexible enough to enjoy the wondrous forests, clean rivers, and the magnificent Great Lakes shoreline that distinguish our region.
To apply, please complete the Fellowship Application by November 17th, 2017. Selections will be made in early December.