Wisconsin – Reap Food Group hiring Multiple Positions

Madison, Wisconsin

FARM TO BUSINESS DIRECTOR

REAP FOOD GROUP 

  • LOCATION Madison, WI
  • CATEGORY Nonprofit
  • JOB TYPE Full-Time

REAP Food Group connects producers, consumers, and businesses to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP believes in good food, grown well, available to all. Pioneers in the local and sustainable food movement, REAP’s initiatives include Farm to School activities in the Madison Metropolitan School District; Southern Wisconsin Buy Fresh Buy Local, a certification program for restaurants and institutions; and the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, a consumer guide to local food.JOB DESCRIPTIONJoin a team that is passionate about creating a just, local and sustainable food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP Food Group, a non-profit organization based in Madison, WI, believes that increasing access of local and sustainably grown food by all residents strengthens our regional economy, improves health outcomes of all and builds deep connections between our rural and urban neighbors.The Farm to Business Director will provide strategic direction, management and implementation of REAP’s  Farm to Business initiatives including 1) development of a Farm to Hospital initiative with area healthcare facilities, 2) coordination of a pilot vegetable processing project in 2019 for several institutional buyers, and 3) cultivation of the Buy Fresh Buy Local program, a restaurant and institutions partnership program committed to supporting a just, sustainable, local food system.

The ideal candidate will be excited to work in a positive, mission-based non-profit culture where we work hard as a team, laugh often and have each other’s backs.

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead strategic oversight and goals for Farm to Business initiatives;
  • Partner with Farm to School staff on procurement efforts;
  • Build our initiative with area healthcare facilities to establish sustainable purchasing policies and increase procurement and promotion of local and sustainably grown foods;
  • Coordinate a pilot processing project to provide minimally-processed local and sustainably grown foods to healthcare and school institutional buyers;
  • Direct the Buy Fresh, Buy Local Program. This includes leading strategic development of the program, recruitment and renewal of partners, collection and evaluation of purchasing data and marketing and support of partners.
  • Hire, manage and guide program assistants and interns;
  • Identify funding opportunities, work with Executive Director to write and submit grants, and oversee grant reporting requirements. Participate in REAP’s fundraising activities;
  • Represent REAP on relevant coalitions and committees.

Required Professional and Personal Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree – or equivalent training and experience – in food science, agriculture, food studies, or related field;
  • Demonstrated experience with program development and management.
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for building collaborative partnerships;
  • Entrepreneurial, with a creative drive to solve problems and identify and fill gaps.
  • Excellent self-direction, organization and follow through;
  • Strong quantitative skills to evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, this is a program built on good relationships with farmers and buyers.

Desired Professional and Personal Qualifications

  • Experience with farms and food producers that directly serve the Madison area;
  • Experience with food safety, food processing, and/or institutional food production;
  • Knowledge of local food procurement, school food procurement, and the farm to institution movement;
  • Familiarity with farms and food producers that directly serve the Madison area;
  • MBA or demonstrated experience with business strategy development.

Appointment Type: This is a full-time appointment reporting to the Executive Director. Salary $42,000 – $45,000, commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package (health and dental insurance, 401(k) and paid time off). Depending on experience, we will consider less than full-time proposals.

COMPENSATIONthis position is PAID: salaried, varies DOE, $42,000.00 – $45,000.00HOW TO APPLYEmail jobs@reapfoodgroup.org

Please submit resume and a letter of interest detailing your passion for building local food systems to jobs@reapfoodgroup.org. Applications may also be mailed to: Farm to Business Director Search, REAP Food Group, 306 E. Wilson St., Suite 2W, Madison, WI 53703.

REAP values diverse life experience in its hiring process and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: July 22, 2018 at 5 P.M. CST

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FARM TO SCHOOL & COMMUNITY

REAP FOOD GROUP 

  • LOCATION Madison, WI
  • CATEGORY Nonprofit
  • JOB TYPE Full-Time


COMPANY DESCRIPTIONREAP Food Group connects producers, consumers, businesses, and organizations to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP believes in good food, grown well, available to all. Pioneers in the local and sustainable food movement, REAP’s initiatives include Farm to School activities in the Madison Metropolitan School District; Southern Wisconsin Buy Fresh Buy Local, a certification program for restaurants and institutions; and the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, a consumer guide to local food.

JOB DESCRIPTIONPosting Date: June 23, 2018

Deadline for ApplicationJuly 22, 2018

Join a team that is passionate about creating a just, local and sustainable food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP Food Group, a non-profit organization based in Madison, WI, believes that increasing access of local and sustainably grown food by all residents strengthens our regional economy, improves health outcomes of all and builds deep connections between our rural and urban neighbors.

The Farm to School & Community Director will provide strategic direction, management and implementation of REAP’s Farm to School Program in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) as well as grow our community engagement beyond school walls to increase community access to food education and sustainable local foods. Farm to School brings fresh, local, sustainably produced food to K-12 students, establishes reliable markets for local farms using sustainable agriculture practices, and provides hands-on education in Madison classrooms and communities.

The ideal candidate will be excited to work in a positive, mission-based non-profit culture where we work hard as a team, laugh often and have each other’s backs.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead strategic direction and goals for the Farm to School & Community initiatives;
  • Recruit, hire, and manage the Farm to School team, including Education Coordinator, AmeriCorps members, interns and volunteers to coordinate and conduct food education programming in Madison elementary schools and community education programs;
  • Provide guidance, training, and support for all team members;
  • Develop and implement new initiatives to engage and educate diverse communities of eaters;
  • Apply a lens of food justice and equity in community engagement and development of programming;
  • Facilitate and advocate for successful procurement and promotion of local foods by MMSD and other area school districts;
  • Partner with Farm to Business staff on procurement needs;
  • Be informed on relevant local, state and federal policies affecting the Farm to School program;
  • Manage REAP Farm to School Snack Program including procurement, processing and delivery, and educational materials for participating Madison elementary schools;
  • Identify funding opportunities, work with Executive Director to prepare and submit grants, and oversee grant reporting requirements. Participate in REAP’s fundraising activities;
  • Represent REAP and the Farm to School Program on statewide network of WI Farm to School leaders, and on local coalitions and committees.

Essential Professional and Personal Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree – or equivalent training and experience – in nutrition, environmental education, food science, public health, or related field;
  • Demonstrated experience with program management and development;
  • Experience in a supervisory role;
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills;
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for building collaborative community partnerships and being a trusted ally for social justice;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Exceptional organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities and stakeholders through experience and/ or relevant education and training;
  • Enthusiasm for a positive, mission-based culture where we work hard as a team, laugh often and have each other’s backs.

Highly desirable qualifications (will receive additional consideration):

  • Knowledge of local food procurement, school food procurement, USDA school meal programs and the farm to institution movement.
  • Familiarity with farms and food producers that directly serve the Madison area.
  • Experience with food safety, food processing, and/or institutional food production.
  • Evaluation experience, including quantitative and qualitative evaluation/analysis and community-based-participatory-research.
  • Experience working with students, teachers and administrators in K-12 school settings.
  • Experience managing and developing educational curricula and resources.
  • Spanish language proficiency.

Appointment Type: This is a full-time appointment reporting to the Executive Director. Salary $42,000 – $45,000, commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package (health and dental insurance, 401(k) and paid time off).

COMPENSATIONthis position is PAID: salaried, varies DOE, $42,000.00 – $45,000.00HOW TO APPLYEmail jobs@reapfoodgroup.org

Please submit resume and a letter of interest detailing your passion for building local food systems to jobs@reapfoodgroup.org. Applications may also be mailed to: Farm to School & Community; Director Search, REAP Food Group, 306 E. Wilson St., Suite 2W, Madison, WI 53703.
REAP values diverse life experience in its hiring process and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: July 22, 2018 at 5 P.M. CST

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