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. Continue reading

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Remote Work Opportunity – MA Food System Collaborative hiring Communication Specialist

MA Food System Collaborative

Position: Communications Specialist
Reports to: Director
Hours: 20 weekly
Wage: $20/hour, (IRS-1099, no benefits)
Term: One year with possibility of extension depending upon grant funding.
Location: Remote
Start date: ASAP
About the MA Food System Collaborative:

The MA Food System Collaborative was established in 2016 to promote, monitor, and facilitate implementation of the MA Local Food Action Plan. The Plan is a comprehensive set of recommendations toward a sustainable, equitable food system for the Commonwealth. The Collaborative works to encourage progress toward the goals of the Plan through education, networking, and advocacy. Learn more about the Collaborative at www.mafoodsystem.org.

Position description:

The Communications Specialist will work with the Director to plan and execute a communications strategy that amplifies the work of the Collaborative and its allies, encourages broad engagement in projects the Collaborative supports, and educates the general public about the value of a sustainable, equitable food system. This is a new position, and is critical to the success of the Collaborative.

Job functions:

  • Help develop and refine organization’s messaging.
  • Develop, manage, and edit e-newsletter.
  • Maintain and promote social media accounts.
  • Maintain website.
  • Support Collaborative’s projects with earned media strategies, where appropriate.
  • Coordinate and support regional and statewide meetings and events.
  • Attend regular project and governance meetings, in person and on the phone.
  • Other editorial duties, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years professional public communications work, or substantial experience in policy, advocacy, or organizing setting with some communications expertise
  • Ability to distill complex issues into accessible language that prompts action.
  • Ability to write clearly, concisely, and quickly.
  • Experience working with reporters.
  • Flexible schedule (occasional evening meetings may be required).
  • Ability to travel throughout state, as needed. (Travel costs reimbursed.)
  • Interest in food, agriculture, and systemic change.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office and social media platforms.
  • Knowledge of MA food system a plus.
  • Experience/comfort with CMS systems a plus.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Flexibility, maturity, and a sense of humor.

Send cover letter, resume, and 2-3 writing samples (links OK) to Winton Pitcoff, Director: winton@mafoodsystem.org.
Applications accepted until April 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

CASFS UC Santa Cruz hiring Farm and Garden Operations Assistant

Santa Cruz, California

Farm and Garden Operations Assistant Position Available at CASFS, UC Santa Cruz Farm

The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz is hiring an Operations Assistant. See the job summary and qualifications, below.

For information on specific job duties and to apply, see the UCSC Employment site, www.ucsc.edu/about/employment.html. Click on the Staff Employment link and choose Search Postings (in the upper left-hand bar). Enter the job number #1506118. Select “View” under the Job Title: Farm and Garden Operations Assistant to see details.

The initial review date for the position is January 26, 2016.

 Summary

Under the general supervision of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) Assistant Director, the incumbent will plan and perform a variety of skilled manual tasks, general agricultural systems operations, and facilities maintenance and prioritization. The incumbent will identify, plan, estimate and implement general farm building and infrastructure maintenance and improvements including: irrigation systems, buildings, tillage implements, the farm shop, and maintenance of all farm small equipment.

 Qualifications / Competencies

  • Able to work independently.
  • Experience working with and coordinating with others; i.e. students, interns, and volunteers to effectively accomplish maintenance tasks.
  • Demonstrated experience to operate a farm tractor and associated farm implements and equipment.
  • Skilled in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and welding.
  • Working knowledge of organic farming systems.
  • Experience with pest control.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities effectively.

 Preferred Qualifications / Competencies

  • Minimum two years’ experience working in landscape and/or facilities maintenance.
  • Minimum of one years’ apiculture experience maintaining hives, implementing honey extraction and marketing.