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Food Fellow of Southeastern Connecticut

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut seeks a one-year, part-time, Food Fellow to engage residents and community food systems organizations in food system change. Please submit cover letter and resume to dina.sears-graves@uwsect.org by October 1, 2017. No phone calls please.

Job Overview: The New London area Food Fellow will work with the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, FRESH New London, Spark Makerspace and the New London County Food Policy Council (NLCFPC) to engage local residents and community food system organizations in food system change and community engagement. This work begins with a series of dinners called Setting the Table. Through the dinner series, the Food Fellow will assist the coalition to evaluate the current food system, identify opportunities for collaboration, design pathways to engage residents and build a diverse base of supporters to implement community food change. The Food Fellow will also engage with local, state and regional partners to connect New London to food system work in the state, share project objectives with partners and learn how this work fits into the food justice work throughout the region.

This is a one-year, part-time, grant funded, contracted position with the potential for renewal.  Anticipated start date is October 15, 2017.  One year contract will range from $20,000-$25,000 depending on experience and qualifications.

Key Job Elements:

  • Manage the team of project partners who serves as the Steering Committee to move objectives forward.
  • Coordinate 10 “Setting the Table” dinners throughout Groton and New London for a total of 400 local residents, including all event planning details.  Event series runs from January - August, 2017
    • Work with Steering Committee to create an agenda for each dinner that will include interactive food system education, prompted community conversation and a call to action.
    • Manage event logistics and volunteers
  • Work with community partners to recruit participants.  Participants should include a diverse group of New London and Groton residents.
  • Record data - attendance and key points of community conversations and report to all project partners and USDA.  Work with United Way to complete all required USDA reports and communications.
  • Assist NLCFPC in creating a Food Action Plan based on the input collected at each dinner.
  • Attend all NLCFPC meetings and report on project progress
  • Attend local, state and regional food system meetings as suited to the position - including the CT Food System Alliance and the CT Food Justice Coalition.

Special Requirements:

  • Travel required.  Must have Drivers License and access to a vehicle.
  • Flexible schedule with some night and weekend hours
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish and English) strongly preferred but not required.

Qualifications:

  • A demonstrated interest and knowledge of social justice and food systems
  • Experience in event planning or coordination
  • Familiarity with Southeastern Connecticut, particularly New London and Groton
  • Strong written and oral communication, and organizational skills
  • The qualities of personal responsibility, flexibility and self-motivation.
  • Experience working with coalitions/community networks.
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms, Microsoft Office, and Google products
  • Interest in engaging the broader community in social change and commitment to working against racism and other forms of discrimination.
  • Creative and fun!

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to dina.sears-graves@uwsect.org. No phone calls please. All applications are treated confidentially. The position will remain open until filled.