Center for Rural Affairs - Community Food Associate

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Posted: March 17, 2020

Community Food Associate

Organization Summary
The Center for Rural Affairs is a dynamic, energetic non-profit organization working to build a better rural future that includes all groups of people and helps to ensure access to genuine opportunity no matter where you live. We’ve done this work for more than 40 years and we do it from rural places. Our work creates opportunities for beginning farmers, new business owners, and first-time advocates. The Center’s work, fueled by our compassionate, mission-driven staff, who work to put rural communities, stewardship, and the next generation at the forefront. Additional information can be found at

Position Description
The Center for Rural Affairs is hiring a Community Food Associate. The Community Food Associate works with local communities to promote food production in-home/community gardens, increase the sale and use of local foods, and promote participation in local farmer’s markets by vendors, artists, and community members and promotes improved health and nutrition through the use of fresh and culturally appropriate foods. The Community Food Associate will report to the Farm & Community Director.

Position Details
This is a full-time non-exempt position located in a home-based office location in eastern Nebraska. Compensation is commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package that is top-notch will be provided. Some travel regionally is required.

Duties & Responsibilities

· Plan activities, training, and events to increase the number of home/community gardens and promote participation from the local communities.
· Organize and manage program events and activities.
· Identify and develop opportunities for partnerships and new programs within the community.
· Oversee Garden Assistants and other staff who assist with program activities.
· Produce, track and manage program outcomes ensuring that programs and activities align with grant and funder expectations; provide reports to the Farm and Community Director.
· Report regularly program activities, performance, trends and outcomes to Farm and Community Director.
· Build relationships with community leaders and partners and collaborate with experts and local organizations to promote the Farm & Community Program and its activities.
· Collaborate with the Farm and Community Director to develop a marketing strategy and create outreach materials to promote the activities of the Farm & Community Program encouraging community participation.
· Serve as a point of contact for Center staff, community groups, and news media when contacted for program information and success stories.
· Lead and contribute to fundraising efforts supporting program activities.

Preferred Qualifications
· High school diploma or equivalent required.
· Knowledge or experience with gardening and/or agricultural production.
· Experience working in rural communities.
· Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills.
· Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
· Can work effectively with diverse groups of individuals and values differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and social-economic circumstances.
· Strong written and verbal communication skills.
· Experience with event planning and presenting in front of groups.
· Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
· Willingness to travel to various sites across Nebraska as needed.

Position Classification: Non-Exempt

Position Salary Range: $40,000-$45,000

Application Instructions
Interested individuals can apply by sending their resume, cover letter, and three professional references to The Center for Rural Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.

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