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A/B Food Policy Council Coordinator

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Job Type permanent

Organization Description:The Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council (ABFPC) was formed in October of 2011 out of a recognition by local advocates and policymakers that food insecurity is an urgent problem in Asheville and Buncombe County that has profound effects on the health and wellbeing of city and county residents. Our mission is to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve local food systems, spur local food system-based economic development, and make food systems environmentally sustainable and socially just. The ABFPC is a community-based coalition and is governed by a General Council made up of ABFPC cluster representatives and operates on a consent-based decision making model called Circle Forward.


The successful candidate will be extensively familiar with urban food systems, poverty, food security, and health and food justice issues. S/he will possess excellent networking, community relations, conflict resolution, and writing skills as well as demonstrate leadership, self-motivation and ability to coordinate work with collaboratives, neighborhood groups, and government officials. Prior work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work/volunteer experience, will include a minimum of two years working in the food system in a public, non-profit and /or for-profit environment; policy analysis, community development (food, health, youth, housing, etc.) and/or fundraising.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers
Experience working with diverse communities
Strong organizational and written/verbal communication skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Proficiency in all Office applications required.
Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public health, urban planning, agriculture or related fields is preferred but not required.
Resident of the City of Asheville/Buncombe County
Proficiency in social media and website/content management
Grant-writing experience

Duties and Responsibilities:

Note: this is the full scope of duties for the position as funding supports an increase in hours to a total of 15-20/wk. Beginning with 10 hrs/wk, this position will not require the full scope of duties as described below.

-Coordinate and participate in ABFPC General Council meetings including crafting monthly General Council (GC) agendas and communicating the agenda item requests and finalized agendas, and providing Coordinator Report at every GC meeting. (The General Council meets the third Monday of every month from 4-6pm)
-Maintain regular communications with General Council pertaining to emergent or ongoing opportunities, activities, questions, and requests.
-Support the process of raising continuous funds for the ABFPC, through identifying funding opportunities, and participating in the funding committee tasks and duties.
-Maintain communications tools including website, email, and social media, with some technical support if needed from interns and volunteers.
-Identify potential interns and volunteers to work in support of the ABFPC.
-Work with interns and ABFPC volunteers to plan and implement 2 large-scale meetings per year and other events and projects of the ABFPC.
-Serve as the point of contact and delegate for other area community groups and advisory councils on a local, regional, and state level.
-Participate in monthly SACEE and Tree Commission meetings with the City of Asheville, as well as the Urban Agriculture Alliance (UAA). (SACEE meets the third Wednesday of every month from 3:30-5:30pm. The Tree Commission meets the third Monday of every month from 12pm-1pm. The UAA meets every three to four weeks at a time determined by the group participants.)
-Work closely with City of Asheville Sustainability office to revise the City’s Food Action Plan, including coordinating public outreach to gather input, plan re-development, implementation planning, and evaluative planning.
Conduct regular communications with all ABFPC clusters to maintain working knowledge of cluster work, for the purpose of communicating this work with other agency partners and connecting clusters with collaborators and resources.
-Maintain weekly communications and meet at least monthly with ABFPC Supervisory Committee.

Hours and Compensation:

As the ABFPC is a grassroots, community-based organization, the Coordinator’s salary will be paid and coordinated through our fiscal sponsor organization Bountiful Cities. This position has been partially funded at 10/hrs per week at a living wage rate from September 1st, 2016 through August 31st, 2017. As additional funding is secured to support this position, the hours will expand to 15-20 hrs/wk.

Application Process:

Please complete and submit the online application prior to August 21st, 2017. Only potential interviewees will be contacted, and interviews will be scheduled during the week of August 22nd-26th, 2017. Please bring a copy of your most recent resume to your interview.

For more information about the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council, please visit: www.abfoodpolicy.org. The Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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