Chicago: Fresh Taste seeks Program Associate

17 Dec
Fresh Taste seeks a motivated self-starter with strong attention to detail who wishes to make a contribution to encouraging diverse local agriculture and access to food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable in the Chicago region.
Fresh Taste is a collaboration of funders, which include:
·        The Chicago Community Trust
·        The City of Chicago Department of Zoning and Land Use Planning
·        Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
·        Liberty Prairie Foundation
·        Lumpkin Family Foundation
·        J.R. Albert Foundation
·        Leo S. Guthman Fund
·        Walter S. Mander Foundation
It is a staffed initiative jointly paid for and operated by the Fresh Taste partners.
Fresh Taste’s mission is to provide leadership that brings interested stakeholders together to stimulate deeper conversations and increased investments of time and money, leading ultimately to changes in the manner by which food is produced, distributed and consumed in Illinois.
Job Purpose:
Provide programmatic and administrative support to Fresh Taste, including Director and Steering Committee.
Job Duties:
Program Leadership Support:
  • Support and provide assistance to director with projects and tasks for Fresh Taste, including research and collection of information related to local food system initiatives.
·        Tabulate research data and prepare in presentation format as necessary.  Incorporate graphs and slides into the appropriate presentation materials.
  • Prepare materials for meetings and work sessions, attend and take minutes for such meetings if necessary.
·        Coordinate meetings, events and conference calls with a wide variety of constituents.  Arrange dates, locations, schedules, invitations, agendas (with assistance), materials, food, audio/visual needs, notification, attendance, etc.  Take minutes and maintain files on meetings.
·        Coordinate the collection, tracking and sharing of data, reports, documents, tools, etc. with appropriate parties.  Create system for ensuring submission and tracking of information.
·        Coordinate calendar for all Fresh Taste events and for director, making sure the details for all meetings and events are handled in a timely fashion.
·        Coordinate follow up activities from meetings, including copying, filing, e-mailing, phone calls, and distribution of information and minutes.
  • Maintain system to keep track of information collected by the director for easy retrieval and update as necessary.
Program Management
  • Coordinate and collaborate with various Fresh Taste partners on strategic campaigns related to local food initiatives and increasing healthy food access in the Chicago region.
  • Assist in implementation and coordination of LINK Up Illinois campaign, maintaining and updating website.
  • Manage and maintain Fresh Taste blog, local food events calendar, and grants databases in consultation with director.  Monitor list-servs and aggregate relevant local food and agriculture news for the Chicago region.
  • Prepare reports or fact sheets on related topics to local and regional food production.
  • Format and proofread all Fresh Taste materials, including brochures, website, blog and newsletters.
  • Manage and maintain system for tracking requests for information about Fresh Taste and relevant topics. Respond as necessary after review by director.
  • Track and coordinate grant maintenance, reporting requirements, and deadlines for Fresh Taste and subsequent grantees.
  • Gather information from food-related organizations as determined by director.
  • Assemble, label and maintain program files.
Fundraising Support
  • Track donations, pledges, and conduct internal monitoring of Fresh Taste budget.
  • Organize files, handle communications, coordinate meetings and invitation lists and keep records related to involvement with fundraising
  • Schedule meetings and follow-up activities with potential donors or investors as assigned.
  • Prepare monthly expense reports, track budgeting expenses, handle and track invoices.
  • Coordinate director’s travel, itinerary, and out of town travel requests.
  • Screen director’s email daily, track responses, update contacts, and follow-up on projects.
  • Represent Fresh Taste at events, as requested by director.
  • Other duties as requested.
This description should not be construed to contain every function or responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job. Incumbents are required to perform other related functions as assigned.
Job Qualifications:
  • BA required and two to four years of work experience in related fields: community development, food systems, small business development, environment.
  • Passion for local food system work is preferred.
  • Exceptional verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills. Knowledge and familiarity with communications: proofreading, composing and editing communications. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills and ability to prioritize, multi-task and work independently.
·         Ability to interact effectively with Fresh Taste committee, food-related organizations, and Trust staff.
  • Database experience required and ability to compile and display data.
  • Advanced computer skills.
  • Willingness to work as a team member.
  • Willingness to work occasional nights and weekend days.
About The Chicago Community Trust
For more than 90 years, The Chicago Community Trust has connected the generosity of donors with the needs of the community by making grants to organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago. With assets of $1.2 billion, the Trust grants more than $100 million annually. From strengthening community schools to assisting local art programs, from building health centers to helping lives affected by violence, the Trust continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Trust online at
Interested individuals should submit resume, cover letter and names of references to:
NOTE: Please enter the job title of the position that you are applying for in the subject header of the email.


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