Minnesota: The Minnesota Project seeks Local Foods Coordinator

17 Dec

Status: ¾ time Contract position

Office Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

The Minnesota Project, a nonprofit organization, champions the sustainable production and equitable distribution of energy and food in communities across Minnesota.  Our programs are focused on clean renewable energy and energy efficiency; farm practice and policy that promote profitable farms that conserve and preserve natural resources; and the production and consumption of healthy, local, whole foods.

The Minnesota Project is seeking a candidate to coordinate our Local Foods Program focusing on the management of our Connecting Immigrant Farmers to Sustainable Marketsgrant.  The candidate will have excellent abilities in working with diverse communities, immigrant and independent farmers, chefs, restaurants and food purchasers from schools and institutions.  The ideal candidate will be a collaborator with expertise in the arena of local foods production and distribution, and related expertise in training and/or sales relationships.  The candidate will have a clear understanding of local foods production and distribution regulations/issues and possess effective communication skills to reach multiple and diverse audiences.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • · Manage and implement the  Connecting Immigrant Farmers to Sustainable Markets program working with organizational partners, school districts, restaurants, chefs and local food producers focusing on the Hmong community farmers and customers.
  • · Work with organizational partners and develop relationships with new and expanded partners focusing on the East metro area in the expansion of Local Food markets
  • · Work with program partners at Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG), Minnesota Project leadership team and reports to the Executive Director.
  • · Help to provide vision, evaluation and development of goals and directions for the Local Foods program.

Experience and Qualification Requirements:

Minimum of a Bachelors degree (Masters degree or equivalent experience preferred) plus 4-6 years relevant work experience.  Knowledge and understanding of local food production and distribution issues required; proven track record of successful communications, program implementation and sales relationship building experience preferred; a connection to Minnesota’s Local Foods community preferred.

The candidate should also have grant writing and program development experience; successful collaboration, networking and relationship-building skills; the ability to manage multiple projects; excellent verbal and written communication skills and public speaking experience; and the desire to work in an open and friendly work environment. Local travel will be required.

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and available funds.

How to apply: Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Resumes will be reviewed as they are received.  Start date:  February 1st or sooner.  Please send resume and cover letter to:Dave Glenn, Interim Executive Director, The Minnesota Project, 1885 University Ave. W, Suite 315, St. Paul, MN 55104. Or email both to dglenn@mnproject.org. No telephone calls please.

The Minnesota Project is an equal opportunity employer.

Affirmative Action Policy Statement: The Minnesota Project does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, sexual orientation, familial or marital status, or disability.


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