California: Roots of Change seeks Event Director

21 Dec

Roots of Change (ROC) is a non-profit organization that brings a diverse range of Californians to the table to build a common interest in food and farming for today and tomorrow. We believe that every aspect of our food—from the time it’s grown to the time it’s eaten— can be healthy, safe, profitable and fair for those who grow it and for the state where it’s grown.

Our goal is to create a sustainable food system in California by the year 2030. We develop and provide grants, contracts, fellowships and other support services to a network of leaders and institutions in California who agree to collaborate towards that goal.

Event Director 

Key Responsibilities:
1. Coordinate and attend all Summit planning activities including regularly scheduled planning committee meetings and local host committee meetings.
2. Build and maintain a budget for the event, and ensure deposits and payments are made in a timely manner.
3. Research and recommend locations and vendors for the Summit that are friendly to the environment, labor, and can meet our requirements for sustainable, local food purchasing.
4. Coordinate all logistics for chosen meeting site, including but not limited to: meeting rooms, accommodations, meals, A/V, wireless internet access, as well as staff and volunteer responsibilities.
5. Secure food donations and/or ensure optimal sustainable local food sourcing by working closely with food service providers.
6. Build invitation list (including outreach to underserved communities). Write and distribute all invitations, email blasts and reminders to conference participants.
7. Monitor paid registration and scholarship applications. Assist with travel and accommodations for staff, scholarship recipients, and speakers.
8. Work with staff on agenda development, and serve as primary liaison with speakers.
9. Coordinate all material development (programs, powerpoints, etc.).
10. Attend event and manage all on-site registration and logistics.

Other responsibilities will be added depending on the evolving requirements of the position.

• Demonstrated event-planning experience, including the key responsibility areas mentioned above.
• Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
• Excellent organizational skills; strong attention to detail; ability to stay focused in busy work environment.
• Experience negotiating with vendors and comfortable enforcing contracts requirements, agreed payments, and promised levels of service.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work effectively with diverse groups and communities.
• Ability to take initiative, solve problems, and work collaboratively with other staff members.
• Flexible and comfortable working in an iterative planning process.
• Experience working with Microsoft Office required. Experience working in Salsa and Drupal based websites a plus.
• Experience in and knowledge of multiple aspects of the sustainable food movement a plus

This is a part-time contract position. We estimate a start date in February with the event happening in Fall 2011. The contract will start with between 5-10 hours per week early in the year and increase to 20-30 hours per week by the end of the contract. Compensation will depend on candidate’s experience, and time estimated to complete the project.

Position location: The Event Director will work remotely, but will need to be available for planning meetings to be held in both San Francisco and Sonoma Counties. The position will also require travel to the event location (TBD).

Timing: We will begin reviewing applications on January 7 and will accept applications until January 14, 2010.

Please apply to Tiffany Nurrenbern at and use Event Director as the subject. Please include your resume along with a cover letter describing your desired compensation and how your experience matches the areas of key responsibilities and qualifications. Please no phone calls. If you have questions about the position, they will be answered after January 3, 2011.

Roots of Change is a project of The Trust for Conservation Innovation (TCI). Roots of Change/TCI is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, differently-abled people and LGBT persons are strongly encouraged to apply.


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