Massachusetts: Mass Farmers Markets seeks Veggie Rx Coordinator

27 Apr

The Veggie Rex coordinator will work at two farmers market (at this time slated to be one in Lawrence MA and one in Holyoke MA). Additional work from home, and occasionally at the MFM office in Waltham is required.   The coordinator will oversee and implement an electronic redemption system for a grant funded pilot farmers market coupon program.  The Veggie Rx Coordinator position is part-time/temporary (average of 30 hrs.\week in season and 20 hrs.\week outside of the market season).

The Veggie Rx system began in 2010 as an innovative way to address health issues of youth who are at risk for dietary related diseases. In 2010 the Veggie RX money was dispersed using paper coupons. In 2011 the program will test an electronic system using Debit Cards issued by the coordinator as prescribed by physicians that can be swiped at the market. The hope is that the system will create more efficiency and easier tracking of the individuals purchasing history, as well as reimburse the farmers for sales in a more timely fashion.  The principle responsibility of the coordinator is to operate the electronic system using basic data entry skills, train farmers and managers at the trial markets, coordinate with the MFM office staff regarding farmer payment, and to maintain the equipment in good working order.  

Necessary Qualifications: 

Requirements

-Proficiency with basic computer operation and data entry.

-Broad band internet with static IP address at home or other private secure location.

-Capacity to interact with a variety of people, and communicate clearly

-Passion for food systems work and addressing food access issues

A reliable car to bring equipment to participating markets (this case includes the hand held POS devices that are distributed to the vendors, as well as the laptop where data is stored)

Responsibilities

-Be physically present throughout the entire market day at participating markets.

-Answer questions and explain the Veggie Rx system to Veggie Rx participants, market managers, and farmers.

-Assist Veggie Rx clients in understanding the transfer of the Veggie Rx to a debit card to be used at the various farmer’s stalls

-Distribute working POS devices to the farmers each morning of the market

-Act as an on-site basic support for technical malfunctions

Provide information on program errors (if any).

-Bring all equipment with you to market, and take it home and safely and securely store it each day. 

Maintain battery charge in each unit for each use.

-Access and update information at the start and at the end of each day.

-Produce reports written and verbal reports.

-Maintain consistent communication with the Mass Farmers Markets office, informing them about relevant information related to the Veggie Rx program and its success at market.

Please email cover letter and resume to

martha@massfarmersmarkets.org

with the subject line: Veggie Rx Coordinator

 

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