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Food Policy Coordinator

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 to Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
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SupervisorMelissa Dison

Memphis Tilth is a nonprofit collective housing like-missioned initiatives for land, food, people, and place. Our mission is to cultivate collective action for an economically sustainable, socially equitable, and environmentally sound local food system. Memphis Tilth has several programs, including the Food Policy Program, which has the mission to advance policy and practice in Memphis and Shelby County that strengthen food security and the local food economy.

The Food Advisory Council for Memphis and Shelby County, a project under the Food Policy Program, is a diverse array of metropolitan Memphis constituents, who meet regularly to promote well-researched and evaluated policies and regulations designed to enhance local food economics, in partnership with farmer advisory boards comprised of urban, suburban, and rural growers. The Food Advisory Council houses working groups. The 2017 active working group, Food Access and Security Working Group, is a community-based group that will develop a research-driven and community-based policy to promote food security and advance the local food economy.

This is a part-time, unpaid fellowship with the preferred time frame of August 2017 to May 2018 with a minimum of 10 hours per week. We are looking for an undergraduate or graduate student looking to advance their understanding of food policy councils, policies, and the local food system. Memphis Tilth will advocate for class credit, if desired. The primary duty of this position is to manage and facilitate the Food Advisory Council for Memphis and Shelby County. This position is based at Memphis Tilth's Headquarters in the 38126 neighborhood; reliable transportation is required.

Job Responsibilities 
- Conduct research and create policy and progress reports for the Food Advisory Council and Memphis Tilth;
- Provide communications tools and marketing materials for the Food Advisory Council;
- Engage and maintain relationships with community partners and community stakeholders;
- Facilitate and organize meetings and events for the Food Advisory Council;
- Provide Food Advisory Council working groups with project support;
- Represent Memphis Tilth and the Food Advisory Council at community meetings.

Required Skills and Experience 
- Holding or currently pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, or related fields;
- Highly motivated individual capable of working independently with little supervision;
- Proficient in Excel, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and social media outlets;
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal and, strong marketing skills;
- Strong attention to detail, strong organization skills, and strong research skills;
- Experience leading and organizing volunteers of different ages, backgrounds, and skill levels;
- Experience with diverse populations and sensitivity to power dynamics (gender, race, class, etc.);
- Genuine commitment and sensitivity to residents and community issues;
- Good analytical, negotiation, and problem-solving skills;
- Passion, humility, integrity and empathetic;
- Proactive, dependable, accountable and approachable.

Desired Skills and Experience  
- Knowledge of and experience working with local food system issues and policy and, strong affinity for the Memphis Tilth mission;
- Understanding of local, state, and federal food policy;
- Strong facilitation skills and ability to provide guidance to people with a wide range of cultural backgrounds, training, and experience;
- Strong networking skills and experience with community organizing;
- Bilingual, fluent in written and verbal Spanish a plus;
- Proficient in Canva, InDesign, Photoshop, and other graphic design programs;
- Previous experience working at a nonprofit.

This fellowship is a learning opportunity for those wishing to know their knowledge of food systems and public policy. This position will also gain nonprofit experience, while developing skills in facilitation, networking, research and development, and community organizing. The Food Policy Coordinator will work with volunteers represented in working groups from a wide variety of backgrounds. Opportunities to develop written and verbal communication skills, especially in using programs like Canva and InDesign, are also available in the facilitation of the Food Advisory Council.

Memphis Tilth is a growing organization that offers opportunities for professional development and advancement in the organization.

As an EOE/AA employer, Memphis Tilth will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

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Location: 575 Suzette St, Memphis, TN 38126