A fiscally sponsored program of TSNE MissionWorks, Real Food Generation (RFG) leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair, and green food system. Our primary campaign is to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane food sources—what we call “real food”—by 2020. The Real Food Challenge (RFC) also maintains a national network of student food activists—providing opportunities for networking, learning, and leadership development for thousands of emerging leaders.
We’re looking for a dynamic coordinator/organizer to help build a powerful youth movement for food justice in the Northeast. Opportunities to organize for Real Food in the Northeast are incredibly ripe and need your shining heart, sharp mind, and hard work! After winning dozens of campaigns nationally that have resulted in $80 million committed to Real Food annually, we are well-positioned to bring the movement for Real Food into the mainstream by launching a new campaign.
This Coordinator will play a critical role in catalyzing and coaching campus initiatives throughout the region to ensure the success of this new national campaign. This position will also lead strategic planning for our efforts in the Northeast region, develop campaign teams that can coordinate across local campaigns, establish and maintain partnerships with organizations and foundations that work on food justice or broader social movements, manage administrative work, and ensure deliverables of grants are met.
This role requires some serious feistiness! Our team is looking for someone with a hunger for justice in the food system and a strong understanding of power. The Coordinator should be able to organize effective campaigns on college campuses, develop the leadership of young people, and lead public actions and communicate to a broad range of audiences.
Essential Job Functions
- Prepare 3 - 6 campaigns on Northeast campuses to launch in the fall of 2018;
- Support individual students, young people, and institutions in the RFC network;
- Advise student groups on their campaigns;
- Lead regional trainings and campus visits;
- Recruit for and help organize trainings;
- Develop and manage relationships with regional partners, including Farm to Institution New England, Healthcare Without Harm, Migrant Justice, and more;
- Develop and manage relationships with key regional food systems leaders including distributors, fair trade businesses, farmers, and food justice organizations;
- Monitor grant deliverables and deadlines and ensure effective completion;
- Develop and manage regional budget.
- Able and willing to work some nights and weekends and to travel nationally.
The salary range for this position is $34,400-$38,500, depending on experience. A generous benefits package is included.
- 3-5 years’ experience organizing and winning campaigns and building momentum;
- Experience building social movements through community organizing;
- 2+ years’ experience leading nonviolent direct actions;
- 2+ years’ experience developing and leveraging coalitions for campaigns;
- 2+ years’ experience developing the leadership of others (including supervisory or mentorship experience);
- Familiarity with food issues, including food production, supply chains, food policy, economics;
- In-depth understanding of college and university power structures and decision-making processes, on-campus student activism, and student group dynamics; experience working with, college-based student activists;
- Experience leading or training diverse groups of students or other youth;
- Strong writing and public speaking skills;
- Excellent ability to build strong working relationships; ability to build new relationships through networking;
- Strong self-motivation, a “hunger” for campaign success and an eagerness to be challenged;
- Experience with Momentum-based movement-building a plus (Cosecha, IfNotNow, AllOfUs, Sunrise);
- Possess a valid driver’s license;
- A passion for food justice and a clear personal stake in transforming the food system;
- A commitment to economic justice, anti-racism, student power, and youth power.
We strongly encourage online applications. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis and will stop accepting applicatons on November 20. Please attach your resume and cover letter.
We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:
Attn: Employment Manager
89 South Street Suite 700
Boston, MA 02111
Or fax to: 617.896.9393.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks and Real Food Generation will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran, or disability status.