The Farmers’ Markets Access & Equity (FMAE) Program works to establish, implement, promote, and incentivize Federal Assistance Benefit use at farmers’ markets and other direct marketing outlets statewide. The goal of the program is to create greater healthy food choices for low-income and underserved populations and drive additional customers/income to mid-sized family farmers.
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES
The Farmers’ Market Access and Equity Program Coordinator works under the direction of the Farmers’ Market Access and Equity Program Manager to assist with all aspects relating to the Ecology Center’s work promoting healthy food access at California farmers’ markets. The Farmers’ Market Access and Equity Program Coordinator works to establish, implement, promote, and incentivize Federal Assistance Benefit use at farmers’ markets and other direct marketing outlets to create greater healthy food choices for low-income and underserved populations and drive additional customers/income to small and mid-sized family farmers.
- Assist Program Manager in developing Program work-plan, goals, and objectives in accordance with grant objectives and the Ecology Center mission and strategic plan.
- Assist Program Manager in executing work-plan, goals, and objectives associated with the statewide Market Match Program and Farmers’ Market EBT Program.
- Provide technical assistance to farmers’ market managers and associations that wish to establish, implement, and promote their market’s CalFresh EBT program. This includes, but is not limited to: assistance with FNS application, acquiring Point Of Sale (POS) equipment, EBT scrip design and ordering, planning for market staffing issues, record-keeping and vendor education.
- Conduct follow up activities to track and report progress in establishing and implementing EBT programs.
- Educate, recruit, and inform farmers’ market managers, associations, and partner organizations interested in CalFresh EBT access at farmers’ markets and Market Match incentives, through the development and distribution of Program communications, including informational materials and e-newsletters.
- Perform site-visits throughout the state to ensure program and grant compliance.
- Customize promotional, outreach, and educational collateral.
- Coordinate phone and in-person meeting logistics.
- Field initial phone calls and emails regarding Market Match and Farmers’ Market EBT, answer questions, and direct parties to appropriate resource or individual.
- Assist in curating the Program’s outreach, promotional, and educational tools including the production and distribution of the Program’s electronic newsletter, the Market Match website, the Farmers’ Market Finder website, the program’s Facebook page and other social networking tools.
- Input and maintain data in order to feed statewide database, fundraise, and report for grants.
- Meet with the Program Manager once per week or as needed.
- Observe safe operating practices and comply with organizational safety policies.
- Maintain familiarity with, follow, and ensure staff compliance with all Ecology Center policies and procedures in the performance of daily duties.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- High School Diploma/GED required.
- A Bachelor’s Degree and one year of general work experience, or three years of general work experience, including at least one year coordinating or managing projects, programs or grants.
- Demonstrated commitment to the Ecology Center mission and vision.
- Proven ability to work independently and exercise good judgment in a variety of environments and situations.
- Passionate about working to build sustainable and equitable food systems; knowledge of farmers’ markets and federal food assistance programs (SNAP, WIC, SSI/SSDI.)
- Proven ability to provide technical assistance and/or and communicate effectively and courteously with a diverse audience.
- Ability to process documents and data with accuracy and efficiency.
- Proven ability for developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with clients and non-profit partners, other stakeholders, and/or members of the public.
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office-Word, Excel, group e-mail, Google Docs and social media sites; experience with Adobe suite and/or graphic design and newsletter layout is a plus.
- Ability to work independently to organize and perform assigned work on a daily and weekly basis.
- Ability to work collaboratively and in a team.
- Ability to communicate effectively and courteously with a diverse audience even when in conflict.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Bachelor’s degree preferred.
- At least two years experience coordinating or managing projects, programs, or grants.
- Experience working for and commitment to building sustainable food systems.
- Bi-lingual in Spanish, Chinese, or Vietnamese.
- Experience working with farmers market managers, farmers, and vendors.
- Direct experience working with the CalFresh/SNAP or WIC programs.
Open until filled. Please apply early as this position posting may close at any time.
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Full-time, non-exempt position; annual starting salary range is $43,000 to $48,000, depending on qualifications.