Food Council Now Hiring: Food Security Associate

In early 2017, MCFC co-led the creation of the Montgomery County Executive’s 5-Year Food Security Plan (www.montgomerycountymd.gov/foodsecurity), which outlines the path towards building a Montgomery County in which all people have access to safe, sufficient, and nutritious food, with dignity. The Plan (FSP) offers comprehensive background data on food security, demographics, poverty, income, employment, transportation, public health, benefits program participation, and the wide range of existing food assistance resources on the Federal, State and County level. The FSP also offers extensive recommendations to guide future research, analysis, funding, and policy actions to work toward enhancing food security in Montgomery County.

Position Overview

We seek a self-motivated, skilled, and goal-oriented Food Security Associate (FSA) dedicated to coordinating the Food Council’s FSP implementation initiatives. This is a 12-month contract position with the possibility of extension dependent on funding. The position requires a commitment of 37 hours per week with some required evening and weekend meetings. The FSA will report to the Food Council Executive Director.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities for the Food Security Associate position include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Collaborate with partners to:
    • Establish new pathways for providing training, technical expertise and resources on operational best practices to food assistance organizations
    • Support strategic infrastructure investments that enhance existing programs or promote the development of new programs that help reduce systemic food insecurity (for example, transportation resources, storage capacity, licensed kitchen space and/or mobile markets);
  • Develop outreach materials and conduct extensive outreach to increase engagement in food security efforts with a wide variety of community partners, including housing, workforce development, healthcare, and others, and deepen relationships across diverse groups, including, for example, racial and ethnic minorities;
  • Provide administrative support to the Food Recovery and Access Working Group, including meeting location reservations and scheduling, minutes taking, and volunteer engagement;
  • Facilitate increased connectivity among food assistance providers and between providers and recipients so that resources are efficiently and systematically coordinated and shared;
  • Coordinate stakeholder input in the establishment of a standardized client and service dataset and collection/reporting procedures for County food assistance providers. This dataset will establish a baseline for measuring and tracking the progress of the County’s food security resources through the creation of metrics that may be compared and evaluated system-wide;
  • Collaborate with the County Statistician’s Office and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on the creation of FoodStat, a database to track and annually report out food system data, to provide a systemic platform for data collection and evaluation that will enhance the effectiveness of food assistance funding;
  • Coordinate with County DHHS and Department of Transportation to support the creation of a public transportation analysis and develop recommendations to reduce infrastructure barriers and improve food insecure residents’ access to food;
  • Enhance information sharing and networks to increase awareness of available Federal, State, and County food assistance benefits.

Qualifications

Required:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of two years’ relevant experience in a non-profit, agency, or for-profit business
  • Experience in community organizing, coalition building, and multi-stakeholder engagement
  • Enthusiastic and collaborative
  • Excellent and demonstrated written and verbal communications and public presentation skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to plan, prioritize, and execute multiple projects simultaneously
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders (grantors, government, media, etc.)
  • Self-directed and able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work respectfully among individuals with diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • High level of accuracy and an attention to detail

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of food security issues and food assistance programs
  • Experience in the food system, including agriculture, economic development, public health, environmental work, and/or hunger relief
  • Experience working, volunteering, or interning with a small non-profit
  • Experience with volunteer leadership and engagement
  • Previous engagement with a County, State, or Federal level policy or advocacy campaign
  • Familiarity with Montgomery County and the DC metro region
  • Bilingual (Spanish a plus)

Position Details

Home-based within Washington Metro Region with regular travel to meeting and event sites within Montgomery County, MD. The successful candidate will be expected to provide their own computer with Internet and printer, mobile telephone for communication, and transportation. Access to an automobile is recommended but not required. The work hours are flexible with the exception of meetings and events. Pay is at an hourly rate, comparable to other small nonprofits and contingent on experience.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a goal of hiring as soon as possible.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@mocofoodcouncil.org by August 31st  with the subject line “Food Security Associate Application.” The Food Council expects to hold interviews and make a hiring decision by early October 2017, with a start date by late Fall 2017.  No phone calls please.