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Friday, January 13, 2017

Petoskey, MI - Groundwork Center Seeks Local Food Coordinator

The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities is seeking a Local Food Coordinator with strong outreach, organizing, and communication skills, who is eager to help support the advancement of the local food & farming economy in northern Michigan, specifically, in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties, as well as the surrounding area. 

The ideal candidate is a flexible, innovative, and engaging individual who is at home in business, community, and governmental settings; understands the economic, social, and policy basics of farm to school and food access programs; and has a strong passion for local food and farming issues, protecting our environment, and building resilient communities.

The Local Food Coordinator will:

  • Work with the local food and farming program director and an advisory committee to identify and advance key local food and farming initiatives in the Northern Farms Foodshed;
  • Support a burgeoning farm to school movement through engagement with local farmers, school administrators, teachers, parents and other stakeholders;
  • Oversee the expansion of the local FoodCorps program, including supporting additional schools in their efforts to source local food for their school lunch programs, integrating farm to school activities with curriculum, and supporting school gardens;
  • Support regional food pantries in their efforts to offer more healthful, local food to all members of our community;
  • And, serve as a community liaison by working collaboratively with other individuals and organizations advancing the local food and farming economy throughout the Northern Farms Foodshed. 

Professional Requirements

Candidates for this position must have a bachelor's degree or higher level of educational attainment. The candidate must demonstrate:

  • Experience with and/or deep knowledge of local food and farming systems, strategies, and economics;
  • Ability to write persuasive opinion pieces, marketing materials, and reports;
  • Organizing skills that motivate, guide, and engage citizens, businesspeople, and officials around local food and farming issues;
  • Capacity to raise donor and grant funds;
  • And, excellent relationship building, outreach, and self-organizing skills. 

Personal Qualifications 

The Local Food Coordinator works closely with a highly qualified team of policy analysts, advocates, and communicators. Among the qualities we seek in successful candidates are a: 

  • Strong commitment to the Groundwork Center's mission and programs; 
  • Thorough understanding of and enthusiasm for local food and farming and resiliency principles; 
  • Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills; 
  • Proven ability to organize multiple projects simultaneously with keen attention to detail, deadlines, and objectives; 
  • Self-directed working approach and initiative; 
  • Spirit of an engaged advocate, rather than a detached analyst; 
  • Strong interpersonal public speaking, communication, and teamwork skills; 
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor; 
  • And, sense of humor and positive outlook. 

Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure 

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary range, depending on experience. The position will be based in Petoskey, MI with moderate amounts of short-term regional travel required. Full-time employees and their families qualify for the Groundwork Center's full health insurance coverage. They also receive retirement benefits, ample vacation, and schedules flexible enough to enjoy the wondrous forests, clean rivers, and the magnificent Great Lakes shoreline that distinguish our region.

Please send a one-page cover letter, resume, and references to meghan(at) with the subject line: Local Food Coordinator by February 1, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Meghan McDermott | Food & Farming Program Director

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