Western Mass Regenerative Food System Coordinator

Job Opening – November 2020

Application deadline: December 7, 2020

Start date: January 1, 2021

Part-time, 20 hours/week 

Temporary position running for 6 months from January through July 2021

Remote, but must live in Western Massachusetts

Opportunity: 

NOFA/Mass is hiring a 6-month position for a new staff person to coordinate next steps to launch the Western Mass Regenerative Food System (RFS). RFS is an initiative to create and connect food hubs including in Western Massachusetts and eventually across the Northeast. The aim of reaching 30% regeneratively grown/consumed food by 2030 will be through supporting/boosting infrastructure, financing, distribution, and storage as well as farmer training and public education.  

The RFS Coordinator reports directly to the NOFA/Mass Food Access & Equity Director. 

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate project (setting meeting dates, drafting agendas, facilitating meetings)
  • Segment objectives into working group sub committees
  • Conduct research on existing projects/players and their needs
  • Curate existing wisdom into a coherent plan
  • Survey existing organizations
  • Facilitate listening sessions with farmers, food activists, community members, thought leaders, allies
  • Identify gaps in existing systems
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration
  • Develop regenerative training opportunities for farmers
  • Assign participants into relevant working group subcommittees
  • Develop materials (website, etc.)  
  • Communicate periodically with Southern Vermont Regenerative Food System  
  • Help move from conversation into tangible next steps

Candidate Qualifications: 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Experience facilitating meetings and conversations
  • Understanding of indigenous roots of regenerative systems 
  • Understanding of network structures
  • Collaborative spirit and commitment to democratic practices
  • Passion for food systems with a regenerative focus
  • Commitment to dismantling racism and other injustices in the food system through training and practices
  • Timely and organized work habits with a high level of personal responsibility 

 

Other position information: 

  • Hours very flexible with some organizational meeting attendance required 
  • Ability to travel occasionally around Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties required
  • This job can generally be accomplished from home 
  • Employee must attend NOFA/Mass staff meetings while on staff
  • Employee must submit weekly staff reports, participate in peer reviews, and maintain monthly timesheets.  

Compensation: $18-$22/hour dependent on experience.  No health insurance available at this time. Monthly stipend for internet & phone.  

About NOFA/Mass: NOFA/Mass is the Massachusetts state chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass is a non-profit organization with 1100 members, focusing on education and advocacy around organic agriculture in Massachusetts. Our members include farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, consumers, land care professionals, and food activists. 

 

Our Mission: 

Through education and advocacy NOFA/Mass promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet. 

Our Vision: 

NOFA/Mass envisions a commonwealth of people working together to create healthy landscapes that feed our communities and restore our environment. 

How to apply: 

Send resume, cover letter and three references to Jocelyn Langer: jocelyn@nofamass.org by December 7, 2020. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Please put “RFS Coordinator” in the subject line. 

 

NOFA/Mass encourages candidates from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to apply. 

NOFA/Mass is an equal opportunity employer who does do not discriminate in employment and contracting practices based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability.