Food System Capacity Coordinator

Catholic Charities’ Food For All (built out of the Vinegar Flats Community Farm), is hiring a new full-time, full-benefits position!

The position, the Food Systems Capacity Coordinator, will take a strong leadership role in facilitating our support of farmers markets as they work to enhance their performance as an affordable, healthy food resource. Much of this work – in particular our leadership in the Farmers Market Access Partnership and administering Fresh Bucks, the SNAP-incentive program – has been recognized for its innovation and role in moving our food system forward economically and socially.

The position’s expectations will be rigorous, and full of opportunity and challenge. We are looking for an innovative thinker who has experience and capacity in partnership-building and program management. We want a leader who can think outside of the box while staying focused on getting clear, sustainable results.

Our team works fast and hard, and is highly supportive while also encouraging autonomy and initiative. The pay is modest (in the ballpark of $30k a year), but has potential for an increased salary starting in 2015. In the meantime, the benefits (full medical, dental, employer contributions to retirement) are solid.

The electronic application (plus resume & cover letter) can be submitted here:

Job Duties/Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the essential duties/responsibilities listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties/responsibilities of this job.
1. Work with markets to offer enhanced food benefit programming, including SNAP, FMNP and Fresh Bucks. The coordinator will be responsible for helping markets administer these programs and track and assess the growth and impact of market sales and food access for all partner markets.
2. Coordinate the distribution of Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers in Spokane County. This will include working with DSHS and other community organizations to facilitate the promotion for and distribution of vouchers, and tracking of client participation and program outcomes.
3. Develop and implement vendor recruitment model for low-income area markets, including pilots of a vendor sales improvement training and a wholesale purchasing incentive initiative.
4. Coordinate with markets and social service agencies to implement a county-wide market promotion strategy as part of the Farmers Market Access Partnership (FMAP).
5. Participate in meetings & activities with FMAP partners state-wide to identify best-practices and resources available for partner markets.
6. Develop and implement family-outreach activities model for markets in low-income neighborhoods. Work with Liberty Park Child Development Center and the South Perry FM in 2014 in this work.
7. Assist in ensuring that the program is in compliance with all applicable contractual, licensing, staffing and safety mandates.
8. Report regularly to program coordinator on activities, outcomes and challenges.
9. Adhere to the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Doctrine.
10. Perform as a team member to assure that productivity outcome measures are achieved.
11. Perform related functions necessary to support the mission and core values of Catholic Charities.

Job Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must meet the minimum qualifications listed below. These qualifications are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to perform this job.

Education/Experience: to perform this job successfully, an individual must have a Bachelor of Arts degree. Experience in project management and inter-organizational collaboration essential. Experience in agricultural systems and food insecurity preferred. Experience working with diverse populations preferred.
Certificates/Licenses: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have a valid Driver’s License. Successfully pass background check applicable to position.
Physical Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to:
• Regularly stand, walk, sit, hear/listen, talk
• Occasionally lift up to 40 pounds, pull/push, carry, grasp, reach, stoop, kneel
• Regularly work extended ours on a computer
• Clearly see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses, ability to focus Mental & Other Skills/Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the:
• Adaptability: ability to adapt to changes, delays or unexpected events in the work environment; ability to manage competing demands and prioritize tasks; ability to change approach or method to best fit the situation.
• Analytical Ability: ability to maintain focus for extended periods of time; ability to complete research projects with resourcefulness and persistence; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information; ability to use intuition and experience to complement existing data.
• Attendance: ability to consistently arrive and be able to work as scheduled.
• Computer/Technical Ability: working knowledge of: Word Processing software, Spreadsheet software, Internet software.
• Dependability: ability to follow instructions, both in written and verbal format; ability to respond to management direction; ability to complete tasks on time or notify the appropriate person with an alternate plan when necessary.
• Interpersonal Skills: ability to maintain satisfactory relationships with others, excellent customer service skills and a good overall understanding of appropriate human relations. Awareness of and sensitivity to the service population’s culture and socioeconomic characteristics.
• Judgment: ability to make prudent and timely decisions; ability to exhibit sound and accurate judgment; ability to explain reasoning for decisions.
• Language Ability: ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
• Mathematical Ability: ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
• Motor Coordination: the ability to coordinate eyes, hands, fingers, and feet accurately and handle precise movements.
• Problem Solving Ability: ability to identify and/or prevent problems before they occur; ability to formulate alternative solutions to problems when necessary; ability to transfer learning from past experiences to new experiences of similar nature.
• Quality Management: ability to complete duties, on time and with absolute precision, at least 95% of the time; ability to edit the accuracy and thoroughness of one’s work as well as the work of others; ability to constructively apply feedback to improve performance, ability to generate ideas to improve
and promote quality in work.
• Reasoning Ability: ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
• Supervisory Skills: ability to carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Company’s policies and applicable laws. Applicable supervisory responsibilities include: interviewing, hiring, training, and coaching employees, planning, assigning and directing work, reviewing performance,
appraising/disciplining employees when necessary, addressing complaints and questions and resolving problems.

Workplace Environmental Conditions

While performing the essential duties/responsibilities of this job, the employee will be:
• Noise Conditions: exposed during a shift to constant or intermittent sounds at moderate to loud levels of sound dependent upon the activities of the Shelter.
• Heat: subject to high temperatures
• Cold: exposed to low temperatures
• Atmospheric Exposures: exposed to dusts, fumes, vapors, or mists.
• Client Population may include persons involved in gangs, with substance abuse concerns, homelessness and/or tendencies towards violent behavior.

Job Title: Food System Capacity
Coordinator Reports To: Program Coordinator
Department: Food For All (Parish Social Ministry)
Supervises: n/a
FLSA Status: Exempt Dates Reviewed: May 2014

The electronic application (plus resume & cover letter) can be submitted here: