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Local Food Procurement Coordinator
Food Roots Background
Founded in 2006, Food Roots works to grow a robust and equitable food system on the north Oregon coast through community engagement, education, farmer and food entrepreneur support, and improving access to local food. In the Spring of 2018, Food Roots launched its FarmTable retail storefront in downtown Tillamook and by March of 2020, was supporting 30 local food producers with access to customers through this outlet. By July of 2020, as a direct result of the pandemic, Food Roots launched its online ordering platform and increased its vendors to nearly 50 local producers. By the end of 2020, sales of local food products had tripled at FarmTable over those of 2019. Demand for North Coast food products has grown steadily in our region, as has a regional food systems partnership of more than a half dozen entities to support local producers in scaling up their businesses to meet this demand, determine necessary infrastructure and launch innovative collaborations. This position will serve Food Roots and our regional partnerships with focused procurement efforts to support buyers and sellers of north coast grown, fished, and produced food.
Food Roots Local Food Procurement Coordinator will work closely with the Regional Food System Partnership Team including North Coast Food Web’s team in Clatsop County and a similar position at their organization (or ideally, this person may be selected by both organizations to fulfill both county/organization’s positions -- please consider applying to both positions and note this in your applications). The ideal candidate will be experienced in navigating local food systems; understand the inherent challenges of these systems; have a background in sales, marketing and/or food hubs. This is a collaborative regional project and requires flexibility and patience, and for the candidate to be able to multitask a number of high priority tasks at any given time. This position will require remote and virtual work meetings; some evenings and weekend days when project requires it. Some work travel is required and it is recommended that employees have their own personal vehicles. A full job description can be found here.
Start Date: January, 2021
Hours: .5 FTE, or 20 hours/week
Employment Duration: This is a regular, part-time position, year-round and subject to regular reviews
Compensation: This is a non-exempt position and starts at $20/hour.
Benefits: Food Roots provides nine paid holidays, as well as paid time off by accrual basis, equivalent to 24 days combined paid time off and sick leave annually; the number of days off is adjusted based on the employees FTE (full time equivalent). Company-paid health and vision insurance benefits are provided after the first 30 days of employment.
Skills and Qualifications
A demonstrable commitment to Food Roots’ mission and values.
A minimum of three years in leadership positions supporting food producers, food marketplaces, sales, marketing, or similar work. Background working in food production, processing, aggregation, and distribution a plus.
Success in developing and managing meaningful person-to-person relationships; exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Should demonstrate strong written communication skills; will be asked to provide writing samples.
Technology fluency - proficiency with spreadsheets, databases, data analysis, and Google suite, especially Drive, Docs, Calendar, Forms, and Sheets. Willing to seek out and self-teach technological details outside of own experience if needed; ability to learn and navigate our Local Food Marketplace software system.
Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with team members.
Demonstrated experience increasing visibility of a program or project with specific outcomes; experience utilizing outreach/marketing tools such as social media, blogs and newsletters, and/or willingness to learn quickly.
Experienced with basic accounting, record keeping; well organized with outstanding attention to detail.
Experience in sales, marketing and engaging with buyers.
Excellent math skills to figure percentage, residuals, margins of large scale sales efforts and proposals.
Bonus skills may include: Spanish language ability (highly desirable), food production or entrepreneurial experience.
Demonstrated ability to effectively engage and support small food production businesses.
Experience in or ability to learn inventory management systems.
Ability to manage multiple projects at once; handles interruptions with ease, maintains focus on tasks and produces accurate work; excellent initiative and follow-through.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Food Roots provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics, and prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Food Roots is committed to understanding its organizational role in/and contributing to ending disparity, injustice, and racism in the food system.
Black, Indigenous, People of color and those from other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Food Roots will review applications as they are received. All applications are due by Friday, January 15th at 5 PM. We will reach out for a virtual meeting interview. Please submit the following material electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please combine all materials into one, single document (PDF preferred) prior to submission. Your strong attention to detail will be screened starting with your application materials as requested.
A resume (limited to two pages) summarizing your professional experience as it relates to the "duties" in the job description.
A cover letter (limited to one page) clearly outlining the specific skills and knowledge you bring to the job and why you are a good fit for this position.
If you are selected for an interview, we will request:
A writing sample that represents your capacity to fill this position.
Three professional references
Application period closes on January 15, 2020. Don’t wait, apply ASAP!
Check out North Coast Food Web’s position opening at www.northcoastfoodweb.org