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Youth & Farm Stand Coordinator – Community Food Action

Community Food Action takes a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to food justice in our neighborhood. We embed hands-on food education into local institutions, develop community leadership, and create opportunities to grow, purchase, eat and compost good food. We aim to model community-responsive solutions to inequities in the food system.

Position Outcomes and Sample Tasks

Outcome 1

The 170 Farm Stand is safe for staff and customers, is set up according to high standards and regulations, and operates according to schedule. The Farm Stand meets goals around sales, number of customers, revenue, and outcomes.

Sample Tasks

  • Manage operations from July to November including set up, merchandising, sales, and breakdown – according to schedule
  • Maintain equipment and supplies necessary to operations
  • Accurately complete and maintain paperwork and records, maintain strict oversight of market revenue, and track indicators.
  • Coordinate ordering and pricing of products
  • Coordinate appropriate licensing and registration for the 170 Farm Stand

Outcome 2

170 Farm Stand team is cultivated through meaningful work, learning, and leadership development. The Youth Leaders provide excellent customer service, are responsive to the needs of customers, and create an inclusive, welcoming public space.

Sample Tasks

  • Supervise Youth Leaders, guiding them as they receive on-the-job training in customer service and merchandising and educating them about Farm Stand mission and products
  • Coordinate the recruitment, hiring, and ongoing training of Youth Leaders
  • Utilize positive behavior management techniques through managing timecards, standards charts, and administering straight talk
  • Assist Director with creating and update business plan, manuals, policies, and procedures

Outcome 3

Emerging leaders are engaged in personal and social change through the avenue of food.

Sample Tasks

  • Compile and implement a social justice curriculum that incorporates popular education techniques, political education, and youth leadership.
  • Facilitate Food Justice Fridays with the Youth Leaders
  • Participate in the Youth Food Justice Network
  • Plan and facilitate events, workshops and series, as needed. Coordinate projects with partners.

Outcome 4

Activities are tracked and success is monitored to ensure that projected outputs and outcomes are achieved; adjust accordingly. Assist program in assessing needs, opportunities and threats.

Sample Tasks

  • Salesforce data entry
  • Assist Director with implementing debriefs, surveys, interviews, and focus groups

Outcome 5

Community members and partners are engaged through outreach and communication so that they know our work and how to connect with it. 

Sample Tasks

  • Develop outreach and promotional materials
  • Conduct and update outreach plan and contact lists for youth programs and 170 Farm Stand
  • Train and oversee Youth Leaders in conducting Farm Stand outreach
  • Plan and facilitate presentations, workshops, and tabling
  • Create content for website, e-newsletter, and social media.

Outcome 6

Carry out program and organizational administrative tasks and procedures so that program activities are planned, resourced, and executed according to high standards.

Sample Tasks

  • Contribute to development of program timeline and work plans for own activities
  • Manage expenses and reimbursement 

Education and Experience:

  • Experience working in or engaging with a low-income community-based setting required
  • Minimum 1-3 years’ experience working with high school aged youth in formal settings required; experience being primary staff responsible for youth preferred
  • Experience in community engagement through workshops, presentations, and street outreach is preferred
  • Undergraduate coursework or degree in relevant field a plus

Preferred Competencies include:

  • Knowledge of or enthusiasm about food issues as related to healthy living and restoring food sovereignty to communities strongly preferred; personal experience facing the negative aspects of the food system a plus.
  • Committed to principals of racial, social, and economic justice.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish speaker strongly preferred
  • Understanding, enthusiasm about, and ability to communicate the benefits of seasonal eating for personal health, environmental justice, and society.
  • Knowledge or experience with Popular Education and political education theories a plus
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to work well with a wide variety of individuals, including youth and seniors, especially in a public setting
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational ability required.
  • Experience securely handling large sums of cash or coupons is a plus.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, problem solve and be flexible
  • Solid written communication skills
  • Bronx or Upper Manhattan native or resident preferred
  • Physical Requirements: The position requires working outdoors in all weather conditions, standing and walking for extended periods, and carrying heavy and bulky items
  • Intermediate computer skills including Microsoft Office and web-based applications.

Schedule and How to Apply

This paid position is part-time and fluctuates according to work load. The 170 Farm Stand coincides with the regional growing season (July – November). The Coordinator should expect to work approximately 25 hours/week during the Farm Stand season and 10 hours/week off season. The Farm Stand’s hours of operation are Wednesdays from 2:30 to 6:30pm.

The pay rate for this position starts at $18/hour. The Coordinator is expected to start the week of June 18th at the latest.

Please send a pdf of your cover letter and resume to communityfoodaction@newsettlement.org with the subject line “Youth & Farm Stand Coordinator Application: YOUR LAST NAME”. EEO/AA

For More Info: See https://newsettlement.org/food/

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