Los Angeles

Opportunity with the California Food and Justice Coalition

Our colleagues at the California Food and Justice Coalition have asked us to share the following opportunity with members and friends of Slow Food Los Angeles:

The California Food and Justice Coalition is a statewide membership coalition of 150 state and community-based organizations that work together to create a socially just and sustainable food system through advocacy, organizing and education. We promote the basic human right to healthy food while advancing social, agricultural, environmental and economic justice and collaborate with community-based efforts to create a sustainable food supply for the residents of California. CFJC is currently a project of the Community Food Security Coalition.

In its first few years CFJC published the Weaving the Food Web guidebook, developed a policy platform to address food system issues in California, carried out an advocacy campaign to promote farm to school programs that included sponsoring state legislation, hosted a statewide conference and a series of community workshops for food system activists and organizers, and built a strong network of food system activists to work together to promote a just and sustainable food system. In the fall of 2006 CFJC adopted a three year strategic plan that includes continued advocacy for state and federal policy that strengthens local food systems and end food systems injustices with a focus on the Federal Farm Bill in 2007, and developing a mentorship and training program to support people of color and grassroots organizations in organizing local food projects in their communities.
We are currently hiring for a part-time organizer position that we hope will grow into a full time position within the next six months.

The organizer will work with the CFJC program director to carry out the work of the coalition. They will work closely with the CFSC executive director and the CFJC steering committee. The organizer will be responsible for:
++ Coordinating the CFJC steering committee
++ Coordinating CFJC outreach and organizing efforts
++ Managing communication with statewide members and partners
++ Working with program director to implement CFJC strategic plan
++ Working program director and partners to organize events, conferences and trainings as outlined in the strategic plan
++ Work with program director to coordinate advocacy campaigns and organizing efforts on public policy issues as outlined in the strategic plan
++ Coordinate new training and technical assistance program as outlined in strategic plan
++ Provide support for fundraising, grant writing and reporting activities

++ At least three years program management or organizer experience
++ Experience planning participatory educational events
++ Experience coordinating policy campaigns or doing political organizing
++ Possess a combination of experiences in program development, outreach, community organizing, and public speaking.   
++ Excellent writing, organizing, communication, and inter-personal skills
++ Substantive knowledge of community food security, local food systems, urban agriculture, sustainable agriculture, family farm, or anti-hunger fields in California
++ Detail oriented and well organized
++ Able to complete multiple projects on deadline
++ Self motivated, hard working, and dependable
++ Able to work with diverse constituents
++ Able to work some weekends and evenings and to travel to conferences and workshops around the country as needed
++ Excellent computer skills, including Excel, Word, Filemaker Pro for Mac
++ Successful fundraising and grant writing experience
++ Fluent in Spanish a plus

Location: The organizer will work from the CFSC office in Los Angeles.

Compensation: Half-time position with the possibility of becoming full-time. Pay range is $35,000-$42,000 for full time position. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, vacation, sick-leave, major holidays, flexible spending account, and retirement plan. Salary and benefits will be pro-rated depending on total hours.  

The Community Food Security Coalition is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for receipt of applications: March 23, 2007. Position open until filled.

Cover letter, resume and references can be submitted by mail, email or fax:
California Food and Justice Coalition (c/o CFSC)
PO Box 209
Venice, CA 90294
Fax: 310-822-1440