This Specialist-Outreach position will help deliver education programs and provide communications support for the Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) and the Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS).
Provide programmatic assistance to a variety of CRFS food system project areas, including, but not limited to farm to institution, food value chain technical assistance, healthy food access and financing, racial equity in the food system, farm to early childhood education and local and statewide food and health networks\;
Assist with or lead coordination and delivery of other CRFS educational seminars, workshops and webinars\;
Coordinate CSUS and CRFS e-newsletters and related outreach content\;
Create and post content for the CSUS website, as well as CRFS website and social media accounts\;
Co-Author selected CRFS and CSUS publication resources\;
Manage professional service contracts with consultants and other service providers for existing food system grants\;
Provide support to CRFS projects associated with advancement of the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter Initiative\;
Engage with relevant networks led by CRFS, CSUS and/or partners and appropriate professional organizations\;
Document and share project work and accomplishments\; maintain regular internal and external communication about project activities\; write grant reports\; develop and report on an annual plan of work\;
Actively participate in CRFS staff and strategic meetings and stay current on CRFS projects, activities, resources and publications as relevant to this work\;
High level of organization and ability to manage small contracts and budgets\;
Represent projects and initiatives of CRFS and CSUS in a professional manner in all forms of outreach and communication\;
Help to foster, facilitate and maintain the CRFS and CSUS cultures of anti-racism, trust, support and accountability
A bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Communications or related field.
Experience creating web-based outreach communications related to sustainability and food systems, particularly through websites and social media. \; \;
At least 6 months experience working in a local or regional food systems role. \; \;
Strong written and verbal communications skills and experience using a broad range of communications tactics. \;
Ability to effectively engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholder groups (in Michigan and nationally) such as food and farm businesses, state agencies, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. \;
High degree of knowledge of and comfort with using technology in completing job requirements including Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Constant Contact, web-based search and information systems, electronic survey software and phone/web conferencing systems. \;
Demonstrated project leadership, resourcefulness, self-motivation and ability to problem-solve and think critically. \;
Ability to self-direct and balance multiple simultaneous projects and to easily shift between working independently and as part of a team.
Experience in an academic setting and experience with dotCMS highly preferred.
Required Application Materials
Applicants should include\:
Cover letter that addresses the applicant's interest in the position and how the applicant meets the qualifications specified above
Names/contact information of 3 references
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