Position Type: Full-time
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 - 5:30 p.m. with some evening or weekend hours required for event support. Daily schedule will vary depending on after school program hours that require attendance for supervision and support.
TFFJ is galvanizing a youth-led movement to end food insecurity in one generation and to break the cycle of diet-related illness that impacts low-income communities, particularly those of color. TFFJ trains youth as 21st-century, school-based hydroponic farmers — growing and distributing large quantities of fresh, affordable produce to their food desert communities — and as nutrition and health educator/advocates who can lead themselves and others towards healthier futures.
TFFJ seeks a passionate individual with an entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, an interest in working with youth, and a desire to join a small, growing organization. Under the direction of the Senior Program Manager, the Advocacy and Community Engagement Coordinator will: manage TFFJ’s after-school Apprenticeship programming related to health, nutrition, food justice and advocacy; oversee the operations of TFFJ’s weekly Fresh Food Box and farm stand distribution program; and coordinate all school and community-related outreach and engagement events. This role will also recruit, train, and manage TFFJ’s CUNY Service Corps interns, AmeriCorps Public Allies, and on-site mentors.
The primary responsibilities of the Advocacy and Community Engagement Coordinator are:
After-school Program (30%)
- Manage after-school programming with teachers and/or mentors at all partner school sites over 13 to 20 weeks, including by:
- Promoting and managing school involvement with the afterschool program via regular communication and relationship-building with multiple administrations within a co-located school campus, each school’s lead teachers, and each school’s key staff
- Scheduling and facilitating regular meetings with schools and key partners to discuss after-school Apprenticeship programming and promote the school’s involvement and investment in it.
- Working alongside TFFJ’s Senior Curriculum Development and Training Coordinator to create and edit curriculum focusing on issues of food justice, health, nutrition, leadership, and advocacy.
- Developing and organizing a youth-led advocacy research project and campaign.
- Leading PD trainings and presentations for teachers, administrators, and staff on food justice and advocacy curriculum content with the support of TFFJ’s Senior Curriculum and Professional Training Coordinator.
Community Outreach (30%)
- Develop, organize, and publicize student-led community outreach events at all sites with students, teachers, mentors, Public Allies in collaboration with school administration, community stakeholders, and funders. Some outreach events include:
- Youth-led advocacy campaign and leadership conferences (with partners as appropriate) for students at all participating TFFJ partner schools.
- One cooking demo and/or farm tour each semester (per site) with the support of Public Allies.
- End-of-year events at all sites, ideally in partnership with existing school-based events.
- Organize and maintain event tracking spreadsheets and lead all community outreach debriefs.
- Maintain TFFJ’s community outreach budget and track all outreach event data, with oversight from the Senior Program Manager.
- Connect and build relationships with community-based organizations and organizing groups in new and current school communities; work with TFFJ’s Senior Program Manager to identify new community engagement opportunities.
- Oversee Public Allies community-based outreach work and provide key trainings and outreach opportunities.
Community Food Distribution (30%)
- Lead and manage the daily operations and finances of TFFJ’s Fresh Food Box and Farm Stand initiative.
- Work with each school site’s Farm Manager/Farmer-Educator, School Food Manager, and partner organizations (WITS, Garden to Cafe) to enhance student and cafeteria staff engagement with TFFJ during school hours.
- Manage all community partner and community outreach spreadsheets; identify new and viable community distribution partners.
Advocacy and Policy Engagement (10%)
- Identify new and viable advocacy and policy opportunities for after-school Apprenticeship students and Fresh Food Box interns.
- Attend stakeholder meetings and support urban farming, food justice, school food, and initiatives under the oversight from the Senior Program Manager and Senior Communications and Development Manager.
- Attend collaborative, internal monthly Advocacy meetings focused on policy and fundraising objectives.
- Bachelor's or Master’s Degree, ideally in education, public health, food studies, nutrition, environmental studies, social services, or community development
- Some relevant management experience, preferably in education, food, or a related field
- Some teaching experience (teaching certificate not required)
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work independently and self-manage around multiple priorities and deadlines
- Ability to work collaboratively and be a team player
- Passion for education, food justice, youth empowerment, and food advocacy
- Must be able to clear a required DOE background check
An ideal candidate will:
- Bring energy and passion to the classroom and community events
- Be able to collaborate with diverse groups and be able to maintain a professional and respectful relationship with students, TFFJ staff, teachers, mentors, funders, and other stakeholders
- Seek ways to collaborate with the TFFJ program at sites with TFFJ staff, teachers, school administration, community partners and funders in order to streamline and improve systems and processes
- Confidently initiate and maintain relationships with students, teachers, mentors, families, and community members at TFFJ school sites