Prince George's County Food Equity Council Program Coordinator
- Job posted by Institute for Public Health Innovation
Details: $20 an hour. The position requires a commitment up to 20 hours a week.
1401 Mercantile Lane, Suite 481
With a focus on the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) builds partnerships across sectors and cultivates innovative solutions to improve health and well-being for all people and communities, particularly those most affected by health inequities. Our work strengthens service systems and public policy; enhances the environments and conditions in which people live, age, work, learn, and play; and builds organizational and community capacity to sustain progress. Formed in 2009, IPHI is the official public health institute serving the region and a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes.
Position Title: Prince George’s County Food Equity Council Program Coordinator
Positions Available: One part-time consultant position (~20 hours week) is available. Continued availability of this position is contingent upon funding.
Program Overview: IPHI is recruiting a contractor to serve as a part-time Program Coordinator to support the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council (FEC). FEC is a local food policy council that helps residents grow, sell, and choose healthy foods. Since 2013, the FEC has been a voice for county residents at the policymaking table. The council members and staff work closely with county leaders to find systematic and sustainable solutions to our county’s public health and economic challenges by advocating for policy that creates a more equitable local food system. FEC believes every resident, regardless of their race, class, or zip code, should be able to easily access healthy, affordable, culturally-appropriate, and locally produced foods.
Over the past five years, the FEC has helped local growers and small food businesses survive and thrive by partnering with key influencers and policymakers to change laws. As a result, local farmers markets now enjoy a more streamlined permitting process, fewer fees and regulations, and extended operating hours. Food trucks are providing new entrepreneurship opportunities for County residents and delicious and diverse fare in areas lacking brick-and-mortar options. Almost three-quarters of all county land was rezoned for urban farming, which means more residents can grow healthy food, engage directly with their food source, and enjoy greener spaces. A more comprehensive list of FEC’s accomplishments is available at www.pgcfec.org.
Job Summary: The Program Coordinator works independently, with guidance, and collaboratively with the Program Director to manage the communications, logistics and weekly administrative needs related to the FEC’s work. The Coordinator will also facilitate strategic planning with the FEC, identifying promising practices, strategies and implementation plans that will enhance food equity in Prince George’s County. The position requires excellent interpersonal, project management, organizational, computer, and writing skills as well as the exercise of extensive discretion, independent judgment, political acumen, and diplomacy.
- 2 years of working experience in the food system, agriculture, economic development, public health, environmental work, social justice, hunger, relief, and/or another relevant field.
- Strong written communication, presentation, and public speaking skills.
- Ability to communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences utilizing anti-racism and cultural humility principles.
- Strong organizational, management, research, and analytical skills.
- Ability to manage and track multiple projects across several programmatic areas.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Familiarity with Prince George's County and the DC Metro area.
- Demonstrated professional and political aptitude.
- Ability to work with other IPHI consultants and staff on program implementation.
- Basic computer maintenance knowlwedge
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and/or Google's GSuite apps
- Experience working with social media, print, and web communications, and mass communication tools such as MailChimp
- Grant writing and fundraising experience.
- Experience facilitating group processes and development.
- Experience in developing and/or influencing policy at a systems and environmental level.
- Excellent relationship building skills and ability to foster and maintain a cross-sectoral team of diverse community and political stakeholders
- Work experience in public health and/or non-profit social justice organizations.
- Experience working with Adobe Acrobat (graphic design software skills a plus) Graphic design experience; proficiency in graphic design software such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Canva, etc.
Education Required: A Bachelor's Degree
Salary and Hiring Benefits: $20 per hour contingent on experience and reimbursement for approved local mileage. The position will require a commitment of 20 hours a week for a minimum of six months, and involve some evening meetings. This contract will last up to one year from start date with a maximum of 960 hours. The work hours and distribution are flexible. This position does not include eligibility for benefits. The Contractor/Coordinator will be expected to provide their own computer with Internet, mobile telephone for communication, and ensure access and availability to transportation.
Job Location: The Contractor/Program Coordinator will be required to telecommute. There is no office assigned to the Coordinator. However, office space will be available at IPHI’s Largo, MD office if needed on a periodic basis for meetings. The position requires face-to-face meetings that may occur during business, evening and weekend hours in Prince George’s County and the metropolitan area.
Travel: Local travel is required for this part-time position. Estimated travel: 30%. Approved travel expenses will be reimbursed.
The Institute for Public Health Innovation values a diverse, respectful, and collaborative work environment. We establish and maintain trustful relationships with all staff, contractors, funders, partners, and communities. We believe that hard work, a focus on quality, and a passion for the public’s health are required to improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. IPHI looks to all staff and contractors to contribute to the effective implementation of programmatic activities.
This is a part-time Consultant position. There are no benefits that accompany the position.
Minimum Education Required