The Food Trust is a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that everyone has “access” to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. Headquartered in Philadelphia, The Food Trust works with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers, and policymakers across the country to develop a comprehensive approach to improved food access that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food. More information about The Food Trust is available at www.thefoodtrust.org.
The Food Trust is seeking a full-time Project Associate based in or near Philadelphia to support implementation of our nutrition incentive programs, Food Bucks and Food Bucks Rx. This regional program provides coupons for fresh fruit and vegetable purchases in supermarkets, corner stores, farmers markets and healthcare settings. As part of this effort, the Project Associate will support programming across the region (Pennsylvania and South Jersey), working closely with The Food Trust’s nutrition incentives team, as well as community partners, business owners, and farmers markets. The Project Associate will spend time both in the office working on program administration and data analysis, and in the field conducting programming and community outreach.
• Support all programming, administrative and operational functions of the Food Bucks program.
• Collect Food Bucks and reports from partners. Enter data to track redemption information using database software and coordinate reimbursement for vendors.
• Provide technical assistance to nutrition education partners on the implementation of incentive programs in conjunction with SNAP-Ed/nutrition education programming.
• Support storeowners and market managers in the promotion of fruits and vegetables, including but not limited to coordinating store tours, and creating and distributing outreach and marketing materials.
• Act as a program ambassador in meetings throughout the region and support public relations activities.
• Facilitate partner relationships and visit sites regularly.
• Track objectives and milestones in coordination with internal and external evaluation efforts.
• Take notes, facilitate scheduling, and prepare minutes for calls and team meetings.
• Assist with other Nutrition Incentives projects as needed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Understanding of The Food Trust's mission, goals, and objectives and ability to work independently with a high level of energy and contribute as part of a larger team.
• Possess cultural competencies for diverse groups
• Ability to organize tasks and follow-up in an efficient manner with strong attention to detail in a fast- paced environment.
• Knowledge of the concepts with cultural competencies and utilizes this information for the enhancement of programming, and ability to communicate and foster relationships with a diverse group of individuals.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills.
• Possesses strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by compassionate, courteous, cordial, cooperative, and professional interaction with diverse groups of co-workers, external partners and community members
• Adheres to all The Food Trust and departmental policies and procedures.
• Attends all The Food Trust in-services as required.
• Flexibility to work varying hours (including early mornings, evening hours, and occasional weekend events), not to exceed a 40-hour work week.
• Spanish speaker strongly preferred.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will frequently stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or equipment; reach with hands and arms; balance; talk or hear. The employee will occasionally climb stairs; stoop; kneel; crouch or crawl; taste or smell.
2. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
3. Operate related office equipment and use necessary tools.
4. Specific vision abilities required by the job include frequent reading and close vision; distance vision; color vision; peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
2. Work is primarily conducted within community sites that will require travel on a regular basis.
3. Programming will occur outside and may be required to work in heat, wind, rain and other weather conditions.
4. Position may require occasional trips to attend conferences seminars, and meetings.
5. May require working non-traditional hours based on operational needs.
This position will be mostly virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, though the position would entail limited in-person interactions with program partners, including dropping off Food Bucks and outreach materials.
EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION AND LICENSURE
Minimum Experience: 1 year of related work experience. Experience in a non-profit setting and/or familiarity with the SNAP/food stamp program and other social services is preferred, along with strong interest in racial and food justice, health equity, sustainable food systems, and community engagement. Valid driver’s license or access to reliable transportation is required since the position involves frequent travel (work-related travel expenses are reimbursable). This position requires the ability to organize tasks in an efficient manner and follow-up and follow-through with strong attention to detail in a fast-paced environment, as well as fluent use of digital communication platforms, the Microsoft Office suite and a general confidence with technology and online communications. teaching/working with adults. Spanish speaker strongly preferred.
Minimum Education: High school diploma required; bachelor’s degree and/or related work experience focused on food access, public health, community development, or food retail preferred.
SALARY/PAY RATE: The Food Trust offers competitive pay, a comprehensive benefit program, and a supportive, mission-driven work environment where you can grow and learn both professionally and personally and be part of a great team.
EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Full-time, non-exempt. One-year grant-funded position with possibility to extend.
JOB OPEN DATE: Immediately
To apply: Email your résumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference “Food Bucks Associate” in the subject line.
The Food Trust adheres to the policy of providing equal employment opportunities to all job applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation.
The Food Trust is a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that everyone has “access” to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. Headquartered in Philadelphia, The Food Trust works with…