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Mississippi Farm to School Network

Programs Coordinator: Farm to Early Childcare Education Specialist

About the Mississippi Farm to School Network (MSF2SN):

The Mississippi Farm to School Network works to connect farmers with schools in order to bring Mississippi products to school cafeterias. We seek to strengthen the local agricultural economy and educate Mississippians on the importance of eating locally-grown, nutritionally-dense foods. By gathering a diverse community of farm to school advocates, the network strives to reach all students and their families. As the Mississippi Core Partner for the National Farm to School Network, The Mississippi Farm to School Network supports farm to school and farm to early care and education efforts in Mississippi while serving as a liaison for information, resources, needs and opportunities from our state with the National Farm to School Network.

The Mississippi Farm to School Network is a Seed Change project of the National Farm to School Network and fiscally sponsored by the Earth Island Institute

Position Description:

We’re growing our team! Seeking a motivated programs coordinator to help us increase our offerings to early childcare programs in Mississippi. We’re looking for someone dedicated to good food for all and the principles of farm to school – local procurement, school gardens, and community connection. We’re looking for someone who understands the importance and value of local food and has demonstrated work experience in the world of early childcare.

The Programs Coordinator will organize trainings and events, from choosing dates and locations to budgeting and evaluating. The Mississippi Farm to School Network hosts three annual events that the Programs Coordinator will help produce: the Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference, the Mississippi Farm to School Week Challenge, and the inaugural Mississippi Farm to School Summer Institute.

The person filling this position will be organized, able to create and stick to their own schedule in their own space. They must be willing to step into unknown situations and represent the network well. The right candidate is passionate about improving our Mississippi food system. The Programs Coordinator will serve as our representation in Jackson and must be willing to travel about 20% of the time. The position is work-from-home and candidates must have a working computer and a car.

Responsibilities:

-       Programming: event planning including promotion, budgeting, and coordination of evaluation

-       Research and report on early childcare centers in MS and opportunities for implementation of farm to ece practices

-       Site visits to early childcare programs, schools, and farms, provide technical assistance

-       Represent MSF2SN at industry conferences and meetings

-       Build relationships with partners including state agencies and lawmakers

-       Resource development: writing, editing, and publishing

-       Participation in Development work of the organization

Qualifications:

-       Background in early childhood development and experience with early childcare in Mississippi

-       Non-profit programming experience

-       Position is work from home, but candidates must live in Jackson, MS or be willing to relocate

-       Familiarity and comfort with remote meeting facilitation

-       Must have an adequate computer and car with a clean driving record

-       Must be proficient at Word, Excel, and Google products (Gmail and shared documents)

-       Must be able to pass a background check, job includes occasionally working with children/youth

Details:

MSF2SN is fiscally sponsored by the Earth Island Institute and this employee will be an employee of MSF2SN via Earth Island Institute. Learn more about fiscal sponsorship here.

Based in Jackson, MS – work remotely – desired start date February 1, 2019. Will report to the Co-Director. Full-time, work from home, $38-$42,000 salaried position (based on experience), with ~20% travel. Full and comprehensive benefits package offered by MSF2SN via our fiscal sponsor Earth Island Institute. This position is grant funded, and while our hopes are to continue past the three-year grant, the position is contingent on securing additional funds.

Earth Island and Mississippi Farm to School Network do not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy, breastfeeding, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other basis protected by state or federal laws, local law, or ordinance.

Apply by Friday, January 25th: Email a Cover Letter and Resume with the Subject Line: “Programs Coordinator” to mississippifarmtoschool@gmail.com


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