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August 3, 2020We’re hiring a Food Justice Organizer!

Food Justice Organizer
Position Announcement

The national non-profit environmental health and justice network, Coming Clean, is seeking to hire a Food Justice Organizer to join its team.

Coming Clean is a cutting-edge environmental health and justice collaborative with 20 years of experience bringing diverse groups together around common causes to better protect public health. Members of Coming Clean are organizations and technical experts committed to principled collaboration with one another to advance a nontoxic, sustainable, and just world for all. Together, we're demanding immediate action and systemic changes to ensure the safety of communities, farms, food, consumer goods, facilities, and the chemicals we are exposed to everyday. Our work is grounded in grassroots organizing and leadership, and the need to enact solutions that benefit the most impacted and disproportionately impacted communities.

Position Summary

Coming Clean is seeking a Food Justice Organizer to lead collaborative projects, grounded in grassroots priorities and leadership, to improve community health, wealth, self-determination, and food sovereignty by increasing availability of locally and sustainably-grown produce and food products, as part of a just transition away from toxic and unjust products and systems. Our food programs advance our overall mission of reforming the industrial chemical and fossil fuel industries so they are no longer a source of harm, and securing systemic changes that allow a safe chemical and clean energy economy to flourish, while leaving no community behind. This position will coordinate Coming Clean’s Local Food Solutions Project, and serve as staff lead for our new Chemicals, Food, and Climate working group. Primary responsibilities include development and management of work plans, coordination of teams and projects, strategic analysis, and execution of high-quality activities and initiatives. The Organizer will report to, and take direction from, Coming Clean’s Program Director.

The Food Justice Organizer is a full-time, salaried position with benefits.

Food Justice Organizer
Job Description

Primary Role and Responsibility

The Coming Clean Food Justice Organizer’s primary responsibility is to coordinate Coming Clean’s Local Food Solutions Project (with half or more time devoted to this role), and serve as staff lead for Coming Clean’s Chemical, Food, and Climate working group. Primary roles include development and management of work plans, coordination of teams and projects, strategic analysis, and execution of high-quality activities and initiatives. The Organizer will report to, and take direction from, Coming Clean’s Program Director.

General Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Participate fully in Coming Clean’s staff team (including staff meetings and calls, joint planning and work tracking, organization-wide events, intra-staff communications, thinking creatively about how to advance Coming Clean’s mission, etc.).
  • Communicate clearly and reliably as needed via phone, video conference, email, and in person with Coming Clean members, allies, staff, and consultants; pro-actively and constructively raising up challenges and pursuing solutions; and being accountable for achieving task deadlines (or modifying those deadlines with adequate notice if necessary).
  • Exhibit professional, courteous behavior; polite persistence; problem-solving skills for routine tasks as well as in urgent situations; promotion of Coming Clean program goals and principles; furtherance of our strategic partnership with EJHA; and alignment with Coming Clean’s mission, goals and objectives.
  • Ably represent Coming Clean, the Local Food Solutions project, and other food program initiatives at strategic gatherings and in presentations.
  • Understand and adhere to the Coming Clean Principles, the Principles of Environmental Justice, the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing, and the Louisville Charter.
  • Serve as a movement leader and organizer for Coming Clean’s work on food, agriculture, chemicals, environmental and food justice, including monitoring developments in related networks, campaigns, research, etc. and share with teams, staff, and leaders as appropriate to inform strategic analysis and planning, including:
    • Stay up to date on all plans and work in relevant Coming Clean teams, identifying possible connections/synergies between the Farmworker Health and Justice team, Local Food Solutions team, and the Chemicals, Food, and Climate team.

Local Food Solutions Project Organizer

Coming Clean’s Local Food Solutions Project is a multi-stakeholder, collaborative project to improve community health, wealth, self-determination, and food sovereignty by increasing availability of locally and sustainably-grown produce and food products.

Primary activities include:

  • Project coordination;
  • Keeping the project team on track to implement its strategy; meet work plan goals, objectives, and deliverables; and remain effective and successful;
  • Serving as liaison between project partners of varying organizational size and budget, and creatively ensuring participation and leadership from grassroots and/or lower-capacity partners;
  • Preparing, convening, and facilitating regular coordination calls and subgroup calls with project partners;
  • Taking and distributing call notes to partners and Coming Clean/EJHA/CHS leaders that clearly identify action items, commitments/assignments, and timelines, and capturing these in the work plan and calendar;
  • Ensuring follow-through on next-step actions and commitments made by project leaders, participants, and partners by agreed-upon timelines or deadlines, and troubleshooting as needed;
  • Working closely with Coming Clean’s Network Organizer to organize Coming Clean members to support specific project activities as needed, and ensure strong communication and coordination between this team, other teams, and the full network.
  • Undertaking strategy development and implementation and networking activities to expand the project team as necessary to increase the effectiveness and impact of project efforts;
  • Compiling project documents, research data (i.e., product testing data), photos, and other project materials and providing those materials as necessary, for direct outreach to project participants and partners and for other outreach, communication or fundraising needs by Coming Clean staff;
  • Representing the LFS Pilot Project on Coming Clean, CHS, and EJHA calls as needed and to external audiences; and
  • Performing other tasks and duties as directed.

Chemicals, Food/Agriculture, and Climate Team Staff Lead

The Food Justice Organizer will work closely with the Program Director as the staff lead to develop and support Coming Clean’s Chemicals, Food/Agriculture, and Climate team (and collaborative activities that emerge from that team’s discussions and planning), in coordination with one or more member facilitators/coordinators.

  • Work closely with member leader(s)/coordinator(s) to prepare, hold, and follow up on team meetings via conference call (including scheduling, agenda development, reminders, advance documents, etc.).
  • Maintain the team development plan, work plan, and calendar (in collaboration with the Coming Clean Program Director), including tracking long term goals, annual objectives, major activities, member participation, grant commitments, milestones or benchmarks, and timelines.
  • Ensure documentation of meetings and discussions, such as notes that include decisions made, follow up needs, and specific action steps and commitments (including the person responsible for each and the deadline or timeline); and prompt dissemination of notes and other documents.
  • Ensure follow-through on next-step actions and commitments made by project leaders, participants, and partners, by agreed-upon timelines or deadlines.
  • Lead development of, and serve as coordinator/manager of, plans for collaborative activities and projects.
  • Work closely with the Coming Clean Network Organizer to mobilize and engage members and allies to participate in the team and specific activities or projects, and ensure strong communication and coordination between this team, other teams, and the full network.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years experience working directly on food justice, sustainable food, economic justice, and/or environmental health and justice issues as an organizer and/or campaigner
  • Recent experience in project management and/or campaign coordination
  • Success managing multi-stakeholder relationships, and ability to work effectively with individuals and organizations with diverse backgrounds, interests, and priorities
  • Strong personal organization, including experience successfully managing multiple projects or priorities simultaneously, meeting deadlines, and advancing activities in accordance with long-term plans
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills that enable you to tactfully inspire and motivate
  • Skill at both spotting high-level trends and making one-on-one connections
  • Ability to accommodate communication with partners across US time zones, including periodic evening, night, or early morning calls, and travel as needed
  • Necessary expertise and skills include:
    • Leadership skills
    • Alliance building and principled collaboration
    • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse range of people and groups
    • Demonstrated commitment to equity and dismantling racism and white supremacy
    • Demonstrated ability to take on projects that are interlinked with other projects
    • Organizational skills, including experience with project or campaign management
    • Strong facilitation skills and experience facilitating diverse teams
    • Strategic analysis and development of strategies and action plans
    • Problem solving and analytical skills
    • Strong listening skills
    • Proven ability to work both independently and in close coordination with a team
    • Ability to work remotely with minimum daily supervision
    • Strong research and writing skills

Location

Southern California (San Diego - Los Angeles), with a strong preference for candidates in or willing to relocate to San Diego.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full time position.

Salary commensurate with experience. The salary range for this position is $45,000 - $50,000 annually.

Although Coming Clean does not provide health insurance directly, we do reimburse staff for their health care premium costs.

Coming Clean offers generous holiday, sick leave and personal time leave.

Application Process and Timeline

Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply promptly. The application period will remain open until filled. Please submit the following materials by email to jlopez@comingcleaninc.org:

  • Cover letter, telling us briefly who you are and why you are interested in and qualified for this position
  • Resume
  • Three professional employment references (including contact information)

Coming Clean is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to dismantling racism, sexism and other oppressions within our organization and in society as a whole. As such, Coming Clean does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or religion. People of color, women and people of all abilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

 

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