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Community Food Strategies Program Associate


Time-Limited Appointment Length   1 yr. funding with possible extension depending on funds
Anticipated Hiring Range   Commensurate with Experience ($41,000 - $45,000)
Work Schedule   Monday - Friday / 8am - 5pm (some evening and weekend work required)
Description of Initiative  

The Community Food Strategies Initiative is an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) that builds alignment across new, emerging and existing food systems initiatives, weaving together local activities into a statewide plan that reflects local priorities.


Essential Job Duties  

The primary purpose of this position is to provide oversight and support of the development of a new statewide Farm-to-Fork Action Plan as part of the Community Food Strategies Initiative (CFS) that is a continuation of the work led by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in 2010. The individual in this position will assist the Program Coordinator in planning, designing, conducting, and evaluating various elements of the F2F2 Project and associated programmatic operations. Other duties include relationship development and cultivation of statewide partnerships and in local community engagement activities. This individual will support ongoing community-based local food systems work of CEFS by contributing to the work of the Community Food Strategies team that is working to complete the Farm-to-Fork Action Plan Project and supporting food council development across North Carolina. Responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the communication plans (internal and external) of CFS team.
  • Managing stakeholder relationships.
  • Working with the Program Coordinator to identify and develop relationships with funding agencies and work with project management team to secure fundraising opportunities for future program support efforts.
  • Capturing and sharing the narrative of this project via the web and periodic publications or reports.
  • Participating in data collection, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Working with the Program Coordinator to plan and coordinate two annual gatherings of food councils in NC.
Other Work/Responsibilities  

This position will also support ongoing community-based local food systems work of CEFS.

Minimum Experience/Education  

Bachelor’s degree; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Departmental Required Skills  

Success applicant must have excellent organizational, interpersonal, computer, project management, presentation, and writing skills are required. The applicant must be capable of doing all the described activities independently. Applicant must be knowledgeable of food systems generally, and ideally of North Carolina food systems in particular.

Qualified candidates will possess and have demonstrated the following skills and abilities:

  • Superior communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Ability to interact with a varied and diverse set of community stakeholders.
  • Public speaking and/or facilitation skills.
  • Event planning and coordinating.
  • Experience with WordPress.
  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Willingness and ability to travel periodically around NC to attend and lead stakeholder meetings.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education  
  • The ideal applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree with at least 3 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience in project management, communications, and relationship management in a food systems setting, agriculture, or food policy related environment.
  • Experience with food councils, personal or professional, is preferred.
Required License or Certification  
  • Valid NC driver’s license.
To Apply  

Apply online, here. You will be prompted to upload a Cover Letter, Resume, and Contact Information for References


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. 
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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