A fiscally sponsored program of TSNE MissionWorks, Real Food Generation (RFG) leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair, and green food system. Our primary campaign is to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane food sources—what we call “real food”—by 2020. The Real Food Challenge also maintains a national network of student food activists—providing opportunities for networking, learning, and leadership development for thousands of emerging leaders.
We’re looking for a dynamic organizer and manager to help build a powerful youth movement for food justice in California. Opportunities to organize for Real Food in California are incredibly ripe and needs your shining heart, brilliant mind, and hard work!
The Coordinator will lead strategic planning for our efforts in California developing new partnerships and funding opportunities; and supporting the leadership of students, particularly those leading food systems change, in the California State University system. The Coordinator will also provide support to national efforts, including technology and communications.
Essential Job Functions
- California Strategy, Partnerships, and Oversight:
- Set and manage goals for the California region, including strategy for the CSU and UC systems, California signatories of the Real Food Campus Commitment, as well as future Real Food Challenge campaigns;
- Build and maintain strategic partnerships with food movement and student movement organizations based in California, including CSSC, Farm Forward, LA Food Policy Council, UFW;
- Develop and manage relationships with key regional food systems leaders, including distributors, fair trade businesses, farmers, and marginalized producer communities;
- Prospect and meet with funders for California work; work with the Development team to set California fundraising strategy;
- Manage the budget for California regional organizing.
- California Organizing:
- Support students to run and institutionalize the Real Food Calculator on their campuses;
- Organize trainings for leaders in California;
- Serve as a resource to students and campus staff in using the CSU Sustainable Food Policy Implementation Manual authored by the CSU Core team;
- Coach and provide resources for students and dining administrators on product shifts;
- Plan and execute trainings, campus visits, and road trips that train and bring our constituencies together for strategic movement building.
- CSU Core Team:
- Support the Core Team in building a system-wide Food Systems Working Group;
- Complete a report on system-wide Real Food Calculator results;
- Support the Core Team in acting on the Sustainable Food Policy CSSA resolution passed May 2017.
- Oversee Secure Technology Systems:
- Develop and maintain technology systems and digital security for the organization, including email, slack, and the website;
- Coordinate with Communications team around the infrastructure needed for communications, fundraising, and digital organizing;
- Work closely with operations team to train staff and volunteers in existing systems and to roll out new ones.
- A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience;
- Knowledge of supply chains in the food industry, including how and where to procure local foods and food products; ability to speak knowledgeably about food distribution;
- 2-4 years community organizing and campaign strategy experience; experience facilitating diverse groups of students and youth;
- Strong writing and public speaking skills, including the ability to speak knowledgeably about food distribution;
- In-depth understanding of college and university power structures and decision-making processes, on-campus student activism, and student group dynamics; experience working with college-based student activists;
- 1-3 years experience with google suites, slack, and tech systems for organizations;
- Supervisory & mentorship experience;
- A commitment to economic justice, anti-racism, student power, and contributing to the real food movement as well as to developing the leadership of others;
- Excellent ability to build strong working relationships, ability to build new relationships through networking;
- Strong self-motivation, a “hunger” for campaign success and an eagerness to be challenged;
- Capable of working in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment;
- Able and willing to work some nights and weekends and travel;
- Ability to drive a car. Must pass a drivers record check and maintain an acceptable driving record.
We strongly encourage online applications. Please include a resume and cover letter.
We do accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/Real Food Generation will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, and veteran or disability status.