Community Engagement Coordinators

Grow Food Northampton istrict Published: July 3, 2020
Location
Northampton, MA
Job Type
Full-time
Categories
Farm / Organics / Outreach / Advocacy / Planning / Land Use /

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Description

~ Grow Food Northampton strengthens the local food economy by giving everyone tools to participate in it. We provide access to land and other resources to farmers and community gardeners, bring farmers and customers together at our thriving downtown farmers’ market, and educate over a thousand children each year through a series of farm field trips and in-class cooking workshops. ~

Our commitment to addressing inequity in the food system is woven throughout these programs and is the sole purpose of our Grow Food Shares programs, which offer low-income families many affordable access points to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Our 121-acre farm and office are located in Florence, a village of Northampton, MA.

Position Overview

Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline.

By helping a broader cross-section of people experience the benefits of land, CECs build connections between the environment and people that increase public support for land access, revitalization, and conservation initiatives. Through engaging diverse peoples and collaborating with community partners, CECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.

Responsibilities

  • TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Grow Food Northampton (GFN) has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Community Engagement Coordinator:
  • Build communications capacity for the organization by collaborating with GFN staff to design and roll out a communications and community engagement plan for all program areas
  • Improve long-term impact of GFN’s social media work by collaborating with staff to develop a social media strategic management plan that will engage and grow our online community, identify new social media platforms and possibilities for engagement of new audiences, and outline ideas for daily content
  • Create a media scan for GFN to stay attuned to relevant current events and trending content for ongoing strategic engagement opportunities; transform news and other content into compelling materials for our audience
  • Develop branding and content guide for the production of compelling copy that amplifies GFN’s messaging
  • Develop virtual events to reach new participants and engage our current audience; as pandemic conditions allow, there may be potential for development and implementation of in-person events, as well
  • Conduct research and help to develop guidelines for GFN to center racial justice and equity across all of our work and communication materials

Note: Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs including MS Office and GSuite products
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Extensive experience developing an active social media presence on platforms including, but not limited to, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
  • A commitment to increasing racial equity and justice in the sustainable agriculture and food systems space
  • Experience developing public information materials, marketing materials, and/or press releases

To Apply

  • Please click "Apply" below to email your resume and a cover letter. 
  • For questions about Grow Food Northampton’s service positions, please contact Alisa Klein, Executive Director. 

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