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Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems in the USCS Farm Garden - Assistant Farm Garden Manager

An assistant farm garden manager position is now available at the UCSC/CASFS Farm. This is a full-time position working with the farm garden manager to perform tasks and assist in the management of the daily operations of the CASFS Farm Garden and greenhouses, acting independently, as part of a team and leading student audiences. The Assistant Manager will also use their experience as a grower and mentor to support the instruction of apprentices, advanced apprentices and undergraduates, with a focus on building agricultural skills and the capacity of participants to work with others to create more equity in the U.S. and global food systems.

To see more details and to apply, go to the UCSC Employment website, and click on the Staff Employment link. Then click on the Search Postings link (in the upper left-hand bar) and enter the job #1505965. 

Youth Garden Project - Associate Director

The Associate Director of theYouth Garden Project (YGP) will take on management and oversight of the organization's day-to-day financials, special events, site maintenance, and internship program. The Associate Director will report to the Executive Director. this is a key staff position that requires an ability to independently perform assigned duties within broad parameters defined by general organizational policies and accepted practices with limited direct oversight. End results determine effectiveness of job performance. This position requires someone with demonstrated leadership skills, the ability to work collaboratively and independently, and has an enthusiasm for engaging the community in the mission of the Youth Garden Project. 

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The Ecology Center - Farm to Institution Campaign Director

September 2015

The Ecology Center seeks a Farm to Institution Campaign Director to provide leadership and help connect the dots between our unhealthy industrialized food system and a ‘Good Food System’ for Michiganders and beyond. The position is primarily responsible for the success of Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) and its local food purchasing campaign Cultivate Michigan, an effort that was launched in 2014 and is co-led by the Ecology Center and the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to work toward the goal of the Michigan Good Food Charter that institutions source 20% of their food locally by the year 2020. Furthermore, as an organizer for Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), the position will help determine regional specific projects to help move national sustainable food systems campaigns forward in and around the Great Lakes.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Farm to Institution Campaign Director is a full-time position providing support to Ecology Center’s Sustainable Food, Healthy Communities program. It will help to direct the strategies and activities, identify and pursue opportunities to leverage funding, fill education and resource gaps and cultivate leadership within MFIN and Cultivate Michigan while recruiting members and participants and supporting key projects and partners. In addition to essential, ongoing responsibilities of the co-lead role, some ongoing duties of this position will include managing key functions of Cultivate Michigan website and accounts, working with outside developers as necessary; supporting content development for communications; providing maintenance and dissemination of resources, including, but not limited to informational brochures, purchasing guides and promotional materials; and assisting with event coordination, logistics and facilitation. There will be opportunities for special projects related to procurement and supply chain activities, which will be added to the set of responsibilities as determined by the Sustainable Foods, Healthy Communities team.


Applications due October 1, 2015. 


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Senior Program Manager, InFACT, the Ohio State Discovery Theme Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation

InFACT, the Ohio State Discovery Themese Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation seeks a Senior Program Manager to provide both tactical and operational support toward transformational solutions to the challenge of food security.

The world needs resilient and sustainable food systems to assure the health and well-being of a growing population in the face of unprecedented environmental change and constraints. The vision and approach of Ohio State's initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation, InFACT, is to create new physical, social and cultural models of food systems that promote human health while balancing technology, ecological capacities, economics, justice and equity. This requires collaboration and balance across the sciences, engineering, humanities, and the arts and design, as well as a willingness to engage many partners including students, citizens, business and industry, policty makers, and many more, seeking holistic approaches to improved agroecosystem health. 

The initiative seeks a Program Manager who can provide both tactical and operational support to the program’s mission, goals and priorities.  The Project Manager is responsible for project management of significant, initiative-wide programs, typically with large budgets and sizable faculty and staff involvement.  Key focus areas include partnering to meet program commitments, networking event management, proposal development, communications and outreach.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

For more details and to apply, please visit: search for job opening 411940.

For further information on the position, contact:

Casey Hoy, PhD

Faculty Director, InFACT, the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation

Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural

Ecosystems Management

Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center

201 Thorne Hall, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691

330-263-3611 Office / 330-347-7195 Mobile / 330-263-3686 Fax

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Daniel A. Kramer, Ph.D., PMP

Associate Vice President

Office of Research, Industry Liaison Office

19 Bricker Hall, 190 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210

614-247-6371 Office / 614-946-6472 Mobile


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Local Food Specialist AmeriCorps VISTA

POSITION OVERVIEW: Growing Hope is currently recruiting applicants for six VISTA service member positions for 12-month terms of service, to begin November 3, 2015 and to run through November 5, 2016. See below for details, but please note application deadline is Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Growing Hope is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy local food access. All VISTA members will help to strengthen food security, enhance local environments, improve health & nutrition, and provide educational opportunities to community members throughout Washtenaw County— particularly in ways that strengthen access for low-income families— through different roles at Growing Hope and our partners. VISTA members will work to increase organizational capacity by developing program models, partnerships & collaborations, training, and securing financial and human resources.

The goals of this VISTA project include:

-- Maximizing year-round food availability for low-income households

-- Cultivating healthy eaters among low-income youth & adults to increase well-being and reduce risk of chronic disease

-- Training youth & adults as urban farmers, and expand opportunities to serve in this area

-- Developing economically-viable models of urban agriculture

-- Building enduring capacity of these efforts to maximize impact of organizations & projects in urban ag and food security through collaboration and volunteerism;

Documenting success & impact using common metrics Each VISTA member will focus in one of the areas below, although some responsibilities/projects may be shared and adjusted based on the strengths and interests of each member. 

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