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Allen Neighborhood Center - Exchange (Food Hub) Manager

Established in 1999, Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing, MI serves as a hub for capacity building, neighborhood enhancement, and for activities that promote the health, safety, stability, and economic well-being of Eastside residents and other stakeholders.   Signature projects include the Hunter Park GardenHouse, Allen Street Farmers Market, and Allen Market Place, a multi-functional food resource center and food hub.  These programs have emerged from ANC’s inclusive neighborhood forums, designed to address emerging issues, (e.g., food security and food access), and ensure the development of pioneering, resident-driven strategies for community improvement.

We are seeking a full-time Exchange Manager who will:

Provide aggregation and distribution services to increase sales of regionally grown food and food products to commercial and institutional buyers, e.g., restaurants, hospitals, schools, caterers, grocers, buying clubs, etc.

·Manage the online website (, an online marketplace associated with the Exchange.

·Coordinate Veggie Box program (multi-grower CSA) logistics, marketing, sales, etc.

·Manage dry & cold food storage operations.

·Develop newsletters & other marketing materials for buyers and producers.

·Develop, coordinate & promote a robust schedule of educational workshops & events (ex. business planning, food safety, marketing & branding, etc.) taught by educators from partnering organizations.

·Support the development of the local value-added industry by linking growers and food entrepreneurs with the AMP Kitchen to create value-added products, with the option of distribution through the Exchange.

·Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers and interns involved in the Exchange.

·Link growers & food producers to proper licenses and food safety procedures.

·Evaluate and write reports showcasing program effectiveness.

Minimum Qualifications

· A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and as a team player.

·Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail as they manage multiple tasks/projects.

·Experience in managing and creating relationships with multiple partners, patrons, and neighbors.

·Entrepreneurial energy, high level of initiative, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, and teamwork.

·Excellent verbal, written, communication and customer service skills.

·Ability to develop, implement, nurture and evaluate programs.

·Skills in web management and other computer & online programs.

·Passion for strengthening the local food system and for the ANC mission.

·Commitment to Lansing’s Eastside, its residents, stakeholders as well as strategic partners throughout the mid-Michigan region.

·A bachelor’s degree in relevant area of study, or professional experience in relevant area.

·Flexible availability required (some nights and weekends).

·Experience in food programs and Michigan produce seasonality.

·Valid Michigan driver’s license.

·Management experience in business or non-profit organization preferred.


Full-time position (40 hours/week) to begin end of August 2015.

Salary commensurate with experience; benefits available.

Cover Letter & Resume due Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Submit to: Rita O’Brien, Allen Market Place Associate Director

Allen Neighborhood Center

1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912

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Communications Director Staff Position

The Berkeley Food Institute is seeking a Communications Director to develop and execute a comprehensive multidisciplinary communications program. The position is 50% (20 hours per week), with the possibility of converting to a career staff position, funding pending. Application deadline: Friday, July 24, 2015. More information here.

Sustainable Agriculture Inventory Student Assistant

Berkeley Food Institute is seeking an undergraduate student assistant to work on the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Multi-campus Inventory Project, funded by the UC Office of the President’s Global Food Initiative. The student will help gather and catalogue information about sustainable agriculture and food systems work within the UC system. Application deadline: Friday, July 11, 2015, or until filled. More information here.

James and Mary Pinchot Fellow in Sustainability Studies at Yale University

Description: Yale University is accepting applications from emerging scholars and early career faculty for appointment as the James and Mary Pinchot Fellow in Sustainability Studies. The Pinchot Fellow will be expected to assist with the mentoring of PhD, Masters and undergraduate students, as well as teach one seminar course per year in an area of sustainability studies. Otherwise, the Fellow will have the opportunity to pursue independent research. The Fellow will display early promise of excellence in research focused on issues of broad environmental significance using perspectives from the humanities, social sciences or biological/physical sciences. We are especially interested in scholars who demonstrate a commitment to excellence through diversity and who would contribute to the diversification of the field of environmental and sustainability studies.


Length of Fellowship: The appointment is available for up to three years. It will be held in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, but the Fellow will have opportunities to interact with faculty, students, and leadership across the University. Interest in collaborating with other faculty in a strongly interdisciplinary School, as well as with faculty working in cognate departments within Yale College, would be advantageous.


Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in a related field and will show evidence of exceptional ability in both research and teaching. Personal experience of communities that are underrepresented in the academy, and the capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds, would be an asset.


Application Instructions:Please upload: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vita, 3) statement of research, 4) statement of teaching interests, and 5) names and contact information of four references via Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2015 and continue until the Fellowship is awarded. 


Prior to applying, candidates should explore the School’s website ( and consider how their expertise can complement existing strengths within the School and more broadly at Yale.  


For more information about the position, contact Assistant Dean Angela Kuhne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Volunteer Surveyor of Healthy Food Access in Metro Detroit

Looking for a volunteer surveyor to join a team interested in access to food, healthy environments, and public health to help map nutritional food access in Metro Detroit's grocery stores.

HELP survey healthy food access in Metro Detroit this summer!

The goal of this project is to create a comprehensive map of Metro Detroit (10 counties!) food stores with accurate measures of the quality and availability of fresh foods or healthy food options as defined by the NEMS survey in order to create a base of knowledge to improve the regional food system. 


·NEMS certified

·Can commit 10-15 hours a week (or whatever amount, contact us!)

·Passionate about food systems and access to healthy foods

·Learn more. . .

Questions? Contact Alex B. Hill This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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