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Call for Applications for the 2016 UMSFP Leadership Team

UMSFP is looking for students to serve on the UMSFP 2016 Leadership Team! The Leadership Team is a collaborative group of students that serve to support students in building a sustainable food system at the University of Michigan, and becoming leaders and change agents for a vibrant planet in the process. Elections will take place in January 2016 for 8 Leadership Team members spread among 4 different leadership positions. We especially encourage students who are active in food organizations at UM to apply. As a part of this Leadership Team you will work to improve the quality of food education, strengthen our community, and help in producing food sustainably. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. 

The positions are:

1. Relations Coordinator:

Concentration will be in supporting UMSFP Member Groups and strengthening the entire organization's network with other units like the Graham Institute, the Office of Campus Sustainability and groups operating outside of UM, like Slow Food Huron Valley.

Specific responsibilities include:

-Helping coordinate activities among the UMSFP member groups to ensure their success

-Establishing ties to organization in Ann Arbor, Michigan and around the US

-Coordination of the monthly advisory board meeting

Strong candidates will have:

-Strong facilitation, conflict resolution, and motivation skills

-The ability to identify partners in the community and maintain relationships with them


2. Academic Ambassador:

Focus will be on maintaining existing collaborations with professors and their classes and developing new projects that will provide teaching opportunities for profs, education for students, and the option for community improvements outside the classroom. In addition, Academic Ambassadors hold meetings with the current Academic Advisory Board to both learn more about opportunities for UMSFP member groups, and hear suggestions as to how UMSFP might improve.

Specific responsibilities include:

-Reaching out to professors to discuss possibilities for collaborations with their classes

-Maintaining existing relationships with professors and documenting positive partnerships

Strong candidates will have:

-Be comfortable talking in front of groups about the sustainable food program

-Be organized, punctual, and creative as you begin relationships with new professors


3. Communications Specialist:

Will be primarily responsible for spreading information bout what UMSFP and our member groups are doing as we improve our food system and UM and else where using social media, newsletters, and other media outlets.

Specific responsibilities include:

-Publicizing events by writing weekly UMSFP newsletter, and publishing on Facebook and editing our website

-Keeping updated with the current goings-on of each member group in order to share with the broader sustainable food community

-Responding to general questions by the public and interested students and connecting them to the appropriate parties

Strong candidates will have:

-Ability to keep track of and organize multiple event and communications simultaneously

-Ability to respond promptly and faithfully to multiple emails daily and have strong sense of responsibility

-Excellent written communication skills

-Experience writing for the web and a willingness to learn simple web coding


4. Program Caretaker:

Responsible for maintaining the integrity of the UMSFP, keeping sight of the over arching mission to provide education, build community, and grow food and ensuring that the organization as a whole can meet these goals by seeking funding and documenting successes.

Specific responsibilities include:

-Identifying, and applying for, funding for the program

-Linking activities to the core mission and conveying that message to potential donors

-Ensuring documentation, transparency, and smooth transitioning of leadership

-Planning the majority of UMSFP's largest fundraising event, the Harvest Festival, that takes place in late September (requires significant planning of the summer)

Strong candidates will have:

-Be flexible and able to assist other team members as needed on their specific projects

-Be able to sell this program to potential funders and strategic allies

-Be visionary thinkers


The deadline for the application has been extended to January 22, 2016 and all questions on the form are required! You can fill out the application here.


The Farm at Saint Joe's Luminary Trail

The community event features a 1-mile trail of luminaries, live music and warm food and beverage. Snow shoes and cross country skis will be available or bring your own and explore the grounds of St. Joe’s. Decorate a luminary and see hundreds light the sky at the end of the evening.

Free for children ages 12 and under
$10 for ages 13 and up.

The Real Food Initiative Mass Meeting

Don't forget about the Real Food Initiative's first mass meeting of the semester tomorrow, October 13th at 6pm!


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. 

Click here for more information. 

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