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REV’s Searching for Three Urban Food Fellows: Now Accepting Applications

 

Urban Food Fellow Job Description — Help us connect corner stores in low-income communities with fresh, local produce! We’re looking for (3) local food advocates to help expand our local food distribution system and Farm to Corner Store Program. 

 

What you’ll gain: After a year of service as an Urban Food Fellow, you will have a new respect for who grows your food and how it gets to your table. You will have eaten tons of locally grown veggies.  You will have met hundreds of Birmingham’s most influential and innovative thought leaders. You will have made a significant contribution to the Birmingham community. You will have had lots of fun doing it. Most importantly, you will be prepared for a career in food advocacy.

One-year fellowship begins Mid-May 2014

 

Who we are:

As a non-profit 501c3, REV Birmingham is making Birmingham, AL a vibrant place to live, work and play. Community revitalization, business assistance and urban food initiatives are the core of what we do. We’re driven to preserve historical buildings, revive commercial districts, grow small businesses, and promote local food.  Our Urban Food Project aims to more equitably meet the demand for local, fresh produce among restaurants and low-income communities alike. We’re looking for (3) local food advocates to join the Urban Food Project team, expanding our local food distribution system and Farm-to-Corner Store program. 

 

What we’re looking for:

Fellowships require development and implementation of global systems, processes and logistics with consideration to ground level community needs. Candidates for all 3 positions should be goal-oriented, possess strong relationship development skills and be able to work independently. The success of all three positions will be best supported by a foundational knowledge – or at the very least a strong interest in – local food systems.

 

Produce Buyer must possess strong relationship management and organizational skills, an attention to detail to ensure accuracy, financial acumen, and an entrepreneurial spirit. A degree in business, marketing or sales experience is ideal. Agricultural and/or restaurant experience is a plus. The Produce Buyer will:

  • strengthen the supply network and distribution system
  • build relationships with producers
  • recruit restaurants and retailer clients
  • create wholesale purchasing and resale systems maintain product availability records
  • develop and manage an invoicing, delivery logistics and quality control system
  • manage receiving and transport logistics
  • collaborate with the Farm-to-Corner Store Coordinator to supply corner stores with produce

 

Farm-to-Corner Store Coordinator should also possess strong relationship development skills, the ability to work within multi-cultural environments, the ability to apply systems logic to programming for the purpose of replication and an interest in nutrition education at a minimum. Merchandizing and marketing skills in the position are ideal though not required. The Farm-to-Corner Store Coordinator will:

  • build relationships with corner store owners in food deserts
  • conduct in-store assessments and evaluate consumer food buying habits
  • develop metrics and recordkeeping mechanisms for benchmarking purposes
  • assist owners in developing a product placement and merchandising plan
  • assist owners in tracking sales and profits
  • coordinating partner-driven nutrition programming for increased market demand

 

Communications & Fund Development Coordinator must have experience in marketing campaign development including both traditional and interactive media. Strong research and writing skills are integral to the success of this position. This fellow will contribute to both the Urban Food Project and the organization as a whole. The Communications and Fund Development Coordinator will: 

  • develop a fundraising and marketing campaign to further brand the UFP program
  • craft audience-targeted compelling messaging
  • engage stakeholders and increase community buy-in
  • create food-related workshops and resources
  • perform other overall communications, fund development and grant writing work to sustain and grow additional REV initiativesWhat it pays:This position is a partnership between REV Birmingham and the AmeriCorps VISTA program through the Corporation for National and Community Service. VISTAs receive an annual service stipend of $11,136 through AmeriCorps. Health, relocation, and child care benefits are available through this opportunity. A $1,500 stipend or $5,500 education award will be granted at end of service.

Send cover letters and resumes to tclark@revbirmingham.org and apply via AmeriCorps here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do

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