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Thank you for your interest in working with us! The Farmers Market Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer; we are committed to a diverse workplace. Open Positions:
Research & Education Director
The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) is seeking a detail-oriented and creative professional to direct the research and education initiatives for a non-profit devoted to strengthening farmers markets nationwide. With a small staff, FMC operates a ‘virtual office,’ with a high value on independence and initiative. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Research & Education Director will spearhead a variety of initiatives seeking to improve stakeholder understanding of the characteristics of farmers markets in the United States, and the roles they play in public health, local economies, farm viability, and community development.
Regular tasks of the Research & Education Director will include:
- Collect information from farmers markets across the country regarding their activities and successes, as well as any issues impeding their operations.
- Work with communications and research staff to create regular reports, presentations, educational resources, trainings, and policy briefs on farmers market activity. The audience for each product may include market managers, farmers, USDA staff, policy-makers, public officials, funders, nonprofit partners, or other stakeholders.
- Identify areas where more research is required; plan and implement the necessary surveys, conversations, pilots, studies or partnerships necessary to gather information.
- Understand and analyze the policies impacting farmers market operations, as they pertain to governance, payment processing, federal nutrition assistance programs, grant opportunities, incentive programs, tax issues, and insurance requirements.
- Regularly update existing FMC materials, both online and in print, to reflect changes in policy and updated data.
- Collaborate with existing and new partners to develop education materials, such as a Legal Toolkit for Farmers Markets, currently in process with the Vermont Law School.
- Assist with grant applications and other funding initiatives as necessary.
While FMC engages in many important research projects spread among multiple staff members, this year the Research & Education Director will focus on the following initiatives:
Improve SNAP EBT Access at Farmers Markets. Maintain, analyze and report on information on SNAP use at farmers markets, evolving mobile EBT technology and USDA FNS policies and processes. Create guides and presentations that simplify and explain SNAP programming. Assist with the implementation of FMC’s Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program by interacting with grantees, USDA staff and payment processing service providers. Conduct research and analysis to inform public discourse on opportunities for advancing SNAP programming and policy.
Strengthen State Farmers Market Associations. Facilitate information sharing between FMC’s state-level members through the state leader listserv, regular conference calls and webinars. Catalog and monitor state-level farmers market initiatives (including legislative action, statewide programming, and funding opportunities). Assist with planning and hosting a state leader summit.
Build the Capacity of Farmers Markets to Collect and Communicate Data. Further the goals of FMC’s Farmers Market Metrics project, which seeks to improve market managers’ capacity to collect, analyze and communicate data on their markets, while also elevating the quality of data on farmers market impacts nationwide. Farmers Market Metrics is taking place in four major steps: 1) Prototyping one-page summary reports for market practitioners, in partnership with the Knight Foundation, 2) building and testing a menu of metrics and data collection protocols in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison as part of a three-year USDA AFRI research project; 3) Creating a USDA FMPP supported data collection and communication training program for market managers; and 4) Development of an online tool that will allow market practitioners to access the data trainings and tools.
$42-$46,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience. 40 hours per week. FMC offers 20 days of paid vacation, flexible hours, and the opportunity to engage with leading experts in the local food movement, and build a better food system.
While the Research & Education Director will work remotely from a home office, FMC is seeking qualified candidates in the DC-metro area. Regular (4-5 per month) in-person meetings with DC-based experts, partners, and staff will be required. Applicants must have reliable internet access.
- Passion: Passion for supporting the work of farmers markets, local food initiatives, food policy and sustainable agriculture.
- Expertise: Experience implementing a variety of research methods to collect and analyze large datasets. Experience designing and conducting surveys and interviews. Experience analyzing local food policy, and federal nutrition assistance program implementation. Demonstrated ability to synthesize policy and research information for different audiences. Applicants should be familiar and comfortable using data from the American Community Survey, and the US Agricultural Census.
- Communications: Ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials. Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written communications. Skilled in distilling data into easily digestible charts, graphs and tables.
- Project Leadership: Experience in planning, leading, and managing research and education projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress.
- Entrepreneurial Spirit: Takes initiative and actively seeks to improve and build FMC’s educational resources.
- Collaboration: Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives. Must possess excellent organizational skills, polished public manner, and ability to work well with FMC members, board members, donors, volunteers, and staff. The position involves interaction with local, state, and national experts, as well as state and federal executive and legislative branch policy staff.
- Technical Savvy: Applicants must be skilled at using Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint, and be very comfortable using Google Docs and conferencing tools such as Google Hangout and Skype. Experience with WordPress, Adobe InDesign, Mendeley, and survey software is desirable, but not required.
- Education & Experience: BA required, MA desirable. Must have at least 4 years experience working in policy, research, and/or local food initiatives.
Send a resume and cover letter to Jen Cheek at email@example.com. The subject line should read: Research & Education Director Application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and will be accepted as long as the position remains open. FMC would like to fill this position as soon as possible. Posted July 28th
Research & Education Intern
The Farmers Market Coalition is seeking a Research & Education Intern to work 15 hours per week from September 2015 through August 2016. This graduate student internship provides valuable experience sorting through the complex regulations, laws, and administrative practices that govern local food production and retail at state and federal levels. The intern will communicate directly with farmers market practitioners, congressional staffers, and USDA employees, in addition to FMC’s nonprofit partner organizations.
The Research & Education Intern will be expected to hold regular office hours and participate in weekly meetings with staff (via phone or Goggle Hangout). He or she will work closely with FMC’s Executive Director and program staff to complete the following tasks:
- Analyze & report on USDA farmers market data.
- Maintain up to date information on FMC’s Advocacy & Education webpages, including info on the:
- WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (FMNPs)
- Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP)
- WIC Cash Value Vouchers (WIC CVV)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Food Safety Modernizations Act (FSMA)
- Write case studies on markets participating in innovative programming and activities.
- Contact farmers markets nationwide via phone and email to collect information, and share FMC resources.
- Update FMC’s Policy Priorities in 2016.
- Regularly add relevant resources to FMC’s Resource Library.
- Develop content for email campaigns and grassroots advocacy efforts as necessary.
- Participate in National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition meetings (via phone)
- Research and report on any emerging issues within the local food sector.
- Take comprehensive notes during key FMC meetings.
The Intern should have a passion for expanding local food access, particularly to those receiving federal nutrition assistance program benefits. Must have a strong interest in sustainable agriculture and community development through local food initiatives. Applicant must possess excellent writing skills, and be comfortable both seeking out and analyzing data. Must be highly organized and able to work under minimum supervision. Graduate students pursuing a degree in policy, urban planning, or sustainable agriculture preferred. Applicants must be very skilled at using Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint, and be very comfortable using Google Docs and conferencing tools such as Google Hangout and Skype. Experience with WordPress, Adobe InDesign, Mendeley, and a variety of social media platforms is desirable, but not required.
The Intern will work remotely and may be located anywhere, but preference will be given to those in or near Washington, DC. Applicants must have reliable access to a phone and computer.
The Research & Education Intern receives a $500 monthly stipend, and is expected to work 15 hours per week.
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org, with ‘Research & Education Intern’ in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and will be accepted as long as the position remains open. FMC would like to fill this position as soon as possible.