Posted July 27, 2015
Food Solutions New England is Hiring a Project Coordinator
Food Solutions New England (FSNE), an initiative based at the UNH Sustainability Institute, seeks an experienced Project Coordinator to cultivate greater connectivity and alignment across the New England-wide food systems network. This person will work with the FSNE organizing teams to grow and strengthen the network.
The successful candidate will be familiar with a broad array of project management tools and techniques, and the ability to combine those techniques strategically to achieve organizational goals. An understanding of food system issues and relevant regional actors is preferred, and excellent oral, written, and electronic communication, organization, and basic research skills are a must.
- Collaborate with the staff and related stakeholder teams to develop and implement network goals.
- Coordinate logistics for team meetings: includes scheduling meeting dates, booking location, arranging for meals, compiling any necessary printed and office materials and working with staff to create agendas and meeting slideshows (where applicable).
- Manage information in an organized and clear fashion for the Sustainability Institute, related FSNE teams, and the public. This includes meeting information and materials, group notes, internal documents, and any documents or messaging being shared with the broader community.
- Attend regular meetings and record and synthesize group notes.
- Collaborate with staff to develop and oversee program budget and expenses.
- Provide ongoing support as needed to staff in order to meet project goals.
- Work with staff and regional partners to organize and convene the 6th Annual New England Food Summit, to be held in June 2016. Includes but not limited to: arrange logistical needs (e.g. facility, accommodations, meals, etc.); develop Summit communications for delegates; update and manage Summit website; develop materials including Summit packet items; manage Summit registration; assist with management of Summit budget; assist with the processing of invoices, reimbursements, and related financial paperwork.
- Provide regular updates to staff and regional partners about progress of Summit development.
- Provide staff support at the Summit.
Acceptable Minimum Qualifications
- Minimum of 5 years experience and proven skills in project management and coordination, including event organization, preferably related to sustainable food systems.
- Excellent critical thinking and communication skills, including writing and public speaking in simple, clear language.
- Self-starter who takes initiative, can multi-task and prioritize time, produces high-quality work and who is meticulously detail-oriented and organized.
- Experience developing and managing budgets.
- Good working knowledge and experience with current software, including MS Office, Google Drive, MailChimp, GoTo Meeting, Weebly, and other web-based task and project management tools.
- Experience with and commitment to issues of racial equity and food justice.
- Demonstrated ability to create and sustain meaningful relationships with constituents.
- Creative, holistic thinker capable of making connections and working productively across a wide range of ideas and activities.
- Familiarity with working in a network; understanding of network theory and process.
- Ability to travel throughout New England.
- BA/BS degree in a related field.
Position is based at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Position requires some travel across the New England region, including occasional evenings and weekends.
Salary is $30 per hour and the position is approximately 20 hours per week. This position is funded through June 2016, with possibility of renewal. This is an hourly position and does not provide benefits or paid leave/vacation.
To learn more and apply, please visit the UNH Job Page. All applicants MUST apply through the UNH job page. The position is number 0903072, Project Coordinator, Food Solutions New England.
The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The university seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.
Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is a regional food systems learning-action network dedicated to advancing a sustainable New England food system. The FSNE network is organized around four interrelated activities: A New England Food Vision, a bold vision that calls for our region to build the capacity to produce at least 50% of food in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner, that promotes health and is accessible by all New Englanders by 2060; New England state food planning initiatives; annual New England food summits and topical workshops; and related analysis, and communication. The University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute serves as the organizer of the initiative.