Gleaning & Food-Systems Coordinator UpRoot Colorado
- Date Posted March 16, 2023
- Location New Castle, CO
- Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
- Job type Part-Time
UpRoot Colorado (UpRoot) increases the nutrition security of Coloradans by harvesting and redistributing surplus, nutrient-dense foods while supporting the resilience of farmers.
We envision a mindful, humane and equitable Colorado food system where everyone has access to locally-produced, nutrient-dense foods; where people are more connected to the sources of our food; and where farmers are valued for who they are: a cornerstone of our society.
Job Title: Gleaning & Food-Systems Coordinator: Garfield County (Bilingual Preferred)
Job Status: 40 hours/week June 1-Oct 31 and 20 hours per week Nov 1– May 31
Job Term: This role is currently a non-exempt, grant funded one year position. There is the potential for an evolution of this role into a multi-year position and UpRoot staff are working to realize this goal.
Pay: $19-$21/hour, depending on skills and experience
Benefits: Flexible work schedule November–May. Healthcare stipend. Paid sick leave. Colorado SecureSavings Roth IRA. Tech stipend. Mileage reimbursement of $0.35 per mile for role-specific duties.
Gleaning & Food-Systems Coordinators are responsible for our Gleaning Initiative in specific regions of Colorado: conducting outreach; recruiting and managing volunteers; connecting with farm partners; coordinating and leading gleaning events to harvest surplus food; collaborating with hunger-relief partners; coordinating the distribution of gleaned food; performing organizing, equity, and advocacy work; writing communications; educating the community about our food system.
*There is an additional opportunity for the right candidate to oversee a pilot program conducting community outreach and developing programming that is inclusive of and deepens UpRoot’s relationships with Garfield County’s Latino/a/x communities. In this case, the Coordinator would use their bilingual language skills and/or cultural background and understanding to connect with & serve underserved and diverse community members.
Primary responsibilities include:
Outreach & Communications
- Nurturing existing relationships with local producers, hunger-relief agencies, and community partners
- Conducting outreach to farmers, fruit-tree stewards, hunger-relief agencies, and other entities with whom we have not yet partnered—including local businesses, houses of worship, foundations, civic-minded groups, schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations—to expand UpRoot’s gleaning efforts and impact
- Conducting volunteer outreach & recruitment, assisting with weekly volunteer communications
- Taking photographs of gleaning events, creating event flyers/social media posts
Event Coordination & Volunteer Management
- Communicating with producers weekly to determine what's available for gleaning and/or pick-up
- Organizing and leading gleaning events, including: collecting waivers, training and supervising volunteers, communicating with and transporting food to hunger-relief agencies
- Implementing staff, volunteer, and food safety best practices
- Sharing educational information with volunteers on the topics of food justice, local food systems, causes of food surplus & waste, nutrition insecurity, etc.
- Ensuring all program supplies/equipment are organized and maintained
- Recruiting and training candidates for the Volunteer Harvest Leader program
Data Tracking & Program Administration
- Once donations are weighed, issuing tax-donation receipt form(s) to producers
- Tracking outreach and program data accurately and in a timely manner
- Providing program data for use in funding applications/reports
- Supporting program evaluation, including gathering feedback from partners & volunteers
- Basic administrative tasks including documenting activities, scheduling events, responding to emails, etc.
Advocacy & Coalition-Building
- Participating in coalitions, cultivating collaborative partnerships to work toward shared goals
- Engaging in legislative advocacy
Other duties as assigned
- Attending weekly team “huddles” and individual meetings with co-director
- UpRoot is a young, yet growing, organization. The Coordinator may be required to assist with tasks in addition to those outlined above.
*Latinx Pilot Program
- Developing and implementing strategy to develop culturally-connected and culturally-responsive programming in Garfield County:
- Gathering information from Latino/a/x community members to determine the best structure for a Latino/a/x gleaning program
- Representing UpRoot at local events and networking with people who come from different backgrounds; developing relationships with Latino/a/x leaders and groups; and promoting gleaning opportunities
- Researching similar work around the state and country to learn from best practices
- Translating communications from English to Spanish
- Passion to establish food equity and food-systems change
- Organizing, campaigning or outreach experience (e.g. to volunteers, farmers, customers, community groups, elected officials, etc.)
- Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication, and organizational skills
- Experience and comfort coordinating volunteers & speaking publicly
- Ability to think critically & creatively
- Self-starter with the ability to work independently & comfortably in an entrepreneurial environment
- Ability to enthusiastically engage with people from diverse backgrounds, promoting trust & collaboration
- Comfort working outdoors in various weather conditions
- Ability to lift 40 lbs
- Valid driver’s license and reliable, personal transportation (you will be required to deliver gleaned food in your own vehicle)
- Comfort and proficiency with technology (such as GSuite, Salesforce, MailChimp), or a willingness to learn about these technologies
- Bilingual (English & Spanish, written and oral)
- Knowledge regarding best practices for organizations striving to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive
- Entrepreneurial spirit and flexible schedule
- Agricultural or food-systems experience
- Food safety experience
- An outgoing personality & can-do attitude
- Social media experience
UpRoot Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discriminatory practices against anyone on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and any other protected category. We value—and are working to create a culture of—equity, honesty, transparency, gratitude, clear communication, respect, and continuous learning. We acknowledge that food justice cannot be achieved without racial justice. Candidates must align with these values and want to contribute to the creation of a new status quo: an equitable food system where all enjoy access to nutrient-dense and locally-produced food, where farmers are valued and made economically whole, and agriculture contributes to the health of both people and our environment.
It's important that the communities we serve are centered in our work. Therefore, people of color and people who have experienced food and nutrition insecurity are encouraged to apply.