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Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development is currently seeking applications for a Full-Time, At-Will Position – Education and Outreach Coordinator

 

The Education and Outreach Coordinator supports the Iowa Valley RC&D’s Regional Food System Initiative by leading the design and implementation of educational projects related to agriculture and food systems, as well as outreach activities focused on reaching project stakeholders. The Regional Food System Initiative includes efforts in farm to school, farmers markets, farmer training, food safety, food hub development, food entrepreneur technical assistance, food production, and community food security. This outreach will include underrepresented individuals in the food system such as the formerly incarcerated, immigrants, refugees, Black and Brown people, and other historically marginalized and excluded communities.

This position works with the Executive Director, Food and Farm Specialist, and Program Director to manage the Grow: Johnson County (GJC) farm activities at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm. Grow: Johnson County is a five-acre hunger relief and educational farm located in Iowa City, IA. This position uses a food sovereignty lens to guide the production and distribution of food with partners and stakeholders. This position completes targeted research to better inform the farm’s production plan and allow a tailored approach to meet community need through the annual Voice Your Choice survey and partner interviews. The Education and Outreach Coordinator will assist in leading harvesting, washing, and packing of produce, and managing seasonal Apprentices and volunteers to carry out the farm’s production plan.

Iowa Valley RC&D is committed to creating a just, equitable food system. All staff members of Iowa Valley RC&D are required to use an equity lens within their work. This position will identify opportunities to partner with marginalized communities, seek partnerships with organizations that work with marginalized communities, provide a storytelling platform for marginalized individuals in an effort to increase representation of diversity in the food system, and prioritize marginalized individuals when recruiting for opportunities in technical assistance and business development programs.

This position reports directly to the Executive Director. This position performs all other similar tasks as assigned.

This position is expected to foster and maintain a positive, professional, and mutually beneficial relationship network with area leaders, project partners, community stakeholders and project beneficiaries.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position located in the Iowa Valley RC&D office (920 48th Avenue, Amana, Iowa 52203). Project work will also often occur at the the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm where Grow: Johnson County is based (4811 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, Iowa 52245). Travel is required. This position requires availability on weekday nights and weekends. Must possess and maintain a valid Iowa Driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record.

 

Compensation
$15-17/hr based on previous experience

 

Qualifications

·       Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent in work or life experience related to public health, food systems, education, or community engagement

·       Willingness and ability to prioritize and troubleshoot while maintaining professionalism

·       Excellent speaking, writing, and facilitation skills

·       Personality strengths that complement the staff team

·       Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

·       Knowledge of local and regional food systems

Experience volunteering or working on farms is not required, but desirable.

Download the full job description here

 

To apply for the Education and Outreach Coordinator position send a resume, cover letter, and references to Jason Grimm at jason@ivrcd.org. Applications are due by Wednesday, August 11th. Interviews will be conducted with qualified applicants until the position is filled.

Iowa Valley RC&D is currently seeking applications for a 2021 Community Outreach Coordinator VISTA

The Community Outreach Coordinator VISTA will be focused on building capacity within the Grow: Johnson County program. In order to advance Grow: Johnson County’s effort to center racial equity and food sovereignty across all facets of the program’s efforts, the Community Outreach Coordinator VISTA will conduct research into best practices on these topics, and then implement those practices in the form of racial equity policies, a Consumer Advisory Board, and farm-based educational programming for BIPOC youth. This position will focus on three key objectives:

1. Develop a set of recommended policies and indicators that incorporate Grow’s racial equity goals and present recommendations to staff and Board of Directors;

2. Launch Grow: Johnson County’s Consumer Advisory Board to create a shared-power structure that directly involves those receiving food from the farm in crop planning and program decision making;
3. Support the Grow: Johnson County Education Coordinator in creating educational and community programming to ensure that Grow’s racial equity goals are accomplished;
To that end, this position will make important connections with Grow’s partner organizations, as well as those who receive Grow’s food and those who participate in the farm’s educational programming. Through these relationships, the Community Outreach Coordinator VISTA will be charged with making the program more inclusive to and driven by the communities being served through the program. This is a full-time, temporary position (July 2021 – July 2022). The Community Outreach Coordinator VISTA will report to Access and Equity Coordinator Míchi López. This position is primarily based at Iowa Valley RC&D’s office in Amana, Iowa, though they will also spend time at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm in Iowa City. The staff is currently transitioning to a hybrid-work model including a mix of remote and in-office work.
Qualifications:
● Have an interest in issues surrounding food apartheid, food sovereignty, and sustainable agriculture, and be eager to get involved in addressing those issues;
● A mix of educational background and real-world experience in public health, community organizing and engagement, environmental issues, and/or community food systems;
● Excellent communication & facilitation skills;
● Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite;
Compensation:
The Americorps VISTA compensation package includes a bi-monthly stipend of as a $6,195 Segal education award.

To apply for the 2021 Community Outreach Coordinator VISTA, complete the form on growjohnsoncounty.org/vista and send a resume to Míchi López at michi@ivrcd.org: Interviews will be conducted with qualified applicants on a rolling basis beginning on the week of May 31st and will continue until the position is filled.

Iowa Valley RC&D is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable food system and furthering inclusivity in small rural communities. We are a proud equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. There is no tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any kind in our organization.