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Food Council Coordinator

The Food Council Coordinator serves as the backbone for the emerging Broome County Food Council. The Broome County Food Council is comprised of individuals and organizations working together to increase access to food throughout the county, supported by a Steering Committee. This position requires a person who has demonstrated leadership, self-motivation, strong networking and community relations skills, community development, community research methods, and policy advocacy. The primary purpose of this position is to facilitate activities among Council and community members to develop a county plan that increases equitable access to healthy, sustainable, and affordable food for all residents. This role also serves as a connector between community stakeholders, with a strong emphasis on those most impacted by food insecurity. The goal is also to expand this work model into other FBST counties. 

Specific Duties

Food Council Coordination

·         Serves as the primary contact and backbone of the Broome Food Council in collaboration with the Steering Committee

·         Coordinates and executes meetings and workgroups, starting with the Broome County Food Council and expanding to other counties in the FBST service area as time permits

·         Creates agendas, compiles meeting minutes, tracks action items, and coordinates a county-wide strategic planning process

·         Guides the Council in creating a decision-making process and adapting when necessary. Research Food Council models and incorporates best practices

Advocacy Coordination

·         Works closely with the Advocacy & Community Empowerment Manager to coordinate advocacy efforts by developing & maintaining relationships with elected officials on a local, state, and federal level

·         Educates and raises awareness among the public, elected officials, community leaders, etc. by building on the knowledge and efforts to address the causes of food insecurity by the Broome Food Council through presentations, writing, and research

·         Coordinates representation of Council Members at hearings, policy convenings, and other advocacy-related events and initiatives

Community & Council Member Engagement

·         Builds inclusive & diverse membership with a focus on underrepresented communities and sectors

·         Recruits new Council members and develop leadership capacity with a focus on equity

·         Maintains member commitment with training, workshops, and engagement opportunities that utilize individuals' strengths. Creates training materials as needed 

Planning / Data Collection

·         Compiles current assessments and provides recommendations for the Council

·         Conducts additional assessments and research as needed

·         Engages the Council and the public to develop a comprehensive Action Plan, goals, standards of process, and metrics to address food insecurity and access in Broome County

·         Works closely with continuing and higher education institutions

·         Creates and/or contributes to county-wide asset mapping to identify strengths and weaknesses

Communication, Outreach, and Collaboration

·         Creates and implements tools and resources for information sharing and communications

·         Creates and maintains the Food Council website, Facebook page, and social media

·         Represents the Food Council to the media and community groups

·         Maintains listservs and communications within the group

·         Supports and expands existing efforts to increase access to federal nutrition and emergency food programs through promotion, outreach, networking, etc., with a strong focus on under-resourced communities

·         Strategically connects stakeholders to reinforce efforts and reduce duplication


·         Supports grant and fundraising processes as needed

·         Other duties as assigned 


TITLE OF DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Advocacy and Community Empowerment Manager


STANDARD WORK SCHEDULE:  8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Thursday and Friday 8 am to 1:00 pm


WORKSITE:  Workforce members home office


WORK FROM HOME:  Yes, may be required to work a minimum number of days at the FBST office 


·      High SchoolDiploma / GED with a minimum of 2-year experience working in advocacy, public policy, human services, and/or project management preferred

·      Group facilitation experience required

·      Experience in community organizing preferred

·      Residence in Broome County required with knowledge of applicable assets and challenges

·      Knowledge of community food systems and public policy preferred

·      Knowledge of the Collective Impact framework is strongly preferred

·      Excellent verbal and written communication skills, relationship building, public speaking, and the ability to communicate and complete excellent live in-person or virtual presentations/trainings.

·      Intermediate working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint

Ability to work with individuals who have experienced trauma and/or experience helping people navigate the social safety net is strongly preferred