LEAP is Hiring

Network Coordinator

Details:

  • Full-time, salaried, and exempt position
  • Salary range: $38,000 – $42,000
  • Benefits include generous paid time off, flexible work schedule, employer-matched SIMPLE IRA retirement account
  • Remote possible (90%), in-person required (10%), see Position Overview for more detail
  • Regular travel for in-person meetings across the state required

Position Overview

Virginia Fresh Match (VFM) is a collaborative network of food system leaders and community food outlets. VFM disseminates funding and resources for nutrition incentive programs that increase SNAP participants’ ability to buy nutritious, Virginia-grown fruits and vegetables at our partner outlets  (farmers markets, community grocery stores, food co+op’s, mobile markets, and farm stands). Our leadership is shared by organizations across the state, committed to responsive action rooted in the changing needs of our community partners. Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP) has acted as VFM’s fiscal lead since 2018, when LEAP received a federal Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant from the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA). Since 2018, LEAP has secured nearly $4M in funds and disseminated $3.6M to partner organizations and retail outlets across the state.

The VFM Network Coordinator will work within LEAP to advance the network. The Network Coordinator will work closely with VFM leadership, LEAP Directors, consultants, and partners to enrich LEAP’s and VFM’s operations. The Coordinator will be expected to work in-person at LEAP’s offices two days a month. If based outside of Roanoke, the Coordinator will need to travel once a month for a two-day at LEAP’s offices. The Coordinator will be expected to visit regions across Virginia monthly throughout the year to meet with and support regional outlets and partners.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities

Management: the Coordinator will be responsible for actively managing the following:

  • Onboard outlets into the VFM network: virtual/in-person presentations on the network and nutrition incentive model, drawing up budgets/contracts, and launching incentive programs
  • Provide technical assistance to outlets: proper implementation of incentive programs, financial reporting, and compliance with partner requirements
  • External marketing: writing and disseminating a quarterly newsletter, routine posting on social media accounts, maintaining and updating the VFM website
  • Network communications: preparing agendas and scheduling regular meetings for the Design Team, Regional Lead Team, and Network; managing listservs for outlets, stakeholders, Design Team, and Regional Leads
  • Resources: maintaining and disseminating network resources, including budgets, contracts, marketing materials, training videos, and network information (based in Google Workspace and Smartsheet)

Facilitation: the Coordinator will act in a support position as facilitator at multiple levels of the network, and facilitation activities will include:

  • Facilitating recurring Design Team, Regional Lead, and All Outlet meetings
  • Regional Leads:  
  • Work with Regional Leads to support incentive programs in communities across Virginia
  • Support Regional Leads in food systems planning and development around food access work, funding, and partnership development
  • Guide Regional Leads through review of network proposals and consent-based decision making
  • Outlets:
  • Connect partner outlets with appropriate resources and agencies for their incentive programs
  • Support outlets in piloting innovative marketing strategies and new incentive technologies
  • Help partners connect with one another to share issues/best practices
  • Learn from and share out experiences from communities of practice and national partners
  • Leadership
  • Support collaborative leadership between the Design Team and Regional Lead Team
  • Help Working Groups organize, identify short-term and long-term goals, and provide recommendations to the Design Team

Skills and Values

Virginia Fresh Match is a collaboratively led network of diverse organizations and individuals. The Network Coordinator is expected to act as a supporter and facilitator for the network. To be successful, the Network Coordinator will need to have active listening skills, strong reflective practices, and be rooted in shared leadership. This job requires both self-direction and collaboration. To be effective, the position requires effective interpersonal skills and good communication, both verbal and written. Experience with Google Drive, virtual video conferencing, and website management preferred.

About LEAP

Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP) is a 501c3 non-profit based in Roanoke City. LEAP nurtures our food community to create an equitable food and farming system which prioritizes health and abundance. We do this by supporting community initiatives, markets, farms, and farmers.

LEAP’s local program team works to create economically viable market outlets for local farmers and food producers and to connect consumers efficiently and equitably to local food (current programs include LEAP Farm Share, West End Farmers Market, Grandin Village Farmers Market, LEAP Kitchen, LEAP Mobile Market, Community Gardens, Healthy Food Incentives). LEAP’s regional and state teams work closely with partners to build networks, provide technical assistance, and create strong relationships to support more resilient local, regional, and state food systems. For more information, please visit www.leapforlocalfood.org and www.VirginiaFreshMatch.org.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to hedgesjs@leapforlocalfood.org. If in previous work you have written a newsletter, marketing material, or another kind of outward-facing communication, please share as a writing sample.

  • Application window closes October 3rd
  • Anticipated start date: Late October/early November
  • This is a grant-funded position

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