The East End Farm to School Project consisting of the Southampton, Bridgehampton and Tuckahoe School Districts is seeking applicants for a Farm to School Coordinator (F2SC) to work closely with various stakeholders (food service directors, farmers, etc.) to increase the amount of local produce procured by school food service programs for integration into the school meal program and to educate students about healthy eating practices. Farm to school empowers children and families to make informed food choices, while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.
The East End Farm to School Project is seeking a dynamic candidate for the position of Farm to School Coordinator. This is a part-time grant-supported position. The selected candidate is expected to work approximately 20 hours/week year-round for the remainder of the grant cycle (June 2019) with the potential for extended employment if the grant is renewed. The F2SC will report to Southampton Union Free School District and the Farm to School Coordinating Committee comprised of individuals, administrators, community and business members from the three school districts. The selected candidate will receive compensation of $25.00 an hour from Southampton UFSD, the designated fiscal agent, of the NYS Department of Agricultural and Markets Farm to School Grant.
BS preferred, plus minimum of 5 years of experience in a related field
Experience and/or knowledge of school food service, farming, education, nutrition, farm to school programming and/or food procurement preferred
Knowledge of USDA nutritional requirements
Experience working in a food related endeavor and/or a school business environment
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to facilitate communications among different stakeholders
Experience working with local and social media;
Demonstrable verbal and written communication and presentation / public speaking skills
Self-motivated with strong interpersonal skills and commitment to working collaboratively with a wide range of partners;
Detail-oriented and well organized;
Hard working and dependable, ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities and meet deadlines;
Strong computer competencies
The successful applicant must pass a required background investigation.
Must possess a valid driver’s license
Experience and interest in farm to school, local/regional food systems, school nutrition, or public health;
Experience working with networks, coalitions or government-based organizations;
The selected candidate:
Develops and maintains working partnerships with personnel in the three school districts, local farms and other stakeholders involved in Farm to School.
Facilitates local food purchasing from farms and food distributors by school districts.
Conducts a needs assessment with the three food service directors to determine existing healthy local food options and to identify procurement products that can be locally sourced.
Develops a database of existing supply chain partners to the schools and identifies and makes contact with additional farmers within the region.
Understands the financial constraints and budgeting process of school districts and the requirements of the National School Lunch Program.
Works with local farmers to create a production schedule that coincides with the needs of the school districts (Sept-June)
Develops food production and distribution systems for school districts and local food producers.
Develops and distributes farm to school education and promotional tools; resources based on identified needs
Oversees the scheduling and delivery of educational programs and events, including taste testing, farm field trips, and in-class workshops.
Participates in grant-sponsored food service training programs and professional development.
Designs and distributes outreach and publicity materials.
Collects, analyzes, and reports data for program evaluation.
Assists in the development of school gardens.
Keeps current on the farm to school movement in the region and nationally.