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Senior Program Associate, Local Foods Program

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Last Date: September 6, 2011
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Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Senior Program Associate, Local Foods Program
Application deadline: September 6, 2011

IATP seeks a full-time Senior Program Associate to be part of IATP’s Local Foods program. The Senior Program Associate will be involved with the design and implementation of a variety of local food systems initiatives on a local and national basis, with an emphasis on Farm to Institution efforts. The program’s current project portfolio includes initiatives focused on value chain and local food systems infrastructure development, Farm to School, federal policy issues, food safety, food access, and a nascent youth/elder initiative, among others. This position will report to the director of the Local Foods program and will require a strong background in program design and implementation as well as analytical, writing and communication skills.


Collaborate with program director to develop and implement new and existing programmatic initiatives; support long-term program planning
Lead implementation for agreed projects
Support partnerships with various outside constituencies including fellow nonprofits, allied businesses, government entities and academic institutions
Participate in advocacy efforts for federal and local policy change
Supervise interns, and potentially staff, as needed
Support communications through the news media, social media and IATP websites, as well as written reports and analyses
Represent the organization publicly
Participate in fundraising and reporting

5–10 years of experience working professionally on local food system issues, particularly innovative program design and implementation
In-depth experience with Farm to Institution efforts strongly preferred. Experience with supply chain, economic and enterprise development appreciated
Masters degree or equivalent graduate work in public policy, agriculture, regional planning, business or related fields preferred
Understanding of and support for IATP’s perspective on food and agriculture issues
Excellent communication, public speaking, writing, analytical and project management skills
Ability to relate cooperatively and constructively with a diversity of colleagues and stakeholders
Solid computer skills, including social media
Ability to learn new issues, work independently and take initiative while meeting agreed upon goals and deadlines
Valid driver’s license and ability to travel
Team player required—good interpersonal skills and sense of humor a must
Compensation for this position is based on qualifications and experience. IATP offers excellent health insurance, vacation and sick leave benefits and a lively, creative work environment at our office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

APPLICATION: Send resume and cover letter to IATP Human Resources at jobs at iatp dot org. Deadline for applications is September 6.

IATP is an equal opportunity employer. We actively encourage people of color to apply for this and all positions at IATP.


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