Richmond City Health District Chronic Disease Prevention team seeks an experienced candidate in food access/systems to join its team. The Chronic Disease Prevention team??s goal is to ensure that all Richmond residents are connected to essential resources including: access to opportunities to be physically active and easy access to adequate amounts of affordable, nutritious, culturally appropriate food.
This position is responsible for providing a critical link between our local and regional partners, other city departments and key stakeholders in the broader community. This position with RCHD will report to the Chronic Disease Prevention Supervisor. The Community Food Systems Specialist provides leadership in planning, developing, coordinating and implementing comprehensive programs, policies and environmental strategies that will reduce and prevent diet related chronic diseases for all residents in Richmond City.
The CFSS will have a passion for creating a just food system. This position requires innovation, flexibility, and a high degree of administrative independence. The successful applicant will have strong writing and story-telling skills, have a high level of empathy and the ability to listen, to learn, be culturally competent, and will be intellectually curious. Duties may include: ? Lead program strategy development and implementation ? Lead facilitator of Richmond??s Food Access and Equity Task Force ? Coordinate and support regular meetings with the School Health Advisory Board for Richmond Public Schools ? Develop policy priorities and strategies for public school nutrition and physical activity ? Develop community participatory research and community engagement strategies with a focus on community capacity building and empowerment. ? Provide technical assistance to community organizations in evaluation, program design and national best practice models related to healthy eating and food access. ? Manage local, state and federal grants and seek out additional funding sources ? Serve as a spokesperson for the Food Access and Equity Task Force ? Convene key stakeholders and partner organizations as needed to ensure city-wide coordinated food access strategies, programming and resource development ? Integrate community priorities into overall program strategy
? Bachelor??s degree in food studies, agriculture, social work, sociology, public health, /or an equivalent combination of education, training and work experience. ? Experience and the ability to perform community participatory research and develop community engagement strategies with a focus on community capacity building and empowerment. ? Experience in health education, program evaluation, and program implementation. ? Experience with coalition building and collective impact work. ? Excellent skills in written and oral communication. ? Demonstrated ability to publicly represent community health projects in a wide range of community settings. ? Demonstrated strategic and analytical capabilities, capacity or innovation, self-motivation, self- learning, and goal oriented. ? Demonstrated skills and abilities in community organizing, public policy, project management, and building positive relationships with staff, community members, public and nonprofit organizations, appointed and elected officials, and others.
Knowledge of food access issues in Richmond City and experience living or working in Richmond. Experience working with or in non-profits and/or government.
A successful track record of grant writing and management. Extensive experience in Chronic Disease prevention and/or food access related work. Proven track record of increasingly responsible experience with food system or community organizing work, as well supervisory or administrative experience.
A Master's degree in food studies, agriculture, social work, sociology, public health or similar field. Understanding of health equity and social determinants of health. The ability to view all aspects of our interaction with the community through a Racial equity lens.
Employment is contingent upon satisfactory results of a state and federal criminal history background check and the Department of Social Service??s Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry check, U.S. HHS IG Exclusion List check, employment reference check, and E-Verify.
The selected candidate must complete a Statement of Personal Economic Interests as a condition of employment, if applicable (Va. Code 2.2-3114). Other financial, credit, driving, or other background checks prior to employment may be required for certain positions.
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