Farm to School Coordinator

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OrganizationCultivate Charlottesville
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineSeptember 30, 2021
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$40,000
Phone(434) 260-3274


The CSG Farm to School Coordinator engages Charlottesville City School students, nutrition staff, and CSG Garden Coordinators in a collaborative healthy school foods project that increases students’ consumption of healthy, from-scratch cooking during the school day. Core functions include

  • Collaborative design of healthy menu items
  • Promote healthy eating and student leadership
  • Promote increase in school meal participation
  • Engage in youth leadership efforts
  • Strengthen organizational goals, values, and capacity

Job Duties

1. Collaborative Design of Healthy Menu Items a. Working closely with the CCS Nutrition Director develop fresh, from scratch menu items that meet federal requirements, are affordable, can be sourced locally and are endorsed by students. 2. Promote Healthy Eating & Student Leadership a. Provide outreach materials (signage, announcements, information, etc.) to students and community highlighting the healthy schools initiatives at CCS. b. Prepare and coordinate taste-tests at schools for students of healthy food options for the cafeteria. 3. Promote Increase in School Meal Participation a. Collaborate with CCS Nutrition Director and staff on cafeteria and equipment upgrades. b. Research, coordinate, and/or facilitate additional program improvement efforts as the healthy schools project develops. 4. Engage in Youth Leadership Efforts a. Working closely with the CSG Program Director, facilitate youth nutrition leadership teams at Walker, Buford and CHS to glean feedback regarding school lunch options through youth lead focus groups, surveys, and taste tests. 5. Strengthen Organizational Goals and Values a. Contribute as part of the CSG program team in staff meetings and events, and act as a liaison to Charlottesville City Schools with collaborative projects. b. Contribute as part of the Cultivate Charlottesville team with organizational activities such as community events, social media and community outreach, evaluation tracking, etc. c. Engage in a robust culture of inquiry where critical thinking, self-reflection and ideas on effectiveness, improvements, and building equity are welcome. d. Work to transform racial inequities in all aspects of your work with strategic and intentional action. e. Cultivate health and environmental sustainability in all program strategies and implementation. f. Collect and submit data for program evaluation.

Skills Required

● A minimum of 3-5 years experience or a bachelor’s degree in a related field (school nutrition, food justice, community food systems, public health) including some experience in nutrition education and cooking ● Knowledge of federal school meal requirements a bonus ● Robust research, communication, and organization skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities with flexibility and alignment to our mission ● Experience working in diverse communities with a clear understanding of multi-cultural contexts and racial equity practices. A specific preference for experience in Charlottesville’s neighborhoods ● Racial equity analysis skills and/or an anti-racism background ● Computer competence including MS Office Software and other online tools ● Value the self-determination of community members to address issues around food equity ● Transportation and a good driving record

Additional Info

All Cultivate staff members are responsible to uphold values and practices that support reaching our mission with integrity and which utilize our core organizational strategies including: engage and educate youth in nature through garden based experiences; grow and share food to enhance access, connectivity and health; collaborate with partners and community; dismantle racial inequities and actively build equity; amplify community power, leadership and action; mobilize with partners for policy change; and cultivate sustainability, equity, capacity, and leadership.

To apply, please submit a résumé, cover letter and contacts for two references to Megan Donovan at admin@cultivatecharlottesville.org. Include ‘CSG Farm to School Coordinator’ in the subject line. In the cover letter, please address: How your experience is relevant to the CSG Farm to School Coordinator; What interests you about this position with Cultivate Charlottesville and your familiarity with Charlottesville in the context of racial equity. If you have the software, please bundle your cover letter, résumé, and references into one PDF.

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