Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities
Groundwork Center is seeking a Policy Specialist to carry out our 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms outreach and advocacy initiative. The ideal candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about the value of getting locally grown food to children in school and early childcare settings; experienced in public policy advocacy, networking, and facilitation; and wake up every day thinking about how to embed 10 Cents a Meal and the value of investing in healthy, locally grown food for children in school and early child care into Michigan’s identity. 10 Cents a Meal is a state of Michigan program that invests in healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables for children in the places where they get up to two and even three meals a day. This position is full time, year round, and will report to Groundwork’s Senior Policy Specialist.
The Policy Specialist will be a visible, credible leader on policy issues who will manage 10 Cents a Meal outreach and advocacy activities; publicly advocate for policy positions; build relationships with community, school, farm, health, economy, food systems, and policy stakeholders and support them in outreach, education, and advocacy; and help develop new project ideas and relationships with donors and grantors.
By way of example, the Policy Specialist will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
Serve as a spokesperson for Groundwork on 10 Cents a Meal.
Manage, develop, and carry out day-to-day activities that build outreach, education, and advocacy for 10 Cents a Meal statewide.
Identify and broaden the number and type of stakeholders statewide who are interested in seeing 10 Cents a Meal thrive in Michigan’s communities.
Develop and manage databases of supporters of varying degrees of engagement, 10 Cents a Meal grantees, farms that have received business as a result of the program, media, and policymakers.
Develop fact sheets, social media and web content, email newsletters, and other materials that are useful for champions statewide to use in educating schools, parents, community leaders, and policymakers about 10 Cents a Meal.
Participate in statewide local food, health, and economy networks and lead the 10 Cents a Meal network.
Expand strategic partnerships so that champions for 10 Cents a Meal are developed within Michigan communities, carry out community outreach, find funding, and cultivate stories for policymakers and the public from within their communities.
Develop and maintain relationships with key state policymakers who play an important role for 10 Cents a Meal, and support constituents around the state in educating policymakers about the program’s value.
Work with the Senior Policy Specialist, Digital/Social Media Specialist, and Communications Director to coordinate communications around 10 Cents a Meal.
Participate as a farm to school support resource to state officials carrying out the 10 Cents a Meal program.
Write grant proposals and reports; and build strong relationships with existing and potential funders, including foundations.
To apply for this job please visit www.groundworkcenter.org.