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Job Description

We believe access to truly healthy and nutritious food is a basic human right. The Food Access Specialist has a wide range of responsibilities centered on making sure under-resourced members of our community have the means to buy locally grown food, choose to do so, and that the right to those choices are widely supported by the larger community. As Food Access Specialist, you’ll collaborate with shoppers and partners alike, educate the community, help shoppers enjoy and find value in the local food system, secure and manage funding sources, and be the face of BCFM’s food access programs in the community.

The Food Access Specialist will manage and coordinate a variety of food access programs at the BoulderFarmer Market.

These programs include:

• Double Up Food Bucks, which provides SNAP recipients with matching dollars to purchase additional fruits and vegetables

• Farmers Market WIC program, which provides Boulder WIC families with $20 in WIC Bucks each time they visit the market

• Fruit & Veg Boulder, which provides under-resourced families with Fruit & Veg Bucks

• Farm to ECE program, which provides child care programs with fresh produce deliveries and Veggie Bucks to purchase additional produce at the market

Some of the Things You’ll Be Responsible for:

• Oversee food access programs at the farmers market including Double Up Food Bucks, Farmers Market WIC, Fruit & Veg and Farm to ECE programs

• Educate vendors about food access currencies and programs

• Train market staff on program structure, value, and proper messaging

• Conduct annual surveys at the market

• Manage food access volunteer program; Recruit, train, and manage volunteers at market

• Develop messaging for customer and vendor interactions at market

• Develop signage at market to promote proper use of program

• Write monthly food access newsletter

• Collaborate with Market Coordinators to ensure optimal function of program

• Help update brochures and bucks annually

Assist with Farm to ECE program:

• Coordinate with Boulder County Public Health Farm to ECE staff

• Identify seasonal availability and coordinate with farmers

• Identify, write, and manage grants

• Manage existing grants; make sure grant deliverables are met, prepare grant reports, ensure grant compliance, maintain relationship with grant funder.

• Seek and write new grants to fund food access programs at the market

Partnering and Collaborating:

• Build and maintain excellent working relationships with our customers and partners

• Collaborate with partners including LiveWell Colorado, Boulder County Public Health, the City of Boulder, and the City of Longmont

• Ensure activities align with funder expectations as well as BCFM mission

Outreach and Engagement:

• Conduct outreach to increase awareness of DUFB and Farmers Market WIC programs; attend community events, visit food pantries, coordinate with community organizations and churches

• Distribute information about food access programs through social media platforms

• Oversee Food Access Advisory Board; recruit new members, create meeting agendas, conduct meetings

Office Tasks:

• Ensure customer interactions are accurately recorded, work with market coordinators to improve records, if needed

• Convert paper records into electronic format

• Track voucher inventories and record transactions as directed

• Complete and submit funding reports accurately and timely

• Other tasks as needed

Desired Qualifications

• Fluent in Spanish

• Strong leadership and inspiration

• Critical Thinking

• Experience writing and managing grants

• Experience with community engagement

• Experience working with under resourced communities

• Knowledge of SNAP and WIC

• Master in Public Health, or related field. Will consider experience in lieu of degree.

• Presentation and communication

Working hours and conditions

• Must be able to work at Boulder Wednesday (4-8pm) and Saturday (8-2) market on occasion to train vendors, recruit and train food access volunteers, and train market staff

• Must be available some weekends and evenings for outreach events

• Majority of working hours will be Monday through Friday from 9-5

What else you’ll bring:

• A positive attitude and cooperative spirit in your work

• Willingness to take responsibility and accept accountability

• Respect for our community members

• Strong verbal and written communication skills – help people get it

• Ability to work positively with entire BCFM team

• Contribute to the spirit of good work and good people

Some of what we have to offer you:

• Passionate culture and collaborative environment

• Opportunity to make meaningful impacts in your community

• Coworkers with small egos and big hearts

Geographic areas of primary responsibility: City of Boulder

Reports to: BCFM Executive Director

Primary work location: BCFM office

Position: Fulltime

Compensation: $18.00 to $21.00 per hour based on experience

Benefits: Medical, PTO, and Eco Pass