Food Access Coordinator

Part time (20-25 hrs/week), $17/hr

Farmshare Austin’s mission is to grow a healthy, just and equitable local food system by increasing community food access and cultivating new farmers. We envision a future of resilient local food economies that ensures equitable access to food and to the resources needed to farm.

Farmshare Austin embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team representative of the communities we work with: one that celebrates a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We highly encourage individuals who self-identify as a member of a marginalized group to apply for open positions at our organization.

 

We are seeking a part-time Food Access Coordinator to support and implement Farmshare Austin’s Fresh for Less Food Access Programs, including Mobile Markets and Curbside Delivery. The goal of these programs is to provide fresh, seasonal produce at accessible prices in communities facing socioeconomic and geographic barriers to healthy food access. Fresh for Less serves a diverse population, including a significant portion of Spanish-only speaking customers.

 

The Food Access Coordinator will be responsible for operating weekly Mobile Markets and/or weekly Curbside delivery routes, including packing and delivering Curbside orders, driving market vehicles, setting up market sites, making and accurately recording sales, and gathering customer and community feedback. The Food Access Coordinator will also be responsible for assisting with updating and maintaining Standard Operating Procedures, including making recommendations for improvements. The Coordinator will be expected to follow all Farmshare Austin COVID safety protocols (such as limiting customer contact during order delivery and adhering to mask policy) relating to their position. The ideal candidate will be available for some evening and weekend hours as part of their regular schedule and will be enthusiastic about physically demanding work as well as sharing their love of food with the community.

 

Members of the Food Access team may be required to work a few hours (1-2) weekly on the farm. This time is spent working in the field and/or in post-harvest activities under the guidance of the Farm Team. There will also be 2-3 hours per week devoted to staff meetings (currently held virtually) and administrative work. Employees will also be expected to attend and/or assist with Farmshare community events and fundraisers and other duties as assigned.

JOB DUTIES:

  •  Conducting Mobile Markets and/or Curbside Delivery Program activities, including packing and delivering customer orders, preparing for markets, driving to market sites, setting up the market, maintaining a safe and comfortable shopping environment, communicating with customers, promoting fresh produce, completing transactions, and leaving sites in a clean and respectful condition.     

  • Outreach for markets and delivery program including attending school and community events, ordering, picking up and distributing printed materials, posting on social media and other duties as assigned.

  • Uploading market reports, preparing deposits, adding to Standard Operating Procedures, and other administrative tasks. 

  • Other duties as assigned (assist with events, volunteers, etc.)
     

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Highly trustworthy and responsible. Able to manage cash, credit, and SNAP transactions

  • Fluent in Spanish and English

  • Valid Driver’s License and clean driving record

  • Ability to move and lift equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. repeatedly and work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions

  • Strong communication and organizational skills

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Passion for food access and commitment to building an equitable food system.

  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.

  • Ability to help develop new programs, identify opportunities for improvement and take initiative

  • Ability to communicate cordially, professionally and effectively with the public

  • Reliable source of transportation to and from Farmshare
     

PREFERRED: 

  • Solution-oriented and quick to learn new skills and concepts

  • Retail experience or experience in marketing and produce sales

  • Educational or professional experience with non-profit organizations

  • Educational or professional experience in food access, food justice, hunger alleviation, and/or community development

  • Experience with and sensitivity to working with ethnically, culturally and socio-economically diverse groups 

 

Pay for this position is $17/hr plus veggies and employer benefits.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to info@farmshareaustin.org by May 31. Qualified candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis.