Central Texas Food Access Coordinator

SFC is seeking a Food Access Coordinator to support all aspects of outreach and operations for food access benefits programs including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC (Women, Infant, and Children), Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) at all participating farmers’ markets, mobile markets, and grocery sites in the Austin/Travis County and Central Texas region.

Organization:

Founded in 1993, with roots dating back to 1975 as Austin Community Gardens, Sustainable Food Center (SFC) is involved in every step of our local, Central Texas, food system. Our mission is to transform the food system to nourish our health, land and livelihood. Our food access programs operate in Austin/Central Texas and Lubbock/West Texas, and we are currently working on a statewide expansion of our Double Up Food Bucks program.

Why work at SFC?

At SFC, we are passionate about our work and share a commitment to expanding access to locally grown food raised with integrity and care, for all members of our community. Join us if you are driven to build and create lasting change that supports people and the planet.

We’re on a journey

SFC is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity on our staff and in our community. We strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels comfortable bringing their full, authentic selves to work. To that end, we have organized multiple all-staff trainings, created internal working groups that celebrate our diverse community, and integrated equity principles into every aspect of our work.

We uphold the following Core Values.

Connectedness:

  • We are community-focused and believe that relationships are powerful tools for building community.

Equity:

We support the right of all people to grow, access, sell, and consume healthy and culturally-appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and regenerative methods.

Sustainability:

  • We know humans have a profound responsibility to treat our planet with care and respect, and we are committed to ensuring that diverse species may thrive on Earth for generations to come.

Job Description:

This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week, based in Austin, TX.

The Central Texas Food Access Coordinator supports all aspects of outreach and operations for food access benefits programs including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC (Women, Infant, and Children), Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) at all participating farmers’ markets, mobile markets, and grocery sites in the Austin/Travis County and Central Texas region.

The Coordinator must be able to navigate strict state and federal policies and regulations to create efficient and equitable accommodations for diverse, low-income communities. This position works across teams and community partners to plan and implement outreach, evaluation, and advocacy activities in support of the ongoing success of DUFB in the Central Texas region. This is both an internal administrative and outward facing position that requires supporting outreach events, occasionally working at the SFC Farmers’ Markets, and visiting other DUFB sites within Central Texas.

Job Duties:

  • Set and carry out project workplans under supervision of Food Access Manager
  • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of the programs offered, how they work, how they are accessed, and what populations and communities are served by the programs; clearly communicate about the programs to clients and stakeholders
  • Work with staff at Central Texas farmers’ markets to maintain and improve DUFB and/or FMNP operational procedures, training programs, and compliance with federal and state policies and regulations among staff and vendors
  • Serve as the regional DUFB representative with stakeholders and external partners such as state and City of Austin agencies, Texas Department of Agriculture, WIC clinics, and local farmers
  • Ensure timely and accurate data entry and recordkeeping for Austin-area markets to complete reporting and evaluation activities
  • Provide compliance monitoring and technical support to food access program partners (e.g., farmers’ markets, farmers, farm stands, grocery stores)
  • Work with finance and market teams to reconcile all food access benefit redemptions and ensure timely payment to farmers and vendors
  • Provide direct support to community engagement team to plan and implement DUFB outreach and engagement strategies; participate in DUFB outreach and engagement in Austin and Central Texas
  • Contribute to the development and achievement of Double Up Texas statewide expansion and strategic objectives
  • Other duties as needed

About you:

You enjoy engaging and communicating with a diverse range of audiences. You’re analytical with a high capacity for resourceful problem-solving. You are driven by process improvement and efficiency. You are passionate about addressing complex social issues with an equity lens and an entrepreneurial spirit and you are comfortable working in a growing and changing work environment. You have a high degree of initiative, flexibility, creativity, and enjoy working collaboratively with internal and external teams.

You will also bring expertise and demonstrated capacity in:

  • 3-4 years of experience in project coordination required, preferably related to the areas of public health, nutrition, local food systems, agriculture, food access, and/or food equity. Experience in project management a plus. Bachelor’s degree may substitute for 1-2 years of work experience.
  • Experience working in low-income and multi-cultural settings
  • Strong skills with MS Office and web-based applications, with a high level of proficiency using MS Excel to track and analyze complex data sets
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Weekend availability with notice required
  • Ability to initiate, prioritize, and coordinate several projects at a time and be flexible when priorities change
  • Willing to travel within Texas, as needed
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus but not required

Sustainable Food Center offers an excellent work environment, competitive salaries, full coverage health insurance, 403b matching after first year of employment, generous time off and a flexible schedule. The starting salary for this position is $42,000 to $45,000. Starting salary will be influenced by applicants’ qualifications and budget considerations. The position is available starting February 1, 2023.

Note: This position will require working from a variety of locations including SFC’s office, work from home/remote work, and work in public settings, both indoors and outdoors, such as farmers’ markets, schools, local clinics, and community events in Austin and the surrounding region.

To apply:

Please submit your résumé, cover letter, and three references to careers@sustainablefoodcenter.org. Use subject title: Central Texas Food Access Coordinator. In your cover letter, tell us about your lived experience working with diverse communities.

Applications accepted until January 5, 2023. No phone calls accepted or returned.