West Texas Food Access Coordinator

SFC is seeking a West Texas Food Access Coordinator based in Lubbock, TX to support all aspects of outreach and operations for food access benefits programs including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and Double Up Food Bucks at all participating farmers’ market, farm stand, and grocery sites in the West Texas region.

Organization:

Founded in Austin, TX in 1993 and with roots dating back to 1975 as Austin Community Gardens, Sustainable Food Center (SFC) works with the food system from production to consumption. 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, TX/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 Lubbock, TX.

The West Texas Food Access Coordinator supports all aspects of outreach and operations for food access benefits programs including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and Double Up Food Bucks at all participating farmers’ market, farm stand, and grocery sites in the West Texas region.

Job Duties:

  • Set and carry out project workplans under supervision of West Texas Food Access Manager
  • Assist with compliance monitoring, training, administration and implementation of local food access programs in West Texas
  • Provide technical support for food access program partners (e.g., farmers’ markets, farmers, farm stands, grocery stores)
  • Support West Texas DUFB and FMNP communication and engagement with stakeholders and external partners such as Texas Department of Agriculture, local WIC directors, City of Lubbock, regional farmers’ market managers, vendors, and regional funders
  • Support West Texas Food Access Manager with program operations such as voucher issuance at WIC clinics and farmers’ markets, voucher processing, farmer reimbursements, and data entry
  • 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
  • Collect participant impact stories and on-going feedback about West Texas Food Access programs
  • Coordinate and implement West Texas Food Access program promotions, outreach/education, and community engagement under guidance from West Texas Food Access Manager and Community Engagement Specialist (may include social media marketing/engagement, flyer distribution, local news interviews, recipe/cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, tabling at health fairs/conferences/farmers markets/grocery stores, etc.)
  • Other duties as needed

About you:

You are a supportive and thoughtful individual who enjoys strategic, creative thinking and resourceful problem solving. You have a passion for understanding and addressing social and environmental issues with a focus on equity in the areas of food access, nutrition, and local food systems. You are most comfortable working in a growing and changing work environment, both behind the scenes and on the ground, and enjoy communicating with a diverse range of audiences. You are self-motivated, organized, and flexible, approaching both big challenges and day-to-day tasks with an enthusiastic learner’s mind.

You will also bring expertise and demonstrated capacity in:

  • MS Office applications, including Excel, Word, and use of web-based applications
  • Strong understanding of and experience with major social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram
  • Communications, verbal and written, with the ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities
  • Organization, record keeping, and evaluation (attention to detail)

Additional requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum 1 year of experience in project/program coordination required, preferably in a nonprofit environment. Additional relevant work experience may replace education requirement
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Weekend availability required
  • Ability to initiate, prioritize, and coordinate several projects at a time
  • Ability to be flexible when priorities change
  • Willing to travel within Texas, as needed
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred, but not required
  • Experience in digital marketing/social media marketing 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 salary band for this position is $39,000 to $44,000. Starting salary will be influenced by applicant’s qualifications and budget considerations. The position is available starting January 16, 2022.

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

To apply:

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

Applications accepted until December 5, 2022. No phone calls accepted or returned.