Business Counselor/Program Associate with the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY

The Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) is a non-profit initiative to ensure food is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable for all. Through policy creation, cooperative relationships and innovative projects, our goals are to close the gap in access to healthy food and food assistance programs, cultivate a fair local food economy, protect environmental resources and foster a diverse regional movement for Good Food.

PROGRAM SUMMARY

The Healthy Neighborhood Market Network (HNMN) program expands access to healthy food options in low-income under-served communities and also support small business development. HNMN builds the capacity of neighborhood markets and corner stores in “food desert” areas to offer healthy food through technical assistance and customized consultation for store owners who are interested in becoming healthy food retailers, multilingual training events, and leveraging resources for healthy food retail. Through our program, local store owners grow as business leaders as well as community health advocates. The Healthy Neighborhood Market Network program delivers high-level comprehensive services to assist healthy food retailers using expert reviewed educational material and has been recognized nationally as using an innovative model that addresses healthy food access holistically.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

We are seeking a motivated professional to work with us as a Business Counselor/Program Associate for the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network. The Business Counselor/Program Associate will provide technical assistance directly to store owner clients, and also lead program marketing and communications. In one-on-one technical assistance, this individual will provide small business support to clients through a nine-part healthy food retail curriculum, working closely with market store owners in the areas of business planning, marketing, growth strategy, and other areas of a successful healthy food retail operation. The Business Counselor will provide technical assistance to 3-4 store owner clients each year, setting and achieving benchmarks in improving their clients’ business revenue related to healthy food products. S/he will also lead communications and marketing for the HNMN program with the goal of increasing the exposure of our program locally and nationwide through newsletter management, social media management, and identifying public speaking opportunities at relevant conferences. This person will work in a setting that requires attention to multiple, simultaneous projects and efforts, and flexibility to shift work priorities according to the changing needs of program participants, the program, and the organization.

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