Community Partnerships Manager with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council
The Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) is a collective impact initiative working 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.
To help achieve these goals, we are seeking an experienced, motivated individual to join our team as COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER.
The Community Partnerships Manager advances policy, environmental, and systems change
within the broader LAFPC Network of over 400 organizations by:
- Building and managing strategic, cross‐sectoral alliances;
- Cultivating LAFPC’s broad and diverse network and ;
- Policy advocacy.
The Community Partnerships Manager combines political strategy and critical partnerships with an approach to policy advocacy that is collaborative and participatory, builds and supports diverse leadership, and is informed by multi-disciplinary and evidence‐based strategies. The Community Partnerships Manager facilitates and manages the policy agendas for the following Working Groups: Good Food Purchasing Policy, Food Waste Prevention and Rescue, and Urban Agriculture . The Community Partnerships Manager may also support other food policy issues, including a new Good Food Economy Working Group, and state and federal policy. The Community Partnerships Manager will also play a leadership role in planning, content development and coordinating LAFPC’s quarterly Network public engagement series. The Community Partnerships Manager will be joining a small, dynamic and diverse team in an innovative work environment located in Downtown Los Angeles.
MANAGE STRATEGIC ALLIANCES + POLICY ADVOCACY (50%)
- Represent LAFPC with partners across sectors to advance strategic policy priorities
- Identify, support, and craft policy recommendations and advocacy strategies in partnership with LAFPC policy staff, Working Groups, Leadership Board, Network participants and other key stakeholders
- Collaborate with local officials to expand the Good Food Purchasing Policy and ensure robust implementation by local Good Food Providers.
- Participate in relevant local, regional and statewide alliances to share and gain resources in supporting campaigns
- Assist in developing, reviewing and producing policy reports, issue briefs, comment letters, and other long and short‐form analysis to inform policy makers, key stakeholders and the public, and advance policy development.
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT + CAPACITY BUILDING (40%)
- Provide political strategy, facilitation, and backbone support for the Urban Agriculture, Food Waste Prevention and Rescue and Good Food Purchasing Policy Working Groups to support current and emergent policy initiatives
- Facilitate dynamic and productive collaborations, through the quarterly LAFPC Network and Working Group spaces and other coalitions, to advance policy, environmental and systems change and build leadership capacity for food systems change
- Conduct targeted outreach and recruitment for LAFPC Working Groups and Network Events to ensure inclusive and diverse participation across sectors, issues and communities
- Cultivate strategic partnerships that advance collective priorities reflected in the Good Food for All Agenda 2017
- Develop trainings for capacity building and leadership development for Working Group Members and Network attendees informed by LAFPC’s Good Food Ethics
- Work with the Communications and Public Engagement Associate to disseminate strategic and relevant information to wide range of audiences
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES (10%)
- Regularly seek out best practices in food policy, planning, public health, economic development, environmental and related fields. This includes, regular review of academic and popular publications and news; informational interviews with relevant experts; presenting at conferences and working with LAFPC staff and Working Group leaders to integrate best practices and relevant trends into LAFPC policy initiatives.
- Collaborate on resource development activities, such as identifying and applying for grants, tracking and monitoring grant deliverables, and writing grant reports.
Relevant skills and experience include: political strategy, critical and strategic thinking, facilitation, coalition building, policy advocacy and project management. A strong candidate will possess an ethos of integrity and a demonstrate a commitment to uplifting disenfranchised communities; have familiarity and passion for with food systems and public policy; is entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative; an effective facilitator, communicator and writer; and possesses a demonstrated commitment to social and racial equity.
Required Skills and Experience:
- A Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as urban planning, community economic development, public policy, public health, public or business administration with at least three years experience in public policy or advocacy OR a Bachelor’s degree and at least eight years relevant work experience
- Experience advancing successful public policy campaigns at the local, state and/or national levels
- Experience managing multiple tasks and working with deadlines
- Experience facilitating effective and diverse collaborations and building productive partnerships
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Motivated and strategic: Problem‐solving, inter‐disciplinary and critical thinking skills
- Organized and detail‐oriented
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software and Internet browsers
Desired Skills and Experience
- Familiarity with the specific policy areas for this position: food waste, institutional food procurement and urban agriculture, or other food policy areas
- Experience working in political or public policy environments
- Experience working with diverse communities
- Written and verbal proficiency in Spanish
- If a private vehicle is utilized for company purposes validation of a California Driver’s License and proof of personal minimum liability insurance coverage per the requirements of the state of California
- Reference checks will be conducted. Employment is also contingent upon receipt of acceptable references
- Special Requirements – When necessary, working evenings or weekends and occasional overnight travel required
The Community Partnerships Manager reports directly to the Policy Director, and will also work with the Executive Director.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
The Community Partnerships Manager position is a full‐time, exempt position. The Los Angeles Food Policy Council offers competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience. The Los Angeles Food Policy Council, a fiscally‐sponsored project of Community Partners, offers health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement plan, generous vacation and sick leave.
START DATE: December 15, 2018
HOW TO APPLY
Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include:
- A cover letter that includes relevant experience,
- 2‐3 professional references that can speak to your role as a relationship builder;
- A resume
- A writing sample limited to 5 pages in length. Links to writing samples posted online are allowed. You will receive a response within 2 weeks of submission of your application. No calls or emails please.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Los Angeles Food Policy Council: www.goodfoodla.org
Los Angeles Food Policy Council (a project of Community Partners) is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of color, women, and LGBTQ persons to apply. Individuals with fluency in Spanish are highly encouraged to apply.