Farm to School Assistant Georgia Organics
- Date Posted October 25, 2019
- Location Atlanta, GA
- Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
- Job type Part-Time
Georgia Organics champions organic agriculture and healthy families by empowering farmers to thrive, helping schools engage children in delicious and educational farm-to-school experiences, and making organic and local food accessible to all Georgians.
Established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1997, Georgia Organics is an outgrowth of a growers’ collaborative with roots dating to the 1970s. Led by Executive Director Alice Rolls, our 16-member team is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and our programs reach all corners of the state.
Our Mission: We connect organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families.
Our Vision: One day, all Georgians will be able to choose fresh, organic food, transforming our health, environment, and economy.
- To Foster a Healthy Environment
- To Improve Personal Health & Public Wellness
- To Build a Sustainable Farm Economy
- To Protect Animal Welfare
Georgia Organics is a member supported, non-profit organization connecting organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families. We believe food should be community-based, not commodity-based.
An outgrowth of a grower’s association established in the 1970s, Georgia Organics is devoted to promoting sustainable foods and local farms in Georgia.
A sustainable local food system is critical to the future of Georgia’s health, environment, and economy.
Recognizing this vital need, Georgia Organics builds supply through grower education and outreach, and grows demand on the consumer and business end by encouraging market opportunities for local food. We have three key goals:
- Increase the number of organic and sustainable farmers in Georgia;
- Increase the number of children participating in farm to school programs;
- Increase the number of Georgians eating local, organic food.
Georgia Organics established Georgia’s first farm to school program in 2007 and has become a national leader in farm to school. We forge alliances with and provide training and resources to school nutrition staff, early care providers, educators, food producers, food processors and distributors, policy makers, and other community-based advocates to develop a generation of adventurous, conscious eaters amongst today’s children. We think outside the school lunchbox by helping to inform and empower school districts, early care providers, food producers and policy makers in our state to source local food for the school and center meals and to support those changes with food and garden-based education in the cafeteria, classroom and the community.
Description of Duties
The part-time Farm to School Assistant will work directly with and provide key support to the Farm to School Coordinator and Director to provide administrative support for the Georgia Organics’ statewide farm to school program and Farm to Early Care and Education initiative. This job is based in our Atlanta office but portions of work may be completed remotely.
Duties are varied and will include, among others:
Support Georgia Organics’ statewide farm to school and farm to early care initiatives, including outreach to key stakeholders, meeting coordination, data collection, and outreach to school settings to increase procurement of healthy, seasonal foods.
Support planning and coordination for farm to school workshops, trainings, and events (i.e. 2020 Golden Radish Awards, Georgia Organics Annual Conference), including outreach and promotion, coordinating logistics, communications with attendees, tracking inventory, ordering supplies, and assisting with event and workshop preparation.
Assist with the timely development of all key communication tools and publications, including annual report, general brochures, and promotional materials.
Assist in creating content for the Farm to School webpage, e-newsletter and online mediums, including videos, blogs, and social networking.
Assist in the translation of educational and technical assistance resources to Spanish
Support data collection and analysis to track impact of farm to school programming.
Field general inquiries in the office and provide general outreach at various events, possibly including public speaking.
Maintain organized inventory of program supplies and materials
Process invoices to ensure timely payment
Travel in Atlanta and across Georgia, as needed.
Ability to take ownership of the position through proactive initiative and resourcefulness
Computer literacy and proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g. Excel, Word)
Competent and confident with social media marketing and promotion (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter)
Team player with high level of collaboration
Self-motivated, detail-oriented and highly organized
Excellent written and oral communications
Experience working with the public and interacting with a diverse range of people
Ability to work independently and as a team to successfully complete a wide variety of tasks
Capability of lifting and moving up to 30 lb. office boxes
A friendly demeanor and sense of humor
A commitment to the mission of Georgia Organics
Spanish Speaker preferred
Experience with school nutrition programs, organic agriculture, public school education, and/or early care education preferred
The Farm to School Assistant is a part-time position working approximately 24-30 hours a week for 50 weeks.
Compensation is $16 per hour. Compensation this position is : hourly, $15/hr + Application instructions