We’re excited to announce that two new positions have opened for our team.

About Field & Fork Network:
Field & Fork Network is a fast-growing NY statewide non-profit organization based in Buffalo, NY. Our organization supports local agriculture and access to fresh healthy foods by bringing innovative programs, ideas, and projects to communities; collaborating with a network of organizations and partners across the state; educating the community and our constituents
(with an emphasis on the next generation); and engaging various stakeholder groups to effect change from within their own communities. Whether it’s connecting farmers to new economic opportunities or connecting consumers to affordable fresh food, our work is designed to link communities together to make them stronger and more resilient. We focus on the following four areas in our food system work: agriculture economic development, food access, youth & community development, and healthy neighborhoods.

State Policy Manager

Position Summary:
Double Up Food Bucks NYS (DUFB), our signature food access program, is a healthy food incentive that doubles the buying power of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, helping families bring home more fruits and vegetables while boosting business for local farmers. DUFB started in 7 Western NY farmers markets in 2014 and is now poised to expand to 45 counties over the next few years with recently awarded USDA grant funding. The State Policy
Manager will be responsible for leading work in New York to secure a state budget appropriation of $1 million through robust advocacy and campaigning efforts.

The State Policy Manager will direct a New York-based advocacy campaign with two specific goals:

1. Secure funding for DUFB in the FY2022 State budget
2. Build a coalition and manage a campaign that results in securing recurring State funding for DUFB

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage implementation of New York State campaign
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with advocates to further policy goals
  • Manage and staff stakeholder engagement/stewardship events
  • Write briefings and reports as needed for advocacy efforts
  • Stay informed on emerging issues in the field and help develop new policies, or other changes needed to address these issues
  • Represent Field & Fork Network at conferences, partner events, and state-level events
  • Additional duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience, this may include experience with state level policy or advocacy, or working in agriculture or food systems policy/other programs and policies that impact rural economies
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage relationships with state advocacy groups
  • Ability to travel throughout New York for partner and legislative meetings
  • Strong writing and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated experience working both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to manage competing priorities, multiple deadlines, and workflow processes involving multiple people
  • Understanding of and passion for Field & Fork Network’s mission
  • Background in specialty crop agriculture, local and regional food systems preferred