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.

Double Up Food Bucks Program Coordinator

Position Summary:
The Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) Program Site Coordinator will work as part of a program team to assist in the management of the Double Up Food Bucks program in New York State. DUFB is an innovative program that encourages low-income consumers to use their federal food assistance (SNAP) benefits to purchase fresh produce. The program draws from a pool of federal funding and funding from private foundations to “match” SNAP purchases at participating locations.
Currently, the program operates at farmers markets, mobile markets, farm stands, healthy corner stores, small retail and grocery stores across New York State.

The ideal candidate for this role brings extremely strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to represent the organization to a variety of stakeholders in credible and influential ways. The program site coordinator should have excellent organizational skills, and incredible attention to detail. The candidate must possess sound judgment and the ability to problem-solve and make decisions in ambiguous situations. An understanding of food systems and food policy is recommended for this role. This position will report directly to the DUFB Program Manager.

Administration and Operations Responsibilities:

  • Serve as primary contact for all DUFB sites
  • Ensure that all sites have the technology and supporting materials needed to effectively operate the program
  • Maintain program inventory, contact sheets and calendars
  • Effectively launch seasonal DUFB sites
  • Regularly check-in and visit DUFB sites

Program Marketing/Communications/Training Responsibilities:

  • Work with Communications Manager to determine marketing needs for all program sites
  • Distribute marketing materials as needed to program sites and community partners
  • Maintain a current photo library of site visits
  • Work with program team to organize and execute annual DU training
  • Maintain site training materials and presentation to ensure they are up-to-date
  • Distribute marketing materials as needed to program sites and community partners
  • Participate in community of practice, stakeholder conversations at local and statewide levels

Other Organizational Responsibilities:

  • Assist with program evaluation
  • Assist with development of grant proposals
  • Assist with program advocacy as needed
  • Assist with community outreach as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Manager
  • Qualifications:
    • BS or BA college degree required.
    • Minimum of two (2) years of successful experience working with community-based organizations and/or with SNAP clients
    • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds
    • Demonstrated experience and commitment to creating a diverse and multicultural environment, both within an organization and in the community at large
    • A minimum two (2) years grant writing and reporting preferred
    • One to two (1-2) years of program evaluation experience preferred

    Competencies:
    This position requires strong written and oral communication, writing, organization, collaboration, relationship building, multi-tasking and analytic skills, and the ability to anticipate and take initiative to predict and solve problems.

    A New York State Driver’s License and vehicle are required for this role.

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