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ATLANTA LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS FELLOW

At Wholesome Wave Georgia, we believe all Georgians will have access to fresh, healthy, locally-grown food choices. Founded in 2009, Wholesome Wave Georgia’s mission is to facilitate access to and awareness of healthy food choices for all Georgians in need through local farmers and community partners.

Our Georgia Fresh for Less (GF4L) program is a statewide nutrition incentive program that matches Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits dollar-for-dollar on fresh, locally grown produce, which improves fresh food access and puts money directly into Georgia farmers’ pockets and the local economy. Since 2009, the Georgia Fresh for Less network has grown from three farmers markets to a network of over 80 partner sites, including farmer’s markets, farm stands, community-supported agriculture (CSAs), mobile markets, and brick-and-mortar retailers.

JOB SUMMARY

Wholesome Wave Georgia is seeking a candidate for a year-long Atlanta Local Food Systems Fellowship role. The fellow will support a special project funded by the City of Atlanta which aims to expand city residents’ access to fresh, healthy, and local food. This fellow will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the mechanisms of local food systems by working with farmers, farmers markets, produce distributors, and retailers. The fellow will focus on increasing the viability and sustainability of selling fresh and local produce at local food outlets with an emphasis on brick-and-mortar retailers in neighborhoods with elevated rates of food insecurity.

Reporting to the Georgia Fresh for Less Program Manager, this role includes activities such as:

  • Identifying prospective brick-and-mortar retailer candidates, conducting site visits, building relationships with store owners, determining key barriers and potential solutions related to carrying more fresh and local produce

  • Providing SNAP/EBT technical assistance to current and prospective Georgia Fresh for Less partner sites

  • Onboarding and training new Georgia Fresh for Less partner retailers on program administration, reporting, and outreach; supporting program launch

  • Building relationships with growers and distributors with the capability to supply local produce to small retailers

  • Participating in listening sessions and conducting calls, meetings, and site visits with farms and markets

  • Reviewing and determining awardees for special grants and aiding grantees with the execution of their grant activities

  • Tracking project activity and learnings; contributing to project reporting activities

  • Attending program and organizational meetings, trainings, convenings, and events

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS ROLE IF YOU –

  • Have educational and/or applied experience in the areas of food access, nutrition equity, local food systems and agriculture, public health, and/or community building.

  • Have working knowledge of nutrition incentives and/or experience with public benefits including SNAP/food stamps, Medicaid, CAPS, TANF, or WIC

  • Are well-versed in Atlanta’s neighborhoods, communities, and culture, and current challenges related to healthy food access

  • Enjoy a combination of structured work and variable, in-the-field work and are comfortable with projects that are exploratory and emergent in nature

  • Are able to work independently, collaborate, listen well, build trust, and generate creative solutions

  • Can work effectively with diverse groups of individuals and values differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstances.

  • Have a high level of skill using Google G Suite products; experience with Salesforce CRM is a plus

POSITION COMPENSATION, TIME, AND CONDITIONS

  • The annual salary for this role is $50,000.

  • This 12-month fellowship is expected to begin in February 2023; the possibility that this role will be renewed or extended beyond the 12-month contract is contingent upon funding availability.

  • Paid time off for this position includes six holidays, a 10-day winter break, 10 vacation days, and 10 sick days.

  • This position includes a comprehensive health benefits package, including medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance, and a 401k retirement savings plan

  • A laptop and phone will be provided for work use.

  • Wholesome Wave Georgia has a hybrid working environment, working both remotely and in the Atlanta-based office. This position also requires frequent work at food outlets and outreach events throughout the City of Atlanta and occasionally requires work on evenings and weekends.

  • This role requires frequent travel within the City of Atlanta using one’s own personal vehicle. The individual will be reimbursed for travel expenses; mileage is reimbursed at the federal rate of 62.5 cents per mile.

ORGANIZATION CORE VALUES

At Wholesome Wave Georgia, we are rooted in our core values. Our core values are the guiding principles for our team, our programs, and how we impact the communities we serve.

  • Neighborly. We are available to listen to and serve our partners, supporters, and Georgians in need.

  • Local Minded. We tailor our efforts to serve the unique populations and economic needs of urban and rural communities across Georgia.

  • Compassionate.  We insist on being respectful, considerate, and empathetic towards ourselves and those we serve.

  • Collaborative. We depend on each other and our community to fight food insecurity and support local agriculture in Georgia.

  • Bold. We are not afraid to challenge convention with fresh ideas and voices that benefit Georgians and the local food movement.

  • Inclusive. We value equity and dignity for all and are proud to be representative of the neighbors, families, and communities we serve.

  • Fun. We give ourselves the freedom to celebrate and play in an authentic and accepting workplace culture.

DIVERSE CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

Wholesome Wave Georgia believes in Local People Doing Local Work, and we encourage City of Atlanta residents to apply. The Wholesome Wave Georgia community is made up of leaders who represent many different racial, socio-economic, gender, and other identities.  Being inclusive is a Wholesome Wave Georgia core value and is a strength to support the communities we serve across the State of Georgia.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Interested candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest by email to Alex Duncan, Georgia Fresh for Less Program Manager, at alex@wholesomewavegeorgia.org.

  • Please use the subject line “Atlanta Local Food Systems Fellow”

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until midnight on Monday, January 23, 2023.

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