High Desert Food & Farm Alliance

Job Title:      Farm, Food & Nutrition Program Assistant
Location:      Bend, Oregon
Job Type:     0.75 Full-time equivalent (FTE)
Hourly rate:  $15/hour
Start Date:    June 1, 2017

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HDFFA Employment Application

Closing Date: May 14, 2017 at 4:30PM PST

HDFFA is a non-profit whose mission is to support a community based food system in Central Oregon to increase access to fresh healthy food, support sustainable land-use and foster relationships with farmers and consumers.  To meet our mission, we work on behalf of farmers, ranchers, food businesses, non-profits and low-income families in the tri-county region of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties through outreach and programs.

Programs and projects currently include: online and print Local Food & Farm Directory, marketing assistance to farmers and food businesses, host for Oregon Food Bank’s Cooking Matters and Seed to Supper programs, food recovery and gleaning, active website and monthly e-newsletter, and occasional workshops/conferences.

Position Summary
The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance (HDFFA) is seeking a passionate and organized person who can: 1) implement projects including outreach and events with local farmers, ranchers, and businesses, and nutrition education programs; 2) oversee grant deliverables; and 3) conduct administrative tasks.

HDFFA and the public agency, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC), have a working relationship to improve food security in the region through joint grants and programs.  The HDFFA Program Assistant will be supervised by the HDFFA Food & Farm Director and COIC’s Program Administrator.

Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have a passion for food systems and agriculture.  They will possess excellent organization and writing skills and the ability to develop and maintain community relations. They must be self-directed and able to work collaboratively with farmers, ranchers, businesses, and non-profits and public agencies as a team with HDFFA oversight and support.  They should be familiar with food systems such as food security, health and food justice, and agriculture issues (preferably in Central Oregon). They will need to be comfortable engaging with the Board of Directors.

Primary Responsibilities
The Program Assistant will work in a team setting to implement the established projects.

HDFFA Functions

  • Have a working knowledge of HDFFA’s mission and past and present projects and events
  • Engage members and non-members through direct outreach and networking, programming, marketing and technical assistance and fundraising
  • Assist the Food & Farm Director with the membership campaign, events and workshops
  • Engage in social media

Project Specific Work
Work directly with HDFFA Food & Farm Director and COIC to implement the following food systems projects:

  • Crook County and Jefferson County farmer group to build and implement their farm events, and work to finalize the satellite farmer alliances
  • Local food challenge event for Central Oregon
  • Cooking Matters programs in each county by connecting with regional partners who have an interest in nutrition wellness and recruiting participants
  • Chef-farmer Mixer events
  • CSA or other wellness program at businesses
  • Improving the wholesale supply chain
  • Develop project reports, press releases and other written materials

Desired Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.  Preferably two years of related work experience in a non-profit or public agency including: implementing or running programs; campaigning, advocacy, or membership drive; administrative and management skills; and familiarity with Microsoft Office programs, Gmail and Google Drive.  Familiarity with or willingness to learn online programs and applications such Survey Monkey, Mailchimp, Eventbrite, Doodle and Adobe InDesign.

  • Dynamic individual with excellent communication skills both verbal and written;
  • Very organized and efficient;
  • Team player that enjoys and fosters a collaborative environment;
  • Knowledge of and experience in food system work including farming, local food, gardening, gleaning, and programs to reduce food insecurity; and
  • Positive attitude, proven ability to work successfully with diverse populations and demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion
  • Self-driven

Compensation and Time Commitment
Hourly rate of $15/hour.  There is opportunity for growth in the position and is dependent upon desire and funding.  Full-time equivalent of 30 hours per week, evening and weekend hours will occur.  Travel through the region is required with a personal car; travel will be reimbursed at a set non-profit rate.

Application Process
In order to be considered for this position, please provide the following:

  1. Application
  2. Resume
  3. Cover letter
  4. Writing Sample: Please provide a one-page “fake” press release on our Cooking Matters program. This should be drafted to meet the subject matter with the writing style that matches what you might be asked to do if you were hired for this position. You may make up any details you want but use realistic information from HDFFA or the Oregon Food Bank’s website.  The title shall be “Cooking Matters to Many Low-Income Families in Central Oregon”

Application materials must be received by 4:30pm PST May 14th, 2017 via email or by hard copy.  Applications can be sent to or mailed to PO Box 1782 Bend OR 97709.  Interviews will be held in Bend in mid-May. The start date is June 1, 2015.