City of Boston

Farmers Market Program Manager

Req ID
2023-25864
Dept
Office of Food Justice
Position
Regular Full-Time
Location
Boston City Hall
Salary Min
58,794.56
Salary Max
81,732.63
Union
MYO
Openings
1
Posting End Date
4/30/2024
Contact Email
aliza.wasserman@boston.gov

Overview:

Under the guidance of the Director of the Office of Food Justice, the Farmers Market Program Manager will work to build equitable access and distribution systems for fresh, culturally relevant, and regionally grown food citywide for food insecure communities. The Farmers Market Program Manager leads development and implementation of strategies at farmers markets to build a more resilient food system, reduce food insecurity, increase equitable food access, and strengthen regional food systems. This includes management and development of programs that increase affordability of farmers markets and build community capacity for food sovereignty.

 

Background: 

The mission of the Mayor's Office of Food Justice is to build a food system that is equitable, resilient, sustainable, and just. In pursuit of this mission, OFJ works to expand equitable access to nutritious food with respect to affordability, physical accessibility, and cultural connectedness; support Boston’s food economy; and promote environmentally sustainable and resilient food production.

Building on the work of the city’s previous Office of Food Access, OFJ works to embed food systems and racial equity approaches into existing food access programming, and to pursue whole-of-government strategies, in partnership with GrowBoston, that leverage city resources and partnerships to shift the city and region’s food system, reduce food insecurity and address the food system’s impact on climate. This includes close partnerships with other city and state departments, along with facilitating a community of practice of organizations, businesses and entities in the city who are addressing food insecurity and inequitable food access by developing a new food system. 

Responsibilities:

 

  • Manages development and implementation of initiatives to increase food security in the City of Boston by increasing access to affordable, fresh, culturally-relevant, regionally grown foods at farmers markets, while building ties to regional producers and supporting a sustainable food system
  • Collaborates with stakeholders and community partners in addressing food insecurity, improving equitable access to healthy, affordable food, and building community food resources. 
  • Increase access for regional and local producers to markets in Boston neighborhoods
  • Supports the development of farmers markets as hubs for belonging and information, as well as community building, by building connections with community partners who can invest in making markets more vibrant and successful 
  • Develops opportunities for farmers markets to serve as community food access points in order to boost utilization of safety net and food access programs
  • Strengthen capacity of farmers markets and community-owned retail to understand and meet community needs 
  • Works closely with OFJ staff to ensure programs, communications and community engagement efforts are effectively implemented.
  • Convenes and facilitates meetings with City Departments, farmers markets, farmers, program participants and community partners to develop and monitor program initiatives. 
  • Supports farmers markets as welcoming, inclusive and antiracist spaces of belonging for residents and producers who have been historically marginalized, especially BIPOC and immigrants.
  • Provides planning and operational support to Office of Food Justice initiatives in support of the overarching strategic food justice goals of OFJ and GrowBoston.
  • Stays current on best practices for addressing food security, regional food systems, improving access to healthy, affordable food and building equitable food systems. 
  • Responsible for data management and analysis, day to day financial operations, grant accounting, grant reporting and evaluation project management for assigned projects. 
  • Assist in planning, implementation and execution of program evaluation in partnership with OFJ leadership, contractors, program participants and program partners.
  • Supports the development and implementation of other projects as assigned. 
  • Meets regularly with the Department Director and Program Coordinator regarding all aspects of program work, including but not limited to confidential matters. 
  • Works in a confidential capacity when appropriate. Operates independently. 
  • Performs other duties as required. 

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

 

  • 4+ years relevant experience in program management or program implementation; OR BA/BS with 3+ years of relevant experience OR high school diploma/GED with 6+ years of relevant experience.
  • Interest in food insecurity, social equity, and social determinants of health.
  • Experience with community programming to address food insecurity, increase food access and transform the food system
  • Familiarity with regional food systems and local producers.
  • Critical thinker with strong analytical and creative problem solving skills; assess situations to determine the importance, urgency, and risks, and make timely recommendations/decisions in the best interest of the Office and the residents it serves. 
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with internal and external partners, as well as constituents of all backgrounds.
  • Experience working with low-wealth communities.
  • Experience working closely with senior management and external personnel on matters requiring coordinated activity across organizational lines. 
  • Knowledge and experience in how to plan, implement, and manage projects and initiatives. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain rapport with internal and external partners and to function as a member of a team. 
  • Ability to work with multilingual populations. 
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to prepare reports, presentations, and accurate records. 
  • Excellent verbal communication skills; experience making presentations to diverse audiences and in facilitating meetings. 
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, including developing timelines, meeting deadlines and monitoring progress towards goals. 
  • Advanced knowledge & experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite. 
  • Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment. 
  • Understanding of and commitment to promoting racial justice and health equity. 
  • Demonstrated cultural competence with diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic groups. 
  • Prefer familiarity with Boston neighborhoods, community-based organizations, and systems.
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural applicants encouraged to apply.

Boston Residency Required.

 

Terms:

Union/SalaryPlan/Grade: MO-7 /Full-time/ Non-union

Hours per week: 35

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