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NATIONAL CENTER APPROPRIATE TECH Local Foods Specialist in BUTTE, Montana

The Local Foods Specialist will be a regular, full-time position based at NCAT's headquarters in Butte, Montana. The position will be working to grow Montana?s farm-to-institution movement by collaborating with a statewide network of food service professionals, farmers and ranchers, and leaders in the local food movement. This position will provide an outstanding opportunity to work with a dedicated and professional staff on local food projects throughout Montana. QUALIFICATIONS: The equivalent of a BA/BS degree plus a minimum of three years of related professional experience or training. The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently, as part of an NCAT team, and work well with partners and clients. Candidates should have excellent verbal and written communication skills. The ability to prioritize work assignments, multi-task, and disseminate information are required for this position. The position requires familiarity with community based food systems, community outreach and development. Previous experience working with community service, project coordination, or non-profits is preferred. Occasional travel will be required.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Commitment and passion for the NCAT mission; Strong interest and knowledge in community based food systems; Facilitative leadership skills with experience and knowledge of community development; Knowledge of the national and Montana Farm-to-Cafeteria movement; Strong organization and planning skills; Interest in community service; Excellent communication skills, with experience in writing and editing; The ability to work well with others, build relationships and collaborate with community organizations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and other partners; Provide program and project development, coordination and implementation, including identifying possible grants and donors; Have an understanding of Montana's unique growing season, climate, and food systems movement; Demonstrated interest and knowledge of state and federal policy arenas; High level of computer literacy including use of Word, Excel, and Outlook; Ability to work independently.RESPONSIBILITIES: Coordinate the Montana Harvest of the Month program to increase local procurement in schools, early care and education centers, hospitals, other public institutions, and grocery stores; Increase the visibility and impact of Farm to Cafeteria work through online and traditional outreach strategies; Further the development, expansion and tailoring of resources such as the Farm to Cafeteria databases, in-person regional training, and other opportunities for network participants to exchange best practices; Pursue development opportunities, participate in grant and proposal writing process; Planning and fundraising to ensure the future of NCAT's Healthy Food and Communities Initiative; Co-chair the Montana Farm to Early Care Coalition and collaborate with a network of cross-sector partners statewide including Team Nutrition, Montana State University, AERO, state agencies such as the Office of Public Instruction and the MT Department of Agriculture; Facilitate meetings, decision-making, and project implementation for regional farm to school activities; Manage projects to ensure project work and deliverables are being met.WAGES: $35,000-36,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience., DOE. BENEFITS: Yes. DAYS/HOURS: 40 hour/week.

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