WE'RE HIRING!

We are currently looking to hire someone to help us get the good word out about our Northeastern CT farms as a Project Outreach Coordinator. Read on below for more information and please apply if you want to get involved in supporting and helping people learn about our local farms!

Job Opening – Project Outreach Coordinator in Northeast Connecticut

(Accepting applications until May 30, 2022)

 

UConn Extension is actively seeking to fill a part-time, six month position of Project Outreach Educator in Northeast Connecticut. This is an exciting opportunity for the right person who is versatile, responsive, and demonstrates an interest in local food and farms in Connecticut. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO WORK EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS.

 

The Project – With funding from USDA, UConn Extension is leading a project in Northeastern CT, Grown ConNECTed, that is focused on increasing sales and customers for farms producing locally grown food. The target region includes over 130 local farm and food retail businesses in 23 towns of Northeastern CT. The project is led by a Communications Coordinator and guided by an Advisory Board of farm businesses. 

 

Summary of Primary Responsibilities – The Project Outreach Coordinator will deliver outreach across the 23-town region. Through outreach, there is a potential to tap into the social capital and networks that already exist in the region by engaging with town elected leaders, agriculture commissions, municipal employees, community-based projects, organizations and boards, as well as through tabling and making presentations about local food at community events. This approach will help build momentum for the regional marketing campaign, Grown ConNECTed. 

 

Supervisor - Jiff Martin, UConn Extension Educator in Food Systems.

 

Work week – 20-30 hours per week with flexible hours. This position will require weekend and

evening duties. Please do not apply if you are not available most weekends in the summer and fall. Some collaborative work (in the Vernon office) will be required, some focused work (at home) is expected, and some time traveling throughout the region for events, tabling, etc. Candidates must provide their own transportation. The office is located at: Tolland County Extension Center, 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT 06066

 

Compensation - $25/hour. Timesheets are submitted every two weeks. This is a temporary,

project-based position without benefits. There is an opportunity to renew the contract at least once after 6 months. This is a grant-funded position.  Travel to events will be reimbursed at the federal mileage rate.

 

Duration - Position starts as soon as possible. Continuing or renewed employment in the following year is dependent on job performance. 

 

Duties: 

● Prepare, schedule, and implement presentations in targeted region about why and where to buy local food 

● Table at farmers markets, agriculture/food events, as well as adjacent sector events (such as a health services fair or a festival where families are likely to attend) in targeted region to share communication materials, sign up residents for email, and build overall brand visibility in the region for consumers 

● Distribution and delivery of marketing campaign materials to businesses, farms, town halls, farmers markets, food retailers etc in the region

● Help identify key events in the region that we should be participating in and complete registration and requirements for tabling

● Assist the Communications Coordinator in gathering content for digital and print communications, this includes updated info on farm locations, hours, products 

● Provide critical input to the project team on what consumers are saying, what residents are looking for, and how town leaders are responding to the marketing campaign

 

Ideal Qualifications:

● Excellent time management and organization skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks while managing multiple activities and stay ahead of deadlines

● Strong presentation skills in group settings, both in-person and virtual

● Enjoys communicating with people from diverse backgrounds

● Is comfortable tabling in public settings, including setting up the display, being prepared to manage various weather conditions, maintaining engaging interaction with the public

● Familiar with region of Northeastern Connecticut; applicants from the region are strongly       encouraged to apply 

● Professional writing and email skills necessary to interact with public officials, business leaders, and other stakeholders 

● Experience using social media, demonstrating an understanding for what works on different platforms 

● Proven administrative skills, maintaining contact info, scheduling meetings, and managing Google Drive folders/docs 

● Experience working with a project team, collaborative, or coalition that includes representatives of state agencies, municipalities, non-profits, and the private sector

  • Works well independently as needed, good problem-solving skills

● Interested in the interconnected issues of food, health, nutrition, equity, and justice

● Must have own transportation 

● Spanish speaking is a plus

● College degree preferred 

 

To Apply - Send a resume and cover letter by May 20th to lauren.manuck@uconn.edu

 

The University of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.