Program Coordinator

Location: 
Seacoast New Hampshire
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Seacoast Eat Local

Program Coordinator for Seacoast Eat Local’s
SNAP/EBT at Farmers’ Markets Program
Seacoast Eat Local’s SNAP/EBT at Farmers’ Market program provides the
opportunity for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
to use their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at five area farmers’ markets:
Dover, Exeter, and Portsmouth in the summer season (in partnership with Seacoast
Growers Association, the market organizers), and at Seacoast Eat Local’s winter
markets in Exeter and Rollinsford.
The Program Coordinator’s work incorporates significant outreach and education to
low income populations, fundraising activities to sustain the program, supervision of
interns and volunteers, and consistent administration of the program for three
markets weekly in the summer and twice a month in the winter. Accurate accounting
and recordkeeping, promotion, and partnership development are also key
components. In addition, the Program Coordinator will administer a seasonal
gleaning program.
Hours are dependent on the seasonal needs of the program, and will range between
full time in the summer season (May to October) to less than half time in the winter
(November to April). This is a temporary 1 year position, reporting directly to the
Chair of Seacoast Eat Local’s SNAP/EBT committee. Includes weekend and evening
hours.
Seacoast Eat Local seeks a candidate with a passion for supporting our local food
system and knowledge of local agriculture. The candidate should be able and willing
to work in inclement weather, have reliable transportation and should be able to lift
equipment up to 50lbs. Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills are
required, along with organizational capabilities while managing a complex program
with multiple projects. The candidate must have a demonstrated ability to work with
diverse stakeholders and the interpersonal skills to do so as well as experience
managing volunteers. This position will rely heavily on web-based applications and
email; therefore, access to internet (during non-market hours) and a cell phone are
required, along with the ability to work in a self-directed environment. Familiarity with
social media platforms, e-newsletters and website maintenance or aptitude to learn,
also required. Familiarity with non-profits, grants, the federal SNAP program strongly
desired. Our ideal candidate will reliably complete assigned duties, as well as
contribute creative ideas to further the program’s mission. We seek a candidate with
initiative, leadership skills and an ability to work collaboratively with other key players
supporting the program.
SNAP/EBT Program Coordinator responsibilities:
• Manage the farmers’ market SNAP/EBT booth and token program (including
providing general customer service, such as helping customers in search of
specific vendors or products, offering cooking advice, providing accurate
information about nutrition and product seasonality)
• Recruit, train, and manage volunteers and interns
• Train market farmers/vendors and follow up to ensure program compliance
• Coordinate meetings for and work closely with Seacoast Eat Local’s
SNAP/EBT committee made up of board members and volunteers
• Work closely with Market Managers of each program location
• Maintain accurate financial records for the SNAP/EBT Program: Manage and
take responsibility for the accuracy of paperwork, tracking, and before and
after market accounting associated with the token system according to
established procedures
• Collect data and maintain accurate data logs and entering the information into
an online portal for grant reporting purposes
• Write grant reports and updates as needed
• Draft and publish website and newsletter content in collaboration with
SNAP/EBT committee members; assist with social media including
announcements and press releases, entering event listings in community
calendars, and writing content for the website and newsletter, facebook and
twitter accounts
• Gather information and create educational materials to assist low-income
farmers’ market shoppers
• Build upon existing relationships with human service organizations, faithbased
organizations, healthcare providers, civic organizations and others,
with a goal of reaching low-income populations and food stamp recipients
• Build public support for the program to maintain and increase viability
• Act upon grant and fundraising opportunities, following through with donors
• Gleaning program: provide farms with professional gleaning services, work
with volunteer harvesting base and identify local food pantries, soup kitchens
and schools who will accept the gleaned produce (~10 hrs/week through mid
November)
• Additional responsibilities may be required as program evolves
The SNAP/EBT Farmers Market Program Coordinator will be hired for $15/hour
(hours fluctuate seasonally).
To apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to
brendan@seacoasteatlocal.org by June 30, 2013
Seacoast Eat Local connects people with sources of locally grown foods and
advocates eating locally for the health of our environment, community, culture and
economy. Through advocacy, organizing and education, we work toward a
sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and
consumers. We organize winter farmers’ markets, produce Seacoast Harvest, offer
SNAP/EBT access to many area farmers’ markets, sponsor workshops and events,
and provide information through