Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

Project Coordinator, Non-GMO Supply Chain Working Group

Hours: Half Time (4-days, 16 hours/week)
Compensation: $17,500 – $20,000/Grant Track Position
Supervisor: Non-GMO Working Group Project Director
Benefits medical, dental, sick days, holidays
Deadline March 3, 2014

Green America is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a just and sustainable society by harnessing economic power for positive change. Our unique approach involves working with consumers, investors and businesses. Our workplace reflects our goal of creating a more cooperative, environmentally sound economy. We have a participatory decision-making process, which aims to build consensus within the departments and teams.

In partnership with Ben & Jerry’s, Green America leads a working group of food industry leaders who are working to rebuild the supply of non-GMO food ingredients and animal feed in the U.S. The group was launched in December 2013 and is comprised of approximately 40 participants selected for their subject matter expertise, results-orientation and collaboration skills; and with an eye to achieving sufficient/suitable representation from each of the points along the corn and soy supply chains. The current group includes farmers, seed breeders, buyers, transportation companies, processors, consumer packaged goods companies, industry analysts, and others. The group identifies strategic barriers to non-GMO food supply and develops, tests and scales market interventions to reduce those barriers.

The Project Coordinator is responsible for providing project management and administrative support on projects and initiatives of the working group.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1.Support the project director in launching and managing the working group’s priority initiatives. In 2014, the priority initiatives may include several of the following:

  • Create, harness and disseminate key research to stakeholders along the supply chain, particularly consumers and farmers, so they better understand the problems and risks of GMOs and the benefits of transitioning to non-GMO;
  • Develop and test an e-broker platform to connect non-GMO buyers and suppliers;
  • Develop and test a multi-tier, multi-year contract to provide better assurance for producers and buyers;
  • Prototype a national co-op of non-GMO producers, possibly including marketing and insurance services;
  • Clarify and promote common standards for non-GMO production and processing to bring greater certainty to supply chain participants.

2. Ensure that key project deliverables are planned and produced in a timely manner, including meeting reports, special research projects and other outputs.

3. Coordinate engagements with working group participants, including biannual meetings and virtual sessions.

4. Coordinate the work and participation of project staff and contract researchers and facilitators as needed.

5. Plan events, including securing hotels, meals, and staff transportation; handling reimbursements for subsidized working group participants, procuring A/V and meeting materials, and other aspects of event production.

6. Support the development additional working groups that are in the research and development stages, including a green capital working group and a renewable electric utility working group. Duties in this area primarily involve light research, communications and scheduling calls with key stakeholders.

The Coordinator will ideally work 4 hours a day for 4 days a week. Other work schedules may be discussed and negotiated. The position involves travel 2-4 times per year for 2 days to working group meetings and events, to be negotiated.

Qualified Candidates should have the following skills and qualities:

  • Demonstrated project management skills, with experience managing several projects simultaneously.
  • A passion for and strong knowledge of food issues, including GMOs, food supply chains, local foods, and organics.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Strong speaking skills.
  • Experience with fundraising a plus.
  • Bachelors degree.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to R. Gaskin at wgjobs2014@greenamerica.org.

No calls, please.

Green America is an equal opportunity employer.

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