Food Access Coordinator, Food Trust

Posted by on July 04, 2011

Food Access Coordinator – CAMDEN, NJ

Posted on: June 22, 2011

The Food Trust, founded in 1992, is a non-profit organization working to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. The Food Trust works to educate the public about good nutrition and to increase the availability of fresh food in neighborhoods throughout the region and the state. The Food Trust works with school districts, supermarket operators, corner store owners, public and private partners, and farmers to make fresh food and nutrition education available to everyone. More information about The Food Trust is available at

The Food Trust’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI) seeks to increase the availability and awareness of healthy foods in corner stores in Camden through marketing, training and technical assistance to store owners, a healthy food identification campaign in corner stores, strategic investments in corner store layout to increase store capacity to sell and market healthy items and education and marketing in schools near targeted corner stores. The initiative links corner store owners, community partners and local farmers and suppliers to create and sustain healthy corner stores.

Responsibilities include
• Collaborate with Campbell’s Childhood Obesity and Hunger Program’s core team, The Food Trust’s HCSI project manager, corner store owners, local suppliers, farmers and community partners to develop and implement sustainable strategies for bringing fresh produce and other healthy foods into targeted Camden communities
• Coordinate overall operation of the project with supervision from Project Manager and Campbell’s core team
• Oversee and assist in the identification and recruitment of corner stores in the two target communities, north Camden and Parkside, in Camden, NJ
• Develop and implement social marketing campaign and other marketing materials
• Collaborate with project partners to cultivate local entrepreneurship, coordinate store trainings, store conversion plans, manage applications for mini-grants and adopt cost effective business strategies
• Design a system for collecting and analyzing the impact of project efforts
• Oversee program activities and ensure program objectives are met

• Strong business background with knowledge of fresh food retail, small business development and social enterprises strongly preferred
• Familiarity with economic development and community revitalization strategies
• Proficiency (written and verbal) in Spanish is strongly desired
• Experience with community based work and community outreach
• Proficiency in Excel and Access is desirable
• Previous project coordination experience
• Strong organizational and communication skills
• Camden applications strongly desired

Position involves frequent travel throughout Camden’s target neighborhoods and requires a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle. The ability to work with others in a collegial environment to implement the agency’s and Campbell’s core team’s vision. Team building skills and the ability to encourage innovative thinking about problems, opportunities, and situations. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Adept at forging strong relationships with key people inside and outside the agency. The ideal candidate will have the following personal characteristics: unquestioned integrity; personal stature; a passion for excellence; a high energy level; a sense of urgency; excellent listening skills; persuasive communications skills; an entrepreneurial spirit; a sense of humor; an open mind; a candid manner; a commitment to The Food Trust’s mission.

Open Date and Hours: Immediate
Salary: Competitive, based on education and experience

To apply: E-mail your résumé and cover letter to Please reference “Food Access Coordinator, Healthy Corner Store Initiative” in the subject line. Please do not call.

The Food Trust adheres to the policy of providing equal employment opportunities to all job applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation.

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