Food Systems Network and Outreach Specialist

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 14, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Extension Services, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach
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Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

Housed in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, the Food Systems Network and Outreach Specialist will provide research, network development, and outreach support for the combined efforts of the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition and the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation. Their primary responsibility will be assisting the Director of these programs in all educational, research, managerial, and program evaluation responsibilities related to these food and farming system initiatives. The specialist will specifically be responsible for 1) developing, publishing, managing, and updating educational and outreach resources, 2) coordinating and conducting participatory programming and community-based research, 3) planning and implementing network activity and partnership programs, and 4) and leading the evaluation and reporting of training events and community-based research activity. The Specialist will further support the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition and the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation with overall program evaluation, publishing, and project reporting. The Specialist will also be responsible for the development of training materials, peer-reviewed publications, and grant proposals.

Required Qualifications

•MS degree in an agricultural, food system, or environmental science related field
•Experience in community-based research with farm and food system stakeholders
•Experience in program evaluation and community education programming with food and farming system contexts
•Familiar with new farmer, forest farmer, and regenerative agricultural issues and stakeholders needs.
•Excellent critical thinking, writing, and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

•PhD degree in in an agricultural, food systems, or environmental science related field.
•Program evaluation design and implementation experience from a participatory and culturally responsive perspective.
•Network development experience with local and regional food system stakeholders
•Experience working with historically underserved food and farming system communities from an equity lens.
•Grant project management and reporting experience

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Commensurate with Experience

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Kimberly Niewolny at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: July 14, 2022
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