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Food Equity Program Coordinator

Organization: CommonHealth ACTION

Position Title: Food Equity Council Program Coordinator

Location: Washington DC

1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 200, Washington, District of Columbia, 20036, United States

Hours and Compensation: part-time, salary is contingent upon experience

Application Deadline: September 13, 2013

Start Date: October 1, 2013


Organization Overview

The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) optimizes community and population health by forging cross-sector partnerships and innovative solutions to the DC-MD-VA region’s most pressing public health challenges. IPHI is the DC-Maryland- Virginia region’s officially recognized public health institute and a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), which has become a major aspect of the nation’s public health infrastructure. IPHI currently operates as a trade name of CommonHealth ACTION (CHA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2004, which has a national reputation for its work building community capacity to create the conditions in which all people can achieve optimal health.


IPHi is recruiting a contractor to serve as a part-time Program Coordinator to support the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council (FEC) funded by a Community Transformation Grant. IPHI received a two-year Community Transformation Grant under a Small Communities Program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions, and address health disparities in Prince George’s County. The mission of the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council (FEC) is to significantly improve public health and community well-being of all who live, work, study, worship and play in the County. The Food Equity Council aims to develop and support policies, approaches, procedures, practices and initiatives to create systemic change to the local food system, promoting health, economic opportunity, food security, and well-being, especially among communities that have been negatively impacted by the current food system.


The Program Coordinator works independently, with guidance, and collaboratively to manage the communications, logistics and weekly administrative needs related to the FEC’s work. The Coordinator will also facilitate strategic planning with the FEC, identifying promising practices, strategies and developing an implementation plan that will enhance food equity in Prince George’s County. The position requires excellent interpersonal, organizational, computer, and writing skills as well as the exercise of extensive discretion, independent judgment, political acumen, and diplomacy. The Program Coordinator’s work duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage daily operations of the Council, including but not limited to: program development and management, internal and external communications, website, calendar, blog and listserv maintenance
  • Support the FEC as it engages: business and community leadership through one-on-one meetings, group presentations, and discussions
  • Contribute to strategic planning, agenda setting, goals and objectives development with FEC leadership
  • Coordinate and provide logistical and administrative support to the Council
  • Develop publications and reports through collaborative writing and editing.
  • Assist in recruitment, application and selection of FEC Members
  • Plan and execute a Food Equity Council Forum to present action plan and policy recommendations to decision-makers, government officials, businesses, and general public
  • Engage Food Equity Council members and other stakeholders to implement policies, programs and/or practices that improve the community food system and address health equity
  • Promote relationship-building among the FEC and other organizations, agencies, and/or individuals
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Minimum: A Bachelor’s Degree and at least 2 years of experience in the food system, agriculture, economic development, public health, environmental work, and/or hunger relief. Preference for individuals with work experience in public health or non-profit social justice organizations. References required.

  • Excellent relationship building, written communication, presentation and public speaking skills
  • Experience facilitating group processes and development
  • Experience in developing and/or influencing policy at a systems and environmental level
  • Exceptional organizational, management, research, and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to foster and maintain a spirit of camaraderie and cooperation among diverse community and political stakeholders
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Familiarity with Prince George’s County and the DC Metro area
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, as well as email, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter
  • Demonstrated professional and political aptitude
  • Work closely with IPHI consultants, staff and CTG evaluator on program implementation


  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Adobe Acrobat (Graphic Design software skills a plus).
  • Web research experience
  • Basic computer maintenance knowledge

SALARY HIRING RANGE & BENEFITS: $25 – $30 per hour, contingent upon experience and will offer reimbursement for mileage. The position will require a commitment of 20-25 hours a week, and involve occasional evening and weekend meetings. This is a one-year contract position beginning October 1, 2013. This position does not include eligibility for benefits. The Contractor/Coordinator will be expected to provide their own computer with Internet, mobile telephone for communication, and ensure access and availability to transportation. The work hours are flexible.

JOB LOCATION: The Contractor/Program Coordinator will be required to telecommute. There is no office assigned to the Coordinator. However, office space will be available at the Washington, DC office if needed on a periodic basis for meetings. The position requires face-to-face meetings in Prince George’s County and the metropolitan area.

TRAVEL: Local travel is required for this part-time position. Estimated travel: 30-50%.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter and three references to by September 4th. Please note in the subject line that you are applying for the FEC Coordinator position. The position will start on October 1, 2013. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Due to the large number of applicants, only successful candidates will be contacted.


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