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Friday, March 2, 2012

Ag Innovations Network In Sebastopol: Hiring a Process Facilitator for Food Systems

Ag Innovations Network (AIN) is now hiring a full-time Process Facilitator: Food Systems to join the AIN staff team and provide direct facilitation services to AIN's county-level Alliances, state-level Roundtables and other projects. AIN designs, organizes, convenes, facilitates, and helps implement multi-stakeholder collaborative processes and initiatives to improve outcomes in the food system. These efforts are undertaken on the local, regional, statewide and national levels. The focus is on locally or regionally specific issues or outcomes (e.g.: regional food system infrastructure development, farm-to-institution programs, food system assessments, land use policies, etc.) as well as overarching issues such as ag water stewardship, ag greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the ag regulatory burden through inter-agency coordination, farm worker housing, etc.

Position Description
The Process Facilitator will serve as staff and lead facilitator for a number of these multi-stakeholder collaborations. The Process Facilitator will clarify objectives, develop agendas that make use of effective group processes, organize and facilitate meetings, and advise and support the efforts of the members of these collaborations to achieve their objectives.

Specific duties of the Process Facilitator will include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Consult with the leadership bodies of these collaborations to identify needs and issues, develop process approaches to address these, and design meeting agendas to implement these approaches.
  • Facilitate all virtual, telephonic and face-to-face meetings of the collaborations.
  • Assure that accurate and productive recording of all proceedings occurs and is distributed to members in a timely manner.
  • Compile written reports of the progress and results of the collaborations, as required by funding agencies and the communications needs of the collaborations.
  • Advise the collaborations on strategic considerations and approaches, and inform them of best practices and successful models of engagement and project design.
  • Provide a variety of staff support services to groups including helping to create communications, implement public meetings, and take specific actions as determined by the group.
  • Participate as necessary in AIN strategic and team-building activities, as well as in development of new projects.
 The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:
  • Two years or more of experience in facilitating multi-stakeholder processes and initiatives.
  • Two years or more of experience working to advance sustainable food and agriculture goals. Qualifying experience may include work in not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, academic institutions and the private sector.
  • Previous leadership or extensive participation in multi-stakeholder initiatives. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability in working with diverse stakeholders, including government and industry representatives and public interest advocates.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and project management software applications.
  • Meticulous organizational skills and ability to keep track of multiple project efforts.
  • Ability to work as part of a team to solve problems, coordinate projects and to develop short and long-term business plans.
  • Ability to multi-task; work within a fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions.
  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree in agriculture, public policy, community development or related field. A graduate degree is preferred but not required.
About AIN
Ag Innovations Network (AIN) is a leader in the effort to create a vibrant, healthy, and enduring food system (see Since 1999, we have worked with farmers, ranchers, farm labor advocates, environmentalists, food processors, distributors, retailers, and health and food access advocates-virtually every stakeholder in the food system-to devise strategies that create better results at every stop from farm to fork. We focus exclusively on facilitating the dialogue between stakeholders that will lead to new business models, new ways to grow and distribute food, new community efforts, and new public policy to create a better food system.

Compensation and Benefits
The position is a full-time, exempt, salaried position. Compensation is competitive and dependent on experience. Paid vacation leave, employer-paid health benefits, and an employer-matching retirement plan are included as benefits.

Position location
This position is based in Ag Innovations Network's Sebastopol, CA office.

To apply:
Please send a resume and letter of interest to:

Ag Innovations Network is an equal opportunity employer.

Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

originally posted on the EcoFarm listserve

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