Part-time TLD Position Opening

Get Involved, Learn More, Tricia Phelps

date released: March 9th 2016

Local Food Coordinator Position (part-time)
Magazine Distribution, Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Grant Opportunities
Location: Northwest Lower, Michigan. Office: 1610 Barlow Street in Traverse City, MI
Start Date: ASAP

Our Mission:
“Taste the Local Difference® helps food businesses and the communities they serve realize the economic value of local food, while ensuring that healthy, local food is available to all consumers.”

About Taste the Local Difference® (TLD)
Taste the Local Difference is a local food marketing agency providing a vast array of products and services to Michigan’s local farmers and food businesses. TLD is a community resource and product identifier for local food— meaning the work we do helps consumers to find local food, in stores and throughout the community.

TLD consults with a variety of businesses including retail stores, hospitals and other institutions, about sourcing more local, healthy food options. These local-food consulting services provide value to businesses not only through staff education, procurement strategy development and promotion, but also through simple economics.

Responsibilities
The Local Food Coordinator Position is responsible for assisting the TLD Operations Director in business consultations about local, healthy food purchasing. The coordinator will make initial food assessments, strategize with Operations Director on possibilities for improvement, and help promote new initiatives once implemented.

Collecting information from various stakeholder groups about the needs and requests for new marketing materials will also be a requirement. The Local Food Coordinator will work with the Operations Director, and the Brand Manager to develop new materials. These materials will then need to be placed in-stores by the Local Food Coordinator and monitored for rips, tears or alterations. The Coordinator will be representing TLD in the community, interfacing with retailers, and interacting with consumers. The successful candidate is expected to be knowledgeable, professional and above all friendly.

TLD also produces an annual print publication that serves as a free community resource. Distribution of the 2016 Guide to Local Food in northern Michigan will also be a responsibility of the Local Food Coordinator. And therefore a car will be required for this position.

 The position will require a commitment of 20-30 hours per week. It is an entry-level position.

Preferred Experience

  • Retail or Service Industry
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Optional & Encouraged: Food Production or Farming

 

Desired Qualities

  • Task-Oriented
  • Motivated
  • Friendly
  • Self-Starter
  • Organized

Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Access to vehicle

Compensation:

This is a part-time position. Hourly rate is $12.00/hr.

TLD will pay a mileage rate for use of employee’s own vehicle.

 

CONTACT:
Tricia Phelps
TLD Operations Director
tricia@localdifference.org
231.941-6584

Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing their interest along with a resume of their work and school experiences.

Jobs in the Industry- Spring/Summer Edition 2015

Economy, Get Involved, Retail, Tricia Phelps

We’ve had so many fun summer job opportunities come across our desks that we’ve decided to share them all in one place.  These are food jobs, farming jobs, plain-old awesome jobs. If you’re looking for a continual update on cool jobs in Northwest Michigan be sure to like Awesome JOB ALERT n.mich on facebook.

Food Infographic To Make You Think

Economy, Food Policy

This infographic comes to us from our good friends at the Fair Food Network.  Oran Hesterman, executive director of the Detroit based nonprofit, hired renown economist Michael Shuman to research the potential impacts of shifting the local food economy in Michigan up by 20%.  This graphic is part of a summary of Shuman’s report that tries to shed some light on the power of a local food economy.

The big thing to look for here is the opportunity represented by these numbers.  How can we as a community of food producers seek to fill some of these niches, and in so doing capture a rich market that we are otherwise simply throwing away?

20% Shift Infographic

 

To view the full sized PDF of the above infographic, please click here.