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Job Detail: Michigan Good Food Fund Partnership Specialist

About MSU Center For Regional Food Systems: 

The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems was established in 2012 to advance regionally rooted food systems through applied research, education, and outreach. The Center was established to build on the foundation started by the C. S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems, which was created in 2003. This growth was made possible by generous support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the MSU Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Today, we continue to partner with people and organizations advancing healthy, green, fair, and affordable food systems. We convene networks, support collaboration, and provide technical assistance, research, and information. We both respond to emerging needs in the good food value chain and proactively work to establish new trends that meet changing contexts.

Position Summary:

The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) within the Department of Community Sustainability is seeking a full-time Specialist – Outreach, to support outreach and business assistance efforts to Michigan food businesses to increase good food access to low-income urban and rural communities. The position will support existing CRFS initiatives and help to develop additional programming capacity to meet deliverables of a USDA-funded Regional Food Systems Partnership project. Core partners are MSU ExtensionMSU Product Center, and the City of Battle Creek.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide business assistance to food and farm businesses in economically disadvantaged, rural and urban communities with a focus in Battle Creek and Southwest Michigan.
  • Aid businesses working to increase sales and access to financing.
  • Provide support to the Michigan Incubator Kitchen Network and to new Black and Indigenous entrepreneurs of color to start new businesses.
  • Help build increased capacity within project partners to provide technical assistance to food and farm business owners.
  • Contribute to collaboration among and across city municipalities, financial institutions, state agencies, and across MSU including via site visits across these groups.
  • Along with the project partners, increase procurement of locally produced products by retailers, institutions, and distributors in the focused communities.
  • Coordinate regional activities related to a recently funded USDA Regional Food Systems Partnership project. This will include facilitating business technical assistance to entrepreneurs, as invited.
  • Lead or contribute to development of outreach and scholarly publications on learnings; distribute information of interest to networks.
  • Contribute to MGFF, PC, and grant reporting on current funding and developing grant proposals to support new/continued work.
  • Data and impact tracking for the partners that includes developing a working knowledge of the Center IC database system.
  • Participate in CRFS, PC, and MGFF meetings, e.g., staff, strategic, and partnership meetings.
  • Significantly contribute to relationship-building among and across city municipalities, financial institutions, state agencies, and across MSU including via site visits across these groups, to identify needs and how to best deliver business assistance to support economic development through food in the Battle Creek area.
  • Contribute to success of CRFS and PC goals by providing business assistance to start up and expanding businesses, developing education to benefit food and farm enterprises including Making it in Michigan and other webinars and workshops, evaluation, and other team related duties.
  • Engage with relevant networks led by CRFS and/or partners and appropriate professional organizations.
  • Document and share project work and accomplishments; maintain regular internal and external communication about project activities; write grant reports; develop and report on an annual plan of work.
  • Actively participate in CRFS staff and strategic meetings and stay current on CRFS projects, activities, resources and publications as relevant to this work.
  • Represent projects and CRFS in a professional manner in all forms of engagement and communication; and
  • Help to foster, facilitate, and maintain the CRFS culture of anti-racism, trust, support, and accountability.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or comparable experience preferred. Prefer background in community food systems, business, economics, food marketing, agribusiness, community development, or a related field.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience working with agriculture/food enterprises.
  • Demonstrated experience using an equity lens in food systems educational programming and working with multicultural and diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated project leadership, management, and grant-writing experience.
  • Proven ability to effectively and diplomatically engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholder groups such as project grantees, nonprofit, academic, and governmental organizations, and funders. Experience in network-building and group facilitation.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and ability to problem-solve and think critically. Proven to self-direct and balance multiple projects simultaneously and to easily shift between working independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communications skills and experience using a broad range of communication tactics.
  • Fluency in Spanish highly desired.
  • High degree of knowledge of and comfort with using technology in completing job requirements including Microsoft Office suite; online search, file-sharing, and collaboration platforms; electronic survey software; and phone/web conferencing systems.
  • Available to occasionally travel throughout the state and, less frequently, within the US, including overnight. Possession of a valid, current state driver’s license required.

Wage, Timing, Additional Information:

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

This is a full-time, annual year, fixed-term position. Initial  appointment will be for one year with annual reappointments contingent upon funding and performance.

Available: March 1, 2021, or when a suitable candidate is identified.

To Apply: 

Full position description: Academic Specialist

Apply at Search for job #680888.

Qualified applicants should submit a) CV b) a cover letter describing your interest in, and qualifications for the position. Include a statement of your philosophy that specifically addresses the alignment between your goals and CANR’s focus on excellence through diversity and inclusion, including summary of your experience with, or interest in working in diverse communities c) Names and contact information for three professional references.

Application Deadline: December 7, 2020 11:55pm Eastern Standard Time or until a suitable candidate is identified.

CRFS recognizes that racism in the food system is historic, ongoing, and systemic. As we collaborate with partners to advance food systems rooted in local regions and centered on food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable, we emphasize racial equity as a foundation of our work. Learn more at


About the job

Location East Lansing, Michigan
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 12 November 2020

About the company

Company name MSU Center For Regional Food Systems
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Phone 517-353-3535


Street 480 Wilson Road
City East Lansing
District MI
Zip 48824