JOB TITLE: Policy Fellow

POSTED: December 15, 2021

REPORTS TO: Co-founders (Executive Director and Chief of What’s Next)  

Organizational Overview:

The Center for Good Food Purchasing uses the power of procurement and partnerships to create a transparent and equitable food system that prioritizes the health and well-being of people, animals, and the environment. We do this through the nationally-networked adoption and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program by major institutions. 

The Center, along with its national and local partners, has developed commitments from and supported a pipeline of 60 institutions (and growing) in 24 major US cities and counties to establish and interpret food purchasing practices. The Center aims to further the reach and strength of the Good Food Purchasing Program to improve the food system and increase access to healthy, high quality meals.

The Center manages the Good Food Purchasing Program, working with institutions to establish supply chain transparency from farm to fork and shift towards a values-based purchasing model.

Our approach to food system change emphasizes the use of data to verify commitments that participating institutions make to the five value categories of the Good Food Purchasing Program (local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition), and to quantify impacts in terms of improvements to students’ diets, producer and food chain worker livelihoods, farm animal treatment, and the environment. 

To deepen the impact of this work and meet the urgency and opportunity of the moment, the Center will advance a federal and regional procurement policy strategy that leverages the unique strengths of our organization, partnerships, and coalitions in support of the vision laid out in our 2030 Food Systems Recovery Roadmap. To do so, we will combine the Center’s field leadership, expertise, and holistic framework with the capacity of national organizations and the knowledge, experience, and local political influence of grassroots coalitions to launch a three-pronged procurement policy and investment strategy that: 

  • Generates innovative federal policy and regulatory procurement approaches;
  • Supports local partners in tapping into unprecedented new federal investments and funding opportunities at the municipal level for community-driven food systems;
  • Activates our partnerships and leverages momentum from local successes to push for bigger and bolder federal policies and funding opportunities in the future. 

The Policy Fellow will be pivotal to this strategy. 

Position Summary:

The Center for Good Food Purchasing is seeking an experienced candidate to join our team as a Policy Fellow; a new two-year fellowship position for the organization. The Policy Fellow will help to implement the Center’s multi-pronged federal and regional procurement policy strategy in fulfillment of our 2030 Food Systems Recovery Roadmap. The Policy Fellow will report to the Center’s two co-founders, the Executive Director and Chief of What’s Next, and will work in close collaboration with our senior leadership team and expansive network of local and national partners. 

A successful candidate will be highly motivated, creative, and collaborative. Strong leadership and management skills, excellent writing and communication skills, relationship-building skills, flexibility, attention to detail, and the ability to be nimble and successfully manage rapid change are essential to this position. The ideal candidate should have a recommended three or more years of nonprofit, government, or public policy experience focused on social, environmental, and racial justice issues. The Policy Fellow will demonstrate a knowledge of the issues and deep commitment to cultivating an equitable, sustainable, and resilient food system. 

​​Core Responsibilities 

  • Support implementation of the Center’s policy agenda and advocacy strategy directed towards 2030 vision, cultivating meaningful relationships with the Center’s network of partners and communities they serve, as well as key policy makers
  • Help to coordinate outreach and engagement strategies on specific high-impact state and federal policy campaigns, as guided by the senior leadership team
  • Represent the Center in key policy coalitions and partnerships
  • Actively monitor and report on relevant legislative activities at the federal, state and municipal levels 
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with all branches of the Federal government and select state governments
  • Conduct policy research and analysis and develop incisive policy briefs and communication tools for various audiences, working in partnership with communications; engagement; assessment and analytics; and impact teams 
  • Collaborate with Center staff to identify and leverage quantitative and qualitative data and local impact information in support of policy priorities 
  • Proactively contribute to business and organizational development efforts to sustain and grow the Center’s policy work
  • With all staff, support other Center’s core organizational functions as needed 
  • Serve as an ambassador for the Center and its values 

Education, Experience, and Skills: 

  • Three or more years of nonprofit or government experience with legislative policy focused on agroecological and food justice issues 
  • Experience and deep understanding of public systems, policy, and various advocacy approaches including grasstops and grassroots 
  • Proven track record of success implementing high-impact, innovative policy advocacy campaigns 
  • Highly organized and ability to manage many projects simultaneously 
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills

This is a remote position that may require occasional travel as allowed by public health considerations.  The Center for Good Food Purchasing is based in the Bay Area of California.

Salary & Benefits:

The Policy Fellow is a full-time, two-year exempt position with a starting salary of $65,000. The Center for Good Food Purchasing, a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Partners, also offers competitive benefits (i.e. medical/dental/vision, disability/life insurance, vacation, and a 403(b) plan). 

Community Partners® is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage​ and seek applications from people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as women, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

How to Apply 

Applications should be submitted by Tuesday, January 18, 2022 to with “Policy Fellow” and your name in the subject line. Please include as a single PDF attachment of the following: (1) a cover letter that discusses relevant experience and describes applicant’s leadership abilities or a link to applicant’s fully updated LinkedIn profile, (2) 2-3 professional references; (3) a resume; and (4) a writing sample that is relevant to the position and limited to 3 pages in length. (Links to writing samples posted online are allowed.)

If selected for an interview, the interview process will consist of one initial video interview (30 minutes), with the potential for a second video interview (45 minutes).

You will receive a response within 2 weeks of submission of your application. No calls or emails please.

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