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JOB TITLE: Good Food Purchasing Specialist

POSTED: April 2018


REPORTS TO: Associate Director

Organizational Summary:

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 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.

In less than two years, the Center, along with its national and local partners, has developed commitments from and supported a pipeline of 25 institutions (and growing) in 13 major US cities (with a collective annual food spend of over $550 million) to establish and interpret baseline food purchasing practices. By 2020, the goal is to gain Good Food Purchasing Program commitments from 125 institutions across 30 US cities, leveraging over $1.5 billion in public food dollars to improve the food system and increase access to healthier school meals for over six million students.

We are seeking a Good Food Purchasing Specialist who will be primarily focused on deepening the capacity of institutions to apply Program analysis in practical and strategic decision-making. The Good Food Purchasing Specialist is a new role that will accelerate impact as the Program enhances work with existing participants and enters a period of rapid recruitment and expansion. The Good Food Purchasing Specialist will function at the nexus of policy, advocacy, and practice to translate the groundwork we have laid into purchasing shifts that achieve short and long term Program goals around the five values. They will do this through individual technical support for institutions as well as through the creation of a Bay Area Community of Purpose to maximize communication, collaboration with others in the field, and shared learning among participants. The Community of Purpose model will be developed and tested with Bay Area institutions to inform nationwide roll-out.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about harnessing the collective purchasing power and voice of our public institutions to transform our food system on a large scale, and have deep experience with large scale and institutional food procurement and food supply chains. She/he will bring vision, creativity and a collaborative attitude towards initiating this next phase of work.


Essential Functions:

  • Provide individualized technical assistance to Good Food Purchasing institutions to use results of baseline assessments to create and implement multi-year action plans to align menus with Good Food Purchasing values and achieve desired star rating within Good Food Purchasing Program.
  • Establish a technical advisory committee of national issue area and value chain experts to provide individual and group technical assistance to Good Food Purchasing institutions.
  • Create Good Food Provider Community of Purpose, beginning with Bay Area Good Food Purchasing institutions to share best practices, build capacity and coordinate strategic opportunities to leverage aggregate buying power to transform markets. Use learnings from Bay Area model to inform national rollout.
  • Facilitate calls and roundtables with the Community of Purpose and technical advisory committee to build knowledge and capacity and identify collective procurement strategies.
  • Collaborate closely with partner organizations engaged in complementary initiatives to leverage knowledge, resources and strategic opportunities.
  • Identify, facilitate and create opportunities to support public institutions in accessing additional resources to purchase Good Food (e.g. public policy strategies, developing creative funding streams).
  • Synthesize and communicate best practices from leading Good Food Purchasing institutions so that procurement leaders can share their expertise with others and extend impact.
  • Liaise between Good Food Purchasing Institutions and appropriate Center for Good Food Purchasing staff and partners to help ensure streamlined delivery of services and coordinated communication.


Required Qualifications

  • Experience working within the food system on menu planning and values-based procurement in schools and/or institutional food service
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and significant experience in managing coalitions with a variety of stakeholders
  • Proven track record in facilitating multi-sector collaborations and working in partnership to achieve a common vision
  • Detail-oriented with strong appreciation for ways that high quality data and analysis can be a powerful tool for policy change
  • Demonstrated commitment to and/or experience working in areas that contribute to social, environmental, racial and economic equity
  • Ability to analyze and then re-envision complex systems both to shift supply chains and to help inform Community of Purpose, decision-makers, and advocates
  • Creative and collaborative attitude, flexibility, and a high degree of initiative
  • Capacity to work autonomously as well as collaboratively with staff, consultants and local and national partners, in fast paced and predominantly virtual environment
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Willingness and ability to travel

This position is based in Berkeley, CA.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in public policy, public health, food and agriculture systems or a related field


Salary & Benefits

The Good Food Purchasing Specialist is a full-time, exempt position. The Center for Good Food Purchasing, a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Partners, offers competitive salary commensurate with experience and benefits (i.e. medical/dental/vision, disability/life insurance, vacation, and a 403(b) plan with employer match after two years). 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 May 13, 2018 to info@goodfoodpurchasing.org with “Good Food Purchasing Specialist” 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 5 pages in length. (Links to writing samples posted online are allowed). You will receive a response within 2 weeks of submission of your applications. No calls or emails please.