Community Educator

Posted 3 weeks ago

Feeding New York State (FNYS) leads a unified effort for a hunger-free New York State. We work to end hunger by supporting the ten food banks of New York State by managing statewide grants; sourcing food for our food banks; fostering relationships with government at all levels; partnering with other anti-hunger organizations to ensure every community in New York state has access to good, healthy food; educating the public on hunger issues; and researching and sharing best practices among food banks.

FNYS operates a statewide Food Waste Rescue Program. This program consists of a call center and guidance program for implementing the New York State Food Scraps Law. Feeding New York State is the lead agency for providing outreach, education and logistics assistance to any food waste generator within New York state. The Community Educator is responsible for creating, maintaining and executing a communication/education program that will reduce food waste by encouraging compliance with New York State law requiring food waste generators to donate or properly dispose of food waste. The goal is to secure new food donations for member food banks or other food bank member agencies, and reduce food waste going to landfills. In addition, the incumbent will guide waste generators to approved waste disposal programs for food waste that will not be donated. This will require the development of strong relationships throughout the food industry, strong knowledge of environmental factors related to food waste reduction, and some liaison between food banks and food waste generators. The incumbent will work closely with the Produce Manager and Food Waste Rescue manager to support Feeding New York State’s mission.

This position reports to the Executive Director.

Community Educator Job Responsibilities:
• In collaboration with Feeding NYS staff, develop and implement strategic community education and outreach plan to provide guidance and resources to ensure the execution of the Food Scraps law
• Facilitate targeted outreach to food waste generators, municipal landfills and recyclers & organic digesters
• Execute the outreach plan by completing presentations, telephone and in-person contacts with potential community partners and DEC identified partners
• Teach community education classes and provide presentations on the topic of food scraps legislation, available resources and FNYS programs and services
• Manage and evaluate the outreach plan, program development, implementation, evaluation and data management
• Maintain up to date knowledge on Food Scraps laws, regulations and implementation standards
• Provide liaison with the Pollution Prevention Institute and other potential partners
• Provide information by answering questions and requests
• Contribute to team effort at all times
• Assist with development of marketing and outreach materials
• Manage administrative tasks, scheduling and correspondence for outreach appointments
• Compile statistical and descriptive information for contract and other reporting requirements
• Enter and manage statistical data for outreach and education activities
• Represent the agency in a positive, professional manner at all times
• Maintain confidentiality of all client, staff, volunteer and agency information
• Participate in agency functions as a participant or presenter as needed
• Demonstrate absolute integrity at all times

Work Hours & Benefit
• Full time-40 hours/week Monday-Friday. Occasional evening/weekend hours as needed.
• Extensive statewide travel for in-person presentations. Virtual presentations as needed.
• Hybrid work-from-home/work-in-office will be permitted
• FNYS Laptop provided
• Health benefits
• Paid major holidays during funded period
• Vacation time

Education and Experience Requirements
• Bachelor’s Degree in Education, the natural sciences, Marketing, Communications, Nutrition or a related field required. Experience in education a plus
• Minimum two years experience in education, communication, food safety or community outreach
• Knowledge of food safety
• Knowledge of climate impact of food waste
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Excellent public speaking skills
• Knowledge of appropriate software including Microsoft Office, especially PowerPoint
• Attention to detail
• Desire to be proactive and create a positive experience for others
• Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and current documented automobile insurance

This description reflects the principal functions of the job for the purpose of job evaluation. It should not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements of the job nor shall be construed as giving exclusive responsibility for every function described.

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