Thank you, Pittsburgh, for giving residents and visitors safer streets for walking, biking, and increased physical activity!
Looking for a new start in the new year? The Common Good City Farm is looking to hire an executive director to manage the nonprofit’s day-to-day operations.
Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the urban farm provides hands-on training and education to low-income residents in areas such as food production, healthy eating and environmental sustainability. Along with providing demonstrations to thousands of Washingtonians — many of them of schoolchildren — the farm also has provided thousands of servings of fresh vegetables to low-income families.
Prince Charles notably visited Common Good City Farm when he came to D.C. to deliver a speech on sustainable agriculture in 2011.
The executive director would be tasked with a number of responsibilities designed to help the farm carry out its mission, including developing strategies and an annual budget; implementing financial controls and practices; spearhead and supervise development of a “diversified fundraising plan;” recruiting and hiring paid staff and volunteers; developing a public communications strategy; and supporting and working alongside the organization’s board of directors.
Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, food and nutrition, nutrition or health education, or an equivalent. The ideal candidate also would have experience in vegetable farming and the ability to engage in manual farm labor, three years experience in non-profit management, basic financial management skills for nonprofits, including creating and keeping a budget, and a high level of interpersonal skills. A valid driver’s license, insurance and car are also required.
A full job description is available on the Common Good City Farm website. To apply for the position, send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, three references and salary requirements to [email protected]. The application deadline is Jan. 15.
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Two new complete streets and equity reports have been released and are the result of a project to study equity elements in complete streets policies, the characteristics of communities with equity elements in their policies, and to qualitatively understand how equity elements in complete streets policies are being implemented in practice. Learn more about the reports here.
Eight applicants have been awarded funds that will help young students walk, bike and roll safely to and from school.
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Leaders are people who are actively working - either professionally or as volunteers - to change policies and environments to help children eat better and be more active. We use the following criteria to evaluate whether to approve an applicant for Leader status with the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center.
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At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
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Public Health Agencies
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Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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