Position Summary: The REACH Food Systems Specialist will research and implement specific strategies to improve access to healthy foods and chronic disease health care services for American Indians in Minneapolis. This grant is in partnership with the Minneapolis Department of Health (MDH).

Responsibilities & Expectations:

Division of Indian Work Food Shelf project:
1. Work with food shelf staff to identify opportunities to increase healthy food options at the food shelf including new procurement or donation partnerships (e.g. with Indigenous/Native growers, the Four Sisters Farmers Market, or other food providers}, policy and practice changes (e.g. adopting healthy food guidelines, switching to a client choice model), and physical changes to the food shelf environment (e.g. changes to food shelf layout, behavioral marketing techniques}, etc.
2. Assist food shelf staff in developing new partnerships with food providers, making policy, practice, and environmental changes to improve healthy food access for food shelf clients.
3. Assist with preparing for and facilitating planning meetings with project partners
4. Assist with developing, implementing, and monitoring project workplans and budgets in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) grant requirements.

 Minneapolis American Indian Center Gatherings Cafe catering project:
1. Conduct research to understand MN catering license and commercial kitchen license requirements, application process; establish connections with appropriate regulatory staff at State and City agencies.
2. Identify potential institutional catering clients; help Gatherings Cafe establish contractual relationships to provide catering services
3. Assist with preparing for and facilitating planning meetings with project partners
4. Assist with developing, implementing, and monitoring project workplans and budgets in accordance with CDC grant requirements.

General:
1. Assist DIW staff and Gatherings Cafe staff in preparing and submitting catering license application, commercial kitchen license application and any other relevant permits to provide catering services.
2. Assist MHD in gathering data for CDC Performance Measures and annual report requirements; assist with gathering additional evaluation data to measure project impact and effectiveness, as requested by MHD.
3. Assist MHD in carrying out project communications activities to promote the work, partnership, impact (e.g., social media posts, newsletter articles, press releases, etc.).
4. Conduct assessment of DIW/Dakota lodge food environment to identify opportunities for increasing access to healthy food; summarize results and make recommendations to project partners; develop project workplan and budget; implement and monitor workplan

Qualifications

1. Degree in health, nutrition, or closely related field; 2+ years experience
2. Demonstrated knowledge of nutrition and Indigenous food systems
3. Experience collaborating with Native American community
4. Knowledge of the local Minneapolis food system
5. Familiarity with MN catering and commercial kitchen licensing process
6. Familiarity with emergency food system (food shelf, food banks)
7. Abilities to communicate effective and work collaborative with staff and partners

Compensation:
$25.00 per hour, up to 40 hours per week guaranteed through Sept. 22, with the possibility of an extension through September 2023.

To Apply:
Send resume and cover letter to Louise Matson at lmatson@diw-mn.org

 

To learn more visit https://www.diw-mn.org/

The Division of Indian Work has a diverse work environment which we sought and desire.

As such, we are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer