Local Food Events Coordinator

Renewing the Countryside

Status: Part-time, 50% FTE (approx 20hrs/week*), Available immediately
Weekly time increases during the lead-up to the MN State Fair. Will include 8-10, shifts during the fair.

Compensation and Benefits: Salaried compensation range equivalent to $18 – $22/hr. Benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, retirement savings plan, and paid time off benefits.

Location: Twin cities region, remote work is permitted. 

*While this is a Part-time job – there may be the opportunity to increase to three-quarter time of full-time based on applicants skills and qualifications in other areas.

Summary:

The coordinator position will help plan and conduct annual local food events including the Healthy Local Food Exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair (August 2022), the FEAST! Local Food Marketplace Festival (November 2022) and Tradeshow (March 2023). Tasks will include managing workplans and event details, outreach to food businesses, coordinating volunteers, co-leading planning meetings and working the events. The coordinator will join our local foods team to help lead a year-round collaborative planning process with partners throughout the region.

Requirements:

The coordinator should have relevant experience with event planning and the food industry, coordinating partners, supervising volunteers, recruiting sponsors, and above all a passion for local food. This position requires attention to detail, excellent communication, and warm people skills. During events some tolerance for moderate physical labor and standing for long periods of time is necessary. Knowledge of safe food handling is preferred but not required. The coordinator may need to obtain a Minnesota Certified Food Protection Manager certification (e.g. ServeSafe).

Responsibilities:

  • Understand the requirements of the events
  • Manage detailed work plan documents in excel or google sheets
  • Maintain relationships with partners, vendors, and venues
  • Participate in and co-lead planning meetings, take notes
  • Recruit and manage exhibitors, sponsors, guest speakers, and volunteers.
  • Set up and lead events
  • Assist with marketing and communications systems
  • Assist with logistics and planning of other events and meetings throughout the year

 

About Renewing the Countryside:

Renewing the Countryside is a 501c3 nonprofit that strengthens rural areas by championing and supporting rural communities, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, activists and other people who are renewing the countryside through sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects.

We do this by sharing stories of rural renewal, building awareness and support for sustainable endeavors, connecting people interested in sustainable rural development to each other, providing practical assistance and networking opportunities for those working to improve rural America, and fostering connections between urban and rural people.

About the Healthy Local Food Exhibit:

Each year we coordinate a food-based, interactive educational exhibit at the Eco Experience—the award-winning sustainability expo, which draws over 20,000 visitors daily during the fair. Over 12 days we host a lively and engaging exhibition about the importance of regenerative agriculture and a vibrant local food economy. Our team leads a collaboration that includes partner organizations, local chefs, food makers, and our loyal crew of volunteers.

About the FEAST Local Food Marketplace Festival and Tradeshow:
The FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace festival and tradeshow was created to see local food growers and producers in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin flourish. Participating food vendors are vetted for strong value propositions which must include sourcing locally grown ingredients when possible. During the public festival, local food, beer and wine vendors offer samples, tell their story, and sell their artisan products to the public. At the industry-only tradeshow, food businesses have the opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, technical assistance providers, and wholesale buyers. Our next festival will be Saturday, November 5, 2022 in Rochester, MN and the next Tradeshow will be held Thursday, March 23, 2023 in Cannon Falls, MN.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter,  resume, and three references to info@rtcinfo.org. This position is open until filled.

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