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Sustainable Food Systems Program Manager City of Newark

Newark, NJ, USA

Job Type

Full time

About the Role

Office conditions
The candidate would work in the Office of Sustainability’s office in City Hall.
Compensation and Benefits
Position is a grant-funded full-time position for a 12-month period with the possible option to
extend. Hourly rate will be $30-$40/hour, depending on experience.
Recruitment Timeline:
Open until filled; priority will be given to candidates who apply by March 8, 2024. The successful
candidate would ideally start on or before April 15, 2024.

The Sustainable Food Systems Program Manager performs difficult skilled administrative work leading
and coordinating the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive
city-wide initiative to expand urban agriculture and healthy food access for the purposes of building
a robust and inclusive food economy for residents to find affordable and healthy food. To that end,
the Sustainable Food Systems Manager will be tasked with advancing sustainable food policy
initiatives for the City of Newark.
The Sustainable Food Systems Program Manager will be responsible for overseeing successful
implementation of the Nourishing Newark Community Grants Program
( Launched in February 2022, the Nourishing Newark Community
Grants Program seeks to spur the creation and expansion of sustainable urban food cooperatives, and
other healthy food distribution channels.
The Sustainable Food Systems Program Manager serves as liaison between the City and community
stakeholders. They will support the establishment of a Newark Urban Agriculture Commission, a
coalition of stakeholders committed to expanding and strengthening Newark’s capacity to produce,
distribute, process, sell, and consume healthy food, grown and disposed of using environmentally
sustainable techniques. Stakeholders may include community gardeners, wholesalers, retailers, schools
and academic researchers, community-based organizations, government representatives, distributors, food artisans, restaurateurs, health care professionals, recycling and composting entities, and consumer
Work is performed under the limited supervision of the Chief Sustainability Officer.

Secondary Job Duties:
• Support the preparation of reports for the Mayor and Municipal Council on progress made, and
make information available so the community can track Newark’s performance in achieving
programmatic goals.
• Support Chief Sustainability Officer in managing technical assistance, professional service, and
grant contracts, ensuring they meet all project objectives and oversight requirements.
• Track budgets, encumbrances, and expenditures for sustainability projects with multiple funding
sources including grants, government loans, and restricted use City revenues.
• Maintain files, media, image, and digital library for urban agriculture initiatives.
• Manage, create and update relevant webpages for the City of Newark website and social media.
• Resolve a wide variety of situations, either by researching and/or answering questions
personally or forwarding to appropriate person/entity.
• Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

1. Bachelor's degree with coursework in public policy, politics, environmental

studies/sciences, environmental health, urban planning, resource economics, business

administration, or related field and moderate experience working for local government,

performing policy analysis, project management, working with elected/appointed

officials and diverse populations, or equivalent combination of education and


2. Two years of related experience preferred. Possession of or pursuit of graduate degree in

a related field preferred.

3. Excellent oral communication, writing, and presentation skills required. Must have ability to

compile and analyze data with great attention to detail from a variety of sources in order to

prepare clear, accurate reports from such information; ability to read, analyze and interpret

general planning periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures and governmental

regulations; ability to write professional reports and business correspondence; ability to

prepare synthesis of technical information to lay public, and respond to questions from

groups of managers, customers and the public

4. Must have knowledge of key topics such as: sustainable food systems, urban agriculture,

food deserts, social determinants of health, etc.

5. Must have strong project management skills, including ability to prioritize, multi-task, and

delegate as appropriate. Must be able to meet required deadlines while working on a

variety of projects. Must have capacity to work as a team member and leader as well as

ability to work independently.

6. Must be proficient in the use of a computer and software programs such as word

processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications. Must be able to effectively operate

standard office equipment.

7. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and

hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision

abilities required to accomplish computer and office work.

8. Valid NJ Driver's License.

Preferred Competencies:

1. Familiarity with Newark or with a comparable city strongly preferred.

2. Deep commitment to environmental justice and a passion for advancing social equity

through environmental stewardship, public health, and sustainable urban development.

3. Ability to inspire passion and commitment for sustainability in others.

4. Demonstrated experience finding creative solutions to achieve results with limited


5. Demonstrated skills in working across sectors and demographics, breaking down siloes, and

facilitating coalition-based action.

6. Ability to cultivate and maintain strong working relationships, including operational staff,

advocates and activists, government officials, and local businesses and institutions.

About the Company

The City of Newark is seeking a committed, resourceful and talented change maker to shepherd the
development of urban agriculture programs, and facilitate implementation of Newark’s sustainable food
systems initiatives. The Sustainable Food Systems Program Manager will report to the Chief
Sustainability Officer, and work closely with a cross-disciplinary Urban Agriculture Commission made up
of key partners, food system stakeholders and City agencies. The goal of this newly forming body will be
to advance policies and programs that increase local fresh and healthy food production and distribution
to help combat hunger and food insecurity in our community. The work of the Sustainable Food Systems
Program Manager will be guided by principles of environmental and social justice, local self-sufficiency,
and will strive to ensure all members of the Newark community benefit as we continue to Move Newark

Apply By

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Nicole

Hewitt-Cabral, Chief Sustainability Officer, Please use the subject

line “Sustainable Food Systems Program Manager Application [LAST NAME]”. No phone calls, please.

Candidates are invited to kindly include any attachments or links demonstrating their experience and

expertise in local government sustainability; urban agriculture and sustainable food systems; food

deserts; coalition building/collective impact work, etc.

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