C&C Honolulu: Food Security & Sustainability Program Manager




Food Security & Sustainability Program Manager (SR-22)


Organization description:


The City and County of Honolulu (“City”) Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (“CCSR”) was established by a City Charter amendment in 2016 with overwhelming approval by Oʻahu voters. As mandated by Charter, CCSR is tasked with seeking local information from scientists and tracking climate change science and potential impacts on City facilities, coordinating actions and policies of departments within the City to increase community preparedness, protecting economic activity, protecting the coastal areas and beaches, and developing resilient infrastructure in response to the effects from climate change. Additionally, CCSR is responsible for integrating sustainable and environmental values into City plans, programs, and policies. CCSR also administratively supports the City’s Climate Change Commission.


Duties and responsibilities:


  • Serve as lead for the City’s Food Security & Sustainability Program
  • Develop a strategic food system development plan to address sustainability within Oʻahu’s food system, poverty-related affordability, food deserts, and increasing access to locally-produced foods
  • Oversee the drafting, implementation, coordination, and monitoring of the plan’s actions to establish long-term food resilience on Oʻahu and navigate the impacts of climate change on Oʻahu’s food systems
  • Conduct research on best practices among U.S. and international cities regarding the integration of food security and sustainability, and incorporates these lessons into City policy and plans
  • Support the development of Oʻahu’s food networks by identifying and building partnerships with Federal, State, non-profit, and community agencies/organizations to better align among various levels of government and NGOs
  • Recommend policies and initiatives with particular purview to the island’s disproportionately-impacted and vulnerable communities
  • Represent CCSR and the City, on topics at various stakeholder and community meetings throughout Oʻahu
  • Launch and coordinate an Oʻahu Food Policy Council or similar entity
  • Other related duties as may be assigned


Minimum qualifications:


  • At least three to five years of experience in public health, nutrition, sustainability, food systems, agriculture, economic and community development or planning, including industry, policy, consulting and advocacy work
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field from an accredited university
  • Experience in policy formation, research, and analysis and familiarity with the implications and economic impacts of climate and sustainability policies
  • Ability to synthesize technical information from diverse sources and to convey this information in written and verbal forms (i.e., plans, policies, public meetings)
  • Familiarity with policies and programs addressing coomunity food insecurity; including food policy councils, SNAP-Ed outreach initiatives, farmers markets, community gardens, food-buying cooperatives, community-supported agriculture programs, farm-to-school initaitves, community kitchens, etc.
  • Ability to build coalitions to advance City policy and plans surrounding long-term food security, sustainbaility, and self-sufficiency
  • Experience managing projects in a team setting, including developing project plans and managing timelines
  • Experience collaborating with diverse internal and external stakeholders and community partnerships to achieve goals
  • Excellent writing and public presentation skills, with a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate complex policy issues clearly and concisely to members of the public in both written and verbal forms
  • Comfortable working both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to multi-task and organize projects in a professional and concise manner, sometimes with short deadlines
  • Strong background using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


Desired qualifications:


  • Advanced degree in relevant discipline such as public health, nutrition, sustainability, food systems, agriculture, management, economic and community development or planning, environmental science or similar science
  • Previous experience working in food security or sustainable agriculture on Oʻahu (or elsewhere in Hawaiʻi) preferred
  • Deep understanding of how the concept of resilience can be operationalized in government planning and policy
  • Knowledge of the landuse planning process, including how it applies to food systems and climate change adaptation






Starting salary ranging between $64,476 and $72,528 annually, plus full City benefits.



To apply:



To apply, please send a 1-2 page cover letter, current resume, a minimum of two writing samples, and at least three current references to resilientoahu@honolulu.gov. Please highlight aspects of your experience that are relevant for this position and explain why you are interested in working with the City and County of Honolulu and CCSR.



Deadline to apply:



Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 19, 2020 or until the position is filled.



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