Missouri Coalition for the Environment
The Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) is Missouri’s independent citizens’ environmental organization for clean water, clean air, clean energy, and a healthy environment. Our mission is to educate, organize, and advocate in defense of Missouri’s people and their environment.
MCE began its work in 1969 in St. Louis as the region’s first independent citizens’ group created to address a broad range of environmental policy issues. Today, we work to enforce the laws that protect our public land and natural resources, and advocate for change at all levels of government for the protection of environmental and public health.
Known & Grown STL Program Background
Known & Grown STL works to build a resilient, equitable food community by supporting and promoting farmers within 150 miles of St. Louis that use humane, chemical-free practices as well as spreading awareness about why environmentally-responsible farming is important.
The Known & Grown STL program vets and promotes farmers who use humane and chemical-free practices within 150 miles of St. Louis, increases connections between farmers and buyers, shows consumers where to buy Known & Grown products, and educates the public about how environmentally-responsible farming benefits us all. Known & Grown STL program staff visit each farm to ensure they meet our standards for environmental stewardship before promoting them on our website and social media. This program shares information about farmers markets, stores, and restaurants so customers can purchase produce and animal products from farmers in our program. Additionally, the Known & Grown STL program staff responds to our network of farmers’ needs, addresses food system gaps, and provides information about how sustainable farming benefits people, communities, and our planet.
Position Overview: This is a full-time, grant-funded position.
- Promote Known & Grown STLfarmers through social media, meetings, tabling (post-covid), and presentations
- Expand the program to reach new audiences
- Maintain information-rich website and social media presence, including content and graphic creation
- Create and manage promotional campaigns
- Write a biweekly newsletter to farmers and a monthly newsletter to followers
- Generate press coverage when appropriate
- Create and maintain relationships with partner organizations, community members, and farmers
- Manage merchandise ordering and sales
- Collaborate with and manage interns
- Book and promote farmer interviews with Earthworms (KDHX podcast)
- Meet with market managers, restaurants, and other buyers
- Assist with holding farmer meetings and facilitating farmer meetups
- Prioritize equity in outreach and promotional efforts
- Other duties as assigned, including assisting the Local Food Director and Farmer Specialist with tasks as they relate to Known & Grown
- Attend and participate in MCE staff meetings and events
Competencies and Skill Sets:
- Experience in building and managing relationships
- Experience in communication and marketing
- Excellent verbal and written skills
- Self-directed with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- Experience developing and implementing an outreach strategy
- Project management skills
- Creative thinking and problem-solving
- Ability to balance several objectives at once
- Strong organizational skills
- Public speaking and presentation skills, comfortable with talking to the media
- Attention to detail as it relates to branding visuals and consistencies
- Associate’s degree or equivalent experience with at least 2 years experience in a relevant field, such as food and agriculture systems (e.g. farming, food marketing, food sales, food service, food procurement, institutional purchasing, farm-to-school programs, generalized communications, generalized marketing).
- Familiarity and experience with managing a social media account, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
- Cultural competency in working with farmers, St. Louis Food Policy Coalition members, community stakeholders and leaders.
- General food system knowledge
- Previous experience working with small-scale farmers
- Nonprofit experience
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Workplace: This position will require someone to work from home, the office, and in public spaces such as working at an event or meeting someone on a farm.
Compensation: 32 hours per week for an annual salary of $29,600 – $32,800. Please note: there is potential to increase hours to 40 hours per week and the corresponding annual salary to $37,000 – $41,000 pending funding opportunities.
Health insurance is 100% paid by MCE for an individual employee, health reimbursement account, paid time off, $25/month cell phone stipend.
Deadline to apply: Please send resume and three references to: email@example.com by May 17, 2021.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.