Healthy Food in Health Care Coordinator

posted October 28, 2008

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We get a ton of email from intelligent young people with ambition. Particularly they are often looking for a job in sustainable agriculture.
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Read on for a recent job post from comfood for a Healthy Food Health Care Coordinator…

The Ecology Center is seeking a talented and experienced person to direct a healthy food in health care project with the goal to increase patient and community health and to support sustainable agriculture in southeast Michigan and the State. The Center is accepting applicants for full or part-time work for work based in Ann Arbor or Detroit. .

Job Responsibilities
The project coordinator will provide support, technical assistance and resource information to hospitals across the state – with a focus on southeast Michigan – that are interested in assessing their current food procurement practices and moving towards purchasing more sustainably-produced, healthier foods for their patients and staff. The project is part of a broad, national campaign through Health Care Without Harm (see www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.org\). The coordinator will also help expand the network of hospitals sourcing local and organic food; help build the business case for that action; develop technical assistance support for Michigan hospitals that are currently working on sustainable food procurement; prepare presentations and updates for healthcare professionals, food service directors, dietitians etc; assist in coordinating a “leadership team” of Michigan hospitals working on the initiative; bring health provider voices into food policy discussions; and jump start an initiative in the Detroit area. This project builds on several years of groundwork in the area of sustainable food systems and health care.

Qualifications
The ideal candidate for this position is someone who has enthusiasm for and interest in the development of sustainable food systems, local sourcing within institutions, Southeast Michigan healthcare, food production and distribution industries, and our collective public and environmental health. The ideal candidate will also have good writing, communication and computer skills, experience in community development and organizing, and be able to take initiative.

Compensation
Salary is commensurate with relevant professional experience. The Ecology Center offers generous benefits for staff positions, including medical, dental, four weeks vacation, and retirement.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and a current writing sample by email to jobs@ecocenter.org. Alternatively, please fax to (734) 663-2414, or mail to Ecology Center, 117 N. Division, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Attention: Healthy Food in Healthcare Coordinator. For more information, please call (734) 761-3186.

Application Deadline
Please apply before November 15, 2008. Applications received prior to November 15 will be given priority, but we will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.

The Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and people of diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Ecology Center

The Ecology Center is a Michigan-based environmental organization that works for a safe and healthy environment where people live, work, and play. Founded in 1970, the Ecology Center has approximately 6,000 members and supporters and 14 staff persons. In recent years, the Ecology Center has led successful campaigns to close down Michigan’s medical waste incinerators, improve the environmental performance of the auto industry, and save thousands of acres of working farms and valuable natural areas.

Our staff are advocates who translate cutting edge environmental science into calls for changes in policy and in the marketplace. We work in an informal, team atmosphere, where individual initiative and priority setting is expected. Our methods emphasize research and scientific credibility, developing reports, fact sheets and websites, grassroots organizing with public health, environmental and health-impacted communities, and crafting effective stories for the media. The Ecology Center is the parent organization of Recycle Ann Arbor, also a nonprofit organization, which operates the premier recycling program in the state of Michigan.