Local Foods Development Coordinator: Local First Arizona Foundation

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Local First is a nonprofit organization working on multiple issues related to inequity. We work to create opportunities and access for all people, and healthy food access is a priority. We launched www.goodfoodfinderaz.com last year, which is the state's first directory of growers and purveyors of local foods. We are now working to list all the U-pick-it farms, community gardens, school gardens, and farmer's markets where SNAP and WIC benefits are accepted. Additionally, we will show how to access healthy food using public transportation systems, and will release printed materials in English and Spanish to help families empower themselves with healthier choices.
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This position is primarily responsible for raising awareness of local foods, local food producers, local food organizations and local food businesses by organizing food-oriented events aimed at promoting Arizona’s food community, identifying and helping to write grants to fund healthy food programs, on-site visits to food businesses and strategic collaborations.


Responsible for connecting members of the Arizona food community to communities, individuals, institutions and to various economic opportunities. Responsible for administering any grant funding, tracking and reporting on grants. Responsible for coordinating the volunteer program and provides direction, coordination, and training for all volunteers.

Development Responsibilities:

  • Research grant writing and management
  • Cultivate relationships with food-related event sponsors
  • Participate in other fundraising activities

Management Responsibilities:

  • Complete semi-annual program evaluation and required grant reporting
  • Manage internship program (2 each semester, 10-15 hours per week)
  • Recruit and manage volunteers as needed

Event Responsibilities:

  • Arizona Food and Farm Finance Forum
    • Plan and execute all event logistics with support from staff, interns, and volunteers
    • Coordinate workshops for farmer and food entrepreneur development
    • Work closely with USDA Risk Management on agriculture services
    • Work closely with Fuerza Local on food business development

Program Responsibilities:

  • Manage Good Food Finder AZ website
    • Continuously add content and additional food business listings
    • Continuously improve website functionality and add new features
    • Develop local foods printed directories

Communications and Outreach Responsibilities:

  • Represent LFAF in monthly local foods advisory councils
  • Produce biweekly Locavore newsletter
  • Produce two to three local food blog features per month
  • Develop social media calendar with staff and intern support


  • Knowledge of sustainable food system development and preferred in the southwestern US/arid desert environment
  • Experience in community organizing and engagement
  • Experience in nonprofit management
  • Experience in strategic planning and thinking
  • Proven success in grant writing and fund development
  • Experience in program development, coordination, and evaluation
  • Experience with recruitment and supervision of program staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Preferred: Experience in event/conference planning and logistics
  • Preferred: Experience working across public and private sectors

Please send a cover letter about your interest in local food systems or healthy food access and a resume to kimber@localfirstaz.com

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