Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive is looking for an intern!

This was brought to my attention by Tyneisha, who broke our hearts when she moved away but then she came back. She used to work at the co-op so she knows about stuff. She reminds me not to talk to white boys too much, which is helpful. (In all things, moderation!)

xoxo
Yonah.

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Northeast Event Planning Intern


Company Description:  CoFED - the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive - is a national cooperative network and training program committed to empowering students to create ethically-sourced, cooperatively-run food enterprises on college campuses. CoFED provides week-long retreats and resources with our regional organizers to support student groups as they open up their own food co-ops on their campus. Our mission is to cultivate a more sustainable, community-oriented culture through college campuses.

We’re looking for a fast-learning intern interested in sustainable food movements, event planning and/or cooperative careers and alternative business to support the development of CoFED’s events in the northeast, including but not limited to our National Winter Summit. This position will require attention to detail and a willingness to learn on your feet and take initiative on projects.

Hours: 10-20 hours a week, depending on the week

Job Duties:   
  • Assisting the Regional Organizer and related CoFED Staff in all aspects of planning for each event, including but not limited to:
    • Searching for and securing suitable locations
    • Securing food donations through sustainable food organizations/companies
    • Corresponding and following up with speakers and students
    • Developing registration documents, creative tracking processes and ticketing
    • Development of publicity materials and strategy
    • Brainstorming event themes and activities + creative implementation
    • Developing and/or assisting with fundraising events
  • Self-directed projects
    • Potential opportunities to create and lead relevant workshops.
Opportunities:
  • Free admission to retreats and discounted admission to relevant food conferences, food events and/or dinner parties
  • Gain skills in online management tools and event planning;
  • Exposure to cooperative businesses, consensus decision-making processes, anti-oppression training, food justice and related concepts in action;
  • Excellent networking opportunities with influential movers and shakers in the food movement;
  • Experience working with a small team in a fast-paced, professional environment where your ideas and input are valued and desired;
  • Entrance into a nationally-recognized organization within a quickly growing field;
  • Professional support and connections through advisers and partnering organizations
Qualifications:  
  • Demonstrated interest in sustainable food movements, cooperative movements and/or sustainable and alternative business.
  • Students/recent graduates in the Philadelphia metropolitan area will be given preference.
  • Experience planning events in school or elsewhere.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and intuit responsibilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Comfort working virtually and in person.
  • Experience with GoogleDocs, Excel, etc.
  • Ability to dedicate 10 - 20 hours per week until at least January 8 , 2013
Job Begins:  ASAP! If the candidate is a good fit, the position can be extended and customized.

Compensation: Stipend available depending on experience. CoFed staff will commit time to supporting professional development and connecting to opportunities.

To apply:Please send a cover letter describing your relevant event planning experience, qualifications, goals, and expectations along with your current resume through CoFED’s application form: http://cofed.wufoo.com/forms/allpurpose-application-form/ .

Applications received before October 30th will be given priority, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

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