Somerville Food Security Coalition seeks Project Coordinator for Youth Assessment of Food Security
The Somerville Food Security Coalition (SFSC) is composed of a diverse range of local stakeholders invested in addressing the issue of food access and food security in our community. The membership is open and includes non-profits, service providers, municipal and school members, businesses and residents. The monthly meetings of the SFSC focus on knowledge sharing around food issues and resources, coordinating food rescue, addressing policies that affect food security, and expanding the understanding of and implementing solutions around food security in the community.
The SFSC plans to build on existing data collection efforts that began this summer in order to get a comprehensive understanding of food security issues affecting youth in Somerville. The coalition plans to coordinate resources to: support compilation of existing related assessments; complete a rapid assessment of needs and assets and analysis of food insecurity; foster awareness-building of this issue across the community; engage vulnerable populations, especially youth, in collecting data; and facilitate prioritization and action planning for multiple strategies in multiple settings to address food insecurity.
Under the guidance of a sub-group of the coalition, the Food Security-Community Assessment Team (FS-CAT), the Project Coordinator will work with local community groups and selected youth to implement a field assessment that measures youth food security issues within the city. This is a part-time grant-funded position that is expected to be 10-12 hours per week through December with the possibility of continuing into the Spring.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Work off of existing data, surveys, and reports to design and implement data collection methods that address gaps in existing food insecurity data;
- Conduct a field assessment of food insecurity among youth in Somerville, including working with local food pantries/providers, schools, and other individuals and groups within the community;
- Support a team of youth workers by facilitating training and support around youth-centered data collection;
- Devise an action plan for future efforts to address any remaining information gaps, as well as proposed solutions to barriers to food security among the local population; and
- Raise awareness of food security issues within the community and assist with outreach at local events.
- Experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
- Excellent research, organization, and time management skills
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work with diverse groups of people and support youth workers
- An interest in food security issues in urban settings