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Slow Food USA offers three internship cycles: Fall (September-December), Spring (January-April), and Summer (June-August) located in either of the national offices (Brooklyn, NY or Denver, CO), in addition to some remote opportunities. A minimum of 15 hours per week is required.

Internships are unpaid; however students may earn academic credit. Summer internships will be posted in February. Applications submitted before the internships open to application will not be considered. Available internships are posted below.

Strategic Initiatives Intern

Slow Food USA seeks a motivated, energetic and conscientious intern to join and support our efforts to change the culture of food. The ideal candidate will have excellent attention to detail and enthusiasm for our work.

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Location: Brooklyn, NY

Reports to: Director of Strategy and Community Engagement, Megan Larmer

Date: March to May

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with members in over 150 countries and 1,300 volunteer-led chapters around the world. We were founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and the disappearance of local food cultures. Today, we coordinate local, national and global initiatives to achieve our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for them, good for farmers and workers and good for the planet.

The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with a small staff based in Brooklyn, NY and over 200 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. The Strategic Initiatives Intern will support the Ark of Taste program and assembly of the USA delegation to Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto 2016. He or she will gain knowledge and skills in the areas biodiversity, event planning, data management, and website maintenance.

Duties:
  • Work closely with staff and supervisor to recruit and evaluate applicants to the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016 (TMSdG) USA delegation
  • Respond to inquiries and requests from local leaders and the public about TMSdG
  • Assist in creating communications and materials related to TMSdG and the Ark of Taste through writing and content building
  • Prepare new entries to the online Ark of Taste catalog
  • Participate in general office operations such as attending staff meetings, answering the phone, etc.
Qualifications:
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work efficiently both in a group and independently
  • Customer service, community organizing, or similar experience
  • Some experience with html is preferred
  • An interest in biodiversity and global food and farming issues is preferred
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system

Start Date: March 1 (flexible)

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern cycles. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit.

Please send cover letter and resume with “Strategic Initiatives Internship” in the subject line to Megan Larmer at internships@slowfoodusa.org. Applications accepted until position is filled.

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applications who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Slow Food Program Interns (Denver)

Slow Food seeks motivated, energetic interns for our Denver, CO office to support our efforts to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all. The ideal candidates will have a strong enthusiasm for our work and willingness to learn.

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Location: Denver, CO

Reports to: Program Manager, National School Garden Program and Director, Slow Food Denver

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with members in over 150 countries and 1,300 volunteer-led chapters around the world. We were founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and the disappearance of local food cultures. Today, we coordinate local, national and global programs and campaigns to achieve our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for them, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet.

The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with a small staff split between Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO and a network of over 150 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. The Denver office is also the base for Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program and our biennial North American Slow Food event. These interns will assist with program support for Slow Food Denver, the North American Slow Food event and the National School Garden Program.

Responsibilities could include:
  • Help maintain our database of school garden contacts and Google map of gardens
  • Help to develop, design, and maintain resources for our web page
  • Assist Slow Food USA chapters with collecting data via surveys or phone interviews
  • Assist with managing the Ark of Taste Gardens project (process applications, and ship seed packets)
  • Maintain email accounts for projects like the Global Garden Exchange international e-pen pal program
  • Conduct research on grant opportunities, partnerships, and other school garden resources
  • Provide hands-on leadership for Slow Food Denver’s school garden programs, such as garden project coordination, cooking classes and Youth Farmers Markets
  • Provide support for Slow Food Denver’s community programs and events such as preserving workshops, community outreach, and producer tours
  • Assist with planning for the 2017 North American Slow Food event
  • Generally support the Director and Program Manager as needed
The ideal candidates will possess the following knowledge, skills and characteristics:
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm about the Slow Food mission
  • Ability to thrive in a small but collaborative environment
  • Creativity, willingness to take initiative, and ability to work independently
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms, specifically Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and follow-through with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and Google Drive
  • Knowledge of food and farming issues
  • Flexibility and good humor
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system
  • Graphic design experience a plus
  • Spanish or other foreign language skills a plus
  • Proficiency in website coding and basic HTML a plus

Start Date: April 2016 or June 2016

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for either cycle. Internships have a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit. This internship is not a research-based project.

Please send cover letter and resume to Lauren Howe, Manager of the National School Garden Program with "School Garden Program Intern" and which cycle you are applying for (April or June) in the subject line to internships@slowfoodusa.org by March 15, 2016.

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applications who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


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Director of Communication and Campaigns

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Slow Food USA seeks a leader to build and execute the organization’s communication and small donor fundraising strategy. Slow Food is a global brand, dedicated to promoting food that is good, clean, and fair for all. As the North American hub for the Slow Food movement, Slow Food USA inspires individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair. This position is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic mid­-career communications professional to build a multi­-channel campaign platform to reach and engage millions of consumers around contemporary food issues, such as biodiversity, meat consumption, and school gardens.

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OPPORTUNITY:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the position has full support of the organization’s leadership and is the first hire coming out of a strategic planning process. SFUSA is looking for a builder of new work more than a maintainer of existing work, and one who is comfortable scaling domestic campaigns in concert with global counterparts. Some of the assets a successful candidate will have to work with include:

  • More than 750 thousand social media followers and an email list of 100K +
  • Access to a network of 150 on-the-­ground local chapters
  • Global reach, through Slow Food USA’s parent organization, Slow Food International
  • An “edgy”, positive brand, and messaging that resonates widely
  • Multiple high profile domestic and international events and other activities each year
  • A track record of successfully engaging an audience and driving action on the ground
  • Access to staff, interns, and a budget for consulting support
EXPERIENCE:
  • Experience setting and executing a vision, and leading teams in a changing landscape
  • Experience launching successful multi­channel communication campaigns, including: digital and social media, email, print, media relations, advertising, and internal communications
  • Proven ability to develop and sustain relationships with internal and external constituencies, including volunteer groups, partner organizations, and the media
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to master complex issues, convey information clearly and communicate a compelling and inspired vision
  • Proficiency in a wide array of communications and information management software, including: Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Salesforce, email clients such as Exact Target, Campaign Monitor as well as some knowledge of HTML
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Proven ability to step into an unfamiliar situation and add immediate value
  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship skills, including ability and desire to work well as part of a team
VALUES:
  • An individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics, and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation and treats others with respect
  • Passion for changing how people think about food and knowledge of the food movement
  • Identifies as a global citizen with proven experience in building cross-­cultural relationships
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Design and build a communications platform to grow the reach and engagement with the Slow Food brand across multiple tiers of engagement and communications channels
  • Execute time-­limited, focused campaigns around resonant messages and events
  • Activate stakeholders to engage in desired behaviors across multiple tiers of engagement 
(e.g., retweet, sign a petition, organize an event)
  • Identify and cultivate brand and content partnerships to reach new audiences and provide additional opportunities for engagement
  • Develop and administer digital, print, social and website communications assets
  • Collaborate with development staff around donor communications design
  • Lead list acquisition efforts, individual gift appeals, and renewals
  • Identify key performance metrics, set targets, and measure success
  • Serve as a strategic thought partner to the Executive Director and Board on how to expand Slow Food’s message
  • Manage relationships with market research, IT, copy, graphics & design consultants

Classification: Full-time Exempt Employee

Reports to: Executive Director

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Benefits include: Health Insurance

Start Date: As soon as the right candidate is identified

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We reflect the diverse community that is working toward a healthy food system.  Applicants who identify with historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume in a single PDF document to: jobs@slowfoodusa.org, subject line “Director of Communications and Campaigns”. The job will remain open until the right candidate is identified.


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