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Volunteer Coordinator | Slow Food Nations 2019

Event Date: July 20-21, 2019 (Pre-events July 18th + 19th)
Event Location: Larimer Square | Denver, CO
Contract Length: March 2019 - August 15, 2019
Reports To: Events Director
Role Type: Volunteer Coordinator

Slow Food USA, a 501c3 non-profit, is proud to present Slow Food Nations again in Denver this July 19-21, 2019 with an overall theme of ‘Where Tradition Meets Innovation’. Inspired by Slow Food International biennial Terra Madre gathering in Turin, Italy, Slow Food Nations is a festival of flavor, culture, and exploration.

JOB OVERVIEW: The Volunteer Coordinator shall be responsible for the oversight + management of all festival volunteers. In collaboration with the Slow Food Nations staff, the Volunteer Coordinator shall understand the volunteer needs of each event on the festival schedule and schedule volunteers as requested. Overall, the Volunteer Coordinator shall work as a representative for Slow Food Nations, and work to recruit and maintain a database of volunteers that can powerfully share what the festival represents and uphold our highest standards.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Act as liaison between Slow Food Nations core team and the Venue Captains/all festival volunteers to clearly communicate needs for the festival schedule.
  • Work with Event Director + Event Producers to staff + assist with the execution of multiple events at multiple venues.
  • Powerfully communicate all information and required skills to volunteers in a timely fashion

RECRUITMENT + TRAINING EFFORT

  • Recruit the necessary volunteers and create dynamic partnerships in order to fulfill all volunteer needs.
  • Work with Event Producers to hire, train, and work in partnership with a Volunteer Coordinator Intern.
  • Edit and create the Volunteer Handbook in partnership with our communications team.
  • Plan and execute Volunteer Orientation to share necessary information for volunteers to be successful on the ground.
  • Identify and recruit organizations/businesses that could be great volunteer partners.

DATA/SCHEDULING MANAGEMENT

  • Be available in person or through phone/email to answer any questions or adjust any scheduling conflicts
  • Work with festival software systems to manage the recruitment form, schedule, and maintain an orderly + up to date volunteer database

FESTIVAL WEEKEND

  • Must be available and fully present on site during 2019 festival weekend
  • Manage volunteer check-in and placement each day of the festival, as well as, set–up and maintain the Volunteer Check-in area.
  • Manage all volunteer placement throughout the festival weekend and ancillary events and initiatives.

POST-FESTIVAL

  • Be present for recap meetings with top-level festival staff
  • Analyze volunteer survey data and present Event Director with a summary of suggestions for improvement for next year.
  • Write all necessary thank you notes + execute a thank you email to go out to all volunteers in conjunction with our Communications Director

SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Strong ability to work strategically and efficiently.
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced, team setting.
  • Well-organized, strong communicator, outgoing, and passionate about creating seasoned volunteers
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn.
  • Proficient use of G Suite and ability to learn and utilize our ticketing platform.
  • Ability to successfully manage others.
  • Must own a laptop that can run cloud-based programs, a mobile device that can download and run applications.
  • Management or customer service experience encouraged but not required.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50+ lbs of equipment and other materials as needed.
  • Act as a representative of Slow Food USA and portray our values.

COMPENSATION

  • Stipend - $500.00
  • All Access Pass
  • Being a part of a large festival + action behind the scenes

CONTACT INFO | PROCESS FOR APPLICATIONS | INTEREST SUBMISSIONS

Please send a cover letter, resume, and why you would like an internship with Slow Food Nations to Lara Vann-Dagenhardt | Lara.v@slowfoodusa.org. Applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected for an interview.


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Internships

Slow Food USA offers three internship cycles: Fall (September-December), Spring (January-April), and Summer (May-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 we provide a monthly unlimited metro card and students may earn academic credit. Available internships are posted below.

Fall and Spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. For students seeking academic credit, we are happy to accept applications a season in advance. Please specify in the subject line of your email which season you are applying for.

Event Production Intern | Slow Food Nations 2019

Event Date: July 20-21, 2019 (Pre-event July 19 + 20)
Event Location: Larimer Square | Denver, CO
Contract Length: March 1, 2019 - August 15, 2019
Reports To: Culinary Event Manager
Role Type: Intern

Slow Food USA, a 501c3 non-profit, is proud to present Slow Food Nations again in Denver this July 19-21, 2019 with an overall theme of ‘Where Tradition Meets Innovation’. Inspired by Slow Food International biennial Terra Madre gathering in Turin, Italy, Slow Food Nations is a festival of flavor, culture, and exploration.

JOB OVERVIEW: Interns will gain hands-on experience in the planning and production of the Slow Food Nations festival. Tasks will range from interacting with culinary talent and vendors to volunteer management. This opportunity will allow interns to gain insight into the preparation, production and execution of a 4 day event with 30,000 attendees and 300+ volunteers. Event Production Intern will assist the Culinary Event Manager with logistics and execution of culinary events ranging from large format to intimate culinary workshops. Slow Food Nations Internships are an exciting opportunity for a hands-on experience assisting with the coordination and production of all culinary talent and their events throughout the 2019 festival.Slow Food Nations is a festival of flavor, culture, and exploration.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assisting Culinary Event Manager with recruitment + communication with talent + obtaining talent headshots, contact information + biographies.
  • Data entry into event management software
  • Assist with the recruitment of partnerships
  • Collaborate with team to develop + execute run of shows for all culinary events
  • Assist with all presenters + chefs to confirm specifics of their participation
  • Be on-site at festival to support Culinary Event Manager

Skills Required:

  • Excellent written and oral communications
  • Proficiency in: Excel, Word and Google Docs
  • Candidates should be extremely organized with great time management skills
  • Ability to work with a variety or people and assist with last-minute details
  • A willingness to work hard and positive/flexible attitude are a must
  • Interest and/or experience in the food and beverage industry
  • Flexibility with schedule

Dates of Opportunity: March 2019 – August 2019

Must be available to work festival week, July 16 - 23, 2019

Contact Info or Process for Applications/Interest Submissions:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and why you would like an internship with Slow Food Nations to Lara Vann-Dagenhardt | Lara.v@slowfoodusa.org. Applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected for an interview.

Slow Food Nations Intern

Slow Food seeks a motivated, energetic intern for our Denver, CO office to support the planning, development and programming of Slow Food Nations, a festival to celebrate good, clean and fair food. The ideal candidate will have a strong enthusiasm for our work, attention to detail, and willingness to learn and work in a collaborative environment.


Communications Interns

From website editing to video production, media relations and copyediting, the comms team has a broad portfolio of media to handle. These internships give you lots of hands-on experience and can be customized when we match up our needs and your goals. We are a small team, and everyone pitches together to move the organization forward at a fast pace. We require two days/week, but are flexible with the exact schedule.

Digital Media Intern

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Reports to: Director of Communications & Campaigns (Anna Mulé)
Dates: June - Aug 2019

The digital media intern focuses on multimedia production, website management, and other digital communications platforms. If you want to work on something specific, or learn particular new skills, we can get that in.

Qualifications:

  • Experience with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Excellent grammar and copyediting skills.
  • Familiarity with WordPress or similar CMS.
  • Organized and self-motivated.

Bonus Skills & Experience:

  • Great interest in and some experience with food and agriculture
  • Spanish speaker

Main Responsibilities:

  • Produce video stories
  • Manage website content
  • Assist with weekly email newsletters

Editorial Intern

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Reports to: Director of Communications & Campaigns (Anna Mulé)
Dates: June - July 2019

Qualifications:

  • Experience conducting interviews and writing journalistic stories.
  • Excellent grammar and copyediting skills.
  • Ability to pitch story ideas and generate content for blog and magazine.
  • Organized and self-motivated.
  • Familiarity with blog publishing.

Bonus Skills & Experience:

  • Great interest in and some experience with food and agriculture
  • Spanish speaker

Main Responsibilities:

  • Write press releases about the Slow Food USA network and our upcoming event, Slow Food Nations.
  • Manage the Slow Food USA blog, including writing original posts.

Social and Digital Media Intern

Location: Denver, CO
Reports to: Marketing & Outreach Coordinator (Giselle Kennedy Lord)
Dates: June - August 2019

The digital media intern will play a crucial role in our dynamic, consistent social media presence (with over 750,000 followers), produce multimedia material, and manage multimedia content. If you want to work on something specific, learn particular new skills, or have story ideas, there is plenty of space for your creativity.

Qualifications:

  • Very savvy and experience with social media platforms, specifically Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Experience with Final Cut Pro and/or Premiere Pro
  • Experience with and Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Illustrator and Lightroom
  • Excellent grammar and copyediting skills
  • Excellent people and communication skills; unafraid of getting out in the world and meeting/interviewing/photographing new (to you) people!
  • Organized and self-motivated

Bonus Skills & Experience:

  • Great interest in and some experience with food and agriculture
  • Familiarity with chefs and producers in the Denver area
  • Spanish speaker

Main Responsibilities:

  • Publish content to SFUSA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts
  • Produce video stories with Communications team
  • Meet and engage with Denver food industry pros participating in Slow Food Nations ‘19

 

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern cycles. Fall and spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however we provide a monthly unlimited metro card (for NYC) or parking (for Denver) and students may earn academic credit.

internships@slowfoodusa.org by March 31, 2019.

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.


Network Support and Development Intern

Slow Food USA seeks an outgoing and community minded intern to join and support our efforts to change the food system in the United States. The ideal candidate will have excellent attention to detail, strong enthusiasm for our work and an interest in non-profit management.

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Reports to: Ian McHugh

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 over 150 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. The Network Intern will assist in communicating with, coordinating, and building our grassroots network. He or she will learn valuable communications, data management, and community organizing skills while supporting Slow Food USA’s work to promote good, clean and fair food.

Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with staff supervisors to strategize and develop means for local leaders to engage with national and international campaigns.k
  • Respond to inquiries and support requests from members and local leaders of the Slow Food movement
  • Help to keep digital assets and the organization’s website current by: writing, coding, copyediting
  • Assist in acknowledging and thanking donors
  • Helping to maintain donor records and data hygiene in donor database
Qualifications:
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Creativity and willingness to take initiative
  • Customer service experience
  • Demonstrated interest in food and farming issues, both nationally and internationally
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once and work well independently
  • Familiarity with Google platforms (preferred)
  • Previous experience in website maintenance (preferred)
  • Previous experience working with databases (preferred)

Start Date:June 2019

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern cycles. Fall and spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit.

internships@slowfoodusa.org by March 31, 2019.

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.


Public Advocacy + Policy Intern

Slow Food USA supports food that is good, clean, and fair. We believe that everyone, every day, must have access to culturally meaningful, sustainably and humanely produced food that is good for their health and well-being and that food production must be good for the planet and good for those who bring food to our tables.

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Reports to: Ian McHugh and Ed Yowell of the SFUSA Policy Steering Committee

We know that our individual, informed choices and actions can support good, clean, and fair food. We also know that public policy, at federal, state, and local levels, greatly influences what and how food is produced and how the environment, and people at all ends of the food chain are affected by the production and availability of food.

We know too that to achieve and maintain good, clean, and fair food and farming, we must advocate for policies that support our principles and against policies that undermine them. The Slow Food USA Food and Farm Policy Steering Committee helps guide the work of the Slow Food USA Policy Task Force, which is a network of volunteers across the country that advocate in their communities for better food and farm policy.

Goals
  • To facilitate and steer SFUSA’s advocacy work during the Farm Bill season.
Work Plan
  • positively impact the Farm Bill in accordance with the SFUSA policy statement;
  • to provide opportunities for the SFUSA network to experience civic engagement and feel powerful; and
  • to provide support to the SF Policy Committee (so as to build their capacity via regular meetings, processes for making decisions) and to serve as a liaison between the volunteer network, partners, and the SFUSA office -- to deliver on calls to action;
  • to provide some internal communications support to the planning of the advocacy and food justice programming at Slow Food Nations.
Professional Expectations
  • While it may not be necessary to report to and work out of the office in every instance, it is important for there to be some office presence (in order to plan and collaborate with others on the team). We ask that the SFUSA email address be used exclusively for this work and that the work produced becomes the product of SFUSA.

Start Date:August 2019

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern cycles. Fall and spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit.

internships@slowfoodusa.org by July 19, 2019.

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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