Policy and Organizing Director (Part-Time), Sacramento Food Policy Council

Sacramento Food Policy Council

About SFPC

The Sacramento Food Policy Council (SFPC) was formed in 2015 to propel collective action throughout Sacramento County, coalescing efforts to build an equitable food system through community organizing and policy advocacy.

Role Description

The Policy and Organizing Director will represent SFPC at events, forums, relevant coalitions, and in governmental spaces. The position will work with the Steering Committee to reestablish local food system campaigns, promote the county-wide Food System Assessment and upcoming Food Action Plan in partnership with the County of Sacramento, advocate for just food policy at the city and county level, and regularly convene key partners. The ideal candidate will be fluent in urban and rural food systems, with a drive to and experience in advocating for just and equitable policy. Candidates need to be local to Sacramento County and familiar with local food justice and community-based efforts and/or organizations.

Candidates need to have the ability to attend virtual meetings and attend in-person city and county meetings. Funding for this position is available through the end of 2024, with the possibility to extend or grow based on additional funds. The Policy and Organizing Director will report to the Steering Committee.

Scope of Work/Activities/Roles

SFPC has an array of professional activity needs and is open to an iterative scope of work, dependent on the candidate’s specialties, availability, and interest. The following list comprises all activities for which SFPC is seeking support, but candidates are not expected to address all of these needs:

• Maintain and establish relationships with the County Board of Supervisors, City Councils, Sacramento region state legislators, local governments, and relevant staff

• Coordinate with the steering committee, Food Policy Council members, and the community to facilitate one or two equitable food systems campaign(s) and advocacy strategy

• Organize and advocate to advance development of the Sacramento County Food Action Plan

• Maintain SFPC membership and leadership in the California Food Policy Council, and participation in the California Food and Farming Network • Establish regular community communications

• Coordinate regular convenings of key partners and steering council members

• Facilitate ongoing learning on racial justice & equity in the non-profit food system community

• Facilitate and support ongoing programming of the International Garden of Many Colors

• Provide facilitation and logistical support to the SFPC Steering Council


• 3-7 years of experience in political advocacy and/or community organizing, or skill set to match

• Excellent verbal and written communications

• Ability to build trust-based working relationships

• Ability to work at home and travel within Sacramento County to in-person meetings

• Understanding of California food and farming system issues Preferred Qualifications

• Ability to speak and write in a language other than English (Hmong, Spanish, Tagalog, Punjabi, Mien, Russian, Ukrainian, etc.)

• Experience and/or training in Justice, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity principles

• Lived experience working within the food system, i.e. farming, food service, processing, advocacy, etc.

Position Details

Salary is $45,000 plus full benefits (.625 FTE / 25 hours week)

• Individual health insurance premiums are covered at 100% (75% for dependents). Time off (vacation, sick and personal days) are accrued at a rate of 0.625.

• Potential of ‘fee for service’ funding for the expansion of work on the Food Action Plan may increase this position to full time (40 hours/week).

• Position is supported by funding through December 31, 2024.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to SFPC Vice President Adrian Rehn at adrianrehn@hotmail.com before 11:59 PM on April 21st, 2023. In the cover letter, please outline your interest in the role, which of the responsibilities above that you have the skillset and interest in working on, and what you believe you can bring to the position.

SFPC is a fiscally-sponsored project of Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA). PANNA embraces diversity and is actively committed to increasing diversity among our staff, board and volunteers. We are seeking individuals from a wide variety of ethnic, racial and social backgrounds for this position. We strongly encourage people of color, people with roots in other countries, and those from communities directly impacted by pesticides to apply. PAN does not discriminate against applicants or employees for reasons of race, color, disability, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, prior convictions, incarceration or age.

To apply for this job please visit www.sacfoodpolicy.org.