Jobs + Internships

Slow Food USA Sponsors & Partners Manager

Location: Denver, CO
Position Dates: November 2019 – October 2020
Full-time, contract position
Reports to Slow Food Nations Executive Director
Compensation: $38,000-$44,000 annually

Slow Food Nations is flagship event of Slow Food in the US hosted by Slow Food USA in Denver, Colorado. This gathering brings over 25,000 visitors together in downtown Denver for a weekend of flavor, culture, and exploration. The goals of the festival are to strengthen our network through relationship building and education, increase awareness about and engagement in the Slow Food movement, and raise money to support the work of Slow Food USA.

The sponsors and partners who support Slow Food Nations build the foundation for a free festival that celebrates good, clean and fair food. They are committed to shaping the future of food, engaging the public, and creating the festival’s energy and excitement. Partnerships are one of the key strategic pillars for Slow Food, and we value long-standing relationships with like-minded companies and organizations. We seek a manager for Slow Food sponsors and partners, which is an independent contractor role.

Scope of Work
The Sponsorship & Partnership Manager is responsible for supporting relationships and fulfilling agreements related to donors, sponsorships and partnerships for the Slow Food Nations festival and key partnerships for Slow Food USA overall. This role reports directly to the Slow Food Nations Executive Director, and also works closely with other team members. The Partners and Sponsors role is primarily responsible for development, fulfillment and administration of partners and sponsors, recruiting and cultivating Taste Marketplace merchants, and leading the small business supporter program. As an integral member of the team, this role will also support general office operations and other partnership opportunities as they arise. 

Specifics of the role include:

SFN Sponsors + Partners 

  • Support development of the sponsorship strategy, plan and pipeline
  • Participate in sponsorship development meetings and capture detailed notes and action items
  • Support Slow Food Nations fundraising events
  • Create and track sponsorship agreements
  • Oversee onsite sponsor activations, sponsor marketing + promotional benefits, complimentary ticket allocation, signage/logo placement and hospitality support as outlined in sponsor agreements
  • Liaise with Event Production, Event Operations and Communications teams to make sure all sponsor commitments are fulfilled
  • Check-in regularly with sponsors to maintain a positive, professional and high-touch relationship
  • Plan and organize the sponsor VIP lounge on Larimer Square, including check-in process, staffing needs and venue details
  • Organize and manage sponsor credentials
  • Create a template for sponsor summary report, identifying key information to capture during the festival
  • Create sponsor summary reports and follow up post-festival
  • Manage sponsor records and information in Airtable and Salesforce
  • Secure, manage and track in-kind sponsorships
  • Maintain oversight of any sponsor and partner agreements that extend beyond Slow Food Nations, and be the external and internal point person
  • Provide general support for the festival executive director for sponsorship management
  • Research and provide recommendations for ticketing partnership and platform
  • Work with festival executive director to handle any issues that arise

SFN Taste Marketplace

  • Develop and implement strategy for merchant recruitment
  • Liaise with Taste Marketplace coordinator to manage marketplace logistics, maintaining the relationship point of contact
  • Organize the B2B reception
  • Follow up after the festival to gather feedback from merchants

Small Business Supporters 

  • Develop and implement strategy for the Small Business Supporter program, including renewals and new outreach
  • Work with Salesforce consultant to maintain database


  • Communicate regularly with festival executive director to share overall status and any issues that arise
  • Work with marketing team to support Slow Food Nations outreach and campaigns
  • Contribute to overall office management and team collaboration
  • Contribute to overall fundraising strategy conversations with Slow Food USA team


  • Excellent organizational skills with accuracy, follow-through and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and with a team, while handling multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Ability to work closely with all kinds of different people — a positive team player, able to recognize when people need help and willing to jump in with a smile
  • Experience with managing strategic relationships with a professional demeanor, client service orientation and hospitality focus
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and a sense of humor in a rapidly moving, dynamic environment
  • Willingness to encourage a diverse range of perspectives and experiences, and support a welcoming and inclusive organizational culture for all people

In addition to the above qualifications, the ideal candidate would have:

  • Experience with activating brands and organizations at festivals and events
  • Self-motivation and ability to learn quickly
  • Spanish speaking skills
  • Experience with Google Suite, Airtable, Slack and Salesforce
  • A shared passion and commitment to Slow Food values

Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@slowfoodusa.org.


Communications Editorial Intern

If you want to sit around and do filing, or need a lot of direction in order to produce, this is not the internship for you. We are a small team, and everyone pitches together to move the organization forward at fast pace. This internship will give you plenty of hands-on experience. 

We require two days/week, but are flexible with the exact schedule. You’ll report to Anna Mulé, executive director.

The editorial intern will publish interesting and inspiring stories. This will involve interviewing food activists from the Slow Food USA network, writing blog posts, editing our Spring magazine, and writing press releases. If you want to work on something specific, or learn particular new skills, we can get that in.

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Duration: January – May 2020

Reports to: Anna Mulé, Executive Director

  • 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.
Main responsibilities: 
  • Write press releases about the Slow Food USA network and campaigns.
  • Manage the Slow Food USA blog, including writing original posts.

Duration & Hours:
A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern cycles. Fall (September – December) and spring internships (January – May) also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit and will receive a monthly unlimited metrocard.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume with Editorial Internship in the subject line to Anna Mulé at anna@slowfoodusa.org by December 13, 2019.

Network + Development Intern

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Duration: February – May 2020

Reports to: Ian McHugh, Network + Operations

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 nonprofit management.

The Network and Development Intern will assist in communicating with, coordinating, and building our grassroots network. They will learn valuable communications, data management, and community organizing skills while supporting Slow Food USA’s work to promote good, clean and fair food.

Main Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with staff supervisors to strategize and develop means for local leaders to engage with national and international campaigns
  • Respond to inquiries and support requests from members and local leaders of the Slow Food movement
  • Help to create network communications materials through writing and content building
  • Help create resources for chapter leaders
  • Monitor new chapter inquiries and guide people through the process of starting a chapter
  • Maintain membership and leadership database


  • 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
  • Experience with graphic design and use of Adobe Creative Suite software (preferred)
  • Experience managing and analyzing data, with attention to detail (preferred)
  • Previous experience working with databases (preferred)

Duration & Hours: 

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern cycles. Fall (September – December) and spring (January – May) internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit and will receive a monthly unlimited metrocard.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume with Network + Development and Internship; in the subject line to Ian McHugh at ian@slowfoodusa.org by December 13, 2019.