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Jobs + Internships

Thank you for your interest in working with Slow Food USA! The national team is a close-knit unit, with HQ in Brooklyn, NY and team members in Portland and Denver. We collaborate closely with the Slow Food mothership in Italy and other Slow Food communities around the world. While the work is fast-paced and intense, we have a lot of fun and always look for ways to live the Slow values that we champion.

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. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. See more about EIJ at Slow Food USA.

Current openings are listed here. Please apply with the form below.

Part-time Staff: Community Engagement Manager (NYC)

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization that was born in Italy 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 pursue our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for us, good for the environment, and good for those who grow, harvest and prepare it. Slow Food is active in over 160 countries around the world. The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with headquarters in Brooklyn, NY and over 150 chapters nationwide.

Who we’re looking for

We are currently seeking a part-time Community Engagement Manager to nurture and support the Slow Food network in the United States. The position is a combination of administrative support, relationship building and grassroots network development. We are looking for someone who can build trust with the network, guide our leaders to embrace equity, inclusion and justice at every step, and be a collaborative team player with other staff and contractors. This position is located in our headquarters in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY and reports to the executive director.

What you’ll do

Relationship building (30%):

  • Coordinate regular emails and conference calls for network leaders to help build leadership, highlight new resources, and support national working groups.
  • Manage online groups and website for network leaders.
  • Make connections between network leaders and partners, and facilitate conflict resolution.

Grassroots network development (30%):

  • Coordinate network participation at regional, national and international events, including Slow Food Nations, Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, Slow Fish and others.
  • Actively contribute to team brainstorming around fundraising, campaigns and other activities.
  • Work closely with leaders to deepen our commitment to equity, inclusion and justice.

Administrative support (40%):

  • Work with network leaders on chapter management, membership, record keeping and tax filing.
  • Coordinate the process for starting new local chapters and communities, and for closing chapters as needed.
  • Reply to leader and member inquiries by phone and email.
  • Manage database updates in Salesforce.
  • Assist with mailings from the office, including monthly acknowledgement letters and biannual direct mailings.
  • Facilitate internship program and training.

Skills

  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills, including demonstrated ability to develop productive relationships with individuals and communities across a diverse array of backgrounds and geographies.
  • Polished, professional demeanor and excellent hospitality/customer service skills, including a communication style that diffuses conflict and promotes cooperation.
  • Keen understanding of the importance of equity, inclusion and justice in the food system.
  • At least 3 years professional work experience in food or social movement preferred.
  • Comfort with digital communication, project management and database systems.
  • Multilingual (preferred).

To apply: Please submit form below, including a cover letter and resume. Our priority deadline is Jan 31, 2020. This is a part-time (approx 20 hrs/week) salaried employee position. The salary range is $20,000 – $24,000 and includes paid time off and flexible hours.

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. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. See more about EIJ at Slow Food USA.

Part-time Contractor: California Project Developer (CA / remote)

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization that was born in Italy 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 pursue our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for us, good for the environment, and good for those who grow, harvest and prepare it. Slow Food is active in over 160 countries around the world. The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with headquarters in Brooklyn, NY and over 150 chapters nationwide.

Who we’re looking for

We are currently seeking a part-time contractor (approx 40 hours/month) to develop state-wide initiatives in California, focused on diverse communities and innovative programming. As these initiatives are defined, you’ll work with staff and network leaders to identify and submit grants to support the projects. You’ll report to the SFUSA executive director and work closely with Slow Food California and network leaders. We are looking for someone who can build trust with the network, build new and diverse partnerships, and be a collaborative team player with other staff and contractors.

What you’ll do

Fieldwork

  • Meet with Slow Food leaders and partners in California to understand current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the food system in the state.
  • Meet with community leaders to identify collaborative opportunities.

Proposals

  • Based on fieldwork, create an outline of 2-4 initiatives that can serve as a foundation for grant proposals.
  • Create excitement and buy-in from the community and network to pursue initiatives.
  • Work closely with executive director, grant writer and network leaders to identify appropriate funding, then provide input on grant proposals.
  • As appropriate, meet directly with individual donors to create excitement around proposals.

Skills

  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills, including demonstrated ability to develop productive relationships with individuals and communities across a diverse array of backgrounds and geographies.
  • Keen understanding of the importance of equity, inclusion and justice in the food system.
  • Knowledge of food system issues and relationships with partners who work in food in California.
  • Close personal affiliation with Indigenous, Black, Asian and/or Latinx communities.
  • Experience as program manager and/or grant writer (preferred).

To apply: Please submit form below, including a cover letter and resume. Our priority deadline is Jan 31, 2020. This is a one-year contractor position with a monthly stipend of approx $1200 plus travel and accommodation as needed. The hours per month will fluctuate, but are approximately 40 hours/month. This position reports to the executive director and is remote. The contractor must live in California.

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. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. See more about EIJ at Slow Food USA.

Part-time Contractor: Slow Food Nations Marketing Associate (Denver)

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization that was born in Italy 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 pursue our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for us, good for the environment, and good for those who grow, harvest and prepare it. Slow Food is active in over 160 countries around the world. The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with headquarters in Brooklyn, NY and over 150 chapters nationwide.

Who we’re looking for

This position will support and manage marketing initiatives for the fourth annual Slow Food Nations food festival in Denver, Colorado. The position reports to Giselle Kennedy Lord, director of communications and campaigns, and works closely with Krista Roberts, event director of Slow Food Nations, and the festival team on strategy and implementation. You are invited to use the Slow Food Nations office in Denver. 

What you’ll do

  • Manage website content (write copy, curate content/photos, etc)
  • Manage ticketing (copy, platform, integration, etc)
  • Manage signage process, including working with printer(s) and operations team
  • Project manager/point of contact for marketing agency
  • Project manager/point of contact for graphic designer
  • Produce email marketing content (general, sponsors, merchants, friends, Taste of SFN)
  • Support sponsor fulfillment; digital media content and placements
  • Support creative content production for advertising (graphic design preferred)
  • Post on online event calendars
  • Local promotion
  • Support team in merchant recruitment and handoff to Taste Marketplace Coordinator (with intern support)

Skills

  • Must be detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills and ability to track and prioritize time-sensitive projects 
  • Comfortable working with a (partially) remote team
  • Excellent writing and copy editing skills
  • Experience with social media advertising and brand management
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign and/or Illustrator a plus
  • Experience with Salesforce, Airtable, ticketing platforms a plus
  • Self-motivated and able to learn new skills quickly
  • A positive and open-minded team player, eager to collaborate and help team members when needed

Compensation: This is an 7-month contract position with an hourly pay of $20-23/hour DOE.
This is a part-time position; hours will be fewer (10-15/week) between March-May and will increase (20-25/week) between June-September.

To apply: Please submit form below, including a cover letter and resume. We are looking to fill the position no later than March 1.

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. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. See more about EIJ at Slow Food USA.

Intern: Storyteller (NYC)

Location: DUMBO — Brooklyn, NY
Duration: 3-6 months (generally spring, summer and fall semesters)

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization that was born in Italy 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 pursue our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for us, good for the environment, and good for those who grow, harvest and prepare it. Slow Food is active in over 160 countries around the world. The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with headquarters in Brooklyn, NY and over 150 chapters nationwide.

Who we’re looking for

The Slow Food USA storyteller is a dynamic and engaging internship. We’re looking for someone who can take a seed of an idea and grow it into a compelling story for publication on our website and social media. You’ll also help us tell the story of campaigns and events through the people who are involved. This process involves interviewing, writing, and copy editing. You may also contribute to writing press releases, editing our biannual magazine, and drafting email newsletters. This is a great opportunity to gain specific work experience, be a productive part of a small but mighty team, add to your portfolio and connect with the global Slow Food network! The position generally entails 16 hours/week, but we are flexible with the exact schedule.

What you’ll do

  • Create and manage a blog schedule
  • Solicit and manage guest blog posts from the Slow Food network
  • Interview Slow Food activists and leaders from across the country, then write up inspiring stories
  • Be part of the communications team as we launch campaigns, produce events and develop partnerships
  • Help with writing and copy editing for other projects as needed

Skills

  • Experience conducting interviews and writing journalistic stories.
  • Excellent grammar and copy editing skills.
  • Ability to pitch story ideas and generate content for blog and magazine.
  • Organized, self-motivated and able to troubleshoot independently.
  • Comfort with learning new technical skills.

Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit and will receive a monthly unlimited metrocard.

To apply: Please submit the form below.

Intern: Digital Media Marketing (Portland)

Location: Portland, OR
Duration: 3-6 months (generally spring, summer and fall semesters)

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization that was born in Italy 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 pursue our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for us, good for the environment, and good for those who grow, harvest and prepare it. Slow Food is active in over 160 countries around the world. The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with headquarters in Brooklyn, NY and over 150 chapters nationwide.

Who we’re looking for

The digital media intern will assist in managing and producing dynamic, consistent, on-brand content for our social media platforms (with over 750,000 followers, cumulative across platforms), campaigns and communications with our network. This is a great opportunity to gain specific work experience, be a productive part of a small but mighty team, add to a portfolio and connect with the global Slow Food network! The position generally entails 16 hours/week, but we are flexible with the exact schedule.

What you’ll do

  • Work with supervisor on editorial calendar for social platforms that integrates campaigns, chapter happenings and current, food-related topics
  • Research, write, and schedule content for Slow Food USA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts
  • Maintain and moderate social media accounts—comments, messages, edits and network
  • Brainstorm, plan and produce media with Communications Team to support campaigns, communities and membership
  • Key support for spring Plant a Seed campaign

Skills

  • Savvy and experienced with social media platforms, specifically Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Ability to recognize on-brand aesthetic and design
  • Excellent grammar and copy editing skills
  • Excellent people and communication skills, comfortable connecting virtually with team and community members
  • Organized and self-motivated

Bonus skills:

  • Great interest in and some experience with food, agriculture and community-based advocacy
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Illustrator and Lightroom
  • Experience with video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Spanish speaker

Students may earn academic credit and will receive a small monthly stipend to help with travel expenses.

To apply: Please submit the form below. Please include examples of your work—this can be a portfolio, links to social media channels you manage (including your own) or links to other work you have done that lives online—in your cover letter.

Intern: Network & Development (NYC)

Location: DUMBO — Brooklyn, NY
Duration: 3-6 months (generally spring, summer and fall semesters)

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization that was born in Italy 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 pursue our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for us, good for the environment, and good for those who grow, harvest and prepare it. Slow Food is active in over 160 countries around the world. The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with headquarters in Brooklyn, NY and over 150 chapters nationwide.

Who we’re looking for

We’re seeking 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. You’ll assist in communicating with, coordinating, and building our grassroots network. You’ll learn valuable communications, data management and community organizing skills while supporting Slow Food USA’s work to promote good, clean and fair food. This is a great opportunity to gain specific work experience, be a productive part of a small but mighty team and connect with the global Slow Food network! The position generally entails 16 hours/week, but we are flexible with the exact schedule.

What you’ll do

  • 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

Skills

  • 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

Bonus skills

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

Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit and will receive a monthly unlimited metrocard.

To apply: Please submit the form below.