Farm to Senior Services (F2SS) Extension Associate

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Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Farm to Senior Services (F2SS) Extension Associate

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience ($50,000 - $55,000)

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday / 40 hours/week

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Center for Environmental Farming Systems

About the Department:

The NC 10% Campaign is a statewide initiative out of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and NC Cooperative Extension at North Carolina State University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University that encourages NC individuals and businesses to spend 10% of their food dollars on local foods. The Campaign aims to stimulate economic opportunities for NC small/mid-scale family farmers & fisheries through: (1) web-based local foods search & data tracking dashboard, (2) partner marketing & promotion through multi-media outlets & print materials, (3) outreach & education via sector programming & community events, and (4) producer/buyer, consumer, & student networking.The NC 10% Campaign creates local food programming tools with NC Cooperative Extension agents in the counties for all sectors of the Local Food System to encourage job creation and economic development potential as well as healthy eating and sustainable communities.Project website:

CEFS is a partnership of NC State University, NC A&T State University and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Center for Environmental Farming Systems develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond. Our goals are to: provide new economic opportunities in rural and urban communities, develop technologies that promote a cleaner and healthier environment, educate the next generation of farmers, consumers, and scientists, and engage all citizens in the food system.

Essential Job Duties:

  • The primary purpose of this Extension Associate position is to develop and lead programming for the NC Farm to Senior Services (F2SS) Project. This new project brings together a large team of statewide community-based food system experts including: NC 10% Campaign, Community Food Strategies, CultivateNC, NC Cooperative Extension Local Food Program, and the CEFS Career Ladder Initiative. The purpose of the project is to address food needs of senior populations in three counties of North Carolina by increasing healthy and fresh foods in county-based senior food services and to encourage new markets for small and mid-sized farmers and fisheries in North Carolina.
  • The project will develop local food pathways with three County F2SS Teams made up of county Local Food Extension Agents, county senior food services, local food hubs/aggregators, and local farmers. These three county models will inform toolkits with lessons learned that will be shared with senior food services in other counties in North Carolina and nationally.

The primary responsibilities of the incumbent include:

  • Lead Project Management Team meetings and milestones. Create and develop reports and communications materials that will be shared with partners.
    • This involves understanding the grant deliverables and making sure all the co-PIs and community partners meet their milestones. Develop reports and communications materials is added to communicate that someone is in charge and taking the lead role to make sure these grant deliverables are met of disseminating the results of the work to Cooperative Extension agents and other stakeholders. The incumbent will coordinate the evaluator, other co-PIs, and any communications vendors/staff we have to make sure this is getting done.
  • Lead three County F2SS Team; facilitate meetings and honorariums.
    • When leading county-based teams, using participatory-based research and processes builds trust among partners and helps with individual place-based goals for programming. Creating relationships with community partners is key. This is typical of the Community Engagement. Facilitating meetings and honorariums is the responsibility of the lead in making sure this is being conducted. Incumbent will work with CEFS business office, to complete expectations.
  • Lead and create goal-setting for three County F2SS Teams and develop understanding of farmer requirements for selling to county senior food services.
  • Facilitate networking and resource sharing among three County F2SS Teams.
  • Lead local food data collection at county senior food services.
  • Lead aggregation of F2SS resources for senior food services and initiate connections with national partners related to institutional food purchasing.
  • Coordinate F2SS Project outreach and communications and support toolkit development.
  • Assume increased responsibility in the coordination and logistics of peer-to-peer connections of Supply Chain Apprentices at food hubs/aggregators.
  • Coordinate Implementation of and analysis of farmer readiness surveys in three counties.
  • Develop project impact measures and evaluation.
  • Facilitate and support NC 10% Campaign goals of consumer outreach, interactive media education, producer/buyer networking, and local food data collection.
  • The Farm to Senior Services is a project out of the NC 10% Campaign, a project out of Cooperative Extension and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. There will be overlap in program development, using lessons learned from one project to enhance the other. The NC 10% Campaign does consumer outreach pertaining to the benefits of local food, where to find local food, how to use local food. This position will adapt current outreach strategies to benefit the Farm to Senior Services project and advise the NC 10% Campaign of any improvements. The NC 10% Campaign creates videos, social media, and printed materials for consumer outreach, Cooperative Extension agents, and other community stakeholders. The Farm to Senior Services project will adapt these strategies and advise of improvements on NC 10% Campaign educational resources. The NC 10% Campaign partners with Cooperative Extension county agents on producer/buyer networking sessions and events to help create new market opportunities for farmers and food businesses. The Farm to Senior Services project will adapt this type of engagement to its work and support any synergistic opportunities of producer buyer networking that will enhance opportunities for the farmers. The NC 10% Campaign collects local food procurement data from consumers, businesses, institutions to show the impact of local food systems. The Farm to Senior Services project will also be collecting local food procurement data from additional partners, and will help in collecting data from any other partners within their regions.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree, or Bachelor’s degree with three years of relevant experience in the areas food systems or sustainable agriculture.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizing, people, decision-making, project management, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work well in remote and in-person settings.
  • Must be capable of doing all the described activities independently as well as work with a team.
  • Highly independent and pro-active individual with excellent communication skills (written, oral, presentation, etc.).
  • Experience with organizing teams.
  • Experience working with institutional food service.
  • Must be knowledgeable of concepts related to community-based food systems and food supply chains.
  • Demonstrated success supporting pursuit of goals and outcomes.
  • Ability to statistically analyze impacts of programs and processes; and desire to learn and develop a network and skill sets in community-based food systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working equitable food systems and developing strategies for building Racial Equity in Food Systems.
  • Experience working in food access and rural agriculture systems.
  • Experience with online communication and social media platforms.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

  • Valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain with 60 days of start.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Applicant required documents: Cover Letter, CV, Contact Information for References

Position Number:


Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

111502 - Center for Environmental Farming Systems


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

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Job No:
Posted: 6/8/2021
Application Due: 9/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time