Jobs, Internships, Volunteering Opportunities – CoFed in Berkeley

CoFed is a start-up research institute and training program that helps university leaders to create community-run, ethical food cafes on their campus. Working out of The Hub in downtown Berkeley, we are currently supporting six teams across the West coast organizing on their campuses to create financially viable hubs for the sustainable food movement. We’ve got an exciting projected growth plan for the coming years, have built great traction after only six months, doing over 100 hours of training for over 30 students and supporting the opening of two spaces on campuses across the West coast. We’ve gotten featured by Good Magazine, were flown out to speak at the Slow Money National Gathering and are well-connected in our sector. We’re looking for additional help at lots of levels of experience and possible (future) compensation – this is a young, fresh and exciting organization with a lot of possibilities.

Development Director After launching in January, we’ve raised nearly $10,000, and are hoping to raise another $50,000 to support our work over the next year through personal leads we’ve made and exploring foundation funding. We’re looking for a fast-learning intern in Berkeley who isinterested in non-profit sector, food movement or cooperative careers to support our grant-writing and in-person fundraising efforts. Hours: 15+ hours a week depending on experience Job Duties: * Organize and maintain online contacts, records, documents * Seek out new grants, maintain grant database and prepare drafts of grants * Maintain relations with donors through updates, thank-you cards, etc. Opportunities: * Experience working with a small team in a fast-paced, professional environment * Entrance into a nationally-recognized organization within a quickly growing field * Professional support and connections through advisers and partnering organizations * Amazing dinner parties Qualifications: * Interest in sustainable food movement * Excellent organization and attention to detail * Experience with GoogleDocs, Excel, etc. * Experience in non-profit fundraising strongly preferred Job Start Date:  September 15 Job Duration: At least through December Compensation: Unpaid through January with possibility of pay afterwards depending on performance. Experienced grant-writers can negotiate with us. Interested? Please submit a cover letter in the body and a resume attached to info@cofed.org. Administrative Intern We’re looking for a fast-learning intern in Berkeley interested in non-profit sector, food movement or cooperative careers to support our organizational development and our communications with student-leaders and potential members. We’re hoping to split your time between supporting administrative needs and projects of your choosing.  This position will require both attention to detail and a willingness to learn on your feet and take initiative on projects. Hours: 10-15+ hours a week depending on experience Job Duties: * Organizing and maintenance of online contacts, records, documents * Compilation, editing and maintenance of resources for members * Self-directed projects Opportunities: * Experience working with a small team in a fast-paced, professional environment * Entrance into a nationally-recognized organization within a quickly growing field * Professional support and connections through advisers and partnering organizations * Amazing dinner parties Qualifications: * Interest in sustainable food movement * Good verbal and written communication ability * Experience with GoogleDocs, Excel, etc. * Ability to take initiative Job Begins:  September 15 Job Duration: Through December with preference for longer Compensation: Unpaid through January with possibility of stipend afterwards. CoFed staff can commit time to supporting professional development and connecting to opportunities. Interested? Please submit a cover letter in the body and a resume attached to info@cofed.org. Event Producer We run an underground restaurant dinner night called “The Local Beet”. The Beet brings an intimate community of movers and shakers together around a multi-course organic meal and electrifying speakers like People’s Grocery founder Brahm Ahmadi and Slow Money Founder Woody Tasch.  We’re looking for someone to take on some of the organizing that this awesome community dinner series requires.  The Beet has a lot of potential to grow as an East Bay institution, and we’d be looking for someone who sees this potential and wants to make it real! Hours: 5-10 hours a week plus more every third Monday Job Duties: * Event Coordination: Managing volunteers, space reservations, food purchasing and other event logistics * Event Development: Designing and managing a web presence through social media, building the contact list, building buzz Opportunities: * Experience working with a small team in a fast-paced, professional environment * Entrance into a nationally-recognized organization within a quickly growing field * Professional support and connections through advisers and partnering organizations * A warm community of professionally accomplished people to connect with on a regular basis Qualifications: * Interest in sustainable food movement * Good verbal and written communication ability * Experience with event production * Experience with websites, blogs, and other social media Job Begins:  September 15 Job Duration: Through December Compensation: Unpaid through January with possibility of stipend afterwards depending on performance. CoFed staff can commit time to supporting professional development and connecting to opportunities. Regional Organizers We’re looking to build a small army of regional organizers to reproduce the successes we’ve had this past summer at in launching our efforts on six campuses.  The work will be stressful, the pay will be low and you’ll be responsible for creating a self-supporting network of revolutionary hubs for campus food movement organizing in your region.  We’re looking for excellent communicators comfortable with quick decision-making, passion for sustainable food and/or cooperatives and some campus organizing experience. You will issue in the next wave of the CoFed revolution! Hours: 15-20+ hours a week with much more around retreats Job Duties (chronologically from October): * Build a support team and network of advisors with help from CoFed * Attend a December winter training in Northern California * Identify and communicate with interested campus leaders on 10-20 campuses in your region * Meet with at least 10 campus groups in your region and give each workshop on CoFed * Plan and execute a week-long training and summer support program with help from CoFed staff Opportunities: * Great organizing and leadership training experience * Powerful, hands-on chance to build the food movement Qualifications: * Ability to commit upwards of 40 hours a week during road-trips and retreats * Excellent people skills and awareness of group dynamics * Passion and experience doing food systems or cooperative work * Ability to learn quickly and take initiative Job Begins:  Training begins in October Job Duration: Through September 2011 Compensation: Unpaid through January with possibility of stipend afterwards. CoFed staff can commit time to supporting professional development and connecting to opportunities. Interested? Please submit a cover letter in the body and a resume attached to info@cofed.org Research Team Members To support our trainings CoFed has put together a 1st draft how-to manual compiled from interviews with existing student food cooperatives. We are looking for 2-4 team members to edit this manual into a useable format as well as creating an online FAQ and other resources for members who are currently operating or starting campus food cooperatives. There may be additional work researching businesses and compiling data. Hours: 10/week Job Duties: * Edit and complete the CoFed “How-to” Manual * Communicate with CoFed staff and research team for related tasks * Take initiative on projects that build the knowledge base for CoFed members Opportunities: * Gain a depth of understanding about how to create ethically-sourced, community run campus food service * Flexible hours Qualifications * Experience starting and/or operating a campus food cooperative preferred * Excellent written communication abilities * Ability to work independently and complete tasks by deadlines * Good organization and attention to detail Job Begins: As soon as positions are filled Job Duration: Through September 2011 Compensation: Unpaid through January with possibility of stipend afterwards. CoFed staff can commit time to supporting professional development and connecting to opportunities. Interested? Please submit a cover letter in the body and a resume attached to info@cofed.org Web Master We’ve been tweeted to over 42,000 people and covered by folks like Change.org. Still, our website needs some tender loving care, and we’re looking for a food movement oriented nerd to support our web needs. Hours: 5 hours a week Job Duties: * Create templates for web content through WordPress * Interface with outreach efforts * Small design tasks as needed * On call minor problem solving within 72 hours Opportunities: * Flexible hours * Entrance into a nationally-recognized organization within a quickly growing field * Professional support and connections through advisers and partnering organizations * Recognition and promotion as web master Qualifications: * Interest in sustainable food movement * Good verbal and written communication ability * Experience designing and managing websites with WordPress Job Begins:  Sept 15th or as filled Job Duration: Through December with preference for longer Compensation: Unpaid through January with possibility of stipend afterwards. CoFed staff can commit time to supporting professional development and connecting to opportunities. Social Media Czar We’re looking for a fast-learning intern with experience using Facebook (and/or twitter and blogging) interested in non-profit sector, food movement or cooperative careers to support our  organizational development and our communications with student-leaders and potential members. Friend us on Facebook and post to our wall to find out more and apply. For more information on CoFed please visit our website www.cofed.org

1 Comment on Jobs, Internships, Volunteering Opportunities – CoFed in Berkeley

  1. I am a student at the high school, hoping to find a place to exercise my interest in bringing sustainable practices to urban centers. Please contact me if you need some extra help.

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