Food Justice Leader - OMI
Mission: Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) provides affordable housing and services for low-income people in the Tenderloin and throughout San Francisco, to promote equitable access to opportunity and resources.
Established in 1981, TNDC has grown to employ more than 400 staff, to develop, own, manage and provide supportive services in 41 properties that offer deeply affordable housing for nearly 4,700 tenants, and to expand its work in community organizing and afterschool programming. TNDC is viewed as a trusted and well-organized community ally locally and a practice leader nationally. In San Francisco, TNDC envisions diverse communities where people with low incomes can fulfill their potential and meet their basic needs. TNDC stands as a catalyst for advancing community interests and a force for expanding the choices that enhance livability, such as housing, employment, education, food, cultural activities, and open spaces.
TNDC values are: Integrity, Excellence, Diversity, Collaboration and Equity
Healthy Corner Store Coalition (HCSC) Project Goals
The work of the HCSC is to: 1) Train, educate, and empower resident leaders in the Bayview-Hunters Point community to advocate for food justice in their community, and 2) To improve the overall community environment by investing in and changing some of the OMI’s (Oceanview, Merced, Ingleside’s) unhealthiest elements, corner liquor stores, into vital community resources.
Food Justice Leader Description
Food Justice Leaders (FJLs) lead the groundwork for creating healthy and sustainable food systems in the OMI. They achieve this through advocacy and transforming the retail environment to meet the specific needs of the neighborhood. Partnering with corner stores, residents, local government and community-based organizations, FJLs work to increase access to nutritious foods in corner stores, build awareness among residents of food justice issues and advocate for food security in under-resourced communities. FJLs are responsible for conducting community outreach, store promotion, implementation of store redesign and maintaining redesigned corner stores in the OMI.
- Attend all assigned shifts, monthly planning meetings, and trainings.
- Work with Program Supervisor, OMI residents Coalition, and staff to plan and implement Coalition activities such as: store redesigns, outreach events, and other events related to community food access.
- Food Justice Leaders will receive training on such topics as: health/nutrition as it relates to a retail environment, product purchasing and
merchandising, and an overall knowledge of the retail environment of a corner store in the OMI.
- Develop and maintain relationships with Coalition members and other OMI community members, storeowners, merchants, city officials, and organizations.
- Represent and share the work of food justice and healthy retail in the OMI at community events, city hearings, and relevant meetings.
- Work as a peer educator to engage community members, individually and through public speaking, to educate and inform them about our work and healthy lifestyles choices.
- Collect information and feedback from residents to inform our work.
- Collaborate with Tenderloin and Bayview-Hunters Point Food Justice Leaders as required.
- Strong commitment to improving access to healthy, fresh and affordable food in the OMI .
- Ability to work with diverse communities in the OMI.
- Ability to work professionally & respectfully with residents, city officials and staff.
- Ability to be on time and consistent in attending scheduled meetings and events.
- Demonstrated leadership, organizational and communication skills, reading, writing, comprehension, and simple mathematics skills.
- Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
· Resident of the OMI neighborhood and must be at least 18 years of age
- Commitment of at least one year to the project
- Bilingual in Spanish, Arabic, or Tagalog strongly preferred as well as Cantonese, Vietnamese
- Familiarity with food justice, public health, popular health education
- Familiarity with computer systems including Internet, Email, and Microsoft Office
- Experience with grassroots organizing
This job description is not a written or implied contract of employment. This job description may be modified as the need arises.
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
In compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (August 13, 2014), all qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for the position.