Job Vacancy – Network Coordinator, London

Oct 20, 2016

Community Food Growers Network (CFGN) are recruiting a Network Coordinator.

CFGN is a member-led network of London community food projects putting land into community use to grow natural foods and support others to do so. The role will be a dynamic position responding to the needs of network members and requests for support from London food projects, running innovative community events and strengthening CFGN’s relationships with partner organisations.

CFGN believe community food growing has many important benefits such as access to nutritious foods and green space, physical health and well-being, skills and training, and creates empowering spaces for people to collaborate with each other.
Since 2010 the network has organised 25 seasonal gatherings at gardens across the capital to support eachothers projects and to cooperate in building ecological community-run food systems on a regional and national level.
CFGN membership spans across London from inner city educational programmes, community kitchens, to peri-urban market gardens. The full members list is online here:
http://www.cfgn.org.uk/how-wework/our-members/
In 2014 after three CFGN members lost their spaces in Tottenham, Elephant & Castle and Brixton the network decided to focus on the issue of
‘access to land’ as community space becomes a shrinking resource in the capital partly due to the sale of public land and an inflated London property market.
Each year CFGN runs a spring/summer event series and in recent years has been involved in:
  • London is Not for Sale – 2014
  • UK Food Sovereignty Gathering – 2015
  • Reclaim Our Food System – 2015
  • Oxford Real Farming Conference Fringe – 2016
  • Future of London’s Food System- 2016
  • Land for What? weekend to be held on 12 + 13 November 2016

The Role:
The role will be a dynamic position responding to the needs of network members and requests for support from London food projects, running innovative community events and strengthening CFGN’s relationships with partner organisations.
In 2014 CFGN created a London Community Food Map asking food projects what are the barriers preventing you from expanding? and how can a network of growers support your work?
In tandem the network conducted an internal strategic review resulting in a campaign plan to respond to the vital need of secure land access for member organisations and the wider community food sector.
With the support of network members the co-ordinator will participate in the development of a broad coalition for UK land reform and facilitate a campaign working towards replicable policy change to secure appropriate land access for London community food growers.
The successful candidate will be getting involved with CFGN at an exciting moment for the organisation as it consolidates increased opportunities and partnerships with expanded positions, capacity and resources.
There is potential for the role to be split between two candidates with complementary skill sets and experiences. So if you feel you meet some of the person specifications please do apply and feel free to make contact at cfgn@riseup.net to ask any questions.
Time: 4 days per week (7 hours a day)
Salary: £23,660 pro rata (£18,928 per annum)
Responsible to: Network Co-ordinator Steering Committe and quarterly reports to network members
Contract term: 2 years, with 6 month review
Location: London region
How to Apply
Please send a CV and an A4 covering letter demonstrationg how your skills and experience meet the person specification and job description.
It would also be good to hear what motivates your application and what you would bring to the role.
Application Deadline:
Tuesday 1st of November (midnight)
For further information about this job and to download a full job description, please follow this link: https://www.cfgn.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Network-Coordinator-Pack-1.pdf
To visit the CFGN website: https://www.cfgn.org.uk/

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