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Careers

Wholesome Wave may be small in size, but it’s not short on dream or vision. Through innovative programs and organization-wide collaboration, our staff translates hard work into large-scale impact. As our talented team supports the growth of Wholesome Wave, we in turn support the growth of our staff. In celebration of our dedicated team, we offer an excellent benefits package for full-time permanent staff, varied learning opportunities, and flexible work arrangements within a fun and friendly work environment.

If you are looking to channel your passions and love of food to affect real, widespread and measurable change, then Wholesome Wave is right for you.

Open positions can be found below. If you would like for us to keep your resume on file, please email us at [email protected].

Senior Associate, Healthy Food Commerce

About Wholesome Wave

Wholesome Wave’s mission is to enable underserved consumers to make healthier food choices by increasing affordable access to fresh, local and regional food. We are building networks of community-based programs and partners to affect lasting economic and policy change and build vibrant, equitable, local and regional food systems.

At Wholesome Wave, we believe that everyone should be able to put the same healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables on their tables, regardless of their income. Food, as a single subject, has an incredible impact on environmental, social, economic and human health. We see an undeniable truth, that if we fix food, we will see improved health, stronger local and regional economies, and higher revenues for small and mid-sized farm businesses.

Wholesome Wave currently has programs in 33 states and DC, at nearly 600 farmers markets across the country benefitting more than 5,700 farmers.

For more information, please visit www.wholesomewave.org

Position

Reporting to the Senior Manager of Wholesome Wave’s Healthy Food Commerce division, this full-time position plays a key role in developing and implementing innovative programming across the food supply chain. The Senior Associate will support the Senior Manager in working with community based organizations, retail partners, supply chain players (farmers, distributors, etc), and researchers to develop, assess, and iterate programs that build strong supply chains that connect local farmers with low-income consumers and improve affordable access to healthy food for underserved communities. This position will be instrumental in developing and testing new approaches at Wholesome Wave including nutrition incentive programming in retail grocery outlets and technical assistance to food service enterprises, retailers, and other businesses that serve low-income consumers to build their local food supply chains.

Responsibilities

The Senior Associate contributes to all aspects of the Healthy Food Commerce team’s work and is expected to quickly move from a supporting role to owning and leading key components of projects. The Senior Associate will:

  • Support the establishment and execution of projects that bring nutrition incentive programming into retail grocery settings:
    • Identify and cultivate partners (community based organizations, retailers, distributors, farmers) and formalize partnerships.
    • Design and implement program protocols including in-store experience for consumers and retailers and program impact and process evaluation.
    • Develop and test supply chains for increasing presence of local food in retail partners’ stores.
  • Support the research for and design of practices and tools for local supply chain development technical assistance:
    • Research and model produce supply chains for retailers, institutions, and other food outlets serving low-income communities.
    • Work closely with supply chain partners, food service businesses, and retailers to test and evaluate models for providing local food sourcing technical assistance through on-the-ground projects.
    • Develop, deliver, and iterate tools and trainings to streamline technical assistance provision.
  • Support the management of the data collection and reporting systems for retail and supply chain projects.
  • Serve as a key relationship holder within the Healthy Food Commerce team with external stakeholders.
  • Prepare appropriate materials to present and communicate progress to WW leadership, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Work with Wholesome Wave colleagues, partners, and stakeholders to address opportunities to integrate programmatic efforts.
  • As needed, conduct industry research (e.g., market trends in local food purchasing and food distribution, developments in the food systems arena, analysis of business models and competitive dynamics, etc).
  • Support the work of the team and the Senior Manager with various tasks as needed.
  • Plan, organize, and execute logistics and travel coordination for on-the-ground projects.
  • When traveling represent the public face of Wholesome Wave.
  • Coordinate and efficiently integrate with team members across the organization collaborating on projects.
  • Coordinate key meetings, develop agendas, prepare materials and take minutes/notes when necessary.
  • Participate in organization wide events and meetings as required.

Qualifications

  • 2 or more years project delivery experience.
  • Experience with, and skillful at, developing and implementing complex projects involving multiple players with differing priorities.
  • Familiarity with the retail grocery industry and local and conventional food supply chains (ideally for produce). Prior experience in these industries a plus.
  • Proficient and comfortable networking, building relationships, and steering/navigating external relationships.
  • Strong writing and document production skills, including producing powerpoints, fact sheets, case studies, and toolkits.
  • Familiarity with food justice and nutrition incentive fields a plus.
  • Sincere passion for driving change in the food system through supporting market-driven approaches.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office.

Skills

  • Analytical, strategic, and systems thinker with strong problem solving skills.
  • Comfort interacting with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Detail-oriented, with ability to initiate, monitor, and diligently follow up on all aspects of projects.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Comfort with uncertainty and ambiguity, and flexibility to work in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Non-competitive, team-oriented player.
  • Quick and pro-active learner.
  • Good time management skills and ability to prioritize in a fast paced environment with competing demands.
  • Polite and professional manner and appearance.
  • A willingness to roll up one’s sleeves and contribute as needed to advance the program to include anything from taking minutes for a meeting or booking travel to leading calls and facilitating meetings independently.

Compensation, time and classification

  • This position is full-time, salaried, and temporary for a period of 1 year following hire date (with extension expected pending future funding).
  • Valid drivers license required. Car preferred.
  • Periodic travel required (one to three times per month depending on month).
  • Competitive benefits include health insurance and ancillary insurance.
  • Salary based on qualifications and experience.

Please send resume and cover letter addressed to Darrow Isaacman-VanWertz by 5pm EDT, June 24, 2015 to: [email protected] (please include Healthy Food Commerce Senior Associate in the subject line).

For a PDF of the job description, click here.

Personal Assistant to CEO & Chef, Michel Nischan

About Michel Nischan

Michel Nischan is a three-time James Beard Foundation award winning celebrity chef with over 30 years of leadership experience advocating for a more sustainable food system. He is Founder, President and CEO of Wholesome Wave, Co-Founder of the Chefs Action Network, as well as Founder and Partner with the late actor Paul Newman of the former Dressing Room Restaurant. He and his Wholesome Wave team were successful at influencing legislative language for the recently passed Federal Farm Bill. He’s also the author of three cookbooks and a variety of articles focused on sustainable food systems and social equity through food. A lifetime Ashoka fellow, Nischan serves on the board of the Amazon Conservation Team, and The National Young Farmers Coalition.

About Wholesome Wave

Michel Nischan, in 2007, founded the National Non Profit Wholesome Wave along with Gus Schumacher, former Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food & Foreign Services, and the late Michael Batterberry, Founder of Food Arts Magazine.

Wholesome Wave’s mission is to empower people to make healthier food choices by increasing access to affordable, healthy, locally grown food and has been recognized as a compelling model for expanding regional food access. Wholesome Wave partners with community leaders, farm-to-retail venues, healthcare providers, non-profits and government agencies to create high impact innovative programs which are currently in 33 states and DC, at more than 580 farmers markets across the country benefitting more than 5,400 farmers.

For more information, please visit www.wholesomewave.org

The Position

The Personal Assistant will play a critical role in supporting Wholesome Wave’s CEO and Founder, Michel Nischan in all areas of his professional and personal life. This is an exciting opportunity to work for a celebrated, dynamic and visionary leader in the food movement. Michel is a high profile, energetic, busy and incredibly driven individual with celebrity chef status. The right candidate must be willing to manage Michel’s relationships between his celebrity chef networks, and the various stakeholders in the food equity and food justice space in a manner that strengthens both brands. This position requires significant travel. The right candidate will have an opportunity to engage in and learn from key stakeholders in this field at various high profile meetings, events and speaking engagements.

Wholesome Wave is looking for a seasoned candidate with significant prior experience supporting a high level professional/celebrity, able to deftly handle all manner of tasks and challenges and effectively anticipate, translate and prioritize the needs of Mr. Nischan and his busy schedule. We are looking for a candidate who is incredibly professional, organized, detail-oriented and thorough. The candidate must be able to communicate appropriately with many different individuals, and be able to work extremely pro-actively and take initiative often, while maintaining a high level of confidentiality. The candidate must be flexible and incredibly capable at multi-tasking and prioritizing. The candidate must be driven, efficient and capable of creative problem solving.

Most importantly, the candidate must enjoy working within a fast paced growing organization while contributing a healthy dose of good humor to an energetic and fun working environment!

Responsibilities

Manage and grow knowledge and key information base in all areas of CEO’s work including:

  • Quickly getting up to speed and maintaining current knowledge on both Wholesome Wave business practices, strategies, programs, goals and history and Michel Nischan’s past and present professional endeavors as a food luminary and chef
  • Developing and maintaining comprehensive knowledge around the food justice and chef space undertaking detailed and frequent research to serve as a current expert in assessing current and potentially unexplored opportunities
  • Becoming an expert and the first point of contact for any party, internal or external, in relation to requests regarding the CEO’s schedule and engagements
  • Expertly translating and facilitating information and knowledge flow from Michel back to the Wholesome Wave staff and vice versa including answering questions and requests on Michel’s behalf

Use experience and knowledge to think, plan and execute strategically, in coordination with the CEO and Wholesome Wave staff, the development and maintenance of appropriate internal systems and procedures to:

  • Assess and prioritize speaking engagement opportunities, conferences and meeting invitations
  • Manage key personal and professional contacts through Raiser’s Edge software ensuring new contacts are logged and communications are followed up on where necessary
  • Book and schedule travel arrangements providing detailed travel itineraries for CEO
  • Coordinate with Communications staff around social media outreach on behalf of Michel Nischan as Wholesome Wave CEO, and Michel Nischan as an internationally recognized Chef personality
  • Assist with the preparation and collation of printed and electronic materials when needed particularly in advance of key meetings or speaking engagements
  • Prior to travel and meeting engagements conduct key pro-active research on foundations, individual donors, board members, corporations, government institutions, etc. synthesizing relevant information to effectively prepare CEO for meetings and engagements
  • Work with Communications Department and Program Directors on presentations and briefs relative to each Wholesome Wave program

Demonstrating exceptional organizational skills expertly coordinate:

  • Management and scheduling of the CEO’s calendar including requests for meetings and speaking engagements both internal and external. Ensure smooth transition between appointments and ensure that the CEO is fully prepared for engagements.
  • Travel arrangements-domestic and international including flights, ground transportation and hotel accommodations
  • Scheduling of appointments and events, coordination of meetings, transcription of meeting minutes, tracking information and receiving visitors to support administrative needs of CEO
  • Special projects, as requested, requiring moderately complex research and analysis and perform other administrative duties as assigned
  • Preparation of internal facing reports, data analysis, as needed resulting from Michel’s appearances, meetings and engagements
  • Composure of non-routine or complex correspondence to respond to requests for information, Michel’s participation, or other information directly relevant to Michel’s role as CEO/food luminary
  • Tracking, writing and sending thank-you letters and other correspondence as required Updating and chasing of delegated tasks to ensure progress according to deadlines
  • Management of mail ensuring follow-up to both internal and external requests
  • Processing, reconciling and collating CEO expenses for submission through established expense reimbursement processes in a timely manner working closely with the Operations team
  • Participate in all staff wide Wholesome Wave events including team meetings, monthly staff meetings and any retreats or conferences as necessary
  • Other general duties as assigned by CEO

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be an independent self-starter, extremely detail-oriented, reliable and an excellent writer and communicator, who can effectively juggle and prioritize competing tasks. Specific attributes we are looking for include:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree required.
  • At least 5 years experience as a Personal Assistant or Executive Assistant, ideally significant experience in both roles, is required.
  • Specific experience working with a high visibility client with multiple demands and a busy work schedule is required.
  • Specific experience in and/or knowledge of the chef and/or food justice realm, highly desired.
  • Project Management skills required.
  • Proficient using technology including Office Suite, Apps, Gmail, Mac based platforms; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.

Skills and Attributes

  • Intuitive, able to effectively anticipate needs and plan accordingly
  • Humble; ready and willing to take on any task or challenge with tenacity and dedication
  • Incredibly observant and adaptable to the demands and needs of any task or situation
  • Proven ability to work independently demonstrating a very high level of initiative
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and superior attention to detail
  • Excellent writer
  • Able to efficiently and effectively multi-task and prioritize
  • Reliable, flexible and dedicated
  • Professional in speech, demeanor and dress
  • Impeccable etiquette
  • High levels of patience
  • Able to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
  • Innate ability to maintain a positive attitude while under pressure
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Ability to be assertive and persistent while being tactful
  • Ability to manage time, balance multiple tasks and meet deadlines

Compensation, Time and Classification

  • Position reports to the CEO, Michel Nischan
  • Full-time, 40+ hours per week available during in 9-5 office hours as well as ability to travel and flexibility to communicate during evenings and weekends where necessary
  • National travel approximately 30%
  • Based out of Bridgeport, CT office
  • Salary based on qualifications and experience, with competitive benefits, including health and dental

Please send resume and cover letter, indicating “Personal Assistant 2015” in the subject line by 9am EST Monday July 6, 2015 to: [email protected], 855 Main St., Suite 910, Bridgeport, CT 06604

To download the job description as a PDF, please click here.
WHOLESOME WAVE is firmly committed to equal employment and advancement opportunities for all present employees as well as for applicants without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, age, lawful source of income, mental retardation, mental disability or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness or deafness, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

Wholesome Wave Story Gathering Intern Cohort - Connecticut

About Wholesome Wave

Wholesome Wave’s vision is to provide affordable, healthy, local food for all. Our mission at Wholesome Wave is to enable underserved consumers to make healthier food choices by increasing affordable access to fresh, local and regional food. Our partnership-based initiatives serve food deserts of historically excluded urban and rural communities.

Wholesome Wave is building networks of community-based programs and partners to effect lasting economic and policy change to improve the efficiency and equity of food systems. Wholesome Wave’s current programs promote both access and affordability of fresh produce in low-income communities in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The organization takes an entrepreneurial approach to testing innovations, through pilot to proof-of-concept stages.

For more information, please visit www.wholesomewave.org

Position

Do you have knack for identifying a compelling story, the interviewing skills to draw that out, and the written communication skills to get it down in writing? Wholesome Wave’s Communications Team seeks to build a cohort of Story Gathering Interns and is searching for an intern to collect stories in New Haven County and Hartford. This cohort of interns will help identify, gather, and develop persuasive stories about our key partners, including federal nutrition benefit consumers, patients, farmers, doctors, and community-based organization leaders. These stories will be used in narratives about the organization’s work, and will help influence case studies, as well as funder, policy, and media relations.

Interns will be given credit for the stories they produce on Wholesome Wave’s website and in any publications the story may be placed. You will gain skills in non-profit communications, community outreach, interviewing, construction of compelling narratives, and food system work.

The intern will report to Communications & Public Outreach Senior Manager, Ashley Gaudiano, and Associate, Fiona McBride.

Responsibilities

Training:

  • Participate in web-based, pre-internship story collection training led by Communications Team (2 hours).
  • Conducts weekly check-ins with Communications team via Google Hang Out or Skype. 

Site Visits

  • Visits farmers market sites weekly to collect interviews and photographs during the internship period. The intern will need to travel to both Hartford and New Haven once a week.
  • Works collaboratively and respectively with local partners to arrange interviews, ensure policies and procedures are followed.
  • Identifies appropriate interviewees, including consumers, farmers, Wholesome Wave partners, etc.
  • Takes photographs at the sites based around the Communications Team’s expectations.

Story Production

  • Complies with story collection and storytelling structure outlined by the team.
  • Writes stories on deadline to be edited by Communications Team.
  • Completes a total of 12 finalized stories for use on the Wholesome Wave website.

Qualifications

A well-qualified candidate is working towards or has an undergraduate degree in Communications and Media Relations or Journalism; Anthropology; or another related field.

A strong candidate also has a background in photography.

Skills required:  

  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Positive attitude with strong interpersonal and rapport-building skills.
  • Sensitivity to privacy and ability to uphold utmost respect for the confidentiality of all interviewees.
  • Experience and/or interest in working with diverse populations.
  • Ability to work independently and remotely with minimal oversight.
  • Base-level understanding of the work of Wholesome Wave, contextualized within the food movement.
  • Punctual with deadlines.
  • Basic photography and editing capabilities.

Travel & Availability:

Access to appropriate transportation to market sites in Hartford and New Haven; Flexibility to make site visits during the week, including evenings, and weekends – hours can vary week to week and will be set in conjunction with Wholesome Wave team, but intern must be able to visit New Haven and Hartford each once a week.

Compensation, Time, and Classification

The Story gathering Intern position is part-time, 10 hours per week for 8 weeks.

Start Date: First week of August, 2015

Travel, weekly, to New Haven, CT and Hartford, CT necessary.

This position offers a stipend of $500

Application Materials

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

Please send resume, cover letter, and writing samply by 5pm EST July 15, 2015 to: [email protected] (please include “Story Gathering Intern CT” in the subject line)

To download the job description as a PDF, please click here.
WHOLESOME WAVE is firmly committed to equal employment and advancement opportunities for all present employees as well as for applicants without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, age, lawful source of income, mental retardation, mental disability or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness or deafness, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

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