We are recruiting for a part-time food citizenship coordinator. This is an exciting opportunity to join a small but dynamic team in an organisation that has been at the forefront of thinking on ethical concerns in food and farming since 1998. Full job description and person specification available here: Food Ethics Council – food citizenship coordinator job description 2021

About the role

This is a part-time (15hrs/ week) role on a fixed-term (one-year contract). We need a dynamic coordinator to develop and implement a plan for growing the food citizenship movement, helping to drive it forward.

You will be responsible for co-ordinating work on building the movement and working closely with other members of the team. You must be prepared to promote the shift from consumerism to food citizen, showcase examples of organisations demonstrating a food citizenship mindset, manage relationships with key stakeholders and bring ideas for how we can grow the movement and formalise partnerships so others co-host the movement. Part of this will involve working out what the Food Ethics Council’s role in the food citizenship movement should be in future.

The organisation has an open and supportive culture. You must be able to work independently and be willing to contribute ideas and to challenge. Whilst your primary responsibility and focus is to co-ordinate the movement, as part of a small team, from time to time you should be prepared to get involved in different aspects of the organisation as needed.

About the food citizenship movement

When it comes to food, we are most often told that our position is that of the consumer only. Our ability to affect change is limited to what products we buy and where we buy them from, our power lies in our wallets. However, this story about ourselves and our agency in shaping this food system is, at best, incomplete and, at worst, reinforces an exploitative, unjust and unhealthy food system.

Food citizenship is a movement which imagines and creates a different way that we can all meaningfully participate in a more just and resilient food system and food future. We know that we are so much more than consumers alone. Food citizenship is based on three key principles:

  • We are naturally disposed to care, and a sense of purpose is central to a fulfilling life.
  • We need to have meaningful power in order to sustain that care and purpose.
  • We need the support of a community in order to thrive, individually and together.

At the Food Ethics Council, building on initial work from the New Citizenship Project, we spent two years learning about what food citizenship looks like in practice across the UK food and farming sector, identifying where these diverse approaches are already being experimented with, what approaches and strategies have worked and how we can link up as a movement. We then used this framework to explore what it means in the context of household food insecurity.

Now we want to build on the food citizenship assets we have created (see here), case studies we have gathered and connections we have made – to build on the growing momentum and excitement surrounding the food citizenship movement. We want your help to give the movement a platform so that in time food citizenship takes over from consumerism to become the dominant mindset.

Details

Salary: £30,000 FTE (i.e. £12,000 based on 15hrs/ week). In addition, we will pay a pension contribution of 4% of your basic pay per month (you will have to make minimum contributions in line with pensions law, unless you choose to opt out).

Hours: 15 hours per week spread over 2-3 days (but some flexibility on days)

Location: King’s Cross, London. Subject to government COVID-19 guidelines, we prefer for staff to work mainly in our shared office in Kings Cross, London – but with the opportunity to work remotely or from home as appropriate.

Right to work: You will need to hold the necessary rights/visa to work in the UK, the Food Ethics Council is not able to assist with applications for work permits.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Tuesday 29th June 2021. Interviews will be held virtually (via Zoom) on Wed 7th July 2021 (although if that date is not possible, we will endeavour to find an alternative date that suits) – and we will notify short-listed candidates by 2nd July 2021.

Preferred start date: as soon as possible following interviews

The Food Ethics Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to the principle of equal opportunities and we welcome applications from individuals, irrespective of their age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We are proactively seeking to build the diversity of our team. We are happy to discuss and consider flexible working at the point of hire.

To apply for this role

When applying, please send an e-mail – with ‘APPLICATION: FOOD CITIZENSHIP’ in the title of the e-mail – to info@foodethicscouncil.org. Please include:

– Your CV (no more than 2 pages) and

– A covering letter (maximum 2 pages), which explains, including examples, how you meet the person specification.