City of Atlanta
The Food Systems Program Manager will be a member of the Urban Agriculture and Food Systems Team (UAFS Team) with the Department of City Planning (DCP). They will work towards meeting Department of City Planning goals of cultivating equitable access to healthy food and access to greenspace as described in The Atlanta City Design and will also support the OSR Food Systems Plan. The Urban Agriculture Agent will work closely with leadership in the Office of Housing and Community Development at Department of City Planning, the Urban Agriculture Director, and Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Resilience on programs, permits, policies, plans, and partnerships to foster vibrant, healthy, equitable neighborhoods in Atlanta.
The Food Systems Program Manager will be responsible for leading reparative, regenerative & climate smart urban agriculture and food systems programs and activities including:
- Manage the AgLanta Grows-A-Lot program, which invites entrepreneurs, non-profits, and residents to apply for a renewable license/lease agreements to adopt vacant, city-owned property to start an urban garden or farm.
- Update DCP data and processes for City of Atlanta food environment map, by providing policy, planning, and permitting assistance for urban agriculture and food system activities to residents and businesses,
- Works with the Department of City Planning’s GIS team, OSR, and community partners to update data for COA food environment map. This data can be used to monitor change in access to healthy food in City of Atlanta’s USDA LILA food desert areas. This data will be open sources and accessible.
- Identify opportunities to utilize city planning data and tools to cultivate a more equitable and accessible food environment in Atlanta.
- 3+ years’ experience advancing urban agriculture and/or food systems, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
- 4+ years’ experience in community engagement with preference working with diverse local food stakeholders including farmers, gardeners, retail & farmers market businesses, and traditional food distribution chains (e.g., supermarkets)
- Applicants well versed in cultural competency and anti-racism/racial equity methods and practices are highly encouraged to apply.
- Experience with and/ or knowledge of food policy, food systems and urban agriculture research preferred.
- Strong organizational, communication, planning, and interpersonal skills are required.
Preferred Education & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Food Studies, Architecture, or Landscape Architecture, or a related field.
- Equivalent combination of education and experience also considered.
- Two or more years of supervisory and managerial experience preferred
- 5+ years’ experience advancing urban agriculture and/or food systems, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
- 5+ years’ experience in community engagement with preference working with diverse local
food stakeholders including farmers, gardeners, retail & farmers market businesses, and
traditional food distribution chains (e.g., supermarkets).
- Valid Georgia driver’s license preferred
Salary & Benefits
Commensurate with experience
How to Apply