Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming, advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, tackle climate change and restore nature, improve the living and working environment, enrich society and culture, and promote greater equality. It represents around 100 national public interest organisations, and cultivates the movement for change, working with many others at local, regional, national and international level.
About London Food Link
London Food Link (LFL) is an umbrella for Sustain’s London based work as well as a network consisting of individual supporters, organisations and enterprises. During the last 12 years LFL has run several campaigns and activities, many of which have influenced Mayoral and local authority policies, and some have developed into influential national initiatives. In addition, the network has profiled and supported the good food scene in London, largely through our Jellied Eel magazine.
The London Food Link Project Coordinator will lead on London-based communications, network and campaign-related activities, with a special focus on developing our good food enterprise activities, including encouraging action by local councils. Other activities will include contributing to our annual report and review of action on good food by London’s local authorities; coordinating our London Food Link supporter network, including the Jellied Eel print and online magazine; and promoting Sustain’s campaigns to our London audience.
The successful candidate will join a group of colleagues who lead work on London-based community food growing, food poverty, action by local councils and Sustainable Food Partnerships. The London Food Link Project Coordinator will support such activities through communications and promotion, whilst also taking the lead role on the Good Food Enterprise theme.
You will work with Sustain’s Programmes Director to set priorities within a varied workload, covering a series of focused projects, campaigns and research alongside a continuous programme of communications and engagement with citizens, policy-makers and food enterprises across the capital. This is a development and leadership role, so we expect the successful candidate to take ownership of the Good Food Enterprise theme of work and take this to the next stage. This could help such activities win further partnerships and financial backing, to extend this role beyond the initial one-year fixed-term contract.
Key objectives include:
- Developing our Good Food Enterprise workstream in London with a focus on promoting and supporting council-related good food policy and practice e.g. procurement, as well as supporting social and community-based enterprise, Better Food Traders and other relevant parts of the sector.
- Inputting and support for reorganisation and development of Sustain’s perennially popular Food Coops website, newsletter and network, to support promotion of good food enterprises.
- Developing, researching and publishing findings on council progress on key actions, including food growing, food environments, food economy, and food procurement to tackle climate change (working with other team members; and with another colleague leading on assessing actions to tackle the root causes of food poverty).
- Engaging with Mayoral Teams and London councils to encourage action on good food, help implement the London Food Strategy and promote Sustain campaigns.
- Working with other Sustain staff to build relationships with community leads and Sustainable Food Partnerships in local areas, to identify areas of support, opportunities for networking and pursue opportunities to support effective campaigns.
- Providing supporter engagement, network activities, events, promotion and recruitment to grow and improve the LFL network and database.
- Planning and delivering a communications plan for London Food Link to increase reach and engagement, covering online and printed Jellied Eel magazine, newsletters and social media.
- Input into developing workplan, activities, funding and income streams.
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Diversity matters to us. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual’s unique contribution. Diversity helps us identify where change is needed and what is required to promote equity as well as reflect the concerns of our wide alliance of members.
We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We are happy to discuss and consider flexible working at the point of hire.
The London Food Link Coordinator will contribute to the mutually supportive culture of Sustain (including staff and project participants) in which equality and diversity are not just respected but promoted.
How to apply
As we are recruiting for several positions over this period, please put LFL Coordinator in the subject line of your covering email along with your name.
Deadline: 12pm (midday) Thursday 10 June 2021
Interviews for this position will take place virtually via Zoom the week commencing 21 June 2021.