Job Title: Baltimore Food Hub Program Manager
Employment Type: Full-time with benefits

Background Information:

The Baltimore Food Hub is a physical development project East Baltimore that will transform a 3.5 acre site into a campus of facilities and programs focused on building the Baltimore food economy, workforce, and food access opportunities. The food hub will include a kitchen incubator, workforce facilities, shared office space, urban agriculture, and community gardens. Construction starts fall of 2014 with the first phase of development concluding at the end of 2015. The Baltimore Food Hub is managed by an advisory board of project stakeholders with a development team including American Communities Trust, Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, and others.

Prior to having any facilities come online, it is the goal for the Food Hub to deliver a set of programs and services focused on investing in and empowering the local food economy through small business development for culinary entrepreneurs. This work will include small business technical assistance and building relationships between major food buyers, suppliers, value-added producers and others within the sector. A primary focus of the Baltimore Food Hub’s work will be wealth building for low-income, immigrant, and minority entrepreneurs and workforce candidates, and local job creation.

Job Description:

American Communities Trust seeks a highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual with experience in culinary business as the first full-time staff member of the Baltimore Food Hub. This position will be focused on the planning of the Food Hub, while delivering hands-on business assistance to local culinary entrepreneurs, and building industry relationships and connections to strengthen the local food economy and develop opportunities for these entrepreneurs.

Specific tasks include:

Participation in the planning of the Baltimore Food Hub facilities and programs:

  • Interface closely with ACT’s CEO, Director of Real Estate, and project partners and funders.
  • Provide input on the operations of the kitchen incubator facility and other components of the Food Hub campus.
  • Involvement in planning, budgeting, and advisory board meetings for the Food Hub physical project.
  • Leadership role in developing direct programming including business technical assistance program.

Food industry value-chain enhancement and relationship building:

  • Build relationships with different scales of buyers, and understanding the ongoing needs and procurement requirements of those buyers.
  • Build relationships with local growers, producers, and manufacturers, so as to have a firm understanding of the availability and quality of products in the marketplace.
  • Connect local businesses with buyers, and actively working to develop these relationships.
  • Create and update a database of local food businesses and distribute access to this database to buyers seeking local suppliers.
  • Understand weaknesses and gaps in the local food ecosystem, and work with Baltimore Food Hub partner groups to overcome these weaknesses.
  • Help to publicize and market the offerings of local food businesses.
  • Participate in existing efforts focused on value-chain connections such as the Baltimore Integration Partnership.
  • Interface with partners within the regional food space such as Baltimore Public Market Corporation, Baltimore Food Policy Advisory Committee, etc.

Business assistance for culinary entrepreneurs:

  • Establish and package a set of programs and services for culinary entrepreneurs based on best practices from similar initiatives.
  • Reach out to entrepreneurs who expressed interest in the Food Hub and deliver needs assessment.
  • Identify key entrepreneurs with growth potential as future tenants of the kitchen incubator.
  • Work with a range of entrepreneurs including cottage producers, small-scale business owners, mid-sized enterprises with growth potential, public market tenants, etc.
  • Work with civic and neighborhood-based groups to identify high-need, minority, immigrant, and low-income entrepreneurs.
  • Provide one-on-one counseling with entrepreneurs to help them obtain all necessary industry certifications, licensing, and insurance.
  • Identify existing opportunities for small business assistance and put together a comprehensive guide for entrepreneurs about these services.
  • Connect entrepreneurs with business assistance programs and sources of micro-lending.
  • Collaborate with workforce organizations to connect trained work-ready candidates with food industry opportunities.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Experience in small business development, marketing, micro-lending, food business, or entrepreneurship.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Capable at balancing several tasks.
  • Detail oriented and deadline focused.
  • Strong interest in micro-economic development and social impact programming
  • Strong knowledge of the Baltimore/Maryland culinary landscape.
  • Experience in one or more of the following: food service, agriculture, institutional food procurement, food retail, or market management.
  • Strong interest in the local food economy

Salary:
Commensurate with experience

To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to info@americancommunitiestrust.org. Please include your salary requirements in the cover letter.