Food Newcastle Partnership Coordinator

About the Food Newcastle Partnership
Newcastle Foodbank want to recruit a Coordinator for Food Newcastle Partnership (FNP) and invite suitably experienced, competent, and motivated people to apply by application if interested in this post. The Food Newcastle Partnership is a network of local public agencies, businesses, academics, NGOs and individuals, who recognise the key role food can play in dealing with some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges. The Food Newcastle Coordinator will be employed and managed by Newcastle West End Foodbank to implement the Newcastle Good Food Plan and support the operations of the 6 thematic sub-groups and related activities.

The Partnership is taking a strategic and collaborative approach in transforming our food culture and food system through the delivery of our local framework – the Newcastle Good Food Plan. The Coordinator role will focus on engaging our stakeholders to help grow the joint vision for our city and turn the Newcastle Good Food Plan into reality. Following our Sustainable Food Places Bronze award, our aim is to continue to build our food-centred partnership and successfully bid for Sustainable Food Places Silver award status in 2024. We want to ensure the Newcastle Good Food Plan is delivered by encouraging active participation from local partners and sectors to deliver across our six key themes

Job Role
The Coordinator role is focused on engaging with stakeholders to help grow the joint vision for Newcastle’s Good Food Plan. The successful candidate will drive the continued development and purpose of the Food Newcastle Partnership by supporting the design and delivery of effective food policies for Newcastle and ensure a strategic and effective response to food insecurity is in place
Central to the Coordinator role will be to continue to build the existing food-centred partnerships and coordinate a bid for Sustainable Food Places Silver award status. The Coordinator will lead the continued development and delivery of the city’s strategic sustainable food action plan, the Newcastle Good Food Plan. Based at Newcastle (West End) Foodbank in Benwell, this post will involve travel at local and regional level, with an occasional requirement for national travel. There may be some scope for remote working.

The Person
The Food Newcastle Partnership recognises the positive value of diversity and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive partnership.  We encourage applications from all suitably qualified or experienced individuals, regardless of their race, gender, biological sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

You will have a big picture approach and be able to identify opportunities for the development of the programme both locally and nationally. Committed to the principles of Food Newcastle, the values of Newcastle Foodbank and Sustainable Food Places network and the delivery of their collective aims. Working with a high level of professionalism you will be a well organised self-starter with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. With the ability to work independently you will be able to build and sustain working relationships with a range of partners both locally and nationally. You will be confident in the use of IT, social media, and marketing methods with experience of website administration. Individuals with expertise and relevant lived experience of the city’s diversity, cultures, social and economic challenges, will view this role as an opportunity to change things for the better. We welcome interest in this post from all sections of the community and value diversity and equality.

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