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Community Connection Coordinator

$45,000 – $50,000 yearly

Green Umbrella

Last Updated: 6/17/24

Job Description

PO Box 14270 | Cincinnati, OH 45250 |

Job Opening: Community Connection Coordinator

Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

The Community Connection Coordinator will be responsible for the relationship-building and maintenance required for the Food Policy Council’s multi-sector work, in addition to supporting the program’s communications initiatives across platforms and audiences. This position is based in the Greater Cincinnati region, and the role requires in-person participation in activities at our office in Cincinnati, OH, and at other locations throughout the region.

About the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council: The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council is a cross-sector collaboration of organizations and individuals working toward the vision of a resilient regional food system. We build networks, build capacity, amplify stories, and change policies.

About Green Umbrella: Green Umbrella leads collaboration, incubates ideas, and catalyzes solutions that create a resilient, sustainable region for all. We envision a vibrant community where sustainability is woven into our ways of life. Our systems-level work has the goal of improving the health of our region's people, climate, and landscape. We do this by convening cross-sector collaborations that work to affect policy, systems, and environment change.

About the Role: The Community Connection Coordinator will report to the Director of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council.

The Community Connection Coordinator will foster a sense of community, belonging, trust, and mutual care across the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council and its network of partners and supporters. If our work were a big feast around a communal table, this role would be at the front-of-house, calling out to invite people in, pulling a chair up for them, introducing them to the other diners, providing an overview of the meal at hand, and asking what they would like to eat.

As a result of this person’s work, the Food Policy Council will expand in a way that represents the key aspects of the food system and our 10-county region to move forward on our policy priorities. The Community Connection Coordinator role will serve as a point person to whom Council and network members can bring ideas and concerns. This role will provide network members a clear understanding of how the Food Policy Council works and how they can engage with our programming and initiatives. This person will ensure Council and network members are aware of work happening across the food system and have the information needed to amplify that work. They will forge connections with community partners, engage residents, and work collaboratively with the Green Umbrella team to further our mission of a resilient regional food system.


  • Meet with network members and participate in other networks and coalitions, as well as community events, to
    • hear people’s food-related interests, concerns, and ideas
    • recruit representatives across the region and across sectors to serve on Council and its committees and/or participate in network activities
    • facilitate connections between network members
    • represent the Food Policy Council
  • Identify opportunities for volunteers to contribute to Food Policy Council or network projects and manage any volunteers working directly with the Food Policy Council
  • Provide support for Council and committee meetings
  • Plan and execute public events in collaboration with Green Umbrella’s Events Manager and relevant partners
  • Gather input, stories, and other data from network members and other sources to feed into project planning, policy work, reporting, and other communications
  • Contribute to and maintain records in data systems to keep network organized
  • Support communications needs of the Food Policy Council and its committees to keep the network well-informed. This could include, but is not limited to, assisting in the drafting of stories, calls to action, and advocacy messaging across Food Policy Council-related social media, newsletters, and website content in collaboration with Green Umbrella’s Communications Coordinator.
  • Report regularly to Director and meet with the rest of the Food Policy Council team to communicate activities, opportunities, learnings, and needs
  • Participate in Green Umbrella events and activities, where reasonable and appropriate

Skills and Qualifications: In order to be successful in this role, we believe the ideal candidate will have the following characteristics and experience:

  • Ability to effectively engage diverse stakeholder groups such as food and farm businesses; community organizers; food systems practitioners and supporters; nonprofit, academic, and governmental organizations; and funders
  • Ability to translate a complex, systems-thinking approach into relevant information for the target audience, and experience using a broad range of communication tactics
  • Experience hosting and/or facilitating groups, meetings, and events
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, self-motivation, and ability to problem-solve and think critically in a dynamic work environment, while consistently reporting up and out to relevant team members
  • Commitment to mission and values of Green Umbrella and the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, including sustainability, anti-racism, collaboration, and equity
  • Capable of becoming a competent user of Asana project management, G suite, Canva, CitizenLab, a CRM platform, and other digital tools; attention to detail in alignment and consistency with messaging and systems
  • Pragmatic optimist

Salary and Benefits:

  • Annual salary of $45,000 to $50,000, commensurate with experience
  • Thirteen paid holidays annually
  • Twelve vacation days in first year of employment (increases with tenure at organization)
  • Accrual of ten sick days annually
  • Flex-time policy for overtime hours, flexible work schedule
  • Health Insurance: 100% of health insurance premium cost for full-time employees is covered (no wait period), 25% of spouse/family health insurance is covered
  • Parental Bonding Leave (after 1 year of employment) of up to 4 weeks PTO
  • 401(k) match (4%, up to $600) after 3 months of employment

To Apply: Submit (as one PDF attachment) a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references by 9AM ET on Sept. 26, 2022, to Address cover letter to Operations Director. No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Start date is expected to be Oct. 2022.

GREEN UMBRELLA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND VALUES DIVERSITY AT ALL LEVELS OF ITS WORKFORCE. We are committed to making sure our applicant pool is diverse and reserve the right to extend the application period or seek additional candidates if it is not.

Company Details

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Green Umbrella serves as the regional sustainability alliance of Greater Cincinnati, with hundreds of member organizations and individuals passionate about enhancing the environmental health and vitality of our region. Our Mission: We lead collaboration, incubate ideas and catalyze solutions that create a resilient, sustainable region for all. Our Vision: A vibrant community where sustainability...