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Fair Food Network
Business Assistance Associate

 

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION - FAIR FOOD NETWORK

Fair Food Network is founded on the belief that vibrant local food systems can create health and economic opportunity for all.

Fair Food Network develops and implements impactful, replicable programs that inform public policy. Our key efforts include healthy food incentives and fair food financing. This work promotes economic opportunity and affordable, healthy food for everyone.

 

ABOUT THE ROLE – BUSINESS ASSISTANCE ASSOCIATE

Fair Food Network is seeking a Business Assistance Associate to coordinate business and technical assistance support for food entrepreneurs working in or serving low income/low access communities across the state. A successful candidate will have project management skills and experience working with low-income communities and communities of color.

The Business Assistance Associate will serve our flagship Fair Food Michigan (FFMI) program. FFMI includes the Michigan Good Food Fund (MGFF), a $30 million public-private partnership loan fund. MGFF provides financing and business assistance to healthy food projects that benefit underserved communities across Michigan. The Business Assistance Associate will support our activities to assist and advise food businesses. This work aims to promote racial and social equity, job creation, healthy food access and economic development.

This role will report to and work closely with the Director of Fair Food Michigan, Jean Chorazyczewski.

We are a part of the communities that we serve. This position will be based in Detroit or Ann Arbor, Michigan. We seek applicants who understand the racial and socio-economic backgrounds of those we serve.

 

 YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Coordinate business assistance for food entrepreneurs:

2. Contribute to consulting network expansion and outreach activities:

3. Support the development and implementation of business assistance offerings:

4. Provide program support:

 

YOU ARE:

  

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

 

HIRING PROCESS

Fair Food Network’s hiring process for this role is rigorous and may be different from other hiring practices you have encountered before.  We practice “blind recruitment” as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in order to overcome unconscious biases that emerge through traditional résumé reviews. We focus on each candidate’s demonstrated fit to preclude unconscious biases that emerge from knowledge of a candidate’s educational background, ethnicity, gender, or other attributes from influencing initial screening. In practice, this means:

We evaluate candidates primarily through written exercises and trial project. This serves a dual purpose of providing candidates a taste our work and our recruitment team insight into whether a candidate possesses the skills and competencies that are a prerequisite to success in our firm.

Our hiring process includes these steps:

  1. Written application for initial screening
  2. 30-45 minute phone interview assess fit and answer candidate’s questions
  3. Trial project to be completed on your own timeline
  4. Half-day in-person interview with additional members of Fair Food Network staff including a member of our executive team
  5. Reference checks
  6. Offer issued

We are committed to transparency throughout this process. We understand interviewing can be stressful and aim to minimize that stress and uncertainty. To give you a sense of timing steps two through six above typically take four to six weeks.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please complete the following very simple form. Candidates are able to display interest on an ongoing basis but please do so by Midnight EST on Thursday, August 2nd at the latest. ALL candidates will be invited to complete a set of short answer questions shortly after completing the form.

We are currently seeking candidates for our Ann Arbor or Detroit offices.

If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to email us at talent@rework.jobs. We look forward to getting to know you!

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