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Community Food Systems Manager

Indiana Department of Health
3.4 out of 5
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Hybrid work
$60,000 - $65,000 a year - Full-time, Contract


Indianapolis, IN 46204

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  • Flexible schedule
  • Flextime
  • Professional development assistance

Full job description

DNPA Community Food Systems Manager

Job Description:

As part of the SNAP-Ed team within the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA), this position facilitates the collaboration of food system partners to develop, support, and sustain projects and programs that further the goals for an equitable, vibrant, and resilient statewide food system. The incumbent will work closely with Purdue Extension (PEX) staff to further their capacity to implement SNAP-Ed programming, specifically their policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies. This will involve providing statewide leadership and support to PEX staff who support capacity building among school food authorities, communities, and farmers to expand access to local, fresh, and nutritious foods for limited resource populations in Indiana. The incumbent will provide leadership and execute deliverables across several statewide grants that support the goals of creating equitable food environments for limited resource Hoosiers. These grants include, but are not limited to, the USDA Regional Food Systems Partnership (RFSP) grant project (Partners IN Food), CDC COVID-19 Health Disparities grant (I-HOPE), USDA-AMS Local Food Purchasing Assistance (LFPA) and Local Food for Schools (LFS) projects, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Farm to School Formula Grant, and others as appropriate. The incumbent will be responsible for supervisory duties for at least 3 positions and will manage interns on a rotating basis.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide supervision and guidance for the DNPA Farm to School Coordinator, Nutrition Incentives Coordinator, and Farm to School Value Chain Coordinator.
  • Provide vision and leadership for the Indiana Grown for Schools Network (Indiana’s statewide Farm to School network).
  • Provide oversight and support to Purdue Extension staff (particularly the statewide Community Wellness Coordinators) involved in food systems work throughout the state – design and deliver training opportunities to support food systems priorities
  • Work with DNPA SNAP-Ed Coordinators to manage the SNAP-Ed grant program and provide food systems expertise to the State Nutrition Action Committee (SNAC)
  • Provide content area expertise and state level leadership for the Indiana Nutrition Incentives Network (ININ), to be managed and convened by DNPA Nutrition Incentives Coordinator. Work collaboratively with direct report and partners to build out ININ to support Produce Rx, SNAP-Matching, and Food Justice programming.
  • Participate in the Indiana Farmers Market Community of Practice. Maintain database of Indiana farmers markets, including SNAP acceptance and SNAP matching programs. Promote farmers market nutrition education, nutrition incentive programming, and SNAP outreach.
  • Work closely with the DNPA SNAP-Ed and Nutrition Programs Director to continue the execution of the deliverables of the 2022-2025 Regional Food Systems Partnership grant: the planning and execution of 4 Community Food Systems Workshops, 2 Trauma-Informed Learning Collaboratives, and the development and dissemination of the Indiana Food Charter
  • Work closely with other state and local agencies (ISDA, IDOE, etc.) to coordinate and align food systems work
  • Represent the IDOH, DNPA on related internal and external committees and advisory groups at the local and state level to promote and implement food systems programs
  • Identify funding sources and support/assist in grant writing for DNPA
  • Provides technical assistance, as needed, to internal and external partners

Job Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in food systems, public health, or related field (Masters degree preferred)
  • Considerable knowledge of local, regional, and state food systems
  • 5-10 years of experience working in food systems development, including nutrition incentive programming
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to deliver information to diverse audiences
  • Experience with grant writing preferred
  • Experience in training development and implementation preferred

Relevant Information:

  • This is a hybrid position that will require the candidate to report to the IDOH office in downtown Indianapolis 3 days per week, with the option of working remotely 2 days per week
  • Laptop and reimbursement for job-related travel provided
  • This is a contract position with a starting salary of $60,000-$65,000. Benefits are available through employment services provider (Computer Aid Inc.)
  • The long-term vision for this position is to transfer to a permanent State of Indiana staff position within the first year of employment

Please send resume and cover letter to Naima Gardner-Rice:

Job Types: Contract, Full-time

Pay: $60,000.00 - $65,000.00 per year


  • Flexible schedule
  • Professional development assistance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Choose your own hours
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Indianapolis, IN 46204: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • food systems: 5 years (Preferred)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Indianapolis, IN 46204