Slow Food USA

California Project Developer

Employment type
18 days ago
Los Angeles

Who We Are

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization that was born in Italy in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and the disappearance of local food cultures. Today, we coordinate local, national, and global programs and campaigns to pursue our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for us, good for the environment, and good for those who grow, harvest and prepare it. Slow Food is active in over 160 countries around the world. The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with headquarters in Brooklyn, NY and over 150 chapters nationwide. Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Who we’re looking for

We are currently seeking a part-time contractor (approx 40 hours/month) to develop state-wide initiatives in California, focused on diverse communities and innovative programming. As these initiatives are defined, you’ll work with staff and network leaders to identify and submit grants to support the projects. You’ll report to the SFUSA executive director and work closely with Slow Food California and network leaders. We are looking for someone who can build trust with the network, build new and diverse partnerships, and be a collaborative team player with other staff and contractors.

What you’ll do


  • Meet with Slow Food leaders and partners in California to understand current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the food system in the state.
  • Meet with community leaders to identify collaborative opportunities.



  • Based on fieldwork, create an outline of 2-4 initiatives that can serve as a foundation for grant proposals.
  • Create excitement and buy-in from the community and network to pursue initiatives.
  • Work closely with executive director, grant writer and network leaders to identify appropriate funding, then provide input on grant proposals.
  • As appropriate, meet directly with individual donors to create excitement around proposals.



  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills, including demonstrated ability to develop productive relationships with individuals and communities across a diverse array of backgrounds and geographies.
  • Keen understanding of the importance of equity, inclusion and justice in the food system.
  • Knowledge of food system issues and relationships with partners who work in food in California.
  • Close personal affiliation with Indigenous, Black, Asian and/or Latinx communities.
  • Experience as program manager and/or grant writer (preferred).
To apply

Please submit form below on, including a cover letter and resume. Our priority deadline is Jan 31, 2020. This is a one-year contractor position with a monthly stipend of approx $1200 plus travel and accommodation as needed. The hours per month will fluctuate, but are approximately 40 hours/month. This position reports to the executive director and is remote. The contractor must live in California.