Fixed-term contract until end of May 2022 with a potential further contract until May 2024
Candidate must be based in Leicestershire or within close travelling distance
Full UK driving licence required
About our organisation
The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.
We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we support and grow the organic market and we protect forests. We couldn't do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors, and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.
About the opportunity
If you are passionate about building a healthier and more sustainable food culture for children and communities in Leicestershire this is the role for you. Leicestershire Council’s Public Health department commission Soil Association Food for Life (FFL) to deliver the Food for Life programme in schools and across the wider community and this whole setting awards model is leading a cultural food change across the county
The programme provides skills, knowledge, and confidence to lead healthy food behaviours and practices across a range of people and organisations including and school staff, caterers, farmers and food producers, children their families and communities. Working on this established programme we are looking for a Local Programme Officer to support the existing local team to deliver our programme to create a healthy food culture around schools.
As Local Programme Officer you will need to bring experience of least one of the following organisations/settings:
schools (preferably primary)
food service and/or catering companies, preferably coordinating or delivering projects with a food and/or health focus.
You will also have great communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to create extensive links within the locality and ensure excellent communications with a wide range of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds. You will have a working knowledge of digital communications and utilising various social media platforms to build profile and engagement to Food for Life locally. In addition, you will need be well organised, self-motivated and have a passion for the aims and objectives of the Soil Association and Food for Life.
Commitment to Safeguarding
The Soil Association and FFL are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people, and vulnerable adults that we work with. In accordance with this commitment we ensure that we follow a thorough and safe recruitment and selection process for all roles that work with children. This includes checking against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) where appropriate. Please note that if you are successful in your application to the role any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS check.
Interviews are expected to take place: online, Thursday 22nd July 2021