Community Food System Data & Outreach Program Administrator – Community & Behavioral Health - DDPHE
Employment Opportunities
Thursday, January 03, 2019 01:39 PM

Denver's Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is dedicated to advancing Denver's environmental and public health goals. DDPHE works collaboratively with city, state and community partners to conduct education, community engagement, and enforcement to promote healthy people, healthy pets, and a sustainable environment. DDPHE oversees a number of services related to public health and the environment and is comprised of seven divisions: the Executive Director’s Office; Community and Behavioral Health; Public Health Inspections; Denver Animal Protection; the Office of Medical Examiner; Environmental Quality, and the Office of Sustainability. The Department’s programs are funded from many sources, including the General Fund, Environmental Services Enterprise Fund, state grants, federal grants, private grants, contracts, and donations. For more information on DDPHE’s programs and services, visit the DDPHE website at:

The City of Denver seeks a Community Food System Data & Outreach Program Administrator to work with the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment and other city agencies to assist with the s modeling large scale food policy changes to agriculture and institutional food purchasing as part of the implementation of the Denver Food Vision. The position will work directly with Colorado State University’s Food Systems Initiative to assess potential outcomes of food policy systems changes. The Community Food System Data & Outreach Program Administrator will collaborate with local food system stakeholders and with other cities and jurisdictions across the region to support food systems policy initiatives, and will be engaged at the local, regional, and state level to advance the city’s Denver Food Vision.

This position will help to assess potential market opportunities within Denver’s metro area, including those resulting from emerging food policies, and help to coordinate data sharing about how these opportunities might be met. The job will help to coordinate community partner engagement, outreach, and communication across new and existing stakeholder networks with in the city of Denver and surrounding region. The coordinator serves an essential role in coordinating, aligning, and communicating the tremendous range of individual, government, researcher and organizational data and efforts occurring throughout the regional food system. The role calls for a balance of leadership and negotiating skills, as the Community Food System Data & Outreach Program Administrator will interface with key influencers and decision-makers within city government, the food sector, agriculture sector, major institutions and food purchasers, and other organizations in the community. In addition, this role will require flexibility and strong organizational, written, and communication skills. Successful candidates will have a track record that demonstrates their ability to work independently, to contribute effectively as a member of a team, and to collaborate across organizations.

Job duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Execute and updated detailed work plan to implement Denver’s Food Vision for supporting agricultural and large scale institutional food purchasing. Lead various work streams including but not limited to outreach and education of stakeholders, engagement with local farmers, food purchasing institutions, policymakers, wholesalers and distributors, drafting internal and public-facing documents, and navigating internal city processes.
  • Recommends, develops, and/or modifies agriculture and institutional food purchasing program procedures, guidelines, standards, and policies to achieve program goals and objectives and determines changes that need to be made in program policies and procedures based on feedback from customers, officials, service providers, and/or community groups.
  • Conducts comprehensive agriculture and institutional food purchasing needs assessments by auditing and evaluating program progress to determine if the program is achieving its objectives. Conduct basic analysis of large data sets related to waste generation and processing. Analyzes program data, identifies actual and potential problem areas, trends, areas of imbalance, and related factors that impact a program, and prepares comprehensive reports of findings including solutions and recommendations for upper management.
  • Monitors and reviews proposed food systems, agricultural and institutional food purchasing legislation, regulations or policy affecting program area(s) and its impact on a program, prepares program position in response to proposed legislative changes, assists in the development of legislative proposals, and testifies as a technical expert before legislative committees and other public forums.
  • Prepares articles for publication, press releases, and promotional materials, including online and on social media. Develops and implements fund-raising plans and public education and awareness programs and delivers presentations at conferences, public meetings, and seminars.
  • Develop and manage strong relationships with the city government, key stakeholders, and partners in the community. Maintain appropriate bi-directional communication and information flow with community partners.  Meets with community groups, service providers, officials, other agencies, and customers to solicit input regarding a food waste program’s direction, evaluate a program’s effectiveness, and assist in developing new programs.
  • Investigates sources of agricultural and institutional food program funding, writes grants, administers program budget and grant funds, assists in the development and implementation of the budget, approves expenditures, and ensures grant funds are used correctly.
  • Oversees administration, and day to day contracting of the FFAR CSU agriculture and institutional food systems project as a part of the Food Systems team within the Division of Community and Behavioral Health of the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment.  Conducts administrative tasks such as taking meeting minutes and drafting summary reports.
  • Other duties as required

About You
Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Advanced degree in relevant discipline such as sustainability, food systems, agriculture, management, economic and community development or planning, environmental science or similar science such as ecology or biology, engineering, law, or urban planning.
  • Three to five years of post-college technical work experience in above mentioned fields including industry, policy, consulting and advocacy work.
  •  Ability to problem-solve and influence decision-making processes in a diplomatic and collaborative manner.
  • Experience managing projects in a team setting, including developing project plans and managing timelines.
  • Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders to achieve goals.
  • Ability to be flexible, with strong organizational skills and detail-oriented
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • A strong track record demonstrating the ability to work independently as well as with a team

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Education requirement: Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, or a related filed.
  • Experience Requirement: Three (3) years of experience conducting public health programs or related community health programs.
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education.

To be considered for this position, you must include (a cover letter). Upload the attachment(s) to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab.

About Everything Else
Job Profile
CE2893 Public Health Administrator

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Position Type
Limited (Fixed Term)

Pay Range
Pay Range $59,278.00 - $94,845.00

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Assessment Requirement
The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.