Hennepin County's Environment and Energy department is seeking a Food Waste Reduction Specialist. The food waste reduction specialist will be responsible for helping establish a food waste reduction target for the county and leading the development and implementation of a county food waste prevention plan, two initiatives outlined in the county’s new Zero Waste Plan. Additionally, the position will work on food rescue, supporting food rescue organizations and donors in feeding those facing hunger. This new position supports both the county’s state mandated waste reduction and diversion goals and climate targets.Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visit employee referral program. Location and hours: This position is hybrid and will be performed both remotely and onsite at various locations within Hennepin County, with the main office located in the Hennepin County Environment and Energy Department at 701 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 700, Minneapolis and offsite as duties require.Work hours will typically be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with the possibility of some occasional evening and weekend hours. While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in Minnesota or Wisconsin. New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022 to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment. About the position type: This is a full-time, benefit earning position. This position is internally classified as an Environmentalist, Senior. Click hereto view the job classification specification.
In this position, you will:
· Lead the development of the county’s food waste prevention plan; coordinate implementation, establish measurement metrics, and track and report on progress.
· Develop, lead and oversee new initiatives and programs that prevent food waste.
· Establish and maintain partnerships with food rescue organizations, food waste generators, and organizations working to address food waste.
· Develop, administer, manage and evaluate RFPs, grant solicitations and contracts.
· Work collaboratively across departments to coordinate efforts tied to reducing food waste and food insecurity.
· Prepare communications on food waste issues for internal and external audiences.
· Represent the county at public meetings and conferences.
· Research and track food waste policy; provide analysis and recommendations for county consideration.
Need to have:
· One of the following:
o Bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, public or environmental policy, urban and regional planning, environmental or natural science, or a field related to the position, and two years of experience planning or operating environmental programs such as recycling, solid waste, or other public works programs involving inter-agency coordination.
o Associate's degree in a field closely related to the assignment and four years of experience in work related to the assignment.
· A valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation for travel to various sites throughout Hennepin County.
Nice to have:
· Two years or more of experience:
o Developing and implementing new programs, policies, and initiatives to prevent wasted food from disposal.
o Administering grants or contracts.
o Developing and coordinating multi-stakeholder long range plans.
· Effective communication, collaboration and partnership-building skills with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
· Ability to:
o Manage multiple active projects.
o Work independently and as a part of a team.
o Interpret federal, state and county policies, laws, rules and regulations.
· Experience with:
o Writing and editing content for a public audience.
o Research, data collection and tracking, analysis, and reporting.
About the department: The Environment and Energy department protects and preserves the environment to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. We engage communities to develop and enact sustainable solutions. We focus on reducing and responsibly managing waste, protecting and preserving ecosystems, delivering clean energy and promoting environmental stewardship.About Hennepin County: Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile. Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at bridge.hennepin.us/eligibility (select Guest). Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community. Your future. Made here.
Note: You must attach a cover letter and resume with your application materials to be considered for this position. This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies. Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates may be required to complete a background check.