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Food Resilience Planner - City of Baltimore Department of Planning

The Food Policy and Planning Division is seeking a Food Resilience Planner. Application is Due April 6th.

The City of Baltimore Department of Planning is in search of a Food Resilience Planner within the Food Policy & Planning Division.  This Food Resilience Planner will function as the lead on Food Resiliency. This is an exciting opportunity to collaboratively work toward an equitable urban food system by implementing Food Systems & Urban Agriculture - The Sustainability Plan.

Essential Responsibilities

●        Lead the documentation and analysis of the COVID-19 Emergency Food Response including: write and compile reports and briefs; track, analyze, and synthesize data; create PowerPoint presentations; and help to develop a longer term strategy moving from immediate food insecurity towards food resilience. 

●        Lead food resilience efforts for the Department of Planning; coordinate and convene stakeholders to update the Emergency Operations Plan appendix related to the COVID-19 Food Emergency Response; staff in the Emergency Operations Center when activated. 

●         Serve as Food Policy & Planning team lead for technical writing and produce high-level documents such as briefing memos, reports, two-pagers, grants, and  food system policy analysis.

●         Support and help facilitate Resident Food Equity Advisors and Food Policy Action Coalition and other community meetings to discuss plans and policies and receive recommendations as it relates to creating an equitable and resilient urban food system.

●         Co-manage the implementation of the Healthy Food Priority Area Funds community food grants; draft and help execute contracts and grant agreements; serve as a liaison with grantees and review reports; help guide and shape future grantmaking processes.

●         Support the development of food systems policies from an equity/community resilience framework by researching other city policies, providing analysis and briefings, and assisting with public comments.

●         Support and/or create Food Environment Mapping utilizing GIS including developing new COVID-19 Food Environment Maps and updating the 2018 Food Environment Maps.

●         Initiate, develop, update and help implement plans- both standalone and through existing planning processes- for neighborhoods, districts and regions to empower residents and to improve the City’s ability to respond to food access and urban food system issues in Baltimore City. 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

●        Strong technical writing skills and ability to prepare detailed reports

●        Knowledge in principles of food resiliency, equity, food systems, food access and/or urban agriculture

●        Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced work environment 

●        Competent in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Word

●        Competent in understanding and synthesizing data into charts and graphs

●        Ability to present and facilitate community conversations

●        Experience working with diverse stakeholders including residents, community leaders, non and for profit organizations, and members of city government

Minimum Education and Experience

Requirements - A master's degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, sustainability, environmental studies, historic preservation, architecture, architectural history, nutrition, public administration, public health or a closely related field such as transportation; and two years of experience in performing urban, regional, transportation, environmental, sustainability, food access, emergency or historic designation planning work.

Equivalencies - Equivalent combination of education and experience.

Salary- $67,771- $108,433

HOW TO APPLY To apply, visit Baltimore City’s Department of Human Resources website Job Opportunities | . ( and apply to the City Planner position by the closing date- April 6, 2021.

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Baltimore & Central Maryland
100 N Holiday St
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States
Contact Name: 
Holly Freishtat, MS
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 8:45am