The City of Minneapolis Coordinator's Division of Sustainability is hiring a part-time (20-25 hours/week) temporary Food Policy Program Aide. The Food Policy Program Aide will assist with planning, development and implementation of events, activities, policies, research, engagement and communications for the City of Minneapolis food policy and Homegrown Minneapolis initiatives. The work is both independent and collaborative in nature. The position may last up to 12 months in duration.
Job Duties And Responsibilities
- Support planning, scheduling and implementing program activities and events
- Assist with development and drafting of meeting materials and minutes
- Maintain and draft updates for the Homegrown Minneapolis website
- Draft monthly e-newsletters
- Support social media and other program communications
- Assist with primary and secondary research, including drafting surveys and analyzing collected data, analysis of potential policies, metrics and other related data for Homegrown Minneapolis programs
- Prepare and make presentations for the program
- Support community outreach, engagement and communication with program partners and community members
- Provide staff support for clerical services for the program
- Other duties as assigned
Education: High School Diploma or an equivalent
Experience: Two years experience performing duties similar to those described above. May use advanced education, volunteer positions, previous internships and school projects as equivalency for professional work experience.
Cover letter and Resume: You must attach a cover letter and updated resume to your application. Without these documents, the application may be deemed as incomplete and will not be considered further.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Strong writing and communication skills
- Interest in policy
- Experience with concept of racial equity
- Ability to navigate complex systems and communicate with various audiences
- Familiarity with climate change, local food systems, urban sustainability and/or environmental justice issues
- Experience and aptitude with Survey Monkey or Google Forms; web content management systems (WCMS) and/or e-newsletter software; ArcGIS (preferred) or other mapping tools; Tableau or other data visualization software
- Comfort and aptitude with public speaking
- Experience with community engagement/meeting facilitation
- Ability to conduct independent analysis and research
- Post-secondary education in public health, economic development, ecology, natural resources, urban planning, public policy or related fields (started or completed)
Eligibility for benefits and City-paid contributions towards the cost of medical, dental, and life insurance plans begins the first of the month following 30 days of employment. The City's medical plan is insured by Medica. There is one plan design with the choice of five provider networks. The medical plan offers a wide range of covered services, including physician and hospital service and prescription drugs. Covered services are subject to an annual deductible of $2,000 individual or $4,000 family.
2019 Medical Premiums
Premium contribution rates are designed to reward employees who take steps to manage their health. As a new employee, you will be automatically enrolled in the wellness rate for the remainder of 2019.
The City's medical plan includes employer contributions to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement Plan (HRA) that is funded by a VEBA trust. The HRA/VEBA is designed to help off-set out-of-pocket costs for health care expenses not covered by insurance. For single coverage, the City contributes $90.00/month to your HRA/VEBA account. For family coverage, the City contributes $190.00/month to your HRA/VEBA account.
Health Care and Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
These accounts allow you to use pre-tax dollars to pay for certain out-of-pocket medical, dental, vision and dependent care expenses. For 2019, you may contribute up to $2,650 to the health care FSA and up to $5,000 per family to the dependent care FSA. Any unspent funds greater than $25 but less than or equal to $500 that remain in your health care FSA at the end of the year will be carried over into the next plan year. Dependent Day Care funds do not roll over.
The City offers eligible employees and their dependents dental coverage through Delta Dental. The City pays the full cost of dental premiums . The plan pays up to $1,500 in dental care per calendar year for each covered person.
The City provides basic life insurance coverage equal to one times annual salary to a maximum of $50,000. The City pays the full cost of this benefit. You can choose to purchase additional life insurance coverage up to five times your annual salary to a maximum of $500,000. The cost of this coverage is based on your age and salary at the beginning of the calendar year. You may also enroll for dependent life insurance coverage equal to $5,000 for each eligible dependent. The cost for dependent life is $1.60 per month.
Long Term Disability Insurance
The City provides long term disability insurance benefits equal to 60% of base pay after 90 days of disability. The maximum long term disability benefit is $6,000 per month. The City pays the full cost of this coverage.
The Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) provides retirement benefits for public employees. This automatic benefit is funded both by employee and employer contributions. Currently employees contribute 6.5% of pay and the employer contributes 7.5% of the employee's pay.
Full-time employees receive eleven (11) paid holidays per year. These holidays are:
- New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples Day (aka Columbus Day), Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Full-time employees are eligible to receive twelve (12) days of paid vacation during the first three (3) years of employment. Vacation leave balances can be carried over from year-to-year up to a maximum of 400 hours.
Most employees accrue one day of sick leave for each calendar month worked. Sick leave balances can be carried over from year to year. Employees should check their collective bargaining agreement or Civil Service Commission Rules to learn more about the sick leave benefits that would apply.
Deferred Compensation Plans
The Minnesota State Deferred Compensation Plan allows eligible employees to accumulate additional retirement savings on a tax-favored basis through automatic payroll deductions.
- Metropass -- The Metropass program allows eligible employees to enroll in a pass for unlimited bus or light rail rides at a discounted price.
- Parking or Van Pool -- The City of Minneapolis Transportation Benefits Plan gives you options to pay certain commuting costs--such as qualified parking and van pool expenses--with pre-tax dollars.
- Employee Assistance Program -- The City of Minneapolis' employee benefits package includes access to a confidential service that provides counseling services to help you or your family members deal with financial, legal, work-related, and relationship issues.
- Childcare Discount -- City employees are eligible for a 10 percent discount on child care at New Horizon Academy.
- Entertainment, Products and Services Discounts -- City of Minneapolis employees and retirees, as well as their immediate family members, are eligible for discounts on entertainment, theater tickets, and other products and services. Discounts are offered by Minnesota Employee Recreation & Services Council (MERSC).
- Health Club Discounts -- City of Minneapolis employees are eligible for special health club discounts at these health clubs : Life Time Fitness, Snap Fitness, CorePower Yoga, 501 Fit, Ivy Spa and Fitness Club, and the YMCA.