Love pumpkins, hate waste?


Love pumpkins, hate waste?

1 Aug 2014
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Good Food Oxford is recruiting!

We are looking for a… Pumpkin Festival Project Coordinator Location: Oxford Start Date: 18/08/2014 (or as close as possible) End Date: 14/11/2014 Salary: £12.50/hour, paid on a self-employed basis Terms: 4 days a week Recruitment timeline: due to the start date of this project, we have a very short turnover period for recruitment – so please make sure you get your application in on time (deadline 07/08)

Overview of Organisation Good Food Oxford is a multi-stakeholder network dedicated to improving the environmental sustainability of Oxford’s food system. Good Food Oxford highlights and supports the work being done by a diverse collection of organisations in the city, as well as pushing forward new initiatives. The aim of Good Food Oxford is to identify and catalyse actions by individuals and organisations that will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with Oxford’s food system while promoting environmental sustainability, social inclusion, health, wellbeing, the local economy and a thriving food culture.

Good Food Oxford is a new organisation. We launched Oxford’s Good Food Charter in June 2014. The Pumpkin Festival will be our second project. For more information see

Overview of Pumpkin Festival The Pumpkin Festival is the brain-child of Hubbub, a national organisation working to find new ways to engage the mainstream with sustainability issues. Their projects are delivered at a local level (with local delivery partners), but the impacts of these projects are national. This project will be a pumpkin-themed festival happening in Oxford over the Halloween period, involving many different groups and partners. The festival will engage people in Oxford in fun and creative ways with the issue of food waste. Oxford’s community groups, schools, restaurants etc will all play a part. The festival aims to contribute to ongoing local efforts to reduce food waste and ensure that any food waste produced is utilised or recycled. The festival will also have impact beyond Oxford – it will be used as a springboard to catalyse debate about food waste nationally, and the festival will be rolled out to other cities the following year.

Overview of Role The Project Coordinator will work (4 days a week) alongside the Project Manager (working 1 day a week). Together, and with support from Hubbub staff and Good Food Oxford, this two-person team will make the festival happen.

Project Coordinator Role Description • Coordinating local activities • Liaising with local stakeholders, including students, food banks, venues, community groups • Recruiting and managing local volunteers during the run-up and at events • Organising a Disco Soup alongside Abundance Oxford • Managing and populating the website, social media, and ensuring that the event is well promoted through local channels.

Project Coordinator Person Specification The successful applicant will have skills and experience in:

Essential criteria • Relationship/stakeholder development and management • Project management • Event management

Desirable criteria • Food, sustainability or campaigning work • Volunteer or staff management • Social media and/or web management • Knowledge of local food-related organisations, businesses and community groups

The successful candidate will also be: • Positive and personable • Creative • An excellent communicator with excellent written and spoken English • Extremely organised • Registered as self-employed, or willing and able to register prior to starting the job

We welcome applications from people with a wide range of professional backgrounds, including but not limited to: sustainability, community development, education, events management.

Application Process Please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you meet the person specification, by 12 noon on Thursday 7th August, to Applicants will be scored against how they meet the above criteria. Highest scoring applicants will be invited to an interview.

Interviews will be held on 11/08/14. The successful applicant will begin on 18/08/14, or as soon as possible thereafter.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the role, contact Doireann on the above email address, or on 07507 566137.

Good Food Oxford is committed to Equal Opportunity principles and practices in all of our activities, including in recruitment.

View as PDF: Pumpkin Project Job Description

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