The Real Food Challenge (RFC), a fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England, is a national campaign that unites, trains, and supports student leaders working to get their schools to support a more just and sustainable food system. Our flagship goal is to redirect $1 billion of college and university food purchases to “real food”—food that’s fair, ecologically sound, humane, and local and community-based—over the next 10 years. We work toward this goal, and the broader goal of supporting a vibrant student food movement, by uniting college students through on-campus organizing, leadership training institutes, and summits.

Job Summary:
The Assistant Coordinator is a critical field staffing position with Real Food Challenge. Directly responsible for student campaigns and regional network development, the Assistant Coordinator will be supported by a Regional Coordinator and work closely with Field Organizing Fellows. Primary to their responsibilities will be working with student teams to secure Real Food campaign victories, building and maintaining relationships with student leaders, and helping to identify and implement future strategies for the campaign. The Assistant Coordinator will also assist the Coordinator with other tasks as needed.

Key Job Elements
Inspire and support students to achieve campaign goals:

  • Increased investment in the region’s real food economy by coaching and organizing students to succeed in Real Campaigns
  • Increased transparency in the food system by bringing new school’s food budgets under the scrutiny of the Real Food Calculator
  • Build the power of the student food movement by building strong and sustaining student groups committed to real food
  • Training leaders through regional trainings and campus visits

Develop regional plans and cluster-based strategy

  • Contribute to the a ‘strategic map’ for the region by identifying key needs and campaign or network-building opportunities
  • Identify and research potential multi-campus campaigns in the region
  • Maintain regional & national management systems — contact list, etc.

Special requirements

  • Ability to travel 1-2 times/month
  • Ability to work some weekends


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • In-depth knowledge of the politics and practice of student activism and/or student-run groups
  • Commitment to economic justice, anti-racism, student power and social movements
  • Experience with group facilitation, teaching, public speaking, and networking
  • Demonstrated skill at organizing campaigns and developing leaders
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Google Docs, Facebook, and other online and social media tools, preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of university food systems, issues surrounding small farms, fair trade cooperatives, food chain labor, regional food distribution or similar issues, preferred

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