Time for Change at Detroit Food Policy Council

This past year has been a year of change for the Detroit Food Policy Council, which is a member of the Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative. In February, we adopted a strategic plan that outlines our objectives for the next three years. The strategic plan will allow DFPC to carry out the primary goals of the organization, which are to:

  • Research, recommend and/or develop new food-related policy, as the need arises.
  • Use advocacy strategies to ensure that food system policies that meet Detroiters’ needs in the food system are adopted, implemented, reviewed and revised.
  • Engage a diverse, representative group of Detroiters in the work of the DFPC as members of the DFPC, work groups and committees.
  • Engage a diverse, representative group of Detroiters in all aspects of our food system by equipping residents with a strong conceptual framework of knowledge in advocacy and policy related to food security, food justice and food sovereignty so that they actively support the development of a healthy, just and sustainable local food system.
  • Build the organizational capacity of the DFPC to fulfill the roles, goals and objective defined in our strategic plan.

The strategic plan of DFPC outlines specific objectives to obtain these goals:

  1. Develop of relationship with Mayor, City Council and city departments for the purpose of educating and engaging them on the importance of food and the food system to all Detroit residents.
  2. Review and update the Food Security Policy that was adopted by the City of Detroit in March 2008.
  3. Continue to work in collaboration with the City of Detroit to monitor existing policies and participate in the development of new policies related to urban agriculture and access to land. Support the work of Food Lab’s Operation Aboveground.
  4. Conduct follow-up activities related to the Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative’s Economic Impact Study.
  5. Develop and implement a strategy around retail food establishments that addresses access and equity.
  6. Develop a strategy to engage adult foster care facilities in delivering good food to their residents.
  7. Develop a community engagement plan, building on the work of our Emerson Fellow, that includes building stronger partnerships with residents.
  8. Develop connections between and among local, state and federal food and non-food related organizations in order to support the good food movement in Detroit and beyond.
  9. Hold the 4th Annual Food Summit with the theme: Race to Good Food. Develop the summit into a “can’t miss” event and part of a year-round education engagement and celebration of the local food system.
  10. Plan and implement the next Annual Food Report.

In May we elected a new Executive Committee. Suezette Olaker became the third chair of the board. We also welcomed Jerry Ann Hebron as vice chair, Mimi Pledl as treasurer, and Sandra Turner-Handy as secretary.

In August, our coordinator of three years left DFPC to take a position at the United Way of Southeast Michigan. The Detroit Food Policy Council is currently searching for an executive director. This is a new position for the Food Policy Council. The executive director will manage the day-to-day operations of DFPC and implement the organization’s strategic plan. The qualifications we are looking for in the Executive Director are:

  • Must be extensively familiar with urban food systems, poverty, food security, and health and food justice issues.
  • Possess strong managerial skills, excellent networking, community relations and writing skills; demonstrate leadership, self-motivation and ability to coordinate work with collaborative groups, neighborhood groups, and government officials.
  • Prior work experience will include a minimum of five years working in the food system in a public, non-profit and /or for-profit environment; policy analysis, community development (food, health, youth, housing, etc.), fund development and grant writing.
  • Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Strong organizational and written/verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Understanding of balance sheets and financial reports
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public health, urban planning, agriculture or related fields.
  • Resident of the City of Detroit
  • Pass a background employment check and drug test

Detroit Food Policy Council is still accepting applications for this position. If you would like to apply send cover letter, resume and three references electronically to: detroitfoodpolicycouncil@gmail.com with DFPC Executive Director Application in the subject line or via mail to: Detroit Food Policy Council, Attention: Hiring Committee, 2934 Russell St. Detroit, MI  48207.  For more information contact Kibibi Blount-Dorn, interim coordinator for the Detroit Food Policy Council at 313-833-0396 or kibibi.dfpc@gmail.com.

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