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Sustainability and Food Systems Analyst

Douglas County Kansas Lawrence Full-Time
$48,797.00 - $60,403.00 / year
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Sustainability and Food Systems Analyst


This position reports directly to the Sustainability Director for Douglas County and the City of Lawrence. This professional position requires knowledge of sustainability, public administration, and County operations. This professional position carries out specialty assignments to strengthen the community-wide efforts towards sustainability initiatives and local food system development. Work performed includes project and program management (principally community garden coordination, Food System Plan implementation, and county recycling and energy monitoring), community engagement and stakeholder collaboration (including serving as staff liaison for the Food Policy Council), and policy research. This position works on complex issues and deals on a continuing basis with delicate, controversial, or confidential matters. This position may also do research and prepare reports. Work requires the exercise of initiative, independent judgment and discretion in various administrative duties. Problems and issues may be resolved at this level without reference to a higher authority, policies, or guidelines. This position requires active learning, restorative problem solving, great communication/facilitation skills, initiative to assure multiple assignments are completed in a timely manner, and the ability to build authentic relationships (including with racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse and rural communities). The ideal candidate will bring passion for sustainability, local food systems, and/or the environment; and will have experience with project/program management; stakeholder partnership development; local policy and planning processes; developing and tracking indicators/metrics for evaluation; and working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds. Essential job functions include: Monitor and manage key sustainability and local food system initiatives and indicators; Engage residents, and public, private, and non-profit stakeholders; Enhance knowledge, skills, and reputation of Sustainability Office and Douglas County; Research and advocate for integrated solutions in Douglas County through planning and policy development; Collaborate with local government and public agency staff to support implementation of sustainability in internal operations. Positions' salary is $48,797 to $60,403 with an excellent benefit package. People of color are encouraged to apply. Douglas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Required qualifications include a Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university or equivalent combination of education and experience closely related to the duties of the position. Preferred qualifications include a Master's degree and one to five years relevant experience and/or training closely related to the duties of the position; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Founded in 1854, Douglas County, Kansas has a rich history. Great cities & towns located here include Lawrence, Eudora, Lecompton, and Baldwin City. Colleges and universities in Douglas County, Kansas include the University of Kansas, Baker University, and Haskell Indian Nations College. For more on our history, please visit the "Our History" webpage through our website listed below.

The main offices for Douglas County are located at the County Courthouse at 1100 Massachusetts Street, as well as the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center at 111 East 11th Street in Lawrence, Kansas. There are also several other county offices located throughout the county.

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