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Tucson City of
Gastronomy is Hiring!

Consultant needed for part-time support of non-profit Tucson City of Gastronomy.

September 14, 2017

The non-profit Tucson City of Gastronomy (TCOG), Inc. manages the UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation of metro Tucson and its southern Arizona food shed. With its mission of “Growing a sustainable desert community by supporting our creative food cultures” within the framework of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, the work of TCOG is related to the diverse topics of local food systems, food security, food justice, culinary tourism, economic development, sustainability, heritage conservation, urban planning, and international exchanges and collaborations.

To support this work, TCOG is currently looking for a part-time consultant to provide assistance. Required skills include experience working for non-profits; administrative organization; using social media for marketing and community outreach; grant writing; preparation of presentations; and public speaking. Preferred additional skills include experience with fundraising and event planning, methods and tools for research and data collection/analysis, and managing staff and/or interns. The consultant will supervise up to three interns from the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences beginning in the spring of 2018. The support role is initially part-time, averaging 10-20 hours per week, but may increase as the organization builds budget capacity. This position begins in the fall of 2017.

Priority tasks will include:

  •   Help develop and manage website, e-newsletter, social media, brochures, and press releases.
  •   Manage application process for use of TCOG name and logo for special events, etc.
  •   Manage membership and business certification programs, and sales of TCOG merchandise.
  •   Community outreach (presentations, networking, etc.) and represent TCOG at special events.
  •   Supervise interns. 

    Additional tasks may include:

  •   Assist in organizing exchanges, conferences, and collaborations with community partners and other Cities of Gastronomy.
  •   Assist with grant writing.
  •   Assist with planning TCOG fundraisers, conferences, workshops, and other events.
  •   Attend and support monthly board meetings and committee meetings as needed.
  •   Assist with planning and leading educational, experiential, and fundraising tours food-related tours in Tucson and the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.
  •   Assist the development of a strategic plan for annual food events, a regional food brand, and other special projects.
  •   Assist collaboration with UA Center for Regional Food Studies in preparing annual reports summarizing events, activities, and initiatives related to the UNESCO designation, and tracking changes in the local food system. 

    Compensation will start at the base rate of $25/hr, and this may be supplemented by grant funding obtained.

    The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin October 4th, 2017.
    Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, resume, and names and contact information of three references to Jonathan Mabry at:

Header image by Jeff Smith. 

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