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West Side Food Justic Project Coordinator Position Job Listing (3/22/13; PDF)

Position: West Side Food Justice Project Coordinator

Part time (20 hrs/week) – 2 year grant funded position

Hourly pay range: $16-$17 per hour DOQ

Benefits: monthly stipend for health insurance

Position close date: Open until filled.

Organization Summary:

The West Side Community Organization (WSCO) is an action oriented, neighborhood-based organization empowering our residents to participate in and advocate for solutions to West Side community issues. WSCO is the formal District 3 Planning Council for the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul, MN.

Using a proactive, asset-based model for community economic development, the organization works to increase the civic participation of residents by initiating community driven projects, providing leadership development opportunities for youth and adults and by organizing residents to address civic issues. The organization works to promote a healthy natural and social environment by promoting urban agriculture, responsible energy and sustainable living. Finally, WSCO acts as a vehicle to inform issues concerning the “built” environment by convening partners around community development planning, engaging residents around equitable development.

Position Description:

The West Side Food Justice Project, which works to create systems change and strengthen the infrastructure for local, healthy food, is seeking a Project Coordinator. The position is responsible for providing overall coordination for the Project, including working with the Growing West Side Coalition to bring the West Side Farmers Market to capacity, supporting public policy efforts and pursuing land permanence for agriculture on the West Side. Primary duties include:

  • Work with Growing West Side leadership to develop an operations and sustainability plan for the West Side Farmers Market.
  • Recruit and be the main point of contact for current/potential vendors.
  • Work with volunteers to set up and run the Saturday market.
  • Conduct marketing and outreach activities to promote the market.
  • Work in partnership with project partners, including the Neighborhood Development Alliance (NeDA), Ce Tempoxcalli and the Center for Earth Energy and Democracy (CEED) to advance public policy changes that allow residents at multi-family properties to engage in local food production.
  • Organize and attend meetings to promote food justice in the neighborhood and broader region.
  • Carry out project evaluation activities.


Three years related project management experience.

Demonstrate experience working in communities of color.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Demonstrated knowledge of issues relating to food justice and/or urban agriculture.

Bi-lingual in Spanish, Hmong, or Somali preferred.

Experience working with Farmers Markets preferred.

Other information: This is a two year grant funded position. The position reports to the Executive Director. Evening and weekend work required. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until a qualified candidate is selected.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Elena Gaarder at


On February 6 the St. Paul City Council unanimously adopted the 10 year West Side Community Plan as an amendment to the Saint Paul Comprehensive Plan. The culmination of a year and a half long neighborhood process, the West Side Community Plan provides a common vision for the next decade.

10 Year West Side Community Plan (2013)

Resident Listening Session for the Robert Street Transitway Study

*Hosted by Neighborhood Development Alliance and West Side Community Organization*

Lightrail? Street Cars? Bus Rapid Transit?

Come to NeDA’s offices to:

• Learn about the ongoing Robert Street Transitway Alternatives study
• Discuss the project and your vision for transportation on the West Side
• Organize with your neighbors to influence the study outcomes
By gathering community input our neighborhood organizations can better influence the direction and outcomes of this project moving forward through 2013.


To RSVP or find out more, please call 651-293-1708

Resident Listening Session Flyer

The West Side Initiative

The West Side Initiative is a coordinated effort among community and institutional leaders to bring to life the objectives and strategies outlined in the West Side plan.  To go to the the West Side Initiative home page, please follow this link.


Robert Street Alternatives Analysis

The Robert Street Alternatives Analysis Study began this year and will run all the way through the end of 2013. The study aims to evaluate transit modes (light rail, street cars, bus rapid transit, etc.) and alignments (Robert St, Hwy 52, etc.) that will cost-effectively address the transportation needs for the study area.

The study area includes the West Side and it’s important to voice our expectations and concerns for future transit development. The next big milestone in the study is a “Purpose and Needs Statement” scheduled to be completed sometime in February. Please consider leaving your comments on the Robert Street Website before this statement is completed. If you would like more information about the study, call WSCO’s offices at 651-293-1708. We’ll be able to connect you with the project leads to have your comments addressed.