Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE)

Food Systems Administrator

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Posted On:
Closing On:
Thursday, 5th April 2018
Tuesday, 24th April 2018
Category: Administrative
Location: Denver, Colorado, 80202
Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W Colfax Ave, Dept 412 Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building Denver, Colorado, 80202
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:




As Denver's nationally accredited local public health agency, the Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is dedicated to advancing Denver's environmental and public health goals. DDPHE works collaboratively with city, state and community partners to conduct education, community engagement, and enforcement to ensure healthy people, healthy pets and a sustainable environment. 

Our mission is to empower Denver's communities to live better, longer.

DDPHE's divisions include Animal Protection, Community Health, Environmental Quality, Office of the Medical Examiner and Public Health Inspections.  


About The Position

The Food Systems Administrator is responsible for promoting and fostering the growth of the Denver regional food system.  This position will be charged with developing and implementing 5 year action plans to execute the Denver Food Vision (Download PDF reader). This will include developing policies and tools to increase Denver's capacity to produce, process, procure and distribute food locally and to maximize development opportunities associated with food related businesses. Ideal applicants will be well-versed in the mechanics and policy implications of the food system, including how food is produced, processed, distributed, marketed, and sold. 
This administrator will utilize a food system perspective to:

Coordinate initiatives to expand local capacity to produce, process and distribute food, with a short-term emphasis on developing support  to the local food industry, using the institutional purchasing power of the City and County of Denver and other institutional partners to create a growing and reliable market for Colorado food producers and processors, and expanding affordable food access throughout Denver, especially in Denver's underserved areas.

Formulate and implement strategies that promote food system development such as job training programs, business incentives, local procurement efforts, supply and distribution channels, or expansion of healthy food retail outlets.

Work with regional entities to implement a unified food vision and plan for the greater Denver region, with the objective of assisting those entities to implement a strategic "road map" for the region's food system including goals and metrics that can be measured.

Lead strategic planning and relationship building across various agencies (internal to the City) and sectors, stakeholder groups in the region (external to the City).

Continue to build and maintain an inventory of food system assets (producers, growers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, researchers, health promoters, educators, hunger and equity advocates).

Create objectives aligned with Denver's economic development, sustainability and health goals and develop measurable ways of tracking the advancement of the food system alignment and achievement of outcomes.


About You

Our ideal candidate will possess the following special qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Public Health, Public Administration or Business Administration.
  • Five years experience managing a team of professionals
  • A proven ability to lead/manage a diverse team and representatives from a variety of City agencies in an affiliated manner.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in one or more elements of the food system (i.e. production, processing, distribution, marketing, policy and sale of food, and disposition of food waste).
  • Ability to build meaningful multi-sector partnerships and relationships in support of existing strategic goals.
  • Provide strategic and credible recommendations about food system issues to the Mayor and City Agency Directors.
  • Knowledge of local, regional and/or national food system policies, and understand how these are related.
  • Municipal and grant budget management experience.
  • Successful experience in fundraising and attracting outside resources to supplement City revenues.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to create structured work plans with tangible metrics and work toward the success of those goals.
  • Be systems-oriented; able to see the big picture and how the parts of that system work together to foster greater success of a coordinated system.
  • Ability to research related information and analyze for incorporation into collaborative strategic planning and action.



Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree in the fields of physical, engineering, or closely related field as required by the specific duties assigned to the position.
Experience Requirement
Three years of professional experience conducting scientific research and/or analysis on a variety of environmental issues as required by the specific duties assigned to the position.
Education/Experience Equivalency
Additional appropriate education may be substituted for one year of the minimum required experience.
Licensure and/or Certification
By position, possession of a valid Driver's License at the time of application and as a condition of continued employment.


About Everything Else

Classification Title 
We call this position a Food Systems Administrator The official job classification is Environmental Administrator CE2894. 

This position does not require an online assessment.

Pre-employment Screening 
An offer of employment is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law and City and County of Denver policies, including the successful completion of a background check. Candidates must pass a criminal background check and other verifications required for the position which may include, but are not limited to, employment and/or education verification, motor vehicle record check, drug test, and/or physical. The existence of a conviction does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment except where federal or state law or regulations prohibit employment of an individual with certain convictions. For more information about the selection and employment screening process, click here.
Probationary Period 
This position may require the selected candidate to complete at least a six-month probationary period prior to attaining career status with the City & County of Denver. For more information about the probationary period, click here
To Apply
Applications close on April 24th, 2018

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.  


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