We are an all-volunteer board. Members of the Board of Directors should be willing to commit two years to the leadership of our chapter, and be able to commit between 5-10 hours a month to chapter business, with some additional time in the lead-up and running of events. We meet every 4-6 weeks in Cambridge or Boston, usually on a weekday evening when most of us are free. In addition to the specific responsibilities of your role, board members work collaboratively to plan and support chapter events, maintain and grow our membership, coordinate volunteers as needed, and engage the broader local food community on issues related to the Slow Food values of Good, Clean, and Fair Food for All. We are the representatives of the Slow Food movement in Boston, so expect to spend some time talking to the public about the mission, history, and goals of Slow Food International, USA, and our local chapter, and display a willingness to share how Slow Food resonates with you and what brought you to the table.
We are currently looking to fill the following positions:
Secretary & Membership Coordinator
The Board Secretary serves a crucial role in the basic functionality and internal communication of Slow Food Boston. Core responsibilities include scheduling meetings, providing agendas in advance, recording meeting minutes, and archiving information to ensure institutional memory. The Secretary also maintains our annual events calendar and works with other board members to ensure timelines are scheduled and observed, and chapter paperwork is filed on time. Our Secretary serves the additional role of Membership Coordinator, which requires maintaining updated membership lists, reminding members to renew, and encouraging new membership by communicating the benefits of membership with the broader Boston food community.
- Experience: Similar duties in non-profit, community, or student organization. Diligent note-taker, group organizer, scheduler.
- Competency: Patience and good facilitation skills. Ability to allow some tangents in our conversation before steering it back on task to keep us on schedule.
The Community Cultivator manages the online face of Slow Food Boston and presents an outgoing and engaging presence at Slow Food events and gatherings. Maintains our social media accounts—including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and MeetUp—while exploring potential new channels to engage our members and followers online. Specific expectations include event promotion, sharing appropriate content and articles, event photography and album curation, and drafting the Slow Food Boston newsletter via MailChimp. Serves as liaison to other chapters to bolster efforts to create a “Slow Food New England” regional identity.
- Experience: Social media management and distribution (we use Hootsuite), content creation, online strategy and analytics, experience or interest in exploring multimedia engagement strategies (YouTube, Facebook Live, Instagram Stories, Periscope, etc.).
- Competency: Excellent writing and communication skills, ability to discriminate between and craft channel-appropriate content, keen understanding of existing and potential audiences. Must be able to organize and keep to a regular communication schedule, as well as respond quickly as events unfold.
Does one of these positions sound like a good fit for you? Do you have 5-10 hours a month to commit? If so we'd love to hear from you! Please email the board at firstname.lastname@example.org with a little about yourself, your connection to food, and why you think your talents would be a good fit for Slow Food Boston!
SFB welcomes people of all backgrounds, including those who have been marginalized within the current food system. We are working together to ensure all voices are heard.