Hull Sustainable Food City Partnership

Job Vacancy

Development Officer

£28,000 FTE pro rata

3 days per week funded till March 2021

Based in Hull

20 days holiday pro rata


The Hull Food Partnership is part of the UK Sustainable Food City (SFC) network (see and works closely with and is hosted by the urban city farm RootedinHull.

The partnership works to increase the availability and production of food that is of good quality and variety, affordable and healthy while minimising the environmental impact of transport and waste.  It runs the local Veg Cities campaign which provides inspiration and delivers year-round projects in growing, cooking and eating vegetables and it looks to create opportunities to embed healthy and sustainable food within strategic plans and initiatives.

Changing food culture and habits will enable citizens young and old to have the opportunity to eat a varied, heathy and nutritious diet improving health outcomes across the population.

The partnership achieved the Sustainable Food Cities Bronze award in 2019 demonstrating the holistic whole systems approach to the food supply in Hull and is now looking towards the next step, consolidating on the previous work and deepening involvement in cross sector working.


Job details

Employed by RootedinHull to develop the Hull Food Partnership building on the SFC bronze award and working towards the SFC silver.

3days a week, based in Hull office, currently funded until March 2021 with flexibility to attend occasional evening and weekend events.

£28,000 FTE pro rata, 20 days holiday pro rata


Main Duties and Responsibilities of Role

  • lead, develop and promote the delivery and promotion of the city-wide Hull Food Partnership and contribute to its’ long-term sustainability
  • build and consolidate on the work in the bronze award document highlighting the gaps in knowledge, skills and delivery working towards the SFC silver awards standard
  • promote and support the local Veg Cities campaign
  • facilitate, broaden and co-ordinate the effective functioning and governance of the Hull Food Partnership group maintaining and enhancing contacts in a professional manner
  • working closely with RootedinHull, monitor and track all project budgets & petty cash providing financial information to the Steering group monthly meeting
  • increase and enhance take-up of the Hull Food Charter with the continuing promotion, visibility and understanding of the Hull Food Partnership across the city working closely with RootedinHull using a wide range of communication media such as press, radio, TV, social media, billboards promotional material
  • identify key areas currently underdeveloped for future work and collaborate on solutions in the context of the Action Plan
  • effectively administer and support the bigger network and create value through involvement in the Food Charter
  • represent the HFP at meetings relevant to the progression of the SFC key issues both locally and nationally


Other duties

  • develop a consistent and credible message of food sustainability within a city context working closely with Hull City Council public health and other teams
  • support the ongoing progression across all areas of SFC key issues & award criteriasee
  • enhance, support and raise visibility to support the Sustainable Fish city campaign and any other project held by the partnership.
  • carry out effective administrative duties as relevant to the role including organising the steering group meetings, taking minutes and maintaining correct procedure throughout.
  • organise regular events throughout the year on behalf of the HFP and to support other organisations and their events eg Farmer’s Market at Hull Minster, the Feast-ivaland any other suitable occasions.
  • provide feedback in progress reports to relevant funders
  • support the growth of potential social enterprises, innovators and start-up businesses within the city developing links and relationships with other likeminded networks in neighbouring cities sharing local good practice and learning
  • carry out any other duties which may be reasonably requested and that are commensurate with the post.


Educated to degree level as a minimum, or equivalent experience


Knowledge and Experience


  • evidence of managing and planning working day showing competence in managing time and work priorities effectively without need for continuous supervision
  • demonstrate the ability to make daily decisions for effective working individually and in a team
  • show robust experience of effective collaborative working with mixed groups and the ability to resolve different opinions professionally
  • demonstrate experience as relationship builder and indicate professional working within all levels of public, voluntary and community sector and private sector environments
  • experience of project co-ordination and completion



  • experience of coordinating/delivering projects in food and/or health
  • experience of co-ordinating events/conferences
  • experience of committee working
  • understanding/awareness of national issues impacting on sustainable food supply
  • experience of communicating complex issues to diverse stakeholders
  • experience of dealing with local press, using all media channels and communicationnetworks
  • evidence of innovation in generating ideas and new processes in different environments to problem-solve occasional barriers to progress




  • Social media literacy
  • Confident in standard Microsoft IT packages such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with diverse groups professionally
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to write and submit to deadlines all reports as required by fundholders
  • Excellent presentation skills


 Knowledge of website development




  • Interest and knowledge of sustainable food systems
  • Knowledge & experience of finding suitable potential funds and writing grant applications


All applications and personal statement with CVs to be made to:


Hull Food Partnership

161 High Street



Those selected for interview will be asked to make a 15 minute presentation on

“What is the role of stakeholders in achieving a sustainable food system in Hull and what would you think are the key elements in building, developing and growing the Hull Food Partnership?”.

If you have any questions about the role, please ring Hilary on 07939 569347.

Closing date: The deadline has been extended due to COVID-19, please conatct above for more details.