DC METRO Program Director
Who We Are:
FoodCorps believes every school should be a healthy school and every child – regardless of race, place or class – deserves to be well nourished and ready to learn. In underserved communities across the country, our AmeriCorps leaders teach students about healthy food through hands-on lessons, partner with farmers and food service workers to create nutritious and delicious school meals, and collaborate with communities to insure a long-term culture of health. Building on this foundation of direct impact, FoodCorps pursues systemic strategies that will benefit all of our nation’s 100,000 schools. FoodCorps first placed service members in Washington, D.C. in 2014 in collaboration with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. In 2018, we expanded into Virginia, placing two service members at Fairfax County public elementary schools.
Who You Are:
You are motivated to address one of the biggest societal issues of our time: childhood health. You possess and are able to deploy the diverse skills of program delivery, relationship building, network management, and leadership development across a broad swath of projects and deliverables. You excel at translating national priorities to local contexts while also being adept at facilitating new program developments that meet the needs of communities served by FoodCorps. You are highly collaborative, with the ability to manage projects independently and remotely. You have a solid background in the theories and practices of FoodCorps’ three areas of service and are generally well informed regarding farm to school, school garden, nutrition education, healthy schools, and community organizing. You have experience managing teams and supporting emerging leaders. You are an effective communicator and are known for delivering high quality work products. You are flexible and able to function well within situations of high levels of ambiguity, and are adept at seeking and using feedback to shape your work. You have a commitment to diversity and inclusion with a desire to work for health equity and social and racial justice.
What We’re Looking For:
FoodCorps seeks an exceptionally motivated candidate to direct our program delivery and development in the Washington D.C. metro area. Reporting to the Sr. Director of Programs, this position is responsible for directing the multi-component service of 16-20 full-time FoodCorps AmeriCorps members, currently placed in D.C. and Virginia, in partnership with an existing network of community and school-based organizations dedicated to improving child health. Through effective implementation of our Theory of Change and direct service model, the FoodCorps D.C. Metro Program Director will ensure that the schools we serve will continue to make incremental progress improving their healthy school food environments, with the eventual goal of school-wide programmatic sustainability. Additionally, this position will be responsible for building relationships with business leaders, policy makers, education officials, and other grass-tops entities that shape school food environments in the D.C. Metro area through their work and decisions.
This is a full-time position will be based in a new D.C. Metro office, location to be determined. This role will require up to 20% overnight to attend national program events.
Develop a strategy for future scale and systems change for FoodCorps programming in the D.C. Metro area
Identify high need schools and districts that are ripe for partnership with FoodCorps
Identify, maintain and establish partnerships with high quality service sites for member placement
Ensure FoodCorps’ financial health through collection and monitoring of school and/or service site partnership fees
Lead, manage and oversee FoodCorps D.C. Metro program
Ensure superior program quality and fidelity across service sites in partnership with national staff and existing FoodCorps networks
Oversee and help evaluate the implementation of program priorities like the Vegetable Preference
Oversee program performance management and monitoring, including data collection, site observations and AmeriCorps compliance
Selection and management of service sites
AmeriCorps member recruitment, selection, training and management
Serve as key contact for FoodCorps’ partnership with AmeriCorps in the D.C. Metro area
Support national staff with AmeriCorps compliance reporting
Lead AmeriCorps site visits as requested
Strong commitment to national service and supporting AmeriCorps members
Develop and sustain professional relationships with key stakeholders across the D.C. Metro area including school district leaders, school leaders, local government agencies, elected officials, food service directors and companies and peer organizations
Develop and Implement Local Trainings
Design and implement trainings for service members and site supervisors, including orientation, site supervisor training, and other events.
Manage the FoodCorps D.C. Metro Program Coordinator
Ensure program coordinator provides on-going coaching, support and performance management to front-line service members
Empower program coordinator to assist in administrative duties of running FoodCorps such as conducting research on school districts and managing back office duties such as service fees
Provide on-going coaching and professional development for the program coordinator
Skills of the Ideal Candidate:
Strong local knowledge of policies and networks related to farm to school, child health, health equity, food security, and other related fields, with experience working within or in partnership with local school districts preferred
Demonstrated commitment to addressing race, class, gender, place and other social justice barriers
Minimum five years working either in educational administration or non-profit management in a related field
Ability to communicate programmatic vision and alignment effectively while navigating multiple education landscapes, government settings, nonprofits, etc.
Strong internal drive and ability to manage and deliver on projects independently
Entrepreneurial and comfortable with ambiguity, with a creative drive to solve problems, create clarity, and identify and fill gaps
Learning oriented, with a desire to seek and use feedback to shape your work
Effective written and verbal communicator, comfortable communicating through phone, email, and video chat functions
Experience working with school, district, or school food administrators and personnel
Broadly networked in the farm to school, school health and/or school garden movements
Strong foundation in the unique needs of FoodCorps’ network of service members and site partners
Ideal candidate will have experience supporting and managing AmeriCorps members and partnerships
How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted until our ideal candidate is identified. To be considered, submit your résumé, cover letter and salary requirements through our career site at https://foodcorps.hiringthing.com/.
FoodCorps pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and geographic location, and offers generous vacation and medical benefits, 401(k) match, professional development funds and a sabbatical policy. This position is a Director level role with a starting salary beginning at $80,000. Candidates invited to compete for the position may be asked to complete sample projects.
People of color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. FoodCorps is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. FoodCorps, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions.
FoodCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees as required by law. Applicants with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.