North Carolina 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 communities across the country, our AmeriCorps leaders teach students about healthy food through hands-on lessons, partner with farmers and school nutrition staff 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.
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 development, and leadership development across a broad swath of projects and deliverables. You excel at translating national priorities to local contexts, developing strategy and facilitating programming that meets the needs of communities FoodCorps serves. 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 gardens, nutrition education, and school wellness. You have experience managing people and supporting new, emerging leaders. You are a highly effective communicator and are known for delivering high quality work products. You are highly collaborative, with the ability to manage projects independently and remotely. 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 equity, diversity and inclusion and bring a racial equity lens to your work toward advancing 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 North Carolina. Reporting to the Sr. Director of Programs and working closely with FoodCorps’ Director of Philanthropic Investments, this position is responsible for directing the multi-component service of 15-20 full-time, FoodCorps AmeriCorps members in partnership with a network of community and school-based organizations dedicated to improving child health. Through effective implementation of FoodCorps’ three areas of service, the FoodCorps NC 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 such as the Farm to School Coalition of NC, that shape school food environments in the state through their work and decisions.
This is a full-time position based in North Carolina, with flexibility around exact location within the state. This role will require up to 20% overnight travel within state and to national program events.
Engage with local and national stakeholders to Develop a vision and strategy for future scale and systems change for FoodCorps programming in NC in partnership with national staff and
Cultivate and maintain strong, collaborative partnerships with local organizations to supervise service members
Identify schools and districts that are ready for new partnership with FoodCorps
Ensure FoodCorps’ financial health through collection of partnership fees and support of local fundraising efforts by assisting fundraising staff with grant proposal
Lead, manage and oversee FoodCorps NC program
Partner with each service site to develop a plan for program delivery that ensures strong program quality, fidelity, and impact, including meeting with school administrators
Oversee and help evaluate the implementation of program priorities, for example Hands on Learning and Cafeteria Taste Tests
Oversee program performance management and monitoring, including data collection, site observations and AmeriCorps compliance
Manage AmeriCorps member recruitment, selection, training and management
Serve as key contact for FoodCorps’ partnership with AmeriCorps in North Carolina
Support national staff with AmeriCorps compliance reporting
Lead AmeriCorps site visits as requested
Develop and sustain professional relationships with key stakeholders across NC including: the Farm to School Coalition of NC, the Cooperative Extension Farm to School Working Group, previous site partners of FCNC, school district leaders, principals, elected officials, food service directors and companies and peer organizations
Identify opportunities for FoodCorps to elevate and support policy and systems change efforts related to Farm to School, school gardens, school nutrition, etc. at the state level
Participate in existing working groups, collaboratives, or coalitions related to Farm to School, School Gardens, and School Nutrition where appropriate.
Develop and implement high quality state trainings and events
Design and implement trainings for service members and site supervisors, including state orientation, site supervisor training, events to engage local FoodCorps alumni
Supervise and support the FoodCorps NC Program Coordinator
Ensure the program coordinator provides on-going coaching, support and performance management to service members
Collaborate with program coordinator on program management and administrative tasks
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 of 5 years of leadership experience in non-profit management or 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 and school district administrators and school personnel
Broadly networked in the farm to school, school health and/or school garden movements
Ideal candidate will have experience supporting and managing AmeriCorps members and partnerships
Ideal candidate will have lived experience in NC
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 reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.