Massachusetts Program Manager

Remote - Boston, MA

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 ensure 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.

What We’re Looking For: 

FoodCorps is seeking a highly motivated individual to manage FoodCorps program implementation in Massachusetts.  Reporting to the Co-Director of National Programs, this position is responsible for implementing a statewide strategy that will include the FoodCorps direct service AmeriCorps program and various systems change-focused initiatives on the state level. Through effective implementation of our Theory of Change, the FoodCorps Program Manager will ensure that the schools and districts we serve will make incremental progress toward their goals for expanding healthy school food environments.  This position will be responsible for building relationships with current and potential schools and districts and other key stakeholders that shape school food environments across the state.  

This full-time position will be based in Massachusetts with remote work options within the state. A Boston area office is being considered for late 2021. Both statewide and national travel will be required up to 20%. 

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 have a commitment to diversity and inclusion with a desire to work for health equity and social and racial justice. 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. Partnership management is a core function of this role and building and maintaining relationships with district and organizational leaders is something you are confident in leading. 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 well informed regarding farm to school, school garden, nutrition education, healthy schools, and community organizing. You have experience managing teams and supporting new, 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 are familiar with the Massachusetts Farm to School landscape, understand Massachusetts partnerships, and are connected to existing and potential collaborating partners.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • In partnership with the Co-Director of National Programs, co-create and implement a statewide strategy for FoodCorps programming in Massachusetts

    • Identify high need school districts that are ripe for partnership with FoodCorps

    • Identify, maintain, and establish partnerships with strategic service sites for member placement and other FoodCorps programming

    • Ensure FoodCorps’ financial health through collection and monitoring of school and/or service site partnership fees

    • Collaborate with national Impact team members on initiatives selected for the state including programs such as policy and advocacy and nutrition leadership programming. 

  • Lead, manage and oversee FoodCorps Massachusetts program

    • Ensure superior program quality across service sites in partnership with national staff and existing FoodCorps networks

    • Support and supervise the state’s Program Coordinator

    • Oversee and help evaluate the implementation of program priorities

    • Oversee program performance management and monitoring, including data collection, site observations, and AmeriCorps compliance

    • Lead recruitment, selection, and management of service sites, schools, and service members

    • Provide high quality and appropriate coaching to service members and site supervisors through remote check-ins and in-person site visits

  • Develop and sustain professional relationships with key stakeholders across Massachusetts, including school district leaders, principals, elected officials, school nutrition directors, peer organizations, and other local community leaders

  • Represent FoodCorps in statewide networks and coalitions, actively participating to support shared goals 

  • Develop and Implement In-State Trainings

    • Design and implement trainings for service members and site supervisors, including state orientation, site supervisor training, and other events.

  • Serve as key contact for FoodCorps’ partnership with AmeriCorps 

    • Support national staff with AmeriCorps compliance reporting

Skills of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Minimum three years experience working in non-profit management in a related field, ideally in a school/education or school nutrition setting

  • Strong local knowledge of Massachusetts networks for farm to school, child health, health equity, food security, and other related fields

  • Experience working with diverse and historically disenfranchised communities in an educational setting is highly desirable

  • Strong internal drive and ability to manage and deliver on multiple projects independently

  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing race, class, gender, place, and other social justice barriers

  • Entrepreneurial, with a creative drive to solve problems and identify and fill gaps

  • Learning-oriented, with a desire to seek and use feedback to shape your work.  Ability to be flexible and work in an evolving organizational context

  • Effective written and verbal communicator, comfortable communicating through phone, email, and video chat functions and speaking in front of large and small groups

  • Experience working with school and school district administrators and school personnel

  • Strong foundation in the unique demands of implementing an AmeriCorps program and managing FoodCorps’ unique network of service members and site partners

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted until our ideal candidate is identified. 

FoodCorps pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and geographic location and offers generous vacation and medical benefits, 401(k) matching, professional development funds, and a sabbatical policy. This position is a manager-level role with a starting salary range of $50,000-$55,000/yr. depending on experience. 

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 is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. FoodCorps provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees as required by law.

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.