Collective Impact Lead
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 works with systemic strategies that will benefit all of our nation’s 100,000 schools.
In partnership with Campbell Soup Company, FoodCorps is expanding its contribution to district level change efforts by supporting collective impact initiatives that drive investments in school nutrition programs and expand access to food education programming. The Collective Impact Lead will start with primary duties focused on supporting the Camden School Food Collective, a set of non-profit, philanthropic, and government entities collaborating on a multi-year plan to “foster a school nutrition environment that ensures all students are well nourished and ready to learn”. Working in concert, these partners seek to use their combined skills, networks, and resources to improve student access to nourishing meals and food education.
What We’re Looking For:
FoodCorps is seeking a project manager with experience supporting a diversity of partners in pursuit of a shared goal. While keeping district and community stakeholders firmly at the center of your work, the Collective Impact Lead should possess an understanding of and commitment to collective impact strategies. Documented experience working with school districts and school nutrition programs is critical to the position’s success.
The Collective Impact Lead will be responsible for managing the deliverables and outcomes set out by the Camden School Food Collective and will actively support district staff and partners. Responsible for guiding strategy and implementation, the Lead will have experience in evaluation, planning, and program management. This position will be the primary administrative coordinator for the Collective’s meetings, agendas, and reporting. In addition to direct management and support of the Camden Collective, this position will be responsible for the development of a blueprint (an adaptable model) for district level transformation efforts that FoodCorps and other partners can apply to other district efforts across the country.
FoodCorps expects this role to expand to supporting additional collectives over the course of the next two years.
Who You Are:
You are passionate about the mission of FoodCorps and are familiar with both the nutrition and academic side of the education sector. You are a highly motivated self-starter, detail-oriented, and comfortable juggling multiple projects and tight deadlines. You are an exceptionally clear and concise communicator and can easily translate complex information across multiple audiences, including senior school food leaders, district administrators, funders, and nonprofit professionals. You excel at project management and fostering initiatives through to completion. You are committed to developing an authentic understanding of the community and will demonstrate a commitment to centering and uplifting the needs and vision of the Camden community.
The Collective Impact Lead will:
Coordinate communication between FoodCorps, the Camden Collective, and Campbell Soup Company
Track and support the Collective’s multi-year plan and logic model
Act as primary point of contact for project stakeholders, including community partners, press contacts, and district staff
Support impact tracking alongside the evaluation partner, Healthier Generation, and provide regular updates to key stakeholders
Coordinate with FoodCorps Impact team on the development of a blueprint for model replication
Organize and facilitate collective meetings, including materials preparation and follow up
Skills and Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate :
Minimum five years professional work experience preferably in the school food arena
Familiarity with food service operations and K-12 academic institutions
Demonstrated project management experience
Process-oriented with a strong ability to build efficient systems for information management and communication
Passion for the power of school food and food education in the lives of children
Comfortable juggling multiple projects and hold accountability to multiple stakeholders
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Self-directed and flexible, and excels in a deadline-driven and entrepreneurial environment
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 hiring site at http://foodcorps.hiringthing.com/.
Project compensation is $70,000 for 15 months. This 30 hour/week position may be based remotely but is expected to be available for in-person meetings in Camden, NJ on a monthly basis. Ideal start date: June 15th. Occasional travel is required (~20%).
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 accommodations to applicants and employees as required by law.
Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.