California Program Coordinator

Oakland, CA

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 provide 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 seeks a motivated and passionate individual to lead, mentor, and support a cohort of 15-20 FoodCorps service members and FoodCorps programming in Northern California under the mentorship of the California Partnership Manager. The Program Coordinator will play a meaningful role in the delivery of high quality, high fidelity programming statewide by assisting with the recruitment, training and ongoing mentor of service members, the selection and management of service sites, and the day to day program administration tasks. They will have experience leading groups and be excited to support new, pre-professional leaders. The ability to learn, adapt, and work through ambiguity will be important in this role!

This position will work in tandem with another Program Coordinator to support programming throughout the state. This is a full time position with a preference to be based in Oakland/Bay Area. The role requires frequent in-state and occasional out of state travel.

Who You Are:

You are passionate about FoodCorps’ mission, and excited about the prospect of mentoring emerging leaders to implement high quality programs in schools across the state. You have a commitment to diversity and inclusion with a desire to work towards health equity and social and racial justice. You are a creative problem-solver with demonstrated leadership ability who is adept at coaching and supporting diverse individuals, both in person and remotely. You are thoughtful and conscientious, able to handle technical, personal, and interpersonal challenges—professionally and with care. You approach challenges as an opportunity to learn. You thoroughly complete tasks assigned to you and are able to seamlessly handle multiple projects at the same time. You are comfortable with ambiguity and eager to collaborate with FoodCorps as we build a high impact service program nationwide.

Primary Responsibilities:

Service Member Training, Management, and Support

  • Building and leading a statewide cohort and network of AmeriCorps members
  • Serving as the first point of contact for the service member cohort, providing technical assistance and coaching with service activities to achieve programmatic quality and fidelity
  • Collaborating with the State Team to plan state orientation and monthly formal or informal trainings and gatherings for service members during the program year.

Program Management and Administration

  • Conducting a minimum of 2 in-person visits with each service member in their cohort to observe programming, deliver feedback, support improvements, and celebrate successes
  • Ensuring that FoodCorps, service members, service sites, and schools are meeting FoodCorps and AmeriCorps compliance requirements
  • Using data related to program quality, compliance, and satisfaction to drive communication and programmatic adjustments
  • Acting as the liaison between FoodCorps and service members, facilitating information-sharing between these parties, including communicating key program requirements to service members and communicating requests from service members to FoodCorps
  • Providing administrative and operations support as needed and requested by the Program Manager.
  • Sharing insights regarding service member and program activities and impact in order to support broader child health, school nutrition, and farm to school programming statewide initiatives
  • Supporting the planning and implementation of site visits with potential donors from California and beyond
  • Assisting in meeting California Commission on Community Services requirements

Organizational Support

  • Supporting FoodCorps program implementation through research and evaluation, professional development, recruitment, and fundraising and policy initiatives
  • Participating in the development and implementation of national training events
  • Helping to develop and identify effective initiatives and examples of exemplary partnerships in the state for replication elsewhere
  • Acting as an outstanding public spokesperson and representative on behalf of FoodCorps through earned and social media outreach, special events, recruitment efforts, and other opportunities

Skills and Experience of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Self-starter, with ability to collaborate and build strong rapport with team members both in-person and remotely
  • Previous experience leading and mentoring groups of volunteers
  • Skilled at developing and maintaining relationships across varied school and community partners
  • Ability to plan and facilitate high quality trainings and other professional learning experiences
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, with strong emotional intelligence
  • Comfort and competence in working with people from a diversity of backgrounds
  • Comfort using online and social media platforms for communication, organization, and collaboration
  • Knowledge of FoodCorps or other national service programs and/or familiarity with school or district contexts, and/or farm to school, garden, or nutrition education programming is preferred

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted until our ideal candidate is identified. To be considered, submit your résumé, cover letter and wage requirements through our hiring site at

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 full-time Coordinator-level role with an hourly rate beginning at $23.75-$26.55.

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.