Michigan Program Manager

Detroit, MI

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 seeks a highly motivated individual to handle a portfolio of school district partnerships that are delivering upon local goals for growing student access to nourishing school meals and hands-on food education. Reporting to the Regional Director and working closely with the FoodCorps External Affairs, Impact Delivery, and Impact Operations teams, this position is responsible for partnership development, management, and, where appropriate, transition. As the point person for FoodCorps at the local level, the Program Manager builds relationships with nonprofit partners, district administrators, school staff, and other partners invested in food education to improve school food environments across the state.

This full-time position will be based in Detroit, Michigan. 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. 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 handle 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 the whole child model, nutrition education, healthy schools, and community organizing. You have experience leading 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 have a dedication to diversity and inclusion with a desire to work for health equity and social and racial justice.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Handle a set of multi-stakeholder partnerships across a defined geography
    • Partnership development and management, including a district landscape assessment, goal-setting process, contract collaboration, data tracking, and supervising invoice and partnership fee collection
    • Develop and implement multi-year partnership plans that have annual goals and clear strategies for FoodCorps to support through direct service and expanded program offerings. Track and share progress with community partners and to FoodCorps’ External Affairs team throughout the year
  • Develop positive relationships with community partners and ensure active participation as a community partner
    • Participate in community events and be a regular presence in local affairs related to food education, school meals, and food system work
    • Participate in school nutrition and educator committees, councils, and networks where FoodCorps resources or expertise can be of benefit
    • Build or sustain relationships with key associations, agencies, and partner groups
  • Mentor FoodCorps Program Coordinator who is directly responsible for coordinating the FoodCorps service program
    • Ensure program quality and fidelity across service site partnerships
    • Supervise program performance, management, and monitoring. In partnership with the Program Coordinator, manage data collection and AmeriCorps compliance
  • Support Fundraising, Marketing and Communications, and Policy functions in local, regional, and national fundraising and impact story sharing

    • Collect and share stories, highlights, and features with key internal and external partners
    • Serve as FoodCorps spokesperson for local media opportunities
    • In partnership with the National Policy Team, support relationship building with congressional offices
    • Identify and support the cultivation of regional corporate, individual, and foundation supporters
    • Act as a support and local advisor for donor and legislator site visits and relationship building events
    • Support the review of funding proposals and grant reports
    • Distribute advocacy tools and resources to support the activation of FoodCorps’ local network of partners and alumni in partnership with Alumni, Marketing, and Policy teams

Skills of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Demonstrated dedication to addressing race, class, gender, place and other social justice barriers
  • Demonstrated ability working in non-profit management in a related field, ideally in a school/education setting
  • Experience working with diverse and historically disenfranchised communities, in an educational setting is highly desirable
  • Some knowledge of Michigan networks for farm to school, child health, health equity, food security, and other related fields
  • Strong internal drive and ability to lead and deliver on multiple projects independently
  • 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
  • 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

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted until our ideal candidate is identified.

Because we prioritize the health of communities and kids, FoodCorps has decided to require COVID-19 vaccination for staff and service members, to the extent permitted by applicable federal, state, and local law. We came to this decision after much discussion and consultation and recognize that some people and partners might have to make tough decisions because of it. More information about this requirement and the exemption process to apply for a legally-required exception to the vaccination requirement will be provided during onboarding, should you receive a job offer from FoodCorps.

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 salary range beginning at $55,000-$62,000

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.