VP of Programs
What We’re Looking For:
FoodCorps seeks an exceptional leader in the fields of program development and implementation to join our team as Vice President of Programs and guide our AmeriCorps-powered, school-based direct service offerings through a period of significant evolution, rigorous learning, and ambitious impact. Reporting to and partnering with the Chief Executive Officer and a talented team of office- and field-based staff and partners, the VP of Programs will work closely with the Board and Executive Team on organizational strategy, while overseeing all aspects of program design, delivery, assessment, and improvement. The VP will lead the service program with a specific eye towards strategic implementation, innovation, and ability to scale. With a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, the VP will work for health equity and social and racial justice through our growing service program.
This full-time role on the FoodCorps Executive Team is based in Portland, Oregon, and requires approximately 25% travel to FoodCorps’ other national office in New York and to the organization’s program sites, which currently span 18 states and more than 350 schools.
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 pursues systemic strategies that will benefit all of our nation’s 100,000 schools.
Who You Are:
The VP of Programs will lead the direct service activities that are the foundation of FoodCorps’ strategy for change, in pursuit of a future where all students––regardless of race, place, or class––get the nourishment they need to thrive. They will work with office-based and field staff to evolve, align, and activate our national network of school, district, and community partners as well as our 225+ AmeriCorps members. The VP of Programs will play a key strategic role in an organization expected to scale from $15M to $22M over the next three years. They will lead the FoodCorps program through a period of evolution as well as growth, particularly as we enter our third year of opening field offices. Key focuses will include creating a streamlined set of program offerings, strengthening program fidelity and quality, intensifying our footprint in key communities, and proving our impact for students and our value proposition for donor partners and schools.
The VP will directly supervise key staff in the Programs department who together oversee program design, evaluation, and program implementation in the field. This person will hold ultimate responsibility for the work of the 20+ office- and field-based staff who make up the Programs department. Through this team, the VP will oversee the experience and impact of our program operations in 18 states, where our AmeriCorps members work with schools or school-facing community partners to implement the FoodCorps program, which encompasses direct education activities in classrooms and gardens, healthy food promotion activities in school cafeterias, and capacity building work with school teams. The VP will have an opportunity to build the Programs team as the organization grows, both at the national office and in the field.
As a member of the cross-functional Executive Team, the VP will partner closely with all members to provide strategic leadership and management of the organization, while also providing a clear Programs perspective. The VP of Programs will work with the Leadership and Talent department on overlapping initiatives, such as the recruitment, training and alumni functions essential to our AmeriCorps program. They will collaborate with the VP of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships to leverage national partnerships and procurement change efforts to improve healthy food access in FoodCorps schools. Fundraising is a responsibility shared by all staff at FoodCorps, so the VP will work with the VP of Growth and Development to foster fundraising relationships and orchestrate exceptional site visits. They will be directly responsible for growing the earned income revenue stream FoodCorps receives from school and community partners in the form of program service fees (currently $1.5M annually). Additionally, as the owner of a rapidly growing $8M+ department budget, the VP will work closely with the VP of Finance and Operations to plan and manage spending and develop operations support for our field teams. Lastly, the VP will work with the Marketing and Communications team to curate and disseminate the stories of direct impact that fuel our efforts for national change.
Organizational Strategy and Leadership
In collaboration with the CEO and VPs on our Executive Team, the VP of Programs will:
• Participate in top-level management decisions for the organization with a keen eye towards overall strategic program development, implementation, and change management
• Set long term strategies that leverage the impact of FoodCorps' direct service program in order to achieve scale, influence policy, and drive systemic change
• Ensure a strong, core values-driven organizational culture
• Envision opportunities to earn program income via service fees and strategic partnerships
• Attend Board meetings, lead key conversations and facilitate Board understanding of and engagement with FoodCorps programs
• Play a key role in strategic planning and the implementation of FoodCorps’ capital campaign
• Collaborate with Leadership and Talent staff on training and support to partners and corps members
• Collaborate with Finance and Operations staff to ensure accurate budgeting and strategic spending
• Collaborate with Growth and Development staff to cultivate donors and secure philanthropic funding
• Collaborate with Innovation and Strategic Partnerships staff to develop new alliances and program pilots, pursue procurement change initiatives, and influence policymakers
• Collaborate with Marketing and Communications staff to capture and share stories of impact
• Collaborate with the Board of Directors and CEO to set annual and long-term program goal
Program Leadership and Management
In partnership with staff on the Programs team, the VP of Programs will:
• Supervise, mentor, and develop Programs staff using a supportive, collaborative, and goal-oriented approach
• Refine our program model and ensure strong change management as our program grows and the oversight structure shifts from external partners to field-based staff
• Set and deliver on ambitious program performance targets at every level
• Ensure exceptionally meaningful, effective, and compliant service for our AmeriCorps members
• Serve as chief ambassador for our program to school district leaders, donors, policymakers, strategic allies, and thought leaders
• Establish and liaise with a strong network of national partners to help ensure program fidelity and impact
• Advance our equity, diversity, and inclusion values within our program model as well as champion our commitments on the Programs team
• Facilitate the creation, selection, and dissemination of program resources and best practices
• Identify opportunities to develop technology tools that enable strong program delivery and progress tracking
• Oversee ongoing efforts to understand and improve our impact through internal and external evaluation
• Guide school, district, and partner sales efforts that secure and increase annual program service fees
• Explore future opportunities for broad adoption, replication, and fee-for-service delivery models
Skills of the Ideal Candidate:
Strong candidates will bring exceptional expertise in program design and delivery, a proven record of teambuilding and leadership as a manager, experience working in an entrepreneurial, high-growth social venture environment, a desire to work in a collaborative and inclusive culture, and a personal connection to the FoodCorps mission.
Other desired qualifications include:
• At least five years of senior program management experience, particularly through program growth and change
• Experience with school-based programs, AmeriCorps programs and/or issues of education, equity, and health
• Exceptional relationship-building skills, with a focus on forging high-trust partnerships
• Ability to drive change through a complex partner and school network, using current and emerging best practices
• Experience building and improving processes and systems for multi-site, multi-state programs
• Experience working with multiple systems and facilitating creation, integration, and collaboration across new and old systems
• Standout abilities as a clear and compelling written and verbal communicator, with an approach tailored to diverse audiences
• Experience serving as a partner to the CEO, Board, and leadership of a complex, multi-stakeholder entity
• Skilled at using data to inform strategy and decision making and drive continuous improvement
• Experience strengthening program performance through goal-setting and learning from evaluation
• Disciplined ability to test, consider, and advance or end existing program elements or pilots
• Experience managing a multi-million dollar budget with responsibility for both revenue and expenses
• Mature and proactive attitude, with excellent judgment, creative problem-solving, and strong meeting facilitation skills
• Clear leadership and demonstrated change management in a constantly evolving, changing environment
• A hands-on approach to management with an enthusiasm for coaching others and ability to leverage expertise across the team
• A collaborative and flexible style, with a learning orientation and team approach
• Previous experience managing remote teams a plus
• A strong degree of comfort with a fast-paced organizational culture and a high volume of communications and decisions
• A high degree of intercultural competence and a commitment to building a team that brings a diverse set of experiences and is welcoming and inclusive to all backgrounds and identities
How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted until our ideal candidate is identified. To be considered, submit your résumé, cover and salary requirements through our hiring site at http://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) matching, professional development funds and a sabbatical policy. This position is a Vice President-level role with a salary range beginning at $115,000.
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.