California Program Director; FoodCorps

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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.

What We’re Looking For:

FoodCorps seeks an exceptionally motivated candidate to direct our program delivery and development in California. Reporting to the Sr. Director of Programs and working closely with the FoodCorps California Development Director, this position is responsible for directing the multi-component service of 20 full-time FoodCorps AmeriCorps members in partnership with an existing network of community and school-based organizations dedicated to improving child health. Through effective implementation of our Theory of Change and Healthy School Toolkit, the FoodCorps California Program Director will ensure that the schools we serve will continue to make incremental progress improving their healthy school food environments, with the eventual goal of school-wide programmatic sustainability. Additionally, this position will be responsible for building relationships with business leaders, policy makers, education officials, and other grass-tops entities that shape school food environments in the state through their work and decisions.

This is a full-time position based in our California office, and requires statewide travel and occasional travel to national program events. Special events may sometimes require weekend or evening work.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • In partnership with a state advisory committee and with input from existing service sites, develop a statewide strategy for future scale and systems change for FoodCorps programming in California
    • Identify high need school districts that are ripe for partnership with FoodCorps
    • Identify, maintain and establish partnerships with high quality service sites for member placement
    • Ensure FoodCorps’ financial health through collection and monitoring of school and/or service site partnership fees
  • Lead, manage and oversee FoodCorps California program
    • Ensure superior program quality and fidelity across service sites in partnership with national staff and existing FoodCorps networks
    • Oversee and help evaluate the implementation of program priorities like the Healthy School Toolkit and Sprout Scouts
    • Oversee program performance management and monitoring, including data collection, site observations and AmeriCorps compliance
    • Support the selection and management of service sites
    • Manage AmeriCorps member recruitment, selection, training and management with an emphasis on FoodCorps’ commitment to equity and diversity
  • Serve as key contact for FoodCorps’ partnership with AmeriCorps in California
    • Support national staff with AmeriCorps compliance reporting
    • Lead AmeriCorps site visits as requested
    • Strong commitment to national service and supporting AmeriCorps members
  • Develop and sustain professional relationships with key stakeholders across California including California Advisory Board, school district leaders, principals, elected officials, food service directors and companies, and peer organizations
  • 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 in collaboration with the State Program Coordinator
  • Manage the FoodCorps California Program Coordinator
    • Ensure program coordinator provides on-going coaching, support and performance management to front-line service members
    • Empower program coordinator to assist in administrative duties of running FoodCorps such as conducting research on school districts and managing back office duties such as service fees
    • Provide on-going coaching and professional development for the program coordinator

Skills of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Strong local knowledge of California networks for farm to school, child health, health equity, food security, and other related fields, with experience working in local school districts preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing race, class, gender, place and other social justice barriers
  • Minimum five years working in non-profit management in a related field
  • Strong internal drive and ability to manage and deliver on 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
  • Experience working with school and school district administrators and school personnel
  • Broadly networked in the farm to school, school health and/or school garden movements
  • Strong foundation in the unique needs of FoodCorps’ network of service members and site partners
  • Ideal candidate will have experience supporting and managing AmeriCorps members and partnerships

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 career site at This position is open until filled.

FoodCorps pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and geographic location, and offers generous vacation and medical benefits, 401(k) match, professional development funds and a sabbatical policy. This position is a Director level role with a starting salary beginning at $80,000. Candidates invited to compete for the position may be asked to complete sample projects.

People of color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. FoodCorps is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. FoodCorps, Inc. 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.

Location: Oakland, CA