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Leadership Director, Healthy School Meals Initiative

FoodCorps, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 05/31/2019

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, we 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.

What We’re Looking For:

FoodCorps is seeking a strategy-minded Leadership Director who will work full-time building and managing an innovative leadership development program aimed at training the next generation of progressive school food leaders. The Leadership Director for FoodCorps’ Healthy School Meals Initiative will be responsible for all elements of launching and directing this exciting new program, including: recruiting and selecting ideal candidates, training and mentorship for program participants, building and maintaining relationships with mentor districts where participants will be placed, developing career services offerings for program alumni, and generally managing the day-to-day operations of the program. This values-aligned leadership program will play a critical role in advancing the health of school meals in across the country

The Leadership Director will report to FoodCorps’ Senior Director, Healthy School Meals Initiative. This is a full-time position, occasional travel is required (~10%).

This role has the ability to be based out of our Portland, New York City, or D.C. office.

Who You Are:

You are passionate about the mission of FoodCorps and familiar with both the supply and demand side of school food. You are a highly motivated self-starter who thinks big and has the strategic and operational vision to create solid plans and build forward momentum. You have experience in leadership development and understand the role well-trained, passionate, and motivated individuals can play in transforming complex systems. You excel at building trusting relationships in professional settings. You are detail, process, and operationally oriented. You are an exceptionally clear and concise communicator and can easily translate information across multiple audiences and via multiple channels. You leave no stone unturned in your work, always seeking new and creative solutions to multi-sector problems. You are committed to diversity and inclusion, with a passion for social justice, and an enthusiasm for operating in an intercultural work environment.


Build and operationalize FoodCorps’ Healthy School Meals Leadership program

Collaborate and coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to implement all elements of the leadership program, including recruitment, selection, training, communications, evaluation, career placement, and other functions

Build trusting, long-term, mutually-beneficial, and accountability-focused relationships with program placement sites

Design enriching cohort experiences for participants that build connectivity to one another and loyalty to FoodCorps

Develop leadership program communication and collaboration systems

Act as the key point person for all leadership program members and placement sites

Work closely with Alumni Manager and Network Director to integrate participants and graduates into the network

Support FoodCorps’ Marketing & Communications team and Growth & Development teams in marketing and funding the program

Additional responsibilities will be collaboratively developed as the program is launched

Skills of the Ideal Candidate:

Demonstrated experience developing and executing leadership strategies

Demonstrated partnership management experience, with a special focus on school-based partnerships

Experience in start-up environments or experience building new organizational initiatives

Familiarity with school nutrition operations and policies, specifically an understanding of school food procurement, local and regional sourcing, menu development, and other areas of school nutrition administration

Systems-minded, approaching organizational development with an entrepreneurial eye

Process-oriented with a strong ability to build efficient systems for information management

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Intellectual curiosity and ability to think outside of the box to efficiently solve complex problems

Comfortable with an organizational environment that is fast-paced with an emphasis on technology and collaboration amongst geographically distributed staff and partners

Self-directed and flexible, and excels in a deadline-driven environment

Bachelor’s degree is required

Minimum eight years professional work experience, with increasing levels of management and responsibility

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

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 Director level role with a salary range starting at $90,000.

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 a reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.

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