California Food and Justice Coalition seeks Executive Director

6 Apr

Location: California, Bay Area preferred

Deadline:  April 25, 2010

The California Food and Justice Coalition (CFJC) promotes the basic human right to healthy food while advancing social, agricultural, environmental and economic justice priorities. Through advocacy, organizing and education, we collaborate with community-based efforts to create a sustainable food supply for the residents of California. We envision a California food system in which all activities, from farm to table, are equitable, healthful, sustainable, regenerative and community-driven. CFJC is a fiscally sponsored organization of the Ecology Center and operates under the Ecology Center’s administrative polices and procedures. CFJC is guided by a steering committee, nominated from the general coalition membership.

CFJC was founded in 2003 and has two main focus areas: 1) training our grassroots members in advocacy and organizing to make them more effective in their work, and 2) advocating for policies that support the work of our members. We work to establish a strengthened grassroots food justice network that is informed about and involved in influencing food policy. CFJC’s members are predominantly small, grassroots groups that focus on low-income communities of color. Our members include urban agriculture organizations, farm worker groups, public health organizations, youth development programs, faith-based groups, and anti-hunger organizations.  Past campaigns have focused on Farm to School legislation and Farm Bill advocacy and reform. Our newest campaign, Grow Local, aims to rebuild local food systems through supportive local-level policy. We are also gearing up to launch our 2012 Farm Bill campaign.

CFJC is hiring a full-time Executive Director whose responsibilities will include administrative and development leadership (75%) and implementing programs (25%).  The Executive Director will be the sole CFJC staff after an initial training period, and will work with the CFJC steering committee to bring on additional staff in the first few months.


The position requires a diverse skill set and the ideal candidate would possess a range of skills in fund development, policy advocacy, and program and organizational development.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Initiate and coordinate fundraising efforts to support and grow CFJC programs – includes grant writing, growing the dues-paying membership base, event planning and donor recruitment.
  • Work with steering committee and members to develop and monitor organizational priorities and work in accordance with goals set in CFJC’s strategic plan.
  • Provide staffing to the Steering Committee and its sub-committees, coordinating communication and assisting in new member recruitment
  • Coordinate CFJC outreach and organizing efforts to expand coalition membership and build partnerships.
  • Hire and supervise CFJC staff, interns and contractors.
  • Manage communication with statewide members and partners.
  • Manage organizational systems, including a contact database, list serve and website.
  • Develop and monitor program budgets in coordination with CFJC steering committee, and review financial reports.
  • Ensure compliance with and timely reporting on all CFJC contracts.
  • Conduct public speaking and public relations on behalf of the coalition and its campaigns as needed and/or requested.


  • Significant experience with fundraising and development (e.g., donor development, grant management, grant proposal writing, special events).
  • Minimum of four years in a nonprofit management and/or administrative role, including experience with budgeting and fiscal management.
  • Substantive knowledge of community food security, local food systems, urban agriculture, sustainable agriculture, farmworker rights, or anti-hunger fields in California
  • Human Resource experience including staff and intern recruitment and hiring, mentoring and evaluating.
  • Possess a combination of experiences in program development, outreach, community organizing, and public speaking, including experience planning participatory educational events and coordinating policy campaigns or doing political organizing.
  • Able to work some weekends and evenings and to travel to conferences and workshops around the state, and possibly country, as needed
  • Excellent written, oral communication, networking, negotiation (conflict management and resolution), and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work on advisory committees, task forces, and external coalitions, and take on effective leadership roles.
  • Excellent office management and computer literacy (IT) skills (including MS Office applications, FileMaker Pro database, internet research).
  • Fluency in a second language common in California preferred.
  • Possess an excellent understanding of power, oppression and privilege in the food system.


$45,000 – 50,000 annual salary, DOE. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, vacation, sick leave and major holidays.

HOW TO APPLY: Please email cover letter, résumé and list of 3 references to Melissa Guajardo:

CFJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all applicants without regard to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, military status, pregnancy, or disability. Women/People of color/LGBT applicants encouraged to apply.

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