Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants for the position of Program Officer for the Wallace Center. The responsibilities, duties and qualifications for this position are described in the attached position description.
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy, and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world. The Wallace Center, a unit of Winrock International is an established leader in the effort to catalyze and further develop sustainable food systems that are environmentally sound, economically viable, produce healthy and accessible foods, and operate in a socially just manner.
The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Winrock provides excellent benefits
including: life, disability and health (medical and dental) insurance; retirement contribution and accrued paid sick and
Applicants should send current resume and cover letter referencing HRM/WALLACE by April 15, 2011 to
Director, Wallace Center, Enterprise and Agriculture Group
The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a national leader that supports entrepreneurs and communities as
they build a new, 21st century food system that is healthier for people, the environment, and the economy. To
achieve this vision, the Center builds and strengthens links in the emerging chain of businesses and civic efforts
focused on making good food—healthy, green, fair, affordable food—an everyday reality in every community. The
Wallace Center is a unit within the Enterprise and Agriculture Group of Winrock International with it’s primarily focus
in the United States.
The Program Officer will provide leadership in enhancing the Wallace Center’s market based strategies program by
developing a new technical assistance and training program for organizations that work with vulnerable communities
engaged in food and agriculture enterprise development, social enterprise and good food value chains.
Responsibilities will include designing, implementing and managing the technical assistance and training program
and managing the completion of all deliverables, including evaluations and reporting. As a member of the Wallace
Center staff, the Program Officer will also play a role in developing new partnerships, collaborations and identifying
and seeking new funding for the Center’s programs.
Develop and implement a grant-funded comprehensive technical assistance and training program that will
serve a variety of regional food system clients with an emphasis on those who work with underserved
communities. The program will employ a combination of training mediums and modules including, but not
limited to: one-on-one technical assistance and coaching, workshops, webinars, print and electronic
Identify and manage short- and long-term technical assistance providers from a variety of business, food
and financial disciplines.
Work with the Center’s director and other Wallace staff to develop innovative strategies to leverage
Wallace’s prior work in developing market-based solutions.
Explore opportunities to expand the grant-funded training and technical assistance program with additional
funding or sponsorship.
Coordinate activities of internal staff, external contractors and consultants.
Assist with communicating initiative activities to internal and external audiences.
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:
Although the Wallace Center is predominately a grant-funded entity, the position requires experience in individual
and corporate sponsorship, earned-income and other revenue generating ventures.
MS or higher in one of the food and agricultural related disciplines or a MBA or MA with food and/or
agricultural experience considered
An understanding of business and enterprise development and the range of skills and
capacities one needs to be successful in food and agricultural business. The successful
candidate will have experience in this field, be able to manage and provide technical
assistance to a diverse set of clients and partners and have a keen interest in regional
food systems and social enterprise
Experience working with socially and economically vulnerable communities in rural and
Five years of project or organizational management experience
Experience in program development or business development and grant writing
Familiarity with sustainable and regional food systems, including for example value chain
development, local sourcing, and aggregated distribution
Experience engaging with state or federal government agencies and entities.
Experience in training, provision of technical assistance, design and delivery of workshops
Demonstrated skills in business plan development, project planning and budgeting
Strategic thinking & creative problem solving qualities
Successful candidate will be sensitive to the needs of an ethnically and economically
diverse client base
Grant writing and coordination abilities
Work effectively in teams and inspire effective teamwork with project partners
Self-starter and self-directed within teams or working independently
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated communication skills (written and oral) for proposal preparation, public
relations and communicating with donors
Proficient in institutionally supported software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint),
experience with Publisher, InDesign or content management systems a plus
Foreign language capabilities a plus
Ability to travel domestically on relatively short trips approximately six times a year.