California: National Farm to School Network seeks Associate Director

13 Apr

Deadline for Applications is May 6, 2011

The selected candidate will be employed by the Community Food Security Coalition with the option to work remotely from any location in the continental US. This position is funded full-time until August 31, 2012. Continued employment is based upon availability of funds.


The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is seeking an Associate Director for the National Farm to School Network (NFSN).  The Associate Director will be actively involved in fundraising, and assisting the NFSN Director in administrative and programmatic tasks as necessary. The Associate Director will also work to ensure implementation of the NFSN strategic action plan in the priority areas of policy; media, marketing and outreach; training and technical assistance; information services; research and networking.


The National Farm to School Network is a collaborative effort, led by the Community Food Security Coalition and the Urban & Environmental Program Institute (UEPI) at Occidental College since 2005.  NFSN sprouted from the desire to support community-based food systems, strengthen family farms, and improve student health by reducing childhood obesity. Comprised of eight Regional Lead Agencies, and 50 state leads, the NFSN coordinates, promotes and expands Farm to School at the state, regional and national levels.


Established in 1994, the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) provides leadership to the rapidly expanding food systems movement. CFSC has 500 organizational members across the US and Canada, and catalyzes food systems that are healthy, sustainable, just, and democratic by building community voice and capacity for change.  The Coalition achieves its goals through a comprehensive blend of training, education, and advocacy to further the efforts of grassroots groups to create effective solutions from the ground up.


Assist in overall management of the National Farm to School Network (.9 FTE), working closely with the NFSN Director to:

o   Connect with all NFSN staff, Regional Lead Agencies, State Leads and Advisory Committee members – reviewing existing roles and responsibilities, developing internal accountability measures, ensuring regular communication and team building.

o   Communicate on a regular basis with two lead agencies of the NFSN to develop key decision-making protocols, staffing structure, and future plans for NFSN’s transition to a fiscal sponsor.

o   Foster external and internal partnerships and collaborations

o   Raise funds and assist with financial planning for NFSN, including grant writing and reporting.

o   Assist with overall evaluation efforts of the NFSN

o   Represent Community Food Security Coalition within the NFSN. Collaboration with CFSC staff on other programmatic initiatives will comprise the remaining .1 FTE.

QUALIFICATIONS            Required

  • Past experience and interest in Farm to School or other farm to

institution initiatives, community food systems, public health, school nutrition,

sustainable agriculture or related fields

Minimum of five years in program development and management.

  • Experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders, including groups from low-income communities, communities of color and business interests.
  • Expertise in a minimum of one of the following areas:  procurement, food safety,

curriculum development, organizing, research and/or trainings

  • Excellent collaborator, able to successfully work with NFSN staff, regional and state leads, and national Partners.
  • Ability to travel as needed, 8 – 12 trips per year.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strategic thinker
  • Self starter


·  Minimum of five years in management position, preferably in a national or regional organization, including fundraising and financial planning experience.

·  Experience working with farm organizations, nutrition groups, and school food service.

·  Ability to coordinate a conference team, with multiple national partners, planning for over 800 attendees.

·   Proven entrepreneurial skills, including successful grantwriting

·   Excellent coordination and organizing skills


Compensation for this full-time position is in the mid fifties.  CFSC offers excellent benefits, including health, vision, life, and dental insurance; a retirement plan; vacation and sick leave.

APPLICATION:  Send resume, cover letter, salary history, and contact information for three references to Andy Fisher at Please place “Associate Director” in subject line of the e-mail. Deadline for applications is May 6, 2011. Open until filled.

CFSC is an equal opportunity employer that considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status.



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