Who Are We
Since our founding in 1991, The Food Project has grown into an internationally recognized non-profit organization that works at the intersection of youth, food, and community. For the past 30 years, youth and adults from diverse backgrounds have come together to produce healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs and build a just and sustainable food system. Each year, our youth crews work with our staff to farm on 70 acres in eastern Massachusetts in the suburban towns of Lincoln and Wenham, and partner with our neighbors in Lynn and Boston’s Dudley neighborhood to create the food system they imagine. We believe that food is a unique vehicle for creating personal and social change. Nothing else ties us so intimately to each other and to the planet we share, affecting our health, the climate, and culture. Moving into the future, our goal is to transform the food system into a more just, community-engaged model, that supports food-security for all.
What We Seek
The Community Programs Manager plays an integral role working closely with the Regional Director (RD), Greater Boston Farm Managers, Youth Development Specialists (YDS), and our youth to cultivate and care for important individual and institutional partnerships, to develop and manage our key food access points, and to research new food access opportunities.
Work closely with the RD and community partners to build and manage key Greater Boston relationships with residents, groups, and partners that align with and help further the work of building a better food system in Greater Boston. In particular, manage partnerships in the following areas:
- Community Events: Coordinate and oversee community events that could include community tours of Dudley farms and the Dudley greenhouse, seedling sales, garlic festival, fall & winter festivals, Dudley Grows forums, community BBQ’s, and other activities.
- Build a Garden Program: Coordinate year-round outreach efforts for Build a Garden program. Conduct outreach and maintain a running list of applicants.
- Youth Food Justice Council: In partnership with city youth, the Mayor’s Office of Food Access, and other entities, help design the framework and implement an all-city, youth-led, food justice council and provide ongoing support for the youth on the council.
- Fellowship Program: Recruit and manage the Greater Boston fellowship program during academic year and summer season (4 to 8 TFP alumni).
- Dudley Greenhouse: Support the Dudley Greenhouse Advisory Committee during the application period for seedling spaces and raised beds, and election of upcoming new members of the committee.
Work closely with the RD, Boston Farm Manager, YDS, and our youth to develop and manage key Greater Boston initiatives that address food inequity. Build relationships, manage logistics support, and conduct evaluations of the following:
- Corner Store logistic coordination:
- Corner Stores: Coordinate and promote Double-Up Food Bucks to customers, vendors, and stores, in consultation with the Mayor’s Office of Food Access, residents, and other community partners. Train youth and manage the distribution of produce to corner stores. Scheduled from July through October.
- Winter Market: conduct outreach and support Farm Manager in winter markets. ○ Data Entry: Track and enter weekly corner store sales data into the database.
- Design and Implement Distribution Pilot Program: Work with RDs, staff, and youth to develop and/or implement new distribution models using TFP produce, such as the Double Up program, coupon programs, and partnerships with bodegas, health centers, and restaurants.
- Produce Donations: Coordinate donations to new and existing sites in the city, and track poundage in consultation with RD and farmers.
- Support Healthy Incentives Program: Support this work at a legislative and organizing level. Work with youth to collect stories, share information about actions, working closely with the MA Food Collaborative and other partners.
- Leverage Markets as Community Engagement Hubs: Support our work with youth to leverage our market spaces as community engagement hubs with resident mobilization, information gathering and sharing, and meaningful relationship building.
Support and consult on workshop creation, facilitation training, and youth engagement related to food systems work in Greater Boston.
Work with both RDs, staff, and youth to gather information about and conduct analysis of food systems work happening throughout the region and country. Subscribe to and share information from various newsletters and forums, connect with regional and national organizations, and visit other organizations, as appropriate. Work with youth to analyze markets. Solicit feedback from community members on various initiatives and events.
Support Documentation and Evaluation of Partnerships & Processes
Coordinate documentation, mapping, and evaluation processes for the community partnerships and food access work with our Evaluation Specialist.
The Community Programs Manager will also represent TFP on numerous panels, forums, and interviews.
*Note – this is a new position and responsibilities listed are subject to change based on new information and feedback gathered.
- At least two years of experience in one of the following areas:
- Working directly in coaching, organizing, and/or facilitative capacity to help connect diverse communities with food systems work.
- Managing complex logistical systems that involve multiple players and relationships on a consistent basis.
- Managing key community relationships and/or have experience in community organizing.
- Experience in and understanding of oppression, power, and equity, as this informs the work we will be doing around our community partnerships.
- Experience in working with diverse groups of people.
- Excellent organizational skills, dependability, flexibility, and capacity to manage time effectively, both independently and on group projects.
- Strong familiarity and interest in food systems and food access issues and work.
- Flexibility to work a Monday through Friday or Tuesday through Saturday schedule and evenings during the year.
- Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive large vehicles in the city.
- Farming or gardening experience (preferred).
- Familiarity with the City of Boston (preferred).
This is a full-time benefit eligible position. Compensation is commensurate with experience.
Please send resume and cover letter via email to: email@example.com. In the subject line, write your name and the position for which you are applying, eg: “Jordan Smith – Community Programs Manager.”
We will review all submissions, identify viable candidates and contact ONLY those individuals selected to continue in the search process. The position will be filled when the desired candidate is found.
The Food Project is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace which will enable us to strengthen our mission and vision. The Food Project provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, disability ( mental or physical), sex or gender, pregnancy, childbirth or pregnancy- related condition, sexual orientation, gender ideneity or expression, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.