Director of Healthy Food Incentives Impact Hub

From farms to families, Fair Food Network (FFN) connects people to the power of food to grow community health and wealth.

Working where we can make the biggest difference, we advance programs, partnerships, and policies that improve health, ignite local economies, and open opportunities for all — especially in communities that are underserved.

Our signature program, Double Up Food Bucks, serves as a national model for healthy food incentives, by doubling the buying power of SNAP recipients, helping families bring home more fruits and vegetables while boosting business for local farmers.  Through Fair Food Fund, our impact investing arm, we invest in entrepreneurs who are strengthening communities and local economies through food. Together, we are pioneering and proving innovations that can be owned locally and scaled nationally, for lasting change in communities across the country.

ABOUT THE ROLE:

The Director of the Healthy Food Incentives Impact Hub will be responsible for the activities and outcomes of the Healthy Food Incentives Impact Hub (“Impact Hub”), which aims to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) incentives. The Impact Hub formalizes and centralizes FFN’s technical assistance to healthy food incentive programs across the country. Currently, Fair Food Network works with local partners in over 25 states on planning and implementation, and this position will bring new capacity and ideas to further our efforts to grow local strength at a national scale.

The Director will plan, develop, and oversee technical assistance (TA) and training for healthy food incentive practitioners nationwide with a particular focus on point-of-sale technologies, evaluation, fundraising, farmers market and grocery implementation, and effective communication and outreach strategies. The Director will be responsible for ensuring that FFN is able to effectively collect and capitalize on the wealth of data available as the Hub launches and program reach increases over time, including providing timely, useful resources to the growing field of practitioners.

This is a leadership role that will report to the Senior Director of Programs and is responsible for managing the National Technical Assistance Manager, and hiring and supervising additional staff as needed. We are seeking a very knowledgeable individual with at least 5 years of experience managing healthy food incentive programs.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

  • Develop, track and refine the Impact Hub work plan – including maintaining an inventory of TA and support priorities, and tracking collective progress towards Hub goals.
  • Solicit, identify and respond to the individual and collective technical assistance and training needs of healthy food incentive practitioners in the field in close collaboration with the National TA Manager.
  • Oversee the revision and revamping of current TA offerings, including streamlining materials and migration to a web-based platform.
  • Develop a portfolio of new technical assistance and training offerings – with particular focus on grocery, evaluation, fundraising, and point of sale technical needs.
  • Supervise the National Technical Assistance Manager. Support the TA Manager’s efforts to improve existing and develop new materials and resources for practitioners, as well as to collect and house data and materials from the network of partners. Hire and supervise additional Hub staff as needed.
  • Plan and execute in-person events (including annual convening of Double Up Food Bucks partners) and virtual meetings to build connectivity and share resources across practitioners.
  • Ensure regular and efficient data collection, management and analysis of core program and Hub metrics.
  • Develop an annual report highlighting the impact of Double Up Food Bucks nationwide.
  • Keep Double Up partners, FFN staff and the greater field abreast of trends, insights, results, and opportunities based on collected data and ongoing work with partners.
  • Assist in writing programmatic portions of grant reports and proposals as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

WHO YOU ARE:

  • Knowledgeable – You have significant experience with and understanding of Healthy Food Incentive programs in a variety of settings (farmers market, grocery, urban, rural, etc.) and bring deep understanding of the common implementation challenges and best practices of the field.
  • Solutions-Oriented & Analytical – You like nothing more than digging into thorny problems and mapping out cogent solutions. You are data-driven, eager to dig into the details, and experienced using program data to plan, track, and evaluate impact.
  • Engaging – You are a comfortable and polished communicator, both in writing and in person. You are equally adept at presenting to large rooms of partners as you are to small groups of funders or policymakers.
  • Collaborative – You are a “whole is greater than sum of parts” advocate, eager to share learning, resources, and credit. You understand your role in elevating and accelerating a field of smart and hardworking practitioners.
  • Tenacious – You are not satisfied until all goals are met. You are comfortable with ambiguity, and unfazed by multiple and moving priorities. You take responsibility.
  • Pleasant— While you accomplish a great deal, you don’t leave people in the dust. You are also an exceptional communicator and are adept at finding ways to connect with everyone you meet.
  • Mission-driven— You are inspired by Fair Food Network’s mission and want to contribute your professional skills to advance our work.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

5+ years of professional experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Willingness and availability to travel, respond to shifting priorities, and to work extended hours as necessary.

Functional Expertise

  • Demonstrated ability in planning and implementation of healthy food incentive programs, including deep functional experience in areas affecting these programs: point-of-sale technology, program evaluation, fundraising, grocery, farmers markets and/or communication/outreach.
  • Experience with training and technical assistance development and provision.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to navigate complex relationships and multiple points of view.
  • Ability to conduct research, gather data, analyze information, and prepare effective, accurate, and timely reports and other documents to support technical assistance and training needs.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.

Commitment to Inclusion

  • Demonstrated awareness and understanding of the inequities that touch the communities we serve. An ability to communicate FFN’s commitment to equity and inclusion.

WHY THIS ROLE IS FOR YOU:

This is a great career opportunity in a growing organization. The salary range for this position starts at $73,500 annually, with benefits. Fair Food Network offers a generous benefits package including full health benefits, a 401K match, family leave, an open PTO policy, and professional development opportunities.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please fill out a brief application and submit your resume here. Candidates are able to display interest on an ongoing basis. We will begin reviewing applications on January 14, 2019.

If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to email us at jobs@fairfoodnetwork.org. We look forward to getting to know you!