Director of Education and Capacity Building, Community Food Security Coalition

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organization:Community Food Security Coalition
position summary:

CFSC is hiring a senior level person to provide leadership and vision for its training and technical assistance program. This person will have two sets of duties. The first set of duties is focused on directing the implementation of the new CPPW grant (see below), including managing completion of all deliverables, program staff and consultants, and ensuring the completion of all evaluation and reporting needs for the program. A separate Program Manager position will support the TA Director in this function. In addition, the TA Director will provide overall direction for the organization's T&TA programs, including managing staff, conducting program development,. This position requires a high level of autonomy, initiative, and ability to work with a range of players in the technical assistance field. The T&TA Program Director will report directly to the Executive Director. His/her responsibilities include:

  • Direct the implementation of the CPPW obesity prevention program, including supervising program staff, managing relationships with community representatives, partners and federal staff; managing the $1 million budget; developing an evaluation plan and overseeing its completion; developing a sustainability plan; and overseeing completion of all deliverables. In accordance with federal guidelines;
  • Provide leadership and vision to CFSC’s T&TA program, based on our recent strategic plan and further coordination and integration of our technical assistance initiatives;
  • Supervise three to four staff;
  • Foster a team environment that encourages information sharing and collaboration among core TA staff and other staff whose work includes a technical assistance component];
  • Participate in program planning and grantwriting for current and new technical assistance program activities.

Communities Putting Prevention to Work: Recently, CFSC was awarded a two-year multi-faceted grant from Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative ( to provide technical assistance services on obesity prevention to approximately 20 communities. These services will include one-on-one support for creation of farmers' markets, farm to school projects, healthy corner stores, and procurement policies. Other deliverables include participation in a National Prevention Media Initiative; policy briefs; a national conference on local and state food policy; and healthy corner store webinars. This program will integrate many of our existing education and technical assistance initiatives and staff.

Salary / Pay Rate:Compensation for this position is based on qualifications and experience. CFSC offers excellent health, vision, life, and dental insurance, retirement plan, holidays, vacation, and sick leave benefits.
Apply by:October 3, 2010
Required Skills and Abilities:See Qualifications
Qualifications:Deep and broad knowledge of the information and capacity building needs of the community food movement, especially among groups working with low income communities; Experience as a technical assistance provider, ideally with a range of approaches and methods. Experience working with farmers or communities of color in this role a plus; A minimum of 5 years experience in a leadership role in technical assistance, public education, or training fields; Proven staff management skills; Proven ability to work in collaborative settings with multiple organizational partners; Knowledge of and past work experience in community food security or related fields such as nutrition, agriculture, public health, environmental protection, sustainability, or community development; College graduate, with Masters degree in agriculture, city and regional planning, public health, nutrition, public policy or related field preferred; Excellent verbal communication and writing skills; Ability to travel nationally as needed; Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team; Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast moving environment; Reside in the Portland, OR area or be willing to move there by November 2010.
Education Required:College degree
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer
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