Associate Director, Food Access

City Harvest

New York, NY 10176

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

City Harvest is New York’s first and largest food rescue organization, helping to feed millions of New Yorkers who struggle to put meals on their tables. As the city emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will rescue 111 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food and deliver it—free of charge—to nearly 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, community partners, and our own Mobile Markets® across the five boroughs. We work alongside our community partners to boost community capacity, expand nutrition education, and strengthen local food systems. For more than 35 years, City Harvest has always been there to feed our city—one day, one meal, one New Yorker at a time. To learn more, please visit cityharvest.org.


City Harvest will be moving all operations to Sunset Park West, Brooklyn beginning with our warehouse and distribution in January 2022 and our programmatic and other operations in March 2022.


Please be advised that proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire.


Job Overview:


The Associate Director, Food Access will work with all teams working to improve food access to ensure that programmatic efforts are strategically aligned with overall program goals and are effective in achieving impact. Specifically, this person will collaborate with team members to build out new programming and expand current programming following clear processes. This person will create data-driven program frameworks, outlining program interventions and evaluation metrics. He/she will work with colleagues in Programs and Monitoring and Evaluation to outline monitoring and evaluation plans to measure the impact of this new and/or expanded work. This position will


ensure that food access interventions are responsive to the feedback gathered.


Roles and Responsibilities:


+ Assist Director, Food Access in creating a holistic program strategy for food access, capacity, policy, and program operations.


+ Collaborate with teams to collect and present data supporting the need for new or existing programs, and take the lead in developing program frameworks outlining interventions and evaluation metrics. Lead a collaborative process, taking ideas from conceptualization to implementation and building in continuous improvement processes.


+ Work with team members to make changes to how we program based on learnings from program monitoring and evaluation, in coordination with the Associate Director of Network Capacity, the Director of Program Operations, and the Director of Policy and Government Relations.


+ Collaborate with other departments to integrate the Programs strategic plan within the organization. Ensure close collaboration between Nutrition and Culinary Education, Network Capacity, and Program Operations to ensure recipients of emergency food have access to relevant, effective nutrition education.


+ Supervise and mentor a team of 2, including 1 direct report. Ensure that staff is growing and succeeding by providing opportunities for learning and development. This involves managing staff performance, providing consistent feedback, and supporting teams through change management.


Job Specifications:


+ Knowledge 1: Extensive knowledge of program development and evaluation.


+ Knowledge 2: Understanding of the emergency food network and capacity building as it pertains to this network.


+ Knowledge 3: In-depth understanding of food insecurity and food access in NYC.


+ Knowledge 4: Strong knowledge of team building and change management.


+ Technical Skills:


+ Strategic thinker who can see the big picture and make connections between programmatic efforts while managing programmatic details.


+ Exceptional analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy.


+ Must be able to work independently and follow through on assignments with minimal direction; take action when answers to a problem are not readily apparent.


+ Ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative data in the decision-making process.


+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Ability to present and communicate findings in a clear manner to a variety of audiences.


+ Superior problem solving and critical thinking skills.


+ Strong ability to manage multiple projects at once and effectively prioritize tasks to deliver results by a given deadline.


+ Ability to collaborate with cross-functional partners to solve operational challenges.


+ Ability to deal effectively with a variety of personalities to establish and maintain effective working relationships.


+ Comfortable with a dynamic, fast-paced environment of rapid change and evolvement.


+ Ability to develop and retain high-performing staff.


+ Required Experience:


+ 6-8 years experience in the public sector or non-profit management


+ Supervisory experience required


+ Education:


+ Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Education, Public Health or a related field


+ Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education, Public Health or a related field


Why choose City Harvest?


There are many fantastic reasons to choose a career with City Harvest. In addition to fighting food insecurity in New York, City Harvest offers a competitive salary, full benefits (including medical, dental, and vision) with employer contributions towards premiums, employer-provided life insurance and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with matching employer contributions. We also offer discounted staff perks (movie tickets, gym memberships, cellular plans, etc.), generous time off, and professional development opportunities.


At City Harvest, we enjoy working in a team-based environment and value the benefits of a diversified workplace that values the communities we serve. City Harvest is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to the practice of equity and inclusion.


City Harvest will be moving all operations to Sunset Park West, Brooklyn beginning with our warehouse and distribution in January 2022 and our programmatic and other operations in March 2022.


Please be advised that proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire.



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