New York, NY or Remote

Program Director, School Food FOCUS

The Organization
School Food FOCUS, a project of the Tides Center, is a national collaborative that leverages the knowledge and procurement power of over 40 large school districts that collectively represent over 5 million school-age children and their families. FOCUS’ mission is to make school meals across the country more healthful, regionally sourced and sustainably produced, while transforming food systems to support students’ academic achievement and lifelong health.

Position Overview
The Program Director will provide day-to-day oversight to all FOCUS programs including its regional and national Learning Labs and provide supervision to a growing staff, including some who work virtually, as well as a team of consultants during a growth period for the organization. S/he will work closely with senior management to help ensure a collaborative working atmosphere and that activities carried out are aligned with FOCUS’ vision, mission and strategic plan. S/he will also work in a timely manner with the team of senior and operational staff responsible for contract management, budget work related to program needs and proposal development. The successful candidate will have:

  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and public speaking skills and significant experience in coalition-building;
  • At least ten years of experience in launching and overseeing large-scale projects including responsibility for administrative functions;
  • Significant experience in providing direct supervision to staff and consultants; including staff in remote locations;
  • Masters degree, preferably in areas that address public health, school food and/or food systems.
  • Willingness and ability to travel

Tides Center offers excellent health insurance and retirement benefits along with flexible holiday/vacation schedules. Tides Center is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. FOCUS is dedicated to cultivating a staff and leadership structure that reflects the full spectrum of diversity represented in the large, urban school districts we work with; people of color are encouraged to apply.

School Food Focus, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

How To Apply
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to  The subject line should read: Program Director Application: (Your Full Name)

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