Food For Thought Outreach is now hiring a Director of Programs. This newly created role will focus on leading the staff to ensure the quality and consistency of our programs.

Qualified candidates can submit resumes to Tiffanie Nelson at 





Our Mission: To remove the negative impacts of hunger and empower children to get the most out of their educations.

Job purpose:

The purpose of the Director of Programs ( DP ) is to carry out the role of senior leader of the program team and program activities. The DP will be responsible for steering the organization by managing programs, leading staff and team development, and most importantly ensuring our commitment to the community is upheld through strong representation of our core values and culture.

The DP reports directly to the CEO. The DP should expect to provide regular communication to the CEO and board as requested regarding staff and program activities.

Job Description:

For this multisite and multiprogram organization, the Director of Programs will focus on managing the people and processes, programs and resources of the organization. There is a heavy emphasis on team management and development, and upholding culture of Food For Thought Outreach and the quality standards the community has come to know while establishing new best practices for the future across all programs.

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Programs will be responsible for the program success of Food For Thought, ensuring seamless team management and development, program delivery, and quality control and evaluation. In this newly established role, the Director of Programs will manage a growing staff of 7 along with an expanding volunteer force.

Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of work. Actively engage and energize volunteers to support the training and retention of this program component.

Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents

Implement a system to evaluate the skill, experience, and professional development needs of all direct reports Implement a professional development program to address employee experience and skill gaps
Instill a sense of accountability among team members by modeling tight oversight of individual and organization performance standards.

Recruit, hire, and oversee training and orientation of all staff members.

Staff Leadership and Development (45%)

  • The DP will be responsible for all direct reports - including but not limited to the Program Coordinators.

  • Implement appropriate personnel training and development that provides the resources necessary for the achievement of the organization’s mission, goals, and objectives.

  • Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates top-quality people including

    regular coaching, development and performance feedback.

  • Provide consistent, effective planning and communication to the CEO and Staff regarding

    program plans, needs and outcomes.

  • Direct resources need to ensure all program activities are provided in the most effect way


  • Manage a schedule to meet the needs of the programs while upholding payroll budgets.

Program Leadership & Management ( 45%)

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, with rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of program execution.

  • Communication of resources, timelines and systems needed to achieve the strategic program goals.

  • Ensure all programs operate within the fiscal budget.

  • Actively engage and energize volunteers, partnering organizations, partners, donors and schools

  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to

    measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents

  • Provide consistent communications with school partners and conduct on-site visits during services to

    uphold quality standards.

    Administrative Duties (10%)

    Qualifications & Skills:

  • Maintain accurate records including but not limited to: scheduling, inventory, contact information, enrollment forms and tracking systems.

  • Place orders for program resources including but not limited to: food, supplies and vehicle needs.

  • Uphold the organizational standards in all pantry/office locations.

  • Protect assets such as vans, physical buildings and equipment through regular


  • The DP will present a proven track record of managing people, developing high- performance teams, managing budgets, and achieving goals.

  • The DP will use their presence to garner new opportunities, promote stronger branding, cultivate relationships with staff volunteers, board and partners in order to carry out the mission and vision FFT

  • The DP must share a passion and excitement for the organization’s mission, vision and values.

  • The DP should have at least five years’ experience in a management role. Preferably, with a staff of at least 5 direct reports and multiple locations.

  • The DP must be able to work around the needs of the program and should expect to work at least 45 hours per week.

  • Attendance at all major functions is required.