Massachusetts Farm to School (massfarmtoschool.org) was founded in 2004 as a grassroots initiative to increase access to healthy, locally-grown food in schools and other institutions across the state. Our mission is to strengthen local farms and fisheries and promote healthy communities by increasing local food purchasing and education at schools. We believe that all students - regardless of race, place, or class - deserve access to local foods and food education in school.
Massachusetts Farm to School works in the following ways to impact local food procurement, promotion, and education in institutions across the state. 1) We provide training and technical assistance to school food service professionals, farmers and fishermen, distributors, educators, and other advocates; 2) We coordinate local food outreach and promotion through our Harvest of the Month campaign; 3) We facilitate networking of farm to school practitioners; and 4) We provide leadership to advance policies that support expanded farm to school activity. Massachusetts Farm to School is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE (tsne.org).
Job Summary: Massachusetts Farm to School is seeking a Program Manager to oversee the organization’s professional development offerings to drive local food sourcing and education in schools across the Commonwealth. The Program Manager will plan and execute effective workshops and other training activities for our core constituencies including school nutrition staff, farmers/fishermen/food producers, distributors, educators and other farm to school stakeholders. This position oversees the organization’s two flagship events, the annual Farm to School Institute and the biennial Farm & Sea to School Conference, including facilitating a collaborative planning process for the conference. The Program Manager will also provide individualized technical assistance to schools and other institutions where appropriate.
This position is a permanent, full time position at 37.5 hours per week and is eligible for full benefits through our fiscal sponsor, TSNE. The pay range for this position is $55,000 - $57,000 annually. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
Essentual Job Functions
Professional Development Planning & Coordination (65% FTE)
Partnership Development (15% FTE)
Technical Assistance (15% FTE)
General Administrative/Organizational Support (5% FTE)
Special Requirements: Must be available for occasional statewide and regional (New England) travel. This position may require some occasional night and weekend availability. This position is based remotely within Massachusetts and requires reliable internet and phone connection with occasional in-person staff meetings in western Massachusetts or the metro-Boston area.
Note: Staff travel and any in-person activities are currently restricted due to COVID-19. MFTS is following all state and CDC recommendations to maximize staff safety.
We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.
TSNE/Massachusetts Farm to School envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/Massachusetts Farm to School will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.