The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative (MAFSC or the Collaborative) was created in 2016 to promote, monitor, and facilitate implementation of the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan. Hundreds of people and organizations throughout the state contributed their voices to the Plan, and the Collaborative continues to facilitate cross-sectoral collaboration by bringing together players throughout the food system – organizations, public sector agencies, policymakers, and diverse food system stakeholders – to implement the goals laid out in the Plan. Since the plan’s development, the Collaborative has worked to understand the deep racial inequities baked into the food system and worked across sectors to promote reparative policy change while supporting initiatives that advance racially-just systems and environmental changes. It has functioned as a backbone organization, working to build coalitions, networks, and other organizations' capacity to engage in policy changes at the local and state level that lead to a sustainable, equitable, resilient food system. Its work focuses on
The Collaborative’s work over the last seven years has led to tangible and transformational results: it has played a key role in shifting attitudes toward seeing food system issues as central to health, equity, economics, and environment; it has established strong relationships with legislators and was instrumental in the establishment of the legislative Food System Caucus, a bicameral, bipartisan body that has become the second-largest caucus in the Massachusetts state house; and its policy campaigns have contributed to the passage of significant legislation and state investments of tens of millions of dollars in the local food system.
The Campaign for Food Literacy has raised awareness among legislators, state agencies, and the public of the importance of students learning about the food system in schools across the state; the Campaign for Healthy Initiatives Program (HIP) Funding leads a coalition of 300 members to advocate for continued and expanded funding for HIP, with $64 million in funding secured since 2017; the Food Waste Reduction Campaign has increased coordination between food rescue, gleaning, compost and anaerobic digestion facilities and has advocated for regulations to reduce food waste statewide. The Collaborative also leads or facilitates the Agricultural Equity Network, the Food Policy Council Network, and the Urban Agriculture Coalition. Other core activities include:
MAFSC has an annual operating budget of $455,000 and operates through a fiscal sponsor, TSNE that provides accounting, contracts, human resources, and other administrative support. It has a staff of four and is led by a six-member Steering Committee comprised of leaders who bring skills and perspectives in farming/agriculture, food policy, environment, academia, and research. Its founding Executive Director, Winton Pitcoff, is moving on to an appointment as Deputy Commissioner/Legislative and Policy Director at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and a well-respected and proven leader in Massachusetts’ food system has stepped in as acting interim Executive Director.
MAFSC is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE (tsne.org).
The Collaborative is well positioned to move into the next phase of the organization’s development and mission-driven work. The Food System Plan has provided direction for the Collaborative, and it has relied on the voices of stakeholders to guide its priorities and projects within the broad scope of the Plan. Nearly ten years out from the Plan’s creation, the Collaborative is poised to chart a strategic path going forward. The new Executive Director will leverage the Collaborative’s skilled and knowledgeable staff, its positive reputation and track record of results, its strength as a convener and connector, and its foundation of grassroots work in communities to bring more diversity into the Collaborative, deepen its efforts to create an equitable food system, build more connections across the food system, and broaden its education efforts.
The Executive Director’s key priorities for the first 12-18 months will be to
Position Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director provides organizational direction and project management for the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative and serves as the primary liaison between the Coalition and their fiscal sponsor, TSNE.
Planning and Facilitation
Development and fundraising
Complete other tasks and projects related to the job, as needed.
We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.
Deeply Understands What Racial Equity Is and Can Operationalize It
A Visionary Leader and Systems Thinker Who Can Manage Complex Systems
Relationship Builder, Networker, and Collaborator with Excellent Communication Skills
Candidates must include a resume and a cover letter that describes how qualifications and experience match the needs and mission of MAFSC.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Upload required documents to: https://eostransitions.applicantpool.com/jobs/.
This executive search is being conducted by Eos Transition Partners consultant, Catherine Bradshaw.
All submissions will be acknowledged and are confidential, and any questions can be submitted to Catherine at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:
Compensation and Benefits
Location: Work will be primarily performed primarily remote from personal home office, in Massachusetts. Occasional in-state travel to meetings and events.
Schedule: 37.5 standard weekly, typically Monday - Friday. Occasional evenings or weekend hours may be required.
Compensation: The salary range for this position is $90,000- $110,000/yr and is commensurate with experience.
Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:
TSNE/MAFSC strives to achieve excellence through a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment that embraces all of our individual and collective differences. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Middle Eastern and North African, Bilingual and/or Bicultural candidates, and LGBTQ2SIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We value and honor the unique talents, learning styles, and lived experiences of each individual that enrich and strengthen our workplace culture, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
All employment conditions are based on an individual’s performance and job qualifications. TSNE/MAFSC prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, creed, color, religion, native language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, race-based hairstyles, or any other protected characteristic stated by federal and state law. Regardless of any class’ protection under the law or lack thereof, TSNE/MAFSC celebrates diversity and values the strengths that come with having a diverse team of employees. It is represented in our workplace culture, and it is who we are.
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