Job Opening: Programs Manager

Position Title: Programs Manager

Reports to: Executive Director

Supervisor responsibility: Supervises programs staff

Hours per week: This is a salaried position equivalent to 40 hours per week

Employment category: This is a regular, full time position, year round

Location: Based out of the Food Roots office in Tillamook, Oregon; local remote work considered.

Pay and benefits: Starts at $47,840; this position is eligible for full health & vision insurance coverage starting the first of the month after 30 days of employment; Food Roots provides ten paid holidays and paid time off by accrual basis (16 hours per month for full time equivalent).

Organizational Profile

Food Roots’ mission is to grow a robust and equitable food system in Tillamook County through community engagement, education, food producer support, and improved access to local food. Our key programs include Farm to School Education and Engagement, and Local Food Equity, including both support for north coast food businesses, and access to this food for all our community members. Food Roots was established in 2006 as a 501c3 non-profit. We are funded through a mix of grants, direct public support, special events and program revenue.

Position Overview

Food Roots is seeking a Programs Manager to join our team of passionate and hard-working food system enthusiasts. Key responsibilities of this role include: managing high-quality programs and program staff, developing and managing an inclusive volunteer program, and leading the development of our evolving programming. This position will require an organized and enthusiastic individual who is both flexible and adapts to a fast paced environment. The right individual will also be highly self-motivated and both personally and professionally committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.

General Programming Goals

  • Provide opportunities for our community to access locally produced food, while working to remove barriers to this access including affordability, transportation, knowledge, resources and technical assistance.

  • Provide support to north coast food producers including technical assistance, resources, market access and networking opportunities.

  • Provide garden and local food based education to school-age students through Farm to School activities including hands-on lessons, family and producer engagements and tastings.

  • Center diversity, equity and inclusion as a lens in which all programs are developed, implemented, and by which all decision-making and actions are guided.

Position Details

  • General Programs Management

  • Grow and maintain community partnerships/relationships that are aligned with our mission, vision and values.

  • Organize programming and activities to improve efficiencies and impacts; building long-term goals and organizational sustainability.

  • Regularly evaluating and assessing our programs’ strengths and weaknesses; continually implementing adjustments to best meet the needs of our community.

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and program staff to lead the development and implementation of program outreach strategies.

  • Review and support activities required through grant agreements including but not limited to data collection, tracking, grant reporting and grant budget development.

  • Work with the Executive Director and Development Director to inform and develop annual program budgets, as well as oversee, manage, track and record appropriate program funds expenditures.

  • Responsible for day to day program management and supervision of program staff; lead professional reviews for program staff and work with the Executive Director to ensure that Food Roots policies and hiring procedures are executed and communicated accurately and in line with our employee handbook.

  • Program Specific Management

  • Coordinate, delegate and ensure smooth facility and infrastructure operations of FarmTable.

  • Continually work to assess and understand barriers to food security and accessibility for our community and have community needs and engagement lead our program goals and refinement; Develop, plan and execute Food Equity programming.

  • Continually work to assess and understand barriers for food producers and develop and implement on-going program goals and activities to support food system business development in our region.

  • Oversee Farm to School program activities and partner contracts with school administrators, community partners, state networks and other entities.

  • Program Outreach and Advocacy

  • Work with team members and community partners to increase visibility of programming and opportunities for partnerships.

  • Advocate for policies and legislation that support our mission.

  • Volunteer Program Development

  • Lead the development and implementation of a Food Roots Volunteer Program.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

  • At least three years in a program management role; High-level management, leadership, teamwork and motivation skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively engage, support and lead multi-sector stakeholders.

  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of four years in leadership positions within any of the following food systems or related sectors, including but not limited to: Food Access/Food Equity; Farm to School programming with or within a Pre K-12 grade school setting; Farmer/Producer support; Food hubs and/or value-chain coordination; Other related work.

  • Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with team members to complete multiple projects on different timelines; ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and balance priorities.

  • Excellent public relations and communications skills; Conflict resolution and problem solving skills; Strong interpersonal communicator.

  • Written and verbal communication skills; High attention to detail.

  • Highly motivated and results oriented; Creative, self-starter attitude.

  • Commitment to ongoing individual and collective work around the principles, understanding and bold actions of diversity, equity and inclusion and how this work shapes our environments.

  • Must have a genuine enthusiasm for local food systems, food equity, farm to school programming, and, in particular, the mission, goals and values of Food Roots.

  • Work or lived experience adapting to environments with diverse socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural groups.

  • Proficient computer skills (Mac or PC, GMail), and familiarity with either GSuite (Google Docs, Sheets and Slides), or Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

  • Ability to speak, read and write Spanish at a conversational level is strongly preferred.


  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.

  • Valid driver's license and ability to operate a personal motor vehicle with travel to work sites, subject to mileage reimbursement for travel outside the Food Roots office.

  • Program activities may include some evening and weekend events.

  • Frequently lift, carry or move 10-30 pounds; occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.

  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.

Application Process

  1. Please submit the following materials by email to Lauren Sorg, Executive Director (no phone calls, please):

  2. A resume highlighting relevant experience.

  3. A cover letter (two page maximum), including answers to the following questions:

  4. Why are you interested in food systems work in general, and the work of Food Roots specifically?

  5. How are you personally committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and how do you see this commitment showing up in your work at Food Roots, if offered this position?

  6. Describe three of your top leadership characteristics and the kind of leader you are and aspire to be.

  7. Submit application materials as a PDF document.

Notes on application process:

  • If you are selected for an interview we will request three professional references.

  • We will accept applications for this position until 11:59pm on June 30.

  • Interviews will be scheduled as qualified applications are received so please don’t wait to submit your materials if you are interested in this position.

  • Anticipated start date is July or August, 2021.