Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) is a philanthropy-serving organization (PSO) that amplifies the impact of philanthropic and investment communities in support of just and sustainable food and agriculture systems. Established in the late 1990s and staffed since 2003, SAFSF has evolved into a vibrant network of approximately 100 organizational members from the philanthropic and investment sectors whose work spans a broad range of issues and strategies as well as a wide geographic range—domestic and international.

Our vision is that all resources invested in food and agriculture systems enhance our collective wellbeing. Our core values of collaboration, equity, respect, stewardship, and integrity drive our organization on a daily basis. We use these values to guide our decision-making process in all our work, from developing programs and hiring new staff to choosing caterers, vendors, and venues.

SAFSF recognizes that a diversity of perspectives, lived experiences, and professional and personal skills among our staff, leadership, and membership is critical to our success as an organization. We are a dynamic organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork based on mutual respect.


About the Job:

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) seeks a full-time Program Director to play a critical role in developing the timely and relevant content that brings value to our network of philanthropic and investment funders who support sustainable agriculture and food systems work. Program content is delivered through online and in-person events, webinars, learning cohorts, and other venues as appropriate. The Program Director will work in close collaboration with other members of the Program Team and with funder planning committees to develop, execute, and promote SAFSF’s programs. 

Strong candidates for this position will excel at working collectively with a team, quickly organizing and synthesizing information from many sources, setting vision and strategy, and executing tasks to reach goals and objectives. This position includes both leadership and support responsibilities. There will be considerable opportunities for professional growth and education with regard to philanthropy, agriculture, and food systems issues. The Program Director must demonstrate dedication to the values promoted by SAFSF: collaboration, equity, respect, stewardship, and integrity. Reliability, flexibility, a commitment to lifelong learning, and a sense of humor are strongly valued.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work as part of the SAFSF staff team; very little is done individually, which means communication and collaboration as part of a team is critical. 
  • Stay abreast of current and emerging issues relevant to SAFSF member organizations and analyze overall programming objectives and develop strategies to increase value and impact for SAFSF members. 
  • Develop relationships with the SAFSF network including staff at funding organizations, philanthropic support organizations, and nonprofits and businesses involved with food system change, especially at the national level. These groups combined broadly describe the overall SAFSF network. 
  • Present at events including those hosted by SAFSF and others. Roles might include introductions to workshops or webinars, moderating a workshop panel, or presenting on SAFSF’s work. 
  • Play both lead and support roles on the program team as needed to conceptualize, produce, develop, and execute webinars, policy work, learning cohorts and other in-person and virtual convenings, and the annual SAFSF Forum. This involves the following aspects: 
  • Create content and design programming: collaborate with the program team and planning committees to develop and execute program framing and format.
  • Manage planning committees and other groups: design and facilitate meetings; schedule meetings; send reminders; document notes (internal and external); and follow up on action items. 
  • Create communication materials: write, edit, and/or distribute announcements, agendas, resources, etc. using mobile apps, website, email, and printed documents.
  • Evaluate program success: develop, distribute, analyze, and report on program outcomes using a variety of evaluation tools. 
  • Manage logistics: develop and manage registration sites; speaker invitations, travel planning, and tracking; interface with vendors and venues for selection and relationship management.
  • Database and project management updates: use SAFSF tools to maintain accurate database and project management tracking.
  • Financial and contract awareness: work with the operations team to ensure that revenue and expenses are within budget and in line with contract agreements.    

Required Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the complexities of food and agriculture systems in the U.S. context.
  • Understanding of racial equity concepts and the importance of working to dismantle white supremacy in philanthropy and food systems. 
  • Ability to balance project management and execution with analytical and critical thinking. 
  • Project management skills: track and manage small details while not losing sight of the big picture, develop timelines to bring ideas to completion, manage multiple projects simultaneously, anticipate obstacles, identify and involve stakeholders appropriately, work within a budget and manage other organizational resources wisely, and apply creativity, organizational, and execution skills.
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills: seek out, curate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources to develop and shape programming on a wide range of topics related to food and agriculture systems; identify and rely on subject area experts without needing to be an expert yourself on any particular subject. 
  • Strong verbal and written communications: clearly and effectively communicate with others on the phone, in person, video meetings, and in writing via email, chat, and other online platforms.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills/enthusiasm for working in a highly collaborative environment: work effectively and respectfully with a variety of individuals and organizations, seek out and provide space for diverse perspectives, and build relationships.
  • Experience and comfort with presenting in front of an audience: speak to groups ranging in size from 5 to 300 people online and in person. 
  • 5+ years of relevant professional experience: discuss how past experiences and skills provide a foundation for success in this position

Additional Preferred Skills/ Qualifications

  • Experience in philanthropy and/or investment communities either through direct employment with a funder, employment with a PSO, or direct connection to philanthropy through nonprofit work. 
  • Ability to tap into a network of professional connections from previous work experience. Preference given to an active network of connections within the philanthropic and/or food/agriculture system communities.
  • Experience with group facilitation, both online/virtual and in person. 
  • Experience working remotely. 
  • Some event/conference planning experience.

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