Director of Programs

Food Bank
San Diego
Director of Programs

The Director of Programs is a senior level management position responsible for successful development, planning, and measurement of all mission fulfillment at Feeding San Diego. This position works closely with the Chief Operations Officer and Director of Operations to continuously improve service to families facing hunger in our community.

Key objectives include:
- Strategic development of Feeding San Diego’s hunger relief initiatives
- Oversight of daily program operations and compliance
- Continuous improvement of mission fulfillment strategies
- Lead advocacy engagement
The Director of Programs provides direct oversight, accountability, and inspiration to the following direct reports and their staff: Programs Manager and Neighborhood Partnerships Manager and over the following mission fulfillment program models: Agency Enabled, DC Distribution, School Meals, and CalFresh. This position also ensures compliance of Distribution Partners with California Department of Public Health Retail Food Code, San Diego Department of Environmental Health, California Department of Social Services, California DMV, and the Feeding America member contract.

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Job responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The following duties and responsibilities are those considered to be essential but do not represent all job functions that may be required to be performed by this position. Other comparable duties and responsibilities may be assigned as needed. Occasional night and weekend work required.

Strategic Development of Feeding San Diego’s Hunger Relief Initiatives
• As a critical voice of the senior staff, helps to create strategic vision and direction of FSD’s mission fulfillment to the community and advocacy priorities
• Propose and plan annual growth of mission fulfillment using both FSD’s nutrition focus and cost efficiency metrics to maximize our mission fulfillment per dollar spent
• As budget manager, accountable for adherence to annual programs budget
Oversight of Daily Program Operations and Compliance
• Ensure continuous operations of all direct service programs, government programs, agency network, agency empowered small scale food donations, nutrition education, and CalFresh internship program
• Maximize small scale food rescue from all available resources across the county through the expansion, refinement, and recruitment of agency to donor partnerships
• Ensure compliance with all applicable laws and Feeding America Member contract
• Lead best practices for perishable product food safety, such as enhanced monitoring of agencies participating in direct pick up of small scale food donations
• Stay abreast of changing legislation, rules, and environment
• Support development efforts through donor meetings, proposals, and reports
• Manage Programs Manager and Neighborhood Partnerships Manager
Continuous Improvement of Mission Fulfillment Strategies
• With external and/ or internal partners, lead research and evaluation to demonstrate the effect of current approaches and guide decisions toward new approaches
• Engage participants and agency partners to improve the dignity of current mission fulfillment experience
• Lead the development and capacity of FSD’s agency network to effectively respond to increased opportunity for small scale, highly perishable donations.
• Maintain awareness of small scale food donation opportunities and challenges, and support organizational efforts toward continued adaptation to a changing food system
Lead Advocacy Engagement
• Work with board members, allied nonprofits, agencies, participants, donors, volunteers, the media, and the general public to create an effective and ongoing advocacy voice for our public policy priorities
• Propose annual legislative priorities and elected engagement approach
• Respond to changing legislation and legislative landscape
Other duties as necessary
• Provide leadership and act as a potential designate of the COO through participation in the food safety and disaster preparedness cross functional teams
• Represent FSD in media appearances and in community meetings throughout San Diego county as necessary
• Other duties as assigned

Application qualifications

Education/Years Experience
 Preferred: 5+ years of experience in program and people management. Bilingual in Spanish and English is preferred.
 Required: Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management or other related field plus 3 years of program and people management or equivalent work/life experience. Previous experience at a food bank a plus.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
 Commitment to understanding and supporting FSD’s mission.
 Compassion and appreciation for hunger issues.
 General knowledge of nonprofit organizational practices.
 Professional demeanor with an aptitude for analytical thinking and problem solving.
 Basic Microsoft Office computer skills.
 Attention to detail and strong project management skills.
 Ability to follow through on tasks with minimal supervision.
 Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, both collaboratively and independently.
 Excellent customer service skills.
 Practiced group facilitation skills.
 Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, organizational, and public speaking skills.

How to apply

To apply please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

About the organization

Founded in 2007, Feeding San Diego is the leading hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. The non-profit organization, funded by philanthropic and community support, is devoted to leading our community in the fight against hunger by efficiently providing access to food and nutritious meals. We fight hunger locally through partnerships with purpose, working hand-in-hand with partner agencies, local school districts, corporate partners and a network of volunteers to serve 63,000 children, families and seniors in need each week.

Additional information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.