Real Food Rising Program Director

Employer: Utahns Against Hunger
Posted: Sept 19, 2014
Application Deadline: October 10, 2014
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
To apply: Send resume, cover letter and 3 references to

Who We Are
For more than 30 years, Utahns Against Hunger (UAH) has worked to expand the reach of nutrition programs to the estimated 1 in 6 households in Utah that struggle to afford food. UAH works to shape public policy, make nutrition programs work for the people who need them, and outreach to those who may be eligible for these nutrition programs. With UAH’s interest in larger food system work, we bring together the food insecurity and local food conversations. The Real Food Rising (RFR) program brings those conversations together in practice. RFR is a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and to increase access to healthy food in Salt Lake. On the largest urban farm in Salt Lake City, RFR grows food for the community, provides high school age youth with meaningful job opportunities, and mobilizes community members to give back by growing and harvesting produce on our farm and through outreach work events in the community.

About the Position

The Real Food Rising Program Director oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of Real Food Rising including planning, organizing, fundraising, staffing, leading, and overseeing program activities. This often includes helping out on the farm and leading fruit harvests in the community. In our third growing season, RFR has expanded our operation to 1.25 acres of urban farmland and our produce gets donated to food pantries, sold to restaurants, and sold at our farm stand. Our clients are the youth in our program and those who eat our food, the hundreds of kids who visit the farm for educational field trips, the hundreds of volunteers who help out on our land, and the farmers, community gardeners, and fruit tree homeowners who we help by assisting them with their farms, sites, and generous fruit trees.

Who You Are

The ideal candidate is someone who has experience: 1) grant writing, 2) project management, 3) managing and directing youth programs, and 4) program evaluation and tracking. Some knowledge of gardening and farming is important, but not essential. You must have a passion for antipoverty work, community engagement, social justice, multi-cultural teambuilding, youth development, and volunteer engagement. Applicants must be self-starters who can learn on the job, with excellent critical thinking skills, and the ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment. You enjoy working on a team as well as independently. You are dependable, highly organized, flexible, and have a sense of humor.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
 Plan the delivery and activities of Real Food Rising in accordance with the mission and the goals of UAH
 Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of RFR

Real Food Rising Program Director
 With the Executive Director, develop an annual budget and operating plan to support the program
 Develop a program evaluation framework to assess strengths of the program and areas for improvement
 Develop funding proposals for the program to ensure the continuous delivery of services
 Report evaluation findings to the Executive Director and recommend changes to enhance the program
 Ensure all staff members receive orientation and appropriate training
 Supervise and guide RFR staff including Farm Manager, Youth Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTAs, and interns
 Provide and receive supportive and critical feedback to and from staff and youth participants on a regular basis
 Oversee RFR components on website and social media
 Manage and develop relationships with community partners
 Lead and provide support at special events and other RFR and UAH events as needed

Required Qualifications
 Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
 Ability to work independently
 Grant writing experience
 Program management experience including experience managing a program budget
 Ability to work with a diverse group of people in the community
 Strong written and verbal communication skills
 Responsible, independent, and open to learning and feedback
 Knowledge of program management
 Proficiency in Microsoft Office
 Driver’s license and good driving record
 Team-oriented with a good sense of humor

Desired Qualifications
 Knowledge about sustainable agriculture

This is a full-time, year-round position. The starting salary range is $36,000 to $40,000 depending on experience. Benefits include paid time off, access to farm-fresh produce, and access to health and dental insurance.

The Real Food Rising Program Director reports to the Executive Director.

To Apply
Submit a resume and cover letter and three references to by Friday, October 10, 2014. No phone calls please. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. We will review all submissions, identify viable candidates, and contact everyone who applies. Approximate start date: Mid to late November

To learn more about Utahns Against Hunger and our Real Food Rising program, visit

Utahns Against Hunger is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position, especially candidate of color. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We will not discriminate in our hiring on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

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