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30 Mar 2017

Full-Time Program Associate 2, Community Based Food Systems

Winrock International – Posted by Regina Rice Anywhere

Job Description

POSITION TITLE:              Program Associate 2, Community-Based Food Systems
LOCATION:                         Little Rock, AR or Arlington, VA
UNIT:                                    Wallace Center
GROUP:                                Enterprise & Agriculture Group
REPORTS TO:                      Program Officer, Community-Based Food Systems, Wallace Center


The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a national leader in sustainable and equitable food systems development that supports entrepreneurs and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is healthier for people, the environment, and the economy. To achieve this vision, the Center builds and strengthens linkages in the emerging chain of organizations, businesses and civic efforts focused on making good food—healthy, green, fair, and affordable food—an everyday reality in every community. The Wallace Center is a unit within the Enterprise and Agriculture Group of Winrock
International and works across the United States on national level initiatives as well as regionally in partnership with other organizations.

Through its Community-Based Food Systems initiative area, the Wallace Center supports and builds the capacity of community-based organizations who are working to increase access to healthy, fresh, affordable, and fair food in vulnerable communities. To achieve this, the team designs targeted training and technical assistance to partner organizations delivered through a number of modalities, including webinars, conference calls, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, peer and expert site visits, group trainings, web resources, workshops, and one-on-one support. In 2017, the team will launch a new national Community of Practice (CoP) for food systems organizations to build capacity, foster linkages and relationships, share best practices and lessons learned, and solve challenges resulting in more viable local food systems and healthier communities. The Community-Based Food Systems team is also developing new projects in Arkansas, an area of work that is expected to grow in the coming years.


As part of the Community-Based Food Systems team, the Program Associate 2 will play a critical role in supporting and implementing the Wallace Center’s existing training and technical assistance program and will be deeply involved in planning and coordinating the activities of the new Community of Practice. She/he will also provide support for the Center’s biannual Food Hub Conference and contribute to other projects and new business development as appropriate.

It is expected the Program Associate 2 will work with other members of the Wallace Center team in support of these projects as well as independently to achieve project and initiative goals. The position will support current programs as well as new program design and development of new funding opportunities.  This position offers the successful candidate a high level of engagement with critical issues and strategies in the expansion of sustainable and equitable food systems and with those leading this work across the US.


  • Support the implementation and management of Wallace Center activities, including but not limited to assisting with the: coordination of technical assistance to selected organizations, outreach and networking among partners, conducting participatory research and analysis, and the development of training and technical materials in support of community-based food systems.
  • Coordinate requests for information and program support, including assisting with outreach and networking with partners, grantees, and those interested in the Center’s work.
  • Assist with technical assistance management, tracking, and evaluation. Duties include processing consultants’ and sub-awards’ paperwork (contracts and legal agreements) for hiring and/or granting; working with consultants and contractors to ensure proper and timely payment of invoices; coordinating events and travel; and overall support to the awards management processes and grants/contracts administration.
  • Draft, edit and/or proofread documents with reviewers, developing web content, promotional materials, press releases, etc.
  • Assist with logistics, operations and time management, e.g. meeting and travel planning, coordinating complicated project schedules, timelines and deadlines.
  • Support the completion of progress reports and the processing of financial reports to funders and help keep track of financial status of awards and overall program(s).
  • Provide excellent and timely client service and support relationship management, appropriate conflict resolution, and help strengthen the Center’s wide network of allies and partners.
  • Assist with the development of new business opportunities including proposal management, technical approach, partnership development and budgets.
  • Assist in work pertaining to technical topic areas such as: food access, equity, non-profit organizations, farmer viability, food value chains, supply chains, aggregation and distribution.
  • Assist with development and implementation of networking strategies that build capacity among organizations and advance the mission of Wallace
  • Support the intern hiring process, staff coordination and training of new employees.
  • Represent Wallace Center at state and national level conferences and events.
  • Participate in Winrock-wide organizational trainings, committees and meetings as required and interested.
  • Perform other duties as necessary and (or) assigned. Some local and out-of-state (US domestic) travel may be required.



Minimum BA/BS in food systems, agriculture, rural or community development, environmental science or studies or policy, economics, political science, business, anthropology, or related fields. Master’s degree preferred.


At least three years of related experience including:

  • Providing support and coordination of grant-funded projects and initiatives, preferably using project management tools and frameworks
  • Working to support the development of local food systems, sustainable agriculture and social enterprise, especially as it applies to underserved and vulnerable communities.
  • Working within socially and economically vulnerable communities in rural and urban contexts
  • An understanding of business and enterprise development and the range of skills and capacities one needs to be successful in food and agricultural business.
  • Understanding of key issues in facilitating local and healthy food supply/value chains.
  • Understanding of and experience working in the domestic non-profit sector.
  • Ability to research an issue and share findings in an organized and clear manner.
  • Outreach and communications with key stakeholders.
  • Grant writing and proposal preparation preferable.
  • Working in teams to foster positive social, environmental or economic outcomes.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral), including ability to understand, organize, and distill information from a variety of sources into concise content tailored to the reader.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with internal and external clients and a wide range of stakeholders and demographics.
  • Professional demeanor and ability to prioritize responsibilities and function effectively during stressful or busy periods.
  • Excellent organizational and information management with an attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Takes initiative, self-starter, and self-directed in conjunction as well as the ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Process-oriented with a strong ability to build efficient systems for information management and project tracking.
  • Detail-oriented and organized, with ability to create and track large numbers of files and contacts.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple concurrent tasks.
  • Ability to quickly learn new policies and procedures, and to navigate the language of contracts and compliance.
  • Cultural competency in communicating with a wide variety of stakeholders, ranging from national leaders in the field to grassroots organizations
  • Experience or proficiency using Microsoft Office software, including: Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with Salesforce is a plus.
  • Must not require sponsorship to work in the U. S.

How to Apply

Applicants should go to Jobs page at to submit their application, cover letter and current resume. This position will remain open until filled. Winrock International is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. EOE/AA

Job Categories: Sustainable Agriculture / Food. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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