Mandela Marketplace

Program & Policy Director

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Posted On: Monday, 2nd April 2018
Category: Administrative
Location: Oakland CA
1364 7th Street, Oakland CA 94607
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:


About Mandela MarketPlace
Mandela MarketPlace is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization that works in
partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based
businesses to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through
cooperative food enterprises in low income communities.

About the Position
Mandela MarketPlace is seeking a dynamic Program and Policy Director to
oversee our suite of food access and public health programming, and assures
that programs align with strategic vision, and operate within approved budget.
The Director plays a key role as a member of Mandela MarketPlace’s executive
team, and in advancing the growth of its program model, based on community
need and programmatic impact. This position provides opportunities to make a
real contribution to community health and equity. This position requires a
high degree of independence, and reports directly to the Executive Director,
while communicating regularly with grant program officers and technical
assistance staff, as well as with consultants and community members.

The Program Director will strengthen an amazing team of programmatic and on-
the-ground staff, and will supervise our Healthy Retail and healthcare
partnership staff.


  • Lead food access program strategy development and implementation;
    develop logic models in partnership with Leadership Team
  • Direct the overall administration of Mandela’s food access work,
    including reporting and budget management; ensure fiscal oversight in
    partnership with Mandela’s Finance Director
  • Lead program evaluation activities: collect, tabulate and interpret
    required data, and supervise evaluation staff. Act as responsible authority
    for ensuring reports and documentation are prepared and submitted to
    institutional funders and grant agencies
  • Represent Mandela MarketPlace at meetings and conferences, including
    making presentations and leading workshops; field program inquiries and some
    external communication
  • Report evaluation findings to the Executive Team and recommend changes
    to enhance programming, as appropriate
  • Interface with community members, evaluation and communication
    consultants, and provide oversight and support toward compliance with
    contractual goals and commitments
  • Interface with food access-related grantor program officers
  • Build the leadership and capacity of Healthy Retail and Nutrition
    Incentive staff
  • Collaborate and build relationships with coalition members and
    partners, both organizations and individuals
  • Identify additional resources and funding for the program, and be
    comfortable with grantwriting and donor development
  • Supervise staff and develop systems to evaluate the skill, experience,
    and professional development needs of your team; maintain team accountability
    to organization standards
  • Facilitate meetings and convey an organizational culture of
    collaboration and teamwork


  • Master’s Degree or combination education/experience in public health,
    environmental systems, ethnic studies, environmental justice or related fields
  • At least 2 years project management experience, working with partners
    from diverse cultural, economic and social backgrounds
  • Comfort with a workplace that values innovation, flexibility, and a
    high degree of administrative independence
  • Strong communication and storytelling skills, including mastery of
    Microsoft office, Google suite, and finely-developed research skills
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities in community organizing, public
    policy, project management, and building positive relationships with staff,
    community members, public and nonprofit organizations, appointed and elected
    officials, and others.
  • Works well in a team and demonstrated experience with results-based
  • Passion for community-based solutions to food-based health and wealth
    challenges in communities of color
  •  Bilingual Spanish/English a plus
  •  Person of color strongly encouraged to apply

Salary and Benefits
A competitive package of salary and benefits is provided. Salary will depend
on experience and education level.


To Apply

Please forward a cover letter and resume to:
Or mail to:  Mandela MarketPlace, 1364 7th Street, Oakland, CA 94607
No phone inquiries please

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