Network Connections Project Director

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Network Connections Project Director

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience ($60,000 - $65,000)

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday / 8am - 5pm (additional hours as needed)

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Center for Environmental Farming Systems

About the Department:

The Community Food Strategies Initiative is an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) that builds alignment across new, emerging and existing food systems initiatives, weaving together local activities into a statewide plan that reflects local priorities.

CEFS is a partnership of NC State University, NC A&T State University and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Center for Environmental Farming Systems develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond. Our goals are to: provide new economic opportunities in rural and urban communities, develop technologies that promote a cleaner and healthier environment, educate the next generation of farmers, consumers, and scientists, and engage all citizens in the food system.

Essential Job Duties:

The primary purpose of this position is to lead and strengthen the connection among food councils in the statewide network that Community Food Strategies’ supports. This role will be responsible for the oversight of how Community Food Strategies best supports the community members of the Network of Food Councils in NC. Oversight responsibilities will focus on developing and deepening mechanisms that build network members’ decision making power in the network (including food council funding, participatory grant-making, and the general responsiveness to community voices in crafting the network direction).

The individual in this position must be able to plan, design, conduct, and evaluate all elements of the network, which will involve local coalitions, regional conveners, statewide partnerships, community engagement and support, statewide and regional convenings. This Project Director will oversee the Program Assistant associated with the project, and will also be expected to serve as Associate Project Lead, and a liaison for the project to the CEFS Associate Director of Local Foods as well as other key stakeholders.

Responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage and enhance the connections across the network of food councils to build relationships and actionable collaboration across the network of local food councils in NC, especially uplifting BIPOC leadership across the network.
  • Supervising the Program Assistant associated with this project.
  • Cultivating relationships with statewide & regional food systems organizations and agencies to enhance the collaborative actions of the Network.
  • Identifying and implementing appropriate engagement strategies for developing the food council network with a focus on leading with relational culture and an anti-racist approach.
  • Develop and implement a regional and statewide network strategy to facilitate self-organizing, peer-to-peer learning, and collaboration.
  • Leading the communication strategy to maintain network member relations, to share the work of this project, and oversee development and dissemination of stories and learnings through website, social media, publications, video, and public speaking.
  • Manage distribution of microgrants to build network capacity and collaboration.
  • Presenting at conferences and educational workshops statewide and nationally.
  • Facilitating large and small groups, both in person and virtually.
  • Data collection, evaluation, and reporting as needed, relevant to community accountability as well as funder and institutional accountability.
  • Independently planning projects responsive to food council member needs.

Other Responsibilities:

Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Master’s degree with an interdisciplinary research focus and 5+ years of related work experience; or a Bachelor’s degree with 10+ years of equivalent combination of training and experience.

Other Required Qualifications:

Excellent organizational, interpersonal, computer, project management, presentation, and writing skills.

Must be capable of doing all the described activities independently.

Experience with network development and/or community organizing, with experience building relationships and coalitions.

Experience with managing participatory grant-making programs.

Proven track record of working collaboratively across sectors, populations, and private and public institutions.

Supervisory experience and strong management skills.

Experience organizing and leading team strategy sessions and team retreats.

Experience with food councils and volunteer-based councils/boards.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in more than one of the following fields: agriculture, food system work, racial and economic disparities, community and economic development, public health, collective impact, policy, or community organizing.

Knowledgeable of food systems generally, and of North Carolina food systems in particular.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

Valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain within 60 days of start.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicant required documents: Cover Letter, CV, Contact Information for References

Position Number:


Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

111502 - Center for Environmental Farming Systems


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.




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Job No:
Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 6/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time