Director of programs

Location: College Park, MD

Reports to: Executive Director; FRN Chief of Staff will also work closely with this role

Hire Date: ASAP

Position Overview

Food Recovery Network is looking for a Director of Programs. At the heart of this position we are seeking someone to support our current movement building efforts and build on those experiences to grow our chapter base and the ability of our chapters to recover more food. At the same time, this role will work with dining partners to support reducing food waste at the source. The ultimate aim of FRN is to support higher education in being the first sector where food recovery is the norm and not the exception. We are seeking someone who is excited about the thought of changing behavior on a large scale by harnessing resources from a variety of places and who believes working with talented people is the solution to solving the current systemic problem of food waste in the United States. We are looking for someone who loves to work with people who are new in their careers, so a penchant for mentoring and management is crucial.

About FRN: Founded in 2011, Food Recovery Network (FRN) is the largest national student-led food recovery movement working to bring food recovery programs to colleges across the country. FRN is currently comprised of over 200 chapters at colleges and universities across the country and has recovered more than 1.4 million pounds of food. FRN is solidifying our 3-year strategic plan and the Director of Programs will create and implement pathways to achieve large portions of the plan.

Key Responsibilities


  • Manage Program Area to achieve goals of the strategic plan;
  • Manage Program Area to achieve established key performance indicators;
  • Create program structure to meet the changing needs as FRN scales;
  • Manage a team of Associate and Fellow-level staff.


  • Brings together disparate groups of people and organizations to create a network driven to achieve FRN goals;
  • Analyzes and manages using collected data from the field to design programs to be inclusive for current, future, and alumni of FRN.


  • Events:
    • Conferences
    • National Food Recovery Dialogue
  • Provide leadership and Resources:
    • Develop and implement training curriculum for staff and chapters
    • Expand resources and improve the availability of resources while ensuring FRN ownership of proprietary information
  • Program Management
    • Work with the Program Associate to achieve established goal of the Regional Outreach Coordinators (ROCs) program, as well as expand the program including:
      • Recruit, interview, orient new ROCs cohorts
      • Plan and execute annual ROCs retreat
      • Integrate ROCs with FRN National
      • Incorporate ROCs into leadership roles in national campaigns
  • Develop, implement and manage FRN Student Board to support the goals of FRN


  • 4-6 years of relevant work experience;
  • Experience directly managing staff;
  • Organizing experience, including a demonstrated ability to rally and support others to join a cause or organization;
  • Ability to think strategically and implement a long-term vision into short-term actionable steps;
  • Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders including chapter leaders, volunteers, community hunger-fighting partner agencies and professionals;
  • Experience developing and implementing successful training curriculums, delivering courses, and teaching or working with college level students;
  • Demonstrated ability to be asset based to harness resources;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience managing a team toward success;
  • Proficient with Google Apps, Microsoft Office Suite and other similar software;
  • Salesforce experience a plus; comfortable learning new online platforms.


  • Experience working for a national student organization;
  • Familiarity with food justice issues.

Benefits: Benefits include paid holidays, generous PTO days, a stipend to help offset costs associated with travel, communications or other as needed, flexible work schedule, professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

If interested, please send a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to with the subject “Director of Programs”. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.