Program Coordinator

  • Third Sector New England
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Apr 26, 2019
Full time Administrative

Job Description


Real Food Generation (RFG) (, a fiscally sponsored program of TSNE MissionWorks (, leverages the power of youth and universities to create a just, fair, and sustainable food system. We organize students and others to run campaigns that oppose corporate power and racism in our food system and that build a 'Real Food economy.' RFG maintains a national network of student food activists—providing opportunities for networking, learning, and leadership development for thousands of emerging leaders.

One of RFG's programs is Real Food Challenge (RFC), which, for the past ten years, has worked to shift $1 billion (20%) of higher education's food budgets towards Real Food - food that is Local & Community Based, Fair, Ecologically Sound, and/or Humane. Designed by RFG, the primary tools for making these changes are the Real Food Campus Commitment, the Real Food Standards, and the Real Food Calculator. The Real Food Campus Commitment is a documented agreement and commitment by colleges and universities to purchase a minimum of 20% real food by 2020. The Real Food Standards offer a formal definition of Real Food, while the Real Food Calculator is the tool that students use to calculate the percentage of a dining budget that goes toward Real Food.

We are a national organization and our staff work in various locations across the country including Boston, New York City, St. Louis, Atlanta, San Francisco and Seattle. For this position, Boston is preferred, but other locations are possible.


The Program Coordinator (Coordinator) plays a crucial role in supporting the implementation of the Real Food Campus Commitment as we enter into the signature year of 2020. This includes supporting both individual campuses, and university systems such as the California State University system. The Coordinator also supports the Real Food Calculator by maintaining tracking systems and supporting students, and campus and dining staff, who are researching ways to increase Real Food on campus. The Coordinator leads this exciting and successful project to celebrate the culmination of the national campaign for 20% Real Food by 2020, including managing communications with RFG's broader network, along with conducting research to surface, analyze and communicate key learnings from this campaign.

This role may also contribute to driving and participating in planning the future of other Real Food Challenge programs. This position is based in our Boston, MA office, with a preference for local candidates. However, other locations are possible. It is a full-time position offering some flexibility in the work schedule with some weekend work time and periodic travel.

Program Strategy

  • Drive the development of ongoing strategy for Real Food Challenge programs working with Real Food Generation staff, student leaders, and the RFG board;
  • Manage ongoing partnerships with organizations working on parallel purchasing standards and/or Real Food procurement efforts;
  • Manage the Real Food Standards that form the foundation of the Real Food Calculator tool and the Real Meals Campaign;
  • Support the implementation strategy to forward the commitment to Real Food across the California State University system.

Manage implementation of the Real Food Campus Commitment and Calculator

  • Recruit, assist in on-boarding, and monitor the progress of schools using the Real Food Calculator;
  • Orient students to the Calculator tool and support them in running assessments; institutionalize the research process, and publicize the results;
  • Manage related listservs, databases and other data management tools and systems;
  • Review campus Calculator research for accuracy and provide research support;
  • Develop programs and resources that support schools in implementing the Commitment including webinars and toolkits;
  • Provide technical procurement support to schools working towards the goal of 20% Real Food;
  • Develop and manage the budget for the Real Food Calculator and Real Food Campus Commitment programs;
  • Manage the Real Food Calculator website and database and lead the relationship with our web developer;
  • Supervise staff and interns in support of the execution of these projects.


  • Co-develop a communications strategy for the 2020 Campus Commitment benchmark;
  • Communicate with our network about the future of Real Food Challenge;
  • Conduct research, analyze data, and develop reports and other methods of communication (e.g. infographics, videos) to share insights from the past ten years of the Real Food Challenge program;
  • Coordinate campus celebration projects and local planning as individual campuses approach achievement of their 2020 goals.

Special Requirements

  • Ability to travel nationally and regionally every 1-2 months;
  • Ability to work some weekends and evening hours.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • A Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent is preferred;
  • 2-4 years' experience with program management and execution;
  • A highly motivated self-starter;
  • Strong ability and interest in organizing, analyzing, and presenting information, especially quantitative data;
  • In-depth knowledge of food systems and university supply chains;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, especially in teamwork settings;
  • Commitment to economic justice, anti-racism, student power and leadership, and social movements;
  • Experience with group facilitation, teaching, public speaking, and networking;
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Google Docs, Facebook, and other online and social media tools;
  • Experience with program development is preferred;
  • Experience running the Real Food Calculator is preferred;
  • Supervisory experience is preferred.

TSNE MissionWorks/Real Food Generation envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/Real Food Generation will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.

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