This is a provisional appointment.
Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):
The City of Boston seeks to hire a Director to lead the newly-formed Mayor’s Office of Food Justice. The Director will report to the Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space (EEOS), and work in close partnership with the Senior Advisor on the Boston Green New Deal, the Director of GrowBoston, and other senior City officials to shape and implement the Mayor’s Food Justice Agenda for a Resilient Boston.
The Director will have the primary responsibility of centering equity and justice while supporting local food systems that advance climate justice, racial equity, and healthy, resilient, connected communities as part of the Mayor’s Green New Deal & Just Recovery agenda.
The Director will be charged with building upon the Mayor’s Office of Food Access – which has successfully conceived and implemented programs focused on farmers markets, school meals, nutrition incentives and healthy food retail – to execute a broader vision of food justice that expands local food production, supports local and diverse food businesses, and empowers community partners to make nutritious, culturally relevant foods available to all Boston residents.
Qualities of the Ideal Candidate:
The candidate will be responsible for shaping and driving implementation of the Mayor’s Food Justice Agenda as part of the broader Green New Deal & Just Recovery agenda. This role will require outstanding leadership qualities, including experience building and supporting successful teams; the ability to build productive partnerships with City departments, non-profit organizations, diverse community-based organizations, businesses and other stakeholders; a deep commitment to centering racial equity and justice; and the ability to translate a broad, aspirational vision of food justice into an actionable set of policies and programs, including advocating for legislative changes at the City, state and federal level. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of successfully leading and/or implementing community-centered programs and creative, bold initiatives around food justice and equity, as well as being an excellent team leader who will retain and motivate people to build a more just city. This is a role for someone who is prepared to act with urgency to transform Boston into a city where all residents can access affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food; where communities have the right to own and manage land for their own food provisioning; where food chain workers have good, stable, and safe jobs; and where all people have the opportunity to start and build diverse food businesses to build wealth, celebrate cultural traditions, and build community.
Summary of Responsibilities:
Boston Residency Required
Hours per week: 35