City of Boston

Director, Office of Food Justice

Posted Date 1 month ago(4/22/2022 7:22 AM)
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Health & Human Servs
Regular Full-Time
BCC-Central Office
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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: 

  • Directs the newly-formed Office of Food Justice, managing a team to plan and execute direct services and a comprehensive policy agenda to advance food justice, as envisioned in the Mayor’s Food Justice Agenda for a Resilient Boston. 
  • Collaborates with other Cabinets and departments, including developing, directing and implementing Boston’s comprehensive, interdepartmental and citywide plans around equitable food access and distribution, sustainable and local food production, and dynamic food businesses. 
  • Leads program development and implementation of accessible, direct service provision, including programs related to farmers markets, nutrition incentives, healthy food retail promotion, and school and summer meals. 
  • Lead implementation of Good Food Purchasing Program, coordinating with procurement specialists in the Administration & Finance Cabinet as well as relevant departments and agencies, including Boston Public Schools, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and AgeStrong Commission; and creating ongoing opportunities for community engagement around municipal food procurement practices. 
  • Provides leadership and expertise on food justice aspects of other key cross-functional initiatives, including expanding the use of public and private lands to grow nutritious foods, supporting educational initiatives around local food production, and integrating regenerative agricultural methods and community gardening practices into Boston Public Schools K-12 curricula. 
  • Represent the Mayor’s food justice agenda in communications with internal and external partners, including the Boston Food Access Council, local community-based organizations, the media, and state and federal lawmakers. 
  • Works across a wide range of city programs and policies to integrate food justice as a crucial component of urban and community development, climate and racial justice, public health, and educational and social equity. 
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least five (5) to ten (10) years of full-time equivalent experience in collaborative food systems or food access work, public policy or public administration, community engagement, climate justice, or program/policy development. 
  • Experience envisioning, shaping, building, and implementing community-centered programs and initiatives around food policy, food access, and food equity. 
  • Experience managing and building diverse teams. 
  • Experience working with, and facilitating conversations among, diverse partners from public, private, and non-profit sectors. 
  • Strong planning, organization, and project management skills. 
  • Excellent judgment, integrity and decency. 
  • Able to prioritize the most important and pressing work, while managing many issues at once in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Demonstrated courage and compassion in championing urgent issues that impact the well-being of vulnerable populations. 
  • Dynamic leadership qualities and excellent team- and consensus-building skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work respectfully among individuals with diverse cultural, political, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an orientation toward culturally-relevant communication.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job. 
  • Bilingual skills are strongly preferred. 

Boston Residency Required


Hours per week: 35
Union/Salary-Plan/Grade: Non-Union/MM2-10


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