The RFE Program Officer will lead the RFE team and the Center’s work implementing market-based strategies for sustainable and equitable food systems development. The Program Officer is responsible for leading program design, day-to-day project management and implementation, evaluation and reporting, and representing the Center and its values to broader food system stakeholders. They will lead and manage a collaborative team of several Program Associates and a Technical Advisor and will have a significant role in securing ongoing funding for this work and other strategies as part of the Wallace team. This position offers the opportunity to have national impact in sustainable food systems, as well as inclusive rural and urban economic development. The Center is actively building strategies for centering racial and economic equity in our food systems work and seeking candidates eager to forward that mission. The Center is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color.
The Program Officer will be a highly motivated individual who is exceptionally talented at overseeing multifaceted responsibilities. The right individual will have the knowledge and communication skills to engage diverse audiences, including practitioners, academics, regulators, financiers, and subject matter experts in fields including sustainable food systems, philanthropy, government, financial services, and economic development. This position requires exemplary interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to learn quickly, take initiative, and work well independently as well as part of a team. The Wallace Center values experience in addition to academic success and is committed to building a staff that brings diverse perspectives and approaches. Candidates of color are encouraged to apply.
At least 5-7 years of relevant professional or lived experience in areas including:
MS/MBA/MA preferred in economic development, agricultural economics, rural development, business development, or other fields relevant to the position’s responsibilities; OR, professional or lived experience that demonstrates the capacity to fulfill the position’s responsibilities.